HIRING ANNOUNCEMENT: Maine AFL-CIO Peer Workforce Navigator

The Maine AFL-CIO seeks a dynamic and passionate Peer Workforce Navigator to coordinate our work to connect workers with good union jobs, registered apprenticeship and training programs, unemployment benefits and support services. The Peer Workforce Navigator will actively reach out through existing unions and the broader community to connect workers with these opportunities. The Navigator will coordinate outreach, connect workers with jobs and supports, and develop the leadership of workers to address systemic issues of inequality. 

About the Maine Peer Workforce Navigator Project

For the past two years of the pandemic, labor, community and immigrant organizations have worked together to help workers access unemployment insurance benefits, other critical services and good quality jobs and apprenticeship programs. Out of that work, we passed legislation to establish and fund peer workforce navigators rooted in base-building community, labor and immigrant organizations. Five organizations, including the Maine AFL-CIO, will be hiring workforce navigators and working together on a shared workplan to organize and connect Maine workers with good jobs, training opportunities, unemployment benefits and support services, while also working to identify and solve systemic problems and barriers that prevent workers from gaining dignity and economic security.  

Overview of Job Responsibilities

The Maine AFL-CIO Peer Workforce Navigator will coordinate our work to connect workers with good jobs, registered apprenticeship and training programs, unemployment benefits and support services. The Navigator will be responsible for internal and external outreach, directly supporting workers accessing programs and opportunities, and developing people’s leadership.  The Navigator will work as part of a broader team of navigators working across multiple organizations. 

Description of Duties

  • Coordinate outreach through unions, union families and the broader working class to connect workers with good quality jobs, registered apprenticeship and training opportunities, unemployment benefits and other social supports (childcare, housing, healthcare, transportation, etc.).  The Navigator will actively do one-on-one meetings with workers to connect them with these opportunities and develop a comprehensive outreach plan to engage as many workers as possible. 
  • Develop strong understanding of workforce development, registered apprenticeship and job placement opportunities as well as unemployment insurance and other important services to help workers access these programs and opportunities.
  • Participate and lead a variety of outreach and organizing strategies including door-to-door canvassing, text-banking, phonebanking, events, digital outreach and more. 
  • Work directly with unions to recruit workers into union jobs and support them in applying and succeeding once hired. 
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders in their region – career center staff, union leaders, workforce development organizations, key people at state or local agencies, social service providers, apprenticeship directors, organizations working with directly impacted populations and lots more. 
  • Recruit workers supported to become active participants in our navigator network and to refer others who can benefit from our support.  Build an active network of volunteer navigators.  Develop good systems for training and onboarding new volunteer navigators. 
  • Work to develop the leadership of workers and to bring them into the broader work we are doing. 
  • Support communications efforts to share information about the peer workforce navigator program, highlight success stories, educate people about opportunities and supports, and support people in sharing their stories to encourage others to be involved. 
  • Rigorous tracking and entering of data.
  • Work together with other peer workforce navigators on all aspects of this project – training, data entry, leadership development, communications, meetings, special projects and more.                

Qualifications and Skills

  • Organizing experience working with workers and unions, community and immigrant organizations.  Strong relational organizing skills. 
  • Ability to understand key programs – workforce, apprenticeship, unemployment, support services – and help people successfully access and navigate these programs.
  • Ability to do effective one-on-one training with members, train groups of people and develop trainings and curriculum. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build teams and work effectively in a team environment in both a lead and a support role.
  • Ability to identify systemic or pattern problems and work with people to address them. 
  • Commitment to social, economic and racial justice. 
  • Demonstrated leadership, collaboration and relationship-building skills inside organizations and externally with partners, stakeholders and state agency staff.
  • Ability to work independently within the context of a plan.  Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, and demonstrated experience in developing personal work plans and goals.  
  • Computer proficiency is required:  Database/spreadsheet, email, internet, word processing, social media platforms, etc.
  • Ability to travel.

Job Details: 

The Peer Workforce Navigator works under the direct supervision of the Maine AFL-CIO Executive Director and works in close collaboration with the Peer Workforce Navigator Project Director. 

How To Apply:

This is a two-year grant funded position.  This is a full time, union represented position.  Our office is based in Augusta, Maine. Remote work is possible. Salary is commensurate with experience.  Salary range: $47,000 - $53,000.  We offer a very generous benefit package including a defined benefit pension (if position is extended), 100% healthcare coverage, an HRA, 17 paid holidays and more. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Matt Schlobohm, [email protected] with Workforce Navigator in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to apply by Monday April 18.

The Maine AFL-CIO is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Maine AFL-CIO

The Maine AFL-CIO is a statewide federation of 180 local unions with a membership base of 40,000 Maine workers. Maine AFL-CIO seeks to improve the lives of union members and all working people – in the workplace and the community – through organizing, collective action and public policy.