Coalition of Labor Union Women

Coalition of Labor Union Women

Executive Director

Based in Washington, DC

The Organization
Founded in 1974 the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is the only national women's membership organization within the labor movement that is leading the effort to empower women in the workplace, advance women in their unions, encourage political and legislative involvement, organize women workers into unions and promote policies that support women and working families. CLUW promotes participation and leadership development for women in the workplace and at all levels of the union structure. CLUW has 36 chapters throughout the country. CLUW works closely with women’s and community advocacy organizations as well as labor unions to achieve its mission. (www.cluw.org for more information.)

The Position
CLUW seeks a passionate and detail oriented advocate as an Executive Director with experience leading an organization, delegating work assignments, handling financial matters, developing relationships, organizing and working with women and other allies for collective action towards social change, justice and economic security. The prospective candidate must be well versed in the U.S. labor movement and will be responsible for the administration of CLUW programs, carrying out the policies established by the National Officers Council, National Executive Board, Convention and Constitution of CLUW under the direction of the National Officers Council and President.

Duties and Essential Functions

  • The Executive Director heads the National CLUW office and serves as a liaison between the National Executive Board, the National Officers Council, Chapter /State leadership and CLUW Committees; and implements decisions and programs determined by those bodies.
  • The Executive Director assists the officers in securing venues, negotiating contracts, overseeing logistics, coordinating the preparation and content of national meetings, trainings, lobby days and conventions. This includes providing printed and online communication, securing speakers and presenters and working with hotel staff and others to ensure a successful event. The Executive Director is expected to assume a role as trainer at functions as necessary.
  • The Executive Director reports to the National Officers Council, the National Executive Board and to the AFL-CIO.
  • The Executive Director provides programmatic support for chapters and state leadership and assistance to chapters in formation. This includes overseeing constitutionally mandated requirements such as elections and reporting responsibilities.
  • Communications: The Executive Director is responsible for managing the communications of the organization and works with the Media Committee as appropriate. This includes overseeing the development of printed communications for member engagement campaigns, media releases, social media content, and regular communications to the membership using effective communications tools (which may include, but is not limited to use of email blasts, texting programs, website information, and social media platforms).
  • Community and Coalition Leadership: The Executive Director identifies, develops and maintains key relationships in the community to support the mission and goals of CLUW. This includes establishing working relationships with labor unions and community groups whose values and strategic vision align with those of CLUW. Also includes working with AFL-CIO constituency groups.
  • The Executive Director represents the organization at coalition meetings, public events, on radio programs and in speaking engagements.
  • The Executive Director oversees the organization’s civic engagement, get out the vote, legislative and labor support programs; working with officers, chapters and state leaders in implementation. This includes overseeing Action Network Alerts, letters to Congress and other actions and coalition work. Provides testimony to Congress when possible.
  • The Executive Director oversees the organizing and growth campaigns of CLUW.
  • The Executive Director in conjunction with the CLUW Treasurer administers the membership dues program.
  • The Executive Director manages the CLUW office and provides supervision, mentoring and oversight for CLUW staff. Fosters a collaborative, mission-driven environment that engages, challenges and supports staff in meeting organizational and personal goals. Also recruits and supervises interns.
  • The Executive Director works closely with the CLUW Treasurer and President in financial matters including budget preparation and maintenance.
  • The Executive Director identifies and initiates grant applications to further the goals of CLUW.
  • The Executive Director researches and provides materials for various projects as needed
  • The Executive Director adds the organization’s name to amicus briefs in advancing the needs of women and disadvantaged populations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President of CLUW.

The new Executive Director will bring the following:

  • Demonstrated success in team building, supported by a track record of leading by example to create cultures defined by excellence, professionalism, trust and respect.
  • Five years of organizational leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of the labor movement.
  • Program development and organizing experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively manage and mentor.
  • Understanding of non-profit fiscal structure.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, writing, and public speaking skills and ability to craft compelling messages and engage in effective media advocacy.
  • Proficient knowledge in software programs including Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Google Applications and Desktop Publishing.
  • Social media experience such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr and adaptability to new programs.
  • Experience in developing strategies to strengthen and grow a vibrant organization.
  • Experience with grant writing, grant administration, and interacting with foundations.
  • Experience with legislative and/or policy advocacy.
  • Experience developing and implementing campaigns in partnerships and coalitions.
  • Familiarity with working women’s issues.
  • Highly organized work practices, initiating and following through on assignments with minimal supervision, ability to work under pressure and under tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in conducting online research.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Willingness to travel as required.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary and benefits are commensurate with other small non-profit organizations and based on experience.
  • Exempt position.
  • Location: downtown Washington, DC – accessible to public transportation and in a stimulating environment.

How to Apply
Send cover letter, resume, three references and one writing sample to: CLUW@cluw.org; subject line: Executive Director Position.

CLUW is an equal opportunity employer.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Deadline for application submission: January 3, 2020.

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