Director, AFL-CIO Labor Liaison


Director, AFL-CIO Labor Liaison

Reports to:                    President and CEO
Department:                 Executive
Classification:              Exempt, Full-Time, member of OPEIU*
Benefits:                         Health, Dental, Vision 100% coverage for staff and dependents
Salary:                            $65,000 to $75,000 dependent on candidate’s experience and         qualifications
Date:                               6/9/21

Application Deadline:      Open Until Filled

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Amber Lovett at Only applicants that submit both items will be considered. Please no phone calls or emails to staff.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume. Only applicants that submit both items will be considered. Please no phone calls or emails to staff.


The AFL-CIO Labor Liaison supports all functions of United Way California Capital Region and AFL-CIO partnership and the mutual interests of both organizations by bridging United Way California Capital Region and Labor communities by fostering strong relationships with labor unions to advance mutual impact goals and ensure successful United Way California Capital Region Campaigns. The Labor Liaison will assist with building strategic partnerships with community allies and implementing jointly developed programs that drive poverty reduction in our region and provide equitable access to opportunities for all to thrive in the five-county region.


  • Connect Union Members to essential services in times of job displacement, economic downturns, natural disasters, and/or crisis. 
  • Connect union members to essential services and refer members to United Way California Capital Region programs including Free tax prep, K2C, STARS, etc.
  • Increase opportunities for Union Members to be donors, volunteers, and advocates for jointly identified programs and/or shared goals. 
  • Work with United Way Community Impact (CI) staff and Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO leaders to determine where CI goals align with the goals of the local labor movement and develop plans for increasing labor participation to achieve those goals.
  • Represent labor across United Way California Capital Region’s departments including community impact, resource development, communications, marketing and other areas, and develop strategies to clearly demonstrate the value of the labor partnership with United Way California Capital Region.
  • Organize community service opportunities that are aligned with the United Way California Capital Region and labor’s mutual impact goals, and recruit volunteers to ensure successful events.
  • Assist with United Way California Capital Region workplace giving campaigns, where appropriate and possible, by coordinating with United Way resource development staff.
  • Develop and implement effective engagement and stewardship strategies for accounts to clearly demonstrate the value of the partnership with United Way.
  • Develop and implement volunteer recruitment strategies that enable United Way California Capital Region and the labor movement to achieve Community Impact goals of mutual interest.
  • Develop and conduct relevant trainings for union members, community partners and United Way California Capital Region staff. 
  • Participate in United Way California Capital Region meetings, including local United Way staff meetings, education and training programs, conferences and conventions and attend the AFL-CIO Labor council conferences and United Way California Capital Region on topics of mutual interest.
  • Participate in CLC delegate meetings and local union membership meetings.
  • Make quarterly reports to the CLC and United Way California Capital Region.


  • Demonstrated experience in the labor movement including mobilizing, volunteer recruitment and training, and leadership development. Strong understanding of AFL-CIO organizational structures and complex dynamics of local labor movements.
  • Demonstrated experience within the United Way California Capital Region system or the equivalent a plus. 
  • Demonstrated experience working with a broad array of organizations on issues of social and economic justice, building unity among diverse groups and facilitating meetings
  • Ability to develop and execute work plans, training, fundraising, community engagement and coalition-building.
  • Ability to effectively develop, grow and sustain productive internal and external relationships and partnerships.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to assess and analyze complex political situations and respond appropriately.
  • Ability to manage time effectively, prioritize work, and balance multiple projects simultaneously. Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines. Seeks to continuously improve interpersonal and professional skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and delivering presentations.
  • Able to work long hours on occasion, including nights and weekends during peak times or “all hands on deck” moments.

Additional Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma and associates degree required and/or completion of a certified apprenticeship program; bachelor’s degree highly desirable.
  • Union member or potential union member preferred.
  • Deep understanding of unions and passion for the labor movement.
  • Must be computer literate and familiar with desktop and database tools. 
  •      Must have valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.


  • Extensive oral communication with coworkers, potential donors, media, and the public in settings ranging from one-on-one to large groups including formal and informal presentations, training sessions and question and answer sessions, and by telephone.
  • Work in an office environment, lift and move objects up to  51 pounds, such as large binders, books, boxes, and small office equipment. If over 51 pounds, assistance will be provided.
  • Have sufficient finger/hand coordination and dexterity to operate and adjust office equipment such as telephone, computer, and calculator.
  • Sit at a desk for long periods of time.
  • Stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • React quickly under high-pressure settings.
  • Willingness to travel locally and overnight via plane, train or private vehicle.
  • Ability to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to maintain a polished professional appearance.
  • Occasional exposure to dirt, dust, cold, heat.
  • Constant public contact.
  • Constant decision-making and concentration.


Possession of an appropriate California operator’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles, and adequate automobile insurance; possession and maintenance of a good driving record (as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violation for at least a two-year duration) that does not contribute to an increase in UWCCR insurance rates.  

*Employee will be a member of Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 29 and subject to an initiation fee of $200 and membership dues of $24.50 per pay period.