American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Senior New Employee Outreach and Training Advocate
Research and Collective Bargaining Department

Based in Washington, DC


Senior New Employee Outreach and Training Advocate
Research and Collective Bargaining Department

Location: Washington, DC
USU Grade: 10
Starting Salary: $90,954

The Senior New Employee Outreach and Bargaining Training Advocate leads AFSCME’s National New Employee Outreach program and the Research and Collective Bargaining Department’s work on training related to collective bargaining. Incumbent evaluates and identifies potential short and long-range initiatives and the impact on member interests of proposed programmatic changes in these areas. Specifically, incumbent will lead the development and implementation of a New Employee Outreach program, track engagement and adjust the program accordingly. Additionally, incumbent will work with other national union staff to coordinate, create, and conduct affiliate bargaining training as requested, at conferences and through specific programs.


  • Leads the International Union’s New Employee Outreach team.
  • Maintains expertise in the development and implementation of union outreach programs to new employees.
  • Advises and provides technical assistance to AFSCME affiliate leaders and staff on implementing a New Employee Outreach program.
  • Works directly with AFSCME affiliates and recommends changes or improvements to the program based on innovations and affiliate needs.
  • Conducts and oversees in-depth quantitative and qualitative research to ensure best practices are being utilized.
  • Collaborates with other AFSCME departments to identify crosscutting issues and projects within the areas of New Employee Outreach and Bargaining Training.
  • Works closely with affiliate staff through train-the-trainer programs and other venues to effectively engage member leaders in new employee outreach.
  • Advises department staff engaged in contract negotiations on employee outreach issues. In collaboration with staff from other AFSCME departments, coordinates and delivers targeted training programs in the areas of new employee outreach, bargaining, contract campaigns, and other issues related to collective bargaining.
  • Develops materials for and conducts workshops at affiliate meetings and conferences covering New Employee Outreach programs and Bargaining.
  • Develops and recommends new employee outreach and training language to affiliates for upcoming contract negotiations.
  • Creates content for program and training in both an in-person and virtual environment.
  • Consults International Union staff in the development of new training materials and subject area expertise.
  • May monitor one or more specialty issues or topics of importance to AFSCME. Serves as the resource person in these areas for both affiliate and AFSCME staff and in an advisory role during negotiations and organizing campaigns.
  • Advises AFSCME affiliate union leaders and staff about state and local legislation, laws, regulations, executive actions, and policies that facilitate the implementation and effectiveness of New Employee Outreach programs.
  • Works in the field on organizing and political campaigns, sometimes for extended periods.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, with course work in labor relations, public policy, political science, or liberal arts.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant and progressively responsible experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Extensive knowledge of public sector unions and their internal and external working relationships. Extensive knowledge of union outreach programs and experience designing and implementing such programs to sign up new employees as union members.
  • Extensive experience designing and presenting workshops and training programs for a large number of participants.
  • Demonstrated ability to propose new programs or resource materials, including outlining program strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and execute new programs as well as evaluate existing programs to ensure that they have the greatest impact on their intended audience.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with International Union officers and staff as well as officers and staff of AFSCME affiliates.
  • Ability to interact flexibly and appropriately and to represent sensitive political and technical issues in a politically sensitive environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical concepts effectively to a variety of audiences, including excellent writing, representational and public communication skills. Strong ability to work independently on projects and complex tasks.
  • Extensive knowledge of appropriate word processing software.
  • Demonstrated abilities to be detail-oriented and accurate and capable of working in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

Travel and work hours:

  • Travel and on occasion working extended hours or weekends may be required.

To Apply:
Please submit résumé and cover letter to: recruiting@afscme.org.

Posting Date: November 12, 2021

AFSCME is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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