United Way of Palm Beach County

AFL CIO LABOR LIAISON Jobs at United Way of Palm Beach County

AFL CIO LABOR LIAISON Jobs at United Way of Palm Beach County

Sample AFL CIO LABOR LIAISON Job Description



The AFL-CIO Labor Liaison supports all functions of United Way, including the AFL-CIO partnership and the mutual interests of both organizations by, amongst other things:

  • Bridging United Way and Labor communities;
  • Fostering strong relationships with labor unions to advance mutual impact goals and ensure successful United Way campaigns;
  • Identifying opportunities for the United Way and labor to collaborate on jointly developed programs that benefit local communities;
  • Building strategic partnerships with community allies and implementing jointly developed programs around the issues of income, education and health;

The AFL-CIO Labor Liaison is an at-will employee of United Way (and not an employee of AFL-CIO), subject to United Way's employment and workplace policies and procedures, whose primary work location is United Way's corporate office. The AFL-CIO Labor Liaison reports directly to the United Way of Palm Beach County's Director of Resource Development.


Relationship-Building, Community Engagement and Community Impact:

  • Work with United Way Community Impact (CI) staff and Central Labor Council (CLC) 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;
  • Develop effective relationships with AFL-CIO Central Labor Council leaders and local unions in the jurisdiction covered by United Way;
  • Collaborate with CLC community engagement staff to build capacity of the CLC to sustain effective relationships with community-based organizations that work in impact areas of mutual interest to the United Way and CLC;
  • Develop labor and community-based coalitions and partnerships and oversee efforts that highlight working family and social justice issues that are of mutual interest to the UW and CLC, give voice to disempowered residents in communities and tackle the root causes of social and economic inequality;
  • Develop community mapping tools to identify strategic community partners, analyze existing relationships and identify opportunities to build relationships with key community allies;
  • Identify opportunities to build and foster a strong partnership between the CLC and the United Way;
  • Represent labor across United Way'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;
  • Organize community service opportunities that are aligned with the United Way's and labor's mutual impact goals, and recruit volunteers to ensure successful events;
  • Participate and assist in organizing CLC events that are of mutual benefit;
  • Connect union members to essential services, including referring members to United Way's 2-1-1 program, in times of need such as natural disasters and economic downturns.


  • Develop and support joint Labor-Management campaigns by analyzing data and developing strategies based on evaluation of previous results and additional research;
  • Develop and implement effective engagement and stewardship strategies for accounts to clearly demonstrate the value of the partnership with United Way;
  • Develop labor (unions, CLCs, and members) participation recognition programs and materials;
  • Provide best practice examples of corporate, employee, individual and/or special event fundraising approaches;
  • Assist in selection, recruitment and training of fundraising volunteers;
  • Develop, in conjunction with volunteers, financial and non-financial goals for assigned divisions in keeping with the overall campaign objectives;
  • Ensure that accurate and up to date information is maintained in the database for assigned campaigns;
  • Develop plans to engage unionized employees within United Way corporate partners for better campaigns;
  • Develop comprehensive fundraising plans that engage unions and employers to ensure successful workplace giving campaigns;
  • Participate in other workplace campaigns, perform other duties and assume other responsibilities, as assigned.

Volunteer Recruitment and Training

  • Develop and implement volunteer recruitment strategies that enable United Way and the labor movement to achieve Community Impact goals of mutual interest.
  • Develop training for union members, community partners and United Way staff including Union Community Activist Network (UCAN) training. Create and deliver a variety of training curricula to develop union members' leadership skills, including non-profit board training, advocacy for the common good, and other programs, as needed.

Administrative Functions

  • Develop, in consultation, with the CLC, an annual work plan based on the national AFL-CIO-United Way Model Joint Work Plan;
  • Participate in United Way meetings, including local United Way staff meetings, and conferences;
  • Attend CLC and Regional Labor Council meetings, including staff meetings as appropriate;
  • Make monthly reports to the CLC and United Way;
  • Participate in education and training programs, conferences and conventions of the AFL-CIO, CLC and United Way on topics of mutual interest.


  • 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 system or the equivalent.
  • 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. Assess progress on plans and adjust as needed to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Ability to effectively develop, grow and sustain productive internal and external relationships and partnerships. Strong problem solving skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to assess and analyze complex political situations and respond appropriately. Utilize interpersonal skills and political astuteness to engage as a member of multiple teams.
  • 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. Understands and uses empathy, compassion, and active listening. Is fully present and aware of subtleties to better understand what is important to constituents and how to connect and engage them with United Way and labor communities.
  • Is forward thinking, focused on what is possible, and seeks new tools and knowledge as needed. Is able to use technology and is innovative and creative in its application.
  • Is personally accountable and responsible for the results achieved. Is organized and able to adapt quickly to changing environments, be a strategic, creative, innovative thinker and appropriately persistent. Is able to make decisions and willing to take risks when appropriate to achieve results and meet goals.
  • Understands the big picture and aligns priorities with broader goals, measures outcomes, uses feedback to redirect as needed, evaluates alternatives, solutions oriented, seeks alternatives and broad input; can evaluate and provide input on complex issues.
  • Shares a deep commitment to the United Way and labor's mission. Promotes and values a climate that values and rewards innovation and creativity. Acknowledges and champions the efforts of others to "think outside the box." Maintains knowledge of current and emerging trends that affect United Way, the labor movement and the non-profit sector. Demonstrates ability to analyze information and translate into specific, effective action/solutions.

Core Competencies

  • Adaptability
  • Visioning and Alignment
  • Teamwork
  • Self Confidence
  • Results Management
  • Information Management
  • Impact and Influence

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