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Executive Director

Affiliate: Council 32
Location:Madison, WI
Posting Date:February 12, 2019

AFSCME Wisconsin Council 32 is currently seeking candidates for the Executive Director position. The position will be based in Madison, Wisconsin.


This full-time position is appointed by the Executive Board of Council 32. The Executive Director serves as the Council’s chief administrative and executive officer and must conduct the affairs of Council 32 in affordance with the Constitution of Wisconsin AFSCME Council 32, the AFSCME International Union Constitution, and the policies adopted by Council 32’s Convention and the Executive Board.


The Executive Director shall be responsible for performing a multitude of duties which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Report directly to the Executive Board and work collaboratively with the Board;
  • Carry out the policies of the Council and be responsible for the policies being carried out by the Council staff;
  • Employ, assign, and supervise staff employees for purposes of organizing, service, education, research, publications, and similar activities;
  • Coordinate staff evaluations, training, support, supervision, and leadership development;
  • Be the Council’s official spokesperson, except where the Executive Board may otherwise direct;
  • Develop and implement programs including organizing, collective bargaining, political action plans, communications structure, and member services;
  • Manage the Council’s internal/external organizing efforts;
  • Retain professional consultant services, with the approval of the Executive Board;
  • Sign all contracts and other official documents of the Council;
  • Submit to the Executive Board a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year;
  • Direct negotiations with employers;
  • Direct organizing activities within the Council’s jurisdiction;
  • Be responsible for the contents of the Council’s publications; and
  • Report regularly to the Convention and to the Executive Board on his/her activities and the standing and progress of the Council.


  • Personal Integrity – Demonstrated by honesty and candor in dealing with others, and the ability to develop trust with Union members and staff, employer representatives, neutrals, elected official, and with political and community organizations;
  • Self Confidence – The ability to project a positive self-image through effective written and oral communications;
  • Assertiveness – The ability to forthrightly state the Union’s position in a variety of emotionally charged forums;
  • Decisiveness – The proven ability to make timely decisions based on sound reason and available data;
  • Listening Skills – The ability to listen to, understand, accept, and work cooperatively with Union members and staff as well as diverse groups involved in collective bargaining and political advocacy;
  • Commitment to Empowerment – A belief in the philosophy of rank and file involvement in the Union and the empowerment of individual workers through collective bargaining and/or collective action;
  • Conflict Management – The ability to deal with a variety of personnel problems, including the ability to resolve conflict, to communicate openly, and to encourage consensus when appropriate;
  • Flexibility – The ability to focus on the overall mission of the Union in the face of changing external/internal environments.


  • Excellent skills in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and Memoranda of Understanding.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent leadership and motivation skills.
  • Responsible fiscal management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large scale campaign type endeavors (organizing drives, first contract fights).
  • Ability to work independently in the context of a plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments.
  • Ability to solve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships.
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.
  • Good computer skills, valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation.
  • Able to work long and irregular hours, weekends, and holidays.
  • Travel required.


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in the field of industrial/labor relations, economics, or another related field. The college degree requirements may be waived for satisfactory years of directly relevant work experience.
  • Three years of strong staff management skills.
  • Extensive experience as a labor union representative.
  • Experience in union organizing campaigns, and knowledge of anti-worker employer tactics.


Salary will depend on experience. Fringe benefit package includes paid sick leave, vacation, holidays, pension, and health insurance.


All interested applicants should email cover letter and resume to Michelle Byrne, Executive Assistant, at mbyrne@afscme32.org by February 25, 2019.

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