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Executive Director



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Minnesota, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Position Overview

AFSCME Council 5 seeks a full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director is appointed by the Executive Board and serves at the pleasure of the Board. This role provides high-level administrative leadership, direction, and oversight for the day-to-day operations of the Council, including strategic planning, contract negotiations, public relations, legislative leadership, and member organizing. This role is highly visible and active, requiring extensive collaboration and communication with members of our Union, Council leadership, Council staff, other labor organizations, and elected officials.

AFSCME Council 5, being a member-led union, expects a leader who is skilled and excited to work with and support our diverse membership in campaigns that strengthen our union and facilitate workplaces where everyone can thrive.

This position requires a non-standard work week, including evenings and weekends. This position requires frequent travel within the state and some limited travel outside the state.

Overview of Council 5

AFSCME Council 5 is a union of more than 43,000 workers in all 87 counties across the state of Minnesota, working in public and private sector jobs. We advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all workers.

We believe that every person working to sustain their community deserves respect and dignity. AFSCME Council 5 is the union that honors solidarity without conformity and works to empower and uplift each member’s story into a collective force that cannot be ignored. We know that, together, we can win better lives for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Job Duties

Organizational Management

  • Execute the mission of Council 5 to advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all workers.
  • Work in partnership with the Executive Board Chair Officers to plan and organize meetings of the
  • Serves as member of the Executive Board with a voice but no vote and serves as an advisor to its committees on policies affecting the Council.
  • With the Executive Board, develop strategic direction for Council
  • Promote a positive and constructive relationship with AFSCME
  • Develop and recommend an annual budget and two year budget plan to the Council 5 board and run all operations, programs, and activities within the Board-approved budget.
  • Lead the Union in engaging in effective collective bargaining and contract
  • Create and maintain an effective member-centered focus in all programs and

Staff Management

  • Provide overall direction to executive staff in carrying out program goals and objectives consistent with the direction established by the Board and ensuring management within the approved budget.
  • Responsible for all personnel
  • Develop operational capacity necessary to support a successful union and the work of
  • Ensure that the Union has a professional, member-led internal and external organizing
  • Create and nurture a work environment and organizational culture where all staff, embodying diverse identities and backgrounds, are able to thrive and be successful in their work.
  • Bargain the staff contract with the staff union, Minnesota AFSCME Council 5 Employees (MACE).

Political and Legislative Leadership

  • Oversee and execute political and legislative relations, activities, and campaigns that impact our
  • Lead the Union in a strong political action
  • Build and manage relationships with the Governor, the state Legislature, and local government elected officials essential to advancing the success of Council 5.

Outreach and Collaboration

  • Serve as the chief public spokesperson of the Union and ensure a comprehensive public relations
  • Build and maintain strong collaborative partnerships with other public and private sector labor unions and regional labor federations.
  • Effectively collaborate with coalition partners to advance the interests of AFSCME

Qualifications and Required Competencies

  • A record of leadership experience in positions of increasing responsibility, including management at a senior level for a minimum of five years.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of collective bargaining, organizing, lobbying, political action, and
  • Background in public policy, labor advocacy, union leadership, and/or business
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills and a commitment to fostering a team
  • Ability to identify, develop, and implement solutions to unique issues, questions, and problems with little or no precedent.
  • Develop solutions that are innovative and adaptable to changing internal and external
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and a proven ability to convey complex information and facilitate consensus in a positive and cooperative manner.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheets, email, internet, word processing, and virtual meeting
  • Ability to oversee and execute political and legislative relations, activities, and campaigns that impact our union, including positive relationship-building with elected and administrative officials.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple complex
  • Effective at working with diverse groups of people and able to manage the dynamic needs, interests, and viewpoints of multiple stakeholders.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and insurability.

Compensation Package

Yearly salary starting at $148,000, negotiable based on experience, with a competitive benefit package which includes auto reimbursement package, excellent employer-paid health insurance, dental insurance, long-term disability, life insurance, employer contributions towards a defined-benefit pension plan, as well as a generous paid leave policy. Optional benefits also offered include 401K, FSA (health/dependent care), supplemental life, and AFLAC.

How to Apply

Please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter, including your philosophy of leadership
  • Diversity statement
  • Contact information for three references, including at least two professional references

Resumes and references submitted to:

Eric Hesse c/o Liza Allen

AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 300 Hardman Avenue South South St. Paul, MN 55075


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