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Political Action Representative III

Department: Political Action Department
Location:Sacramento, CA
Salary:Starts at $86,996
Benefits:List of benefits
Posting Date:January 16, 2020

This position is responsible for developing, managing and conducting political action campaigns for affiliates; training affiliate leaders/staff and members in how to conduct political campaigns; supervising in-house polling operations; and assisting with state lobbying efforts. As circumstances require advises, develops and coordinates political activities and campaigns for various affiliates. Political campaigns can be managed for incumbents/candidates running for local judicial, council, mayoral, legislative, gubernatorial offices; and for congressional seats and the presidency.   


  • Tracks political developments affecting all major political parties and prepares background reports on a variety of topics including convention plans, redistricting, campaign finances and delegate selection.  Information is used by AFSCME policy decision makers to plan departmental objectives and strategies.
  • Monitors political developments, issues and topics by meeting with officials of political research and policy institutions and attending coalition group briefings.
  • Conducts workshops for affiliate leaders and members in how to become politically involved and how to conduct and manage political activities and campaigns. Assesses local/state political campaigns, their possible success and potential impact on members' welfare.  Recommends extent of political assistance needed, type of campaign to be waged; budget and how to split costs, and the extent of involvement by AFSCME headquarters staff.
  • Goes on-site and coordinates the staging, execution and management of an entire affiliate campaign or just AFSCME's involvement.
  • Conducts workshops for affiliate leaders and members on how to perform various assignments within a campaign, i.e., developing budget, targeting precincts, developing campaign strategy, writing/producing/distributing voter information materials, establishing phone banks, seeking media coverage, get-out-the vote crews, recruiting volunteers, conducting fundraising events, candidate appearances, working with other unions and coalitions of organizations and conducting voter surveys.
  • Develops/modifies workshop materials for currency and to fit specific affiliate interests on selected campaign issues and topics.  Conducts workshop sessions to acquaint members with the issues and AFSCME's position.  These sessions can be given during active campaign periods or at affiliate conferences during off election periods.
  • Seeks out gubernatorial and congressional candidates or their representatives to determine what assistance they might need.  Recommends in-kind assistance such as volunteers, materials and facilities.  Serves as AFSCME's principal liaison to the candidates' campaign staffs.
  • Discusses with affiliates their specific interest and ability to commit resources to a campaign. Counsels candidates and their staffs on the issues of particular interest to affiliates as well as AFSCME's position on a number of policy objectives.
  • Represents AFSCME at political action coalition gatherings participating in the deliberations and preparing reports outlining conclusions reached. 
  • May conduct training sessions for other union organizations on topics of mutual interest. 
  • Manages the department's polling operation using recognized statistical techniques to select audience samples, prepare questionnaires and analyze results. 
  • Trains and manages poll takers.  Makes poll survey information available to candidates, department staff and AFSCME senior staff.
  • Contributes newsworthy items to the weekly Eye Opener report. Assists affiliates with such state lobbying activities as; drafting legislative language, developing strategy, testifying before legislative committees, visiting legislators, developing coalition groups, preparing written material and enunciating AFSCME's views to the media.
  • Promotes and implements the PEOPLE program, AFSCME’s political action committee. Meets with affiliate leaders, retiree leaders, and members to promote fundraising for the committee. Drafts and implements fundraising plans.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with course work in Labor Relations, Political Science or Government.
  • Seven to ten years of related work experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Thorough knowledge of federal campaign financial regulations and laws.
  • Thorough knowledge of campaign targeting techniques.
  • Knowledge of scientific polling techniques.
  • Knowledge of computer software associated with potential campaign data gathering or planning.
  • Knowledge of Sacramento, CA political environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work under pressure within tight deadlines.
  • Ability to develop training curriculum and conduct workshops.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and writing in large group settings.
  • Ability to develop and monitor political campaign budgets.
  • Ability to assess political situations and develop appropriate campaign strategies.

Travel and work hours:

  • Extensive travel, extended work hours and a valid driver’s license required.

Please submit resume and cover letter to recruiting@afscme.org.

Posting Date:  January 15, 2020

AFSCME is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate 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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