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Northern California Field Director

The California Labor Federation, the nation’s leading progressive state labor federation, is seeking a Field Director for Northern California. We are leading campaigns for progressive political, legislative, organizing and economic reform campaigns that build power for working people.

The Northern California Field Director works with affiliated unions, labor councils and coalition partners to build winning campaigns and activism around working families’ issues. The Federation is committed to developing a permanent campaign infrastructure that builds grassroots activism through local unions and regional labor councils. Potential applicants should have demonstrated success in member-based field organizing and mobilization.

Responsibilities of the Northern California Field Director include:

  • Field campaign work with Central Labor Councils (CLCs) and Unions in support of State Federation’s political, legislative and organizing initiatives;
  • Campaigns in support of affiliated union organizing, bargaining or issue campaigns;
  • Member “worksite education” programs and trainings;
  • Capacity building efforts in Labor Councils and Unions to build worksite & volunteer programs;
  • Develop/implement regional training and member education programs;
  • Work with labor councils and unions in planning and campaign implementation;
  • Coordinating candidate and ballot initiative endorsement process in election years;
  • Legislative Action Committees for district lobbying of state legislators;
  • Work with allies in campaigns and build relationships with new potential allies
  • Working to build affiliation and involvement of local unions in the State Federation

We seek a campaign organizer with 3-5+ years of experience to join our team who can motivate leaders, staff and volunteers; understands the evolving role of unions in politics, organizing and community involvement; and who can help develop programs that increase union and member involvement and build campaign strength.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience

  • Grassroots member-to-member political, organizing and mobilizing experience;
  • Experience with planning and campaign implementation
  • Advanced experience in developing and implementing training programs;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • A history of successful involvement in coalition building;
  • Ability to inspire confidence, and work as a member of leadership teams;
  • Computer literate and able to design and create multi-media presentations;
  • Knowledge of and commitment to labor movement and social justice;
  • Willingness and capacity to work long hours and weekends;
  • “Self starter”, have initiative, be able to work independently and strong multi-tasking capacity.

Position based in Bay Area or North Valley; travel required. Women, people of color, and bilingual organizers encouraged to apply. Competitive salary based on experience with full benefits. For more information contact
Bryan Blum, or Susan Sachen,

To apply, send your resume, cover letter and references to: Susan Sachen, California Labor Federation, 600 Grand Avenue, Suite 410, Oakland, CA 94610, 510-663-4099 (fax), or email The position is open until filled.  To learn more about the California Labor Federation, visit


Director of Finance and Administration

Based in Oakland, CA

Leading progressive State Labor Federation seeks a motivated, detail oriented Director of Finance and Administration. Must be a strong administrator who is comfortable working in a fast-paced, team environment.


The Director of Finance and Administration is, with the Secretary-Treasurer, responsible for the financial health of the Federation and is directly responsible for financial management, general office administration, personnel systems, technology, legal compliance, and reporting.

This is a full-time position that offers competitive salary and excellent benefits.


Financial Management

  • Prepare monthly financial statements;
  • Analyze and advise on income and expense trends and cash flow projections;
  • With the Executive Secretary-Treasurer, develop annual budgets;
  • Establish, improve, and monitor internal controls;
  • Review bank account reconciliations monthly;
  • Oversee period-end accounting procedures;
  • Troubleshoot complex bookkeeping issues and technical problems in accounting software and data;
  • With other team members, develop custom financial reports and other analysis tools;
  • Prepare for and schedule the annual audit, and coordinate with the auditor;
  • Manage cash and maintain an appropriate investment policy;
  • Monitor and improve systems for accounts payable and accounts receivable, including monitoring of affiliate dues;
  • Act as the Federation contact with independent auditors on all accounting and tax matters;
  • Assure adequate systems for annual and one-time conferences and other off-site events, especially, to prepare all delegate and per-capita apportionment for convention notices and voting (including “roll-call” voting at the convention);
  • All other financial and accounting procedures and related matters.
  • Oversee all tax and reporting obligations for the federation and its 501(c)(c3).

Personnel Administration

  • Assure payroll and benefits are properly distributed and recorded;
  • Maintain personnel records and human resource administration matters;
  • Assure adequate systems for certain personnel administration, such as legal reporting, time-tracking, pensions, and health benefits;
  • Assist the Secretary-Treasurer in fulfilling obligations of the Federation pension trust and its Foundation in setting annual meetings and maintain their legal and financial records;
  • All other matters pertaining to personnel administration.

