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Senior Political Associate

Senior Political Associate
Organization: Working America
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 11/14/2023

With more than 4 million members, Working America mobilizes working people who don’t have the benefit of a union at work to fight for good jobs and a fair economy. As the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, we unite working people in urban, suburban, and rural communities around a shared economic agenda.

Senior Political Associate Responsibilities

The Senior Political Associate will conduct research, provide reports, and develop materials on legislative, policy, and campaign issues, as well as provide other general administrative support to the National Political Director. This position is fixed-term with an expected end date of November 15, 2024.

Reports to: National Political Director


  • Where required, assist the National Political Director with political strategy development.
  • Assist in facilitating implementation of political activities with Working America national and field staff.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of electoral and voter targeting, analytical and evaluative systems.
  • Interact with elected officials, candidates, staff, and allies in connection with Working America priorities and provide guidance to Working America staff on interactions at the national and state levels.
  • Independently manage related projects.
  • Conduct and organize research on legislative, policy, and campaign issues, and monitor developments.
  • Manage the campaign literature system, including conducting research, drafting documents, tracking literature development, proofing, printing, and coordinating approval and monitoring use in multiple field offices.
  • Work on multiple elections in different states at any given time.
  • Build reports in Excel, Access, and other similar databases.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills Needed:

  • At least five years of combined experience in political campaigns, labor, and/or legislative fields, including senior-level decision making, program strategy, and execution.
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills covering a variety of topics and formats, as well as solid verbal communications capacity required.
  • Track record of work with databases, including VAN, NGP, and/or other similar systems required.
  • Experience working with labor unions, candidates, or parties, and elected officials strongly preferred.
  • Experience with evidence-based electoral analytics and research; demonstrated comfort working with math.
  • Familiarity with Congressional and/or state legislative process and research resources strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with digital organizing tools such as email, peer-to-peer texting, digital advertising, etc.
  • Willingness and ability to quickly learn new skills related to job duties.
  • Organized and detail-oriented.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Work well as part of a team in a multitasking, detail, and deadline-oriented environment, as well as willingness to seek assistance/clarification whenever necessary.
  • Appreciation and general understanding of canvassing as a grassroots organizing strategy a plus.
  • Experience with independent expenditure campaigns a plus.
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours as necessary.
  • Extensive travel to field offices, conferences, and other events required.


  • A bachelor’s degree in political science or another related field is preferred.


  • Washington, DC

Position Type:

  • Full-time/Regular
  • Exempt

Starting salary is $85,378. Includes medical insurance and 401(k) with employer contribution.

To apply, please visit our website at

Working America is an equal opportunity employer. Working America is committed to building a diverse workforce and encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQIA, and other non-conforming individuals, and individuals with disabilities.

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