State Legislative Representative
The 1.3-million-member United Food Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), a powerful voice for working men and women, is seeking a State Legislative Representative to assist with development of proactive working families/state legislative agenda and provide the strategic policy support to help local union offices to implement it.
The State Legislative Representative will also coordinate legislative strategies and policy support for campaigns fighting back state legislative attacks on working families. Develop legislative campaigns and relationships with partner organizations.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Represents the UFCW on legislative issues in States, at the AFL-CIO, with UFCW employers, and with partners and allied coalitions.
• Analyzes state legislation.
• Writes weekly and full session reports on state legislation. Daily session reports as needed.
• Conducts research on key labor issues of importance to UFCW.
• Write, edit and fact check: issue fact sheets, talking points, letters and other materials for a variety of audiences from rank and file union members; union leadership; elected officials and media.
• Tracks and evaluates on a continuing basis pending legislative, regulatory and legal action at the state, and local level that may have an impact on UFCW members, wages and working conditions, industries we represent, families, and communities.
• Establish and maintain a presence within the diverse progressive policy community and with our industry partners to be an influential voice when they are seeking to introduce new legislation and modify provisions in existing bills.
• Public speaking to a wide variety of audiences
• Proactive outreach and continuous contact with local unions to encourage them reach out and voice their concern or support for bills at the local level that affect our membership base.
• Participate in the development and implementation of short and long-term strategy planning for the department.
• Responds orally and in writing to government officials, union officers, local union representatives, and partners.
• Attends and represents the UFCW at conferences and meetings as well as at seminars and training programs for union officers, staff, or members on legislative issues. Prepare for and attend meetings, state and local hearings, conferences, and other events to advance or defeat legislation.
• Extensive travel and long/irregular hours required. Please note that this position is responsible for coverage of multiple states in various time zones. Schedule is determined by area covered to adequately service these offices and accommodate the time difference, in-office work hours outside of the standard headquarters work hours will be required at minimum two days a week.
• Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, History, Communications or related field (or equivalent related experience) and at least 5 years of substantial experience in legislative work or relevant education. Experience developing policy. Previous experience in the labor movement is desirable.
• Must have extensive knowledge of the legislative process. Must have a commitment to advancing UFCW values, missions and goals.
• Exceptional analytical, research, writing and oral communications skills.
• Must be able to keep organized, manage several projects simultaneously and adjust strategy to changing demands.
• Must be able to analyze and interpret legislative and regulatory proposals, and develop strategies to influence appropriate government agencies.
• Requires strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively with elected union officers and staff, with government officials and others on behalf of the UFCW, sometimes concerning highly charged and important legislative and political issues.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits.
Duration: Full time. Posting closes when position is filled.
We believe our success rests on recruiting and retaining a diverse staff. UFCW is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Job posted: 2019-09-10