Personnel Management

  • Delegate and allocate work among F&A staff;
  • Provide regular review and feedback to all F&A staff;
  • Provide training, education and support for special projects to the F&A staff;
  • Arrange or provide general training and supervision for office staff in all functions, including software;
  • Support the Chief of Staff in hiring and supervision of staff; and
  • Generally foster an effective financial management team, and provide opportunities for staff to achieve their career and personal goals.

Computer Technology

  • With the IT consultant, set overall policies for technology use and development; and
  • With the support of the IT consultant, provide an effective and efficient technology environment for program and office staff.

Political Reporting

  • Otherwise build, implement, and improve systems for complying with state and federal laws regarding campaign finance and lobbyists’ activities.

Legal and Office Administration

  • Maintain leases and contracts for the organization.


  • 5+ years progressive experience in bookkeeping or accounting;
  • Competence in mid-level, modular accounting software, especially Sage ERP MAS 90;
  • Excellent computer skills in Windows operating systems and in a broad range of office and communications applications.  This should include a basic understanding of databases and an advanced facility with spreadsheets, including Pivot Tables a must;
  • Familiarity or experience with state and federal campaign-finance disclosure;
  • Familiarity or experience with reporting for state, federal and foundation grants;
  • An aggressive commitment to continually improving the organization and his or her own skills;
  • Demonstrated competence in supervision and leadership of staff;
  • A demonstrated ability to prioritize work and achieve success with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work well with other people in a demanding, constantly changing environment;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice; and/or
  • Work with labor movement.

Based in the Oakland office. 

Send cover letter and resume to

Subject line: “Director of Finance and Administration”

Equal Opportunity Employer


Organizing Apprentice for Immigrant Organizing Project


Click here to download the Announcement (PDF)
English             Spanish

Click here to download the application (Word)
English            Spanish

The Immigrant Organizing Project is for individuals interested in a career working for social justice as a Union Organizer, particularly with immigrant workers. Selected applicants will be on the front lines of the LA/Orange County labor movement’s efforts to engage immigrant workers who may be eligible for deferred action to access legal services and organize for better workplace conditions.

This is a 1-year, full-time paid Organizing Apprenticeship Program designed to identify and develop the skills necessary to be an effective labor organizer. These skills will be developed working on actual worker organizing campaigns involving immigrant workers in the Los Angeles or Orange County area.  This Program will be run in coordination with LA and OC labor unions to develop new organizers for ongoing and upcoming campaigns.

Participants will learn to work in a team, develop union and community organizing skills, and become engaged in social justice work. Organizers will be talking directly, one-on-one, with low wage workers about their rights and access to immigration services. Spanish language skills are required. Student, labor or immigrant rights organizing experience is a plus but not required; training will be provided.


The Organizing Training Program is seeking candidates from union rank and file members, universities and community colleges, and community organizations and activists. Potential organizers must submit an application and be interviewed to be considered for the program and must be fully bilingual in Spanish.

Three-Day Organizing Workshop

Individuals will be invited to participate in a free, three-day training program in Spanish.  These trainings will introduce the basics of one-on-one communication and union organizing.  Experienced union organizers conduct the training, provide feedback to participants and share experiences of what it is like to be a union organizer.  Participants who show potential to be effective union organizers will be invited to a two-week field organizing training.

Two-Week Field Organizing Training

Successful candidates will participate in a paid, two-week field organizing training where they will conduct house calls, visit work sites, and engage in public actions on LA or OC campaigns. The trainees will also be provided classroom workshops.

Organizer Apprenticeship

The next step in the organizer-training program is a 12-month paid apprenticeship organizing training.  The apprentices will work full time on an actual union organizing campaign where they will receive ongoing field and classroom training, and mentoring from experienced lead organizers.  Apprentices will receive regular feedback and evaluation during this time. A weekly stipend plus transportation expenses will be provided. Must have a valid driver’s license and insured vehicle. A Certificate will be awarded to each successful apprentice upon completion of the program.

WHEN: Friday, June 24, 9am to 6:30pm

Saturday, June 25, 9am to 6:30pm

Sunday, June 26, 8am to 12:00pm

LA County Federation of Labor
2130 James M Wood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Deadline to apply is June 10, 2016 but applications
will be accepted until all positions are filled.

For more information please contct Gaspar Verdugo,