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Senior Political Associate

Job Title: Senior Political Associate

Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is the fastest growing organization for working people in the country. With more than three million members, Working America recruits and mobilizes people who do not have a union on the job in support of working families' issues.

The Senior Political Associate will conduct research, provide reports, and develop materials on legislative, policy and campaign issues, as well as provide other general administrative support to the Political Director.

Reports to: Political Director


  • Where required, assist the Political Director with political strategy development;
  • Assist in facilitating implementation of political activities with Working America national and field staff;
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of electoral and voter targeting, analytical and evaluative systems;
  • Interact with elected officials, candidates, staff and allies in connection with Working America priorities, and provide guidance to Working America staff on interactions at national and state level;
  • Independently manage related projects;
  • Conduct and organize research on legislative, policy and campaign issues, and monitor developments;
  • Manage campaign literature system, including conducting research, drafting documents, tracking literature development, proofing, printing and coordinating approval and monitoring use in multiple field offices;
  • Work on multiple elections in different states at any given time;
  • Build reports in Excel, Access and other similar databases;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills Needed:

  • At least five years of combined experience in political campaigns, labor and/or legislative fields, including senior level decision making, program strategy and execution;
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills covering a variety of topics and formats, as well as solid verbal communications capacity required;
  • Track record of work with databases, including VAN, NGP and/or other similar systems required;
  • Experience working with labor unions, candidates or parties, and elected officials strongly preferred;
  • Experience with evidence based electoral analytics and research;
  • Familiarity with Congressional and/or state legislative process, and research resources strongly preferred;
  • Willingness and ability to quickly learn new skills related to job duties;
  • Organized and detail oriented;
  • Calm under pressure;
  • Work well as part of a team in a multi-tasking, detail and deadline oriented environment, as well as willingness to seek assistance/clarification whenever necessary;
  • Appreciation and general understanding of canvassing as a grassroots organizing strategy a plus;
  • Experience with independent expenditure campaigns a plus;
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours as necessary;
  • Extensive travel to field offices, conferences and other events required.


  • A bachelor's degree in political science or other related field is preferred.


  • Washington, DC

Position Type

  • Full-time/Regular
  • Exempt

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