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For each position of interest, please send a separate email with an attached cover letter and resume to:

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Assistant Director

Research & Collective Bargaining
Washington, D.C.
Starts at $110,352
Posting Date:
September 20, 2021

This position assists with the department’s collective bargaining support activities, including managing AFSCME’s Information Center, and the department’s public policy research. Oversees the selection and acquisition of library materials, including periodicals, online services and subscriptions and is responsible for managing the information center budget and negotiating contract renewals with vendors while ensuring copyright/licensing agreements are followed.


  • Information Center - oversee the selection and acquisition of library resources, the information center budget and contract renewals with vendors while ensuring copyright/licensing agreements are followed.
  • Supervise, train and mentor staff, including assigning and reviewing staff work product. Manage current contracts, contracts archive, magazines, proceedings correspondence and records database.
  • Collective bargaining – conduct or assist in contract negotiations, impasse proceedings, labor management relations, collective bargaining legislation and research supporting affiliate bargainers.
  • Sector–specific assignments – provide technical expertise on workplace and regulatory and other external factors affecting the sectors in which AFSCME members work.
  • Policy research – assist with summarizing public policy developments and articulating AFSCME’s policy interests.
  • Conventions – assist in the management of convention resolution process and other activities including workshops and caucuses.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education & 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 ten (10) years relevant experience in labor and research, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience.


  • Knowledge of labor unions and AFSCME. 
  • Thorough knowledge of issues in the public sector and publicly funded services. 
  • Understanding of workplace issues and advocacy strategies. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and, in writing. 
  • Ability to develop strategic work plans and manage programs, personnel, and budget. 
  • Experience designing or delivering training. 
  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships, including networking with various advocacy and coalition groups. 
  • Ability to analyze situations and take the appropriate course of action. 
  • Ability to organize work and supervise staff.

Please submit resume and cover letter to

        Posting Date: September 20, 2021