• - Advocacy
  • $106,756
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Health and welfare; pension; 401k and paid leave

Are you passionate about economic fairness and social justice? Do you want to improve the lives of working people and strengthen the labor movement? If you answered, "Yes!" then the AFL-CIO may be the right place for you. We are the largest federation of labor unions in the United States, and our team of dynamic professionals is dedicated to growing worker power and ensuring every working person has a voice on the job. When you work at the AFL-CIO, you're more than just an individual employee - you're helping to lead a movement with a proud history and a bright future ahead. 

The Specialist supports the AFL-CIO's policy and programmatic work regarding immigration in the United States and globally. The Specialist provides analysis, drafts positions, and develops plans for implementation to advance the AFL-CIO's domestic and global policy priorities. Working closely with the Director of Immigration and various AFL-CIO hubs/resources, affiliated unions and community partners, the Specialist advises on positions, strategies, and messaging. The Specialist is a staff member of the Global Team within the Advocacy Hub.

Overview of Responsibilities:

● Monitor key immigration developments and trends at the local, state, national and global level and analyze the impact on workers, unions and labor standards.
● Identify and anticipate opportunities and threats and assist the Director of Immigration in developing effective strategies and positions to advance the pro-worker immigration agenda.
● Draft position statements and technical response to proposed legislation and administrative policies.
● Develop materials, toolkits, talking points and briefings for members, unions, partners, and policy makers.
● Support naturalization/citizenship programs and campaigns around the country.
● Provide technical assistance to AFL-CIO affiliates, State Federations and Central Labor Councils.
● Maintain partnerships with immigrant advocacy organizations.
● Assist with training and education for internal and external audiences around immigration and labor policy.
● Support AFL-CIO's global migration engagement, in collaboration with Solidarity Center, the International Trade Union Confederation and the Council of Global Unions.
● Write articles for publication on topics related to immigration and labor.
● Represent the AFL-CIO in domestic and global coalition tables and at conferences and other venues, as appropriate.
● Perform other duties as assigned.


● BA or BS in a relevant field is required, Master's degree preferred;
● A minimum of five to seven years of practical involvement in programmatic work focused on immigration policy;
● Extensive knowledge of immigration and labor policy and applicable networks;
● Proven ability to shape policy positions and implement strategies to advance those positions;
● Experience with public speaking, including the ability to adjust tone for various audiences;
● Excellent written, oral and presentation skills;
● Spanish language skills preferred;
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team and with partners;
● Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships;
● Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments;
● Demonstrated ability to exercise excellent political judgment and discretion;
● Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, and demonstrated experience in developing professional work plans and goals;
● Computer proficiency is required in both Google suite and Microsoft Office;
● High level of individual motivation and a proven self-starter;
● Ability to travel and perform weekend and evening work.

**Please note that the AFL-CIO requires all staff to be fully vaccinated unless granted a medical or religious exemption as set forth in EEOC guidelines. 

This position has been closed and is no longer available.


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