Membership Director

Michigan AFL-CIO
Lansing, MI 48933
Hybrid work
$55,000 - $65,000 a year - Full-time

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  • $55,000 - $65,000 a year

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  • Full-time

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  • Weekends as needed
  • Evenings as needed


Lansing, MI 48933

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

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Position: Membership Director


The Membership Director is responsible for growing the Michigan AFL-CIO through membership retention and growth of affiliated unions, the affiliation of new unions to the state federation, organizing new workers into affiliated unions, and the creation of systems that facilitate organizing efforts and incentivize advantageous labor environments.

The Membership Director will report to the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Michigan AFL-CIO. The

Membership Director’s work plan will be determined by the Michigan AFL-CIO.


● Develop, secure senior staff approval of, and execute a strategic plan to grow the Michigan AFL-

CIO through the affiliation of new unions to the state federation, retention and growth of existing affiliates, and environmental change work

● Develop, secure senior staff approval of, and resource a budget for all Department activities

● Identify, research, and map non-affiliated union membership, and develop and implement a concerted plan to affiliate new union locals into the Michigan AFL-CIO

● Independently build and maintain a database to track existing affiliates and new affiliation targets

● Negotiate affiliation agreements and solidarity charters in conjunction with the Chief of Staff

● Develop and implement a system to measure and continuously improve affiliate satisfaction

● Manage a statewide Organizing Table to centralize and coordinate union organizing strategy, targets, and campaigns

● Manage online infrastructure and distributed organizing toolkits for worker-centered organizing drives

● Research and advocate for union organizing in new industries to grow union membership in the future of work

● Drive lead generation on new worksite organizing and establish a process by which affiliates can organize those worksites

● Keep abreast of all regulatory developments and current issues around worksite organizing and unionization through continued education and professional growth, attending conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate

● Support affiliate union membership when on strike including coordinating with affiliate leadership

on media, mobilization and other support structures

● Create systems that facilitate organizing efforts and incentivize advantageous labor environments through the use of the Union Label and Service Trades Council, development of Buy Michigan campaigns, and the marketing of the union label and other applicable trademarks

● Organize membership around shared interests and demographics including constituency groups, worker centers, trades departments, the Veterans Council and the Union Sportsmen's Alliance


● Bachelor’s degree preferred in political science, public affairs, labor studies or a closely related field

● At least three years of experience working in trade unionism, political organizing or an applicable field

● Familiarity with and commitment to the labor movement and an understanding of labor’s goals

● Experience in facilitating and conducting training is a plus

● Demonstrated organizing experience in building unity among diverse groups and in recruiting and mobilizing others to take action

● Demonstrated ability to develop and drive effective and creative programs

● Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships

● Willingness to sign and honor an agreement protecting the integrity of union and partner data

● Strong time management and organizational skills are required, including a demonstrated ability to independently manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects in high-pressure situations and under difficult deadlines

● Excellent communication skills are essential, including the ability to interact successfully with individuals from diverse ethnic, racial, age, gender, educational, occupational, and socio- economic backgrounds; the verbal communication skills necessary to facilitate high-level strategic conversations among stakeholders with diverse interests; the written communication skills necessary to produce newsletters, leaflets, basic phone and walk scripts, work plans, and project reports

● Computer skills are required, including knowledge and extensive use of e-mail, Zoom, Teams,

Google Meet, Microsoft Office, and Google Drive.

● A valid driver’s license, continuous use of a reliable vehicle, automobile liability insurance, and be willing to travel regularly

● Occasional travel to other parts of the state and/or out-of-state may be necessary. Overnight travel will be infrequent but may be required

● Long work hours, some holiday work, and frequent participation in evening and weekend activities may be required, and attendance at early morning calls or events will be expected

Compensation: $55,000 - $65,000 salary. The Michigan AFL-CIO offers a competitive benefits package.

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Diversity & Equal Opportunity

Our organization is an equal opportunity employer, and we actively seek to build diversity among our officers, staff, and members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, Veteran, and disabled candidates are encouraged to apply.


The Michigan AFL-CIO is a non-profit federation of more than forty labor unions that represents over 1 million working people across Michigan. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. Employees of the

Michigan AFL-CIO may work in collaboration with one, or all, of our affiliated nonprofit organizations including:

Michigan AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute: our affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to combat economic and environmental injustice by connecting the unemployed or underemployed with the training and resources necessary to find gainful employment and transition Michigan to a cleaner, greener economy.

Michigan AFL-CIO Labor Foundation: our affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization established to combat economic and social injustice by connecting the working people with resources within Michigan’s charitable, educational and legal systems.

Michigan AFL-CIO Advocates: our affiliated 501(c)(4) non-profit organization established to unite labor leaders, policy makers, and the general public to educate and advocate around policies, programs and projects that can bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to communities across Michigan.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $55,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Lansing, MI 48933: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Willingness to travel:

  • 50% (Preferred)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Lansing, MI 48933

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