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National Worker Center Partnership Coordinator

In 2006, the AFL-CIO entered into a historic partnership with worker centers and worker center networks, which, among other things, allows worker centers (and their networks) a seat in central labor councils and/or state federations. The goal of the AFL-CIO National Worker Center partnership is to strengthen the ability of the labor movement and the worker centers to promote and enforce the workplace rights of immigrant and other low wage workers, as well as building and construction trade workers, high tech workers and others by building connections among these organizations, especially at the local level.
Worker centers are a new type of community-based institution that advocate for the rights of workers who typically do not have union representation, and provide these workers with a wide range of opportunities for collective and individual empowerment. These worker centers play multiple roles, including raising wage and labor standards for workers in their communities, as well as helping workers gain a voice in society. Many of these worker centers provide legal assistance regarding employment-related issues; some offer worker rights and other job-related training classes and workshops; others carry out research and release reports about sub-standard conditions in specific industries; yet others focus on enforcing labor standards under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and other employment laws and regulations.
The Coordinator will be part of the National Community Engagement Team in the Campaigns Department and will be responsible for supporting the development, implementation and coordination of issues and campaigns of mutual interest among the worker centers, the AFL-CIO, its affiliated unions, state federations and central labor councils and their affiliated unions. The Coordinator will play key role in the development and implementation of strategies for developing positive relationships among worker centers and the labor movement, including methods for identifying and resolving potential conflicts among unions and worker centers. The Coordinator works under the supervision of the Director of the GOLD team and the Director of Worker Centers.
• Participate in the conceptualization, development and implementation of programs to build bridges among worker centers, the communities they serve and the labor movement;
• Identify issues of mutual concern to worker centers and the labor movement and develop strategies to address and manage those issues;
• Establish and maintain positive relationships with worker center leaders, and foster positive relationships among those leaders and local labor movement leaders;
• Develop the implementation of methods for ensuring effective communication among the labor movement and worker centers, including sending regular updates to worker center partners and local labor movements that include research, fact sheets, toolkits, and other information, as needed;
• Develop implementation plan of education programs, including trainings, dialogues, town hall meetings and others, to teach worker centers and their members about the value of trade unionism and the American labor movement, and to teach the labor movement about the issues of importance to worker centers and their members;
• Represent the Federation in coalitions that involve worker centers and other immigrant community allies, including Turning the Tide;
• Represent the Federation at conferences and other speaking engagements, as appropriate.
• Track state and local anti-immigrant legislative efforts and assist in the development of strategies to respond to those efforts, in conjunction with worker center partners and local labor movements;
• Foster relationships with staff of other human rights, civil rights, and immigrant rights organizations on the national and local level, in conjunction with the appropriate AFL-CIO departments, affiliates and local labor movements;
• Develop implementation plan of AFL-CIO National Partnerships with NDLON, Domestic Workers Alliance, Interfaith Worker Justice, Enlace, NGA, and future such partnerships;
• Monitor existing affiliations to central labor councils and state federations;
• Support Worker Center Director in the coordination and development of work plan for Worker Center Advisory Council of the AFL CIO
• Support Worker Center Director with the coordination of the LIFT Fund and other philanthropic endeavors relating to the sustainability and growth of the AFL CIO's partnerships with Worker Centers;
• Provide timely reports to supervisors.

• Knowledge of and experience working with the structure and functions of the AFL-CIO;
• BA or BS in Labor Studies or related field;
• Minimum of 5 years experience in union or community organizing, including experience working with, or organizing, low wage workers and/or immigrant communities;
• Demonstrated experience in assisting in the conceptualization, and development of a campaign or educational program;
• Demonstrated ability to work with local labor movements and AFL-CIO affiliates, particularly those in the construction industry, on the national and local level;
• Demonstrated ability to plan, problem solve and think creatively and strategically;
• Demonstrated ability to plan for and coordinate cohesive action among ethnically diverse groups;
• Demonstrated ability to assess critical worker center issues and identify relevant information to support the AFL-CIO program;
• Demonstrated experience in building unity among diverse groups and in recruiting and mobilizing others to action;
• Demonstrated experience working successfully in politically sensitive and highly pressured environments;
• Demonstrated ability to adjust tone and arguments for a variety of audiences;
• Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, pro-active and a self-starter;
• Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse range of leaders and organizations;
• Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams;
• Must be detailed-oriented;
• Excellent time management skills, including demonstrated experience in developing work plans and goals;
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities;
• Computer proficiency is required: database/spreadsheet, PowerPoint, e-mail, internet and work processing skills;
• Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Proficiency in reading, writing and communicating in Spanish language;
• Ability to travel on a regular basis as needed and for extended periods of time as required.

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