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Labor Community Services Liaison - San Mateo County

San Francisco, CA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$81,000 to $90,000 per year

Published on 30 Jun 2021

Expires on 30 Jun 2021

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Labor Community Services Liaison - San Mateo County

An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to a Diverse Workforce

Department:              Community Impact Team
Reports to:                Chief Community Impact Officer 
Classification:          Professional Union
Closing:                    Open Until Filled


The United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is leading a network of corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals to create lasting change for Bay Area residents and families.  With a history that spans over 90 years and programs that tackle the issue of local poverty from every angle, UWBA is uniquely positioned to mobilize and motivate all sectors of the community toward the vision of ending the cycle of poverty.  

As UWBA responds to cultural shifts in the workplace, fundraising, and digital communications, it is guided by core values of innovation and results-driven creativity. Through a variety of existing and emerging initiatives, UWBA seeks to both strengthen and reimagine its work at all levels in order to provide more and better opportunities for struggling Bay Area residents. 

UWBA is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive workplace that values equity. We particularly welcome applications from immigrants, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ applicants, and people with lived experience in poverty. To foster an open and impartial application review process that minimizes the potential for bias, please remove any reference to academic institutions from which you obtained a degree, if applicable, for example, simply list “Bachelor of Arts in Sociology”.  Not having a degree will not preclude you from being considered; applicable work experience is equally considered.

United Way and organized Labor have enjoyed a beneficial and enduring Partnership that has engaged and assisted hundreds of thousands of working people--union members and non- members alike—in times of need. Locally, Bay Area Labor Councils and United Way Bay Area (UWBA)  share a rich history of working collaboratively on critical community social and economic justice issues, improving the lives of working families, bringing fairness and dignity to the workplace, giving workers a voice at work and supporting policies and legislation that advance equity. For more information about the San Mateo Labor Council, please visit

Disrupt poverty in the Bay Area, join us in building a brighter tomorrow:

The Opportunity:

The San Mateo Central Labor Council (CLC) Labor Community Services Liaison, funded by UWBA, is focused on individual and community impact - creating and supporting programs and policies that enhance self-sufficiency, expand workforce training, expand access to affordable health care and childcare, expand quality education, ensure and safeguard immigration rights, expand public transportation options, reduce health disparities, promote and protect workers’ rights and workplace health and safety

The San Mateo Labor Liaison supports all functions of United Way and AFL-CIO partnership and the mutual interests of both organizations by:

  • Bridging United Way and Labor communities
  • Fostering strong relationships with CLC affiliates and labor unions to advance mutual impact goals and ensure successful United Way campaigns and fundraising efforts
  • Identifying opportunities for the United Way and Labor to collaborate on jointly developed programs that benefit local communities
  • Building strategic partnerships with community allies and implementing jointly developed programs around the issues of income, education and health

The San Mateo Labor Liaison is an employee of United Way Bay Area subject to UWBA’s employment and workplace policies. This position is based in San Mateo County at the San Mateo Central Labor Council.

What you’ll do:

Relationship-Building, Community Engagement and Community Impact

  • Conduct a program of community services for union members, their families, and others in the community as identified/agreed in the jointly developed annual work plan (including but not limited to information & referral, food pantries and hardship funds).
  • Work with United Way Community Impact (CI) staff and Central Labor Council (CLC) leaders to determine where CI goals align with the goals of the local labor movement and develop plans for increasing labor participation to achieve those goals.
  • Connect union members to essential services and refer members to UWBA programs including 211, SparkPoint, Earn It! Keep It! Save It! etc.
  • Develop effective relationships with San Mateo Central Labor Council leaders and local unions in the jurisdiction covered by UWBA.
  • Collaborate with CLC staff to build capacity of the CLC to sustain effective relationships with community-based organizations that work in impact areas of mutual interest to the UWBA and CLC.
  • Develop labor and community-based coalitions and partnerships and oversee efforts that highlight working family and social justice issues that are of mutual interest to the UWBA and CLC, give voice to disempowered residents in communities and tackle the root causes of social and economic inequality.
  • Develop community mapping tools to identify strategic community partners, analyze existing relationships and identify opportunities to build relationships with key community allies.
  • Identify opportunities to build and foster a strong partnership between the Labor Council and the United Way.
  • Represent Labor across United Way’s departments including community impact, resource development, communications, marketing and other areas, and develop strategies to clearly demonstrate the role and value of the labor partnership with United Way.
  • Organize community service opportunities that are aligned with the UW’s and Labor’s mutual impact goals and recruit volunteers to ensure successful events.
  • Participate and assist in organizing Labor Council events that are of mutual benefit. Represent Labor on relevant community Boards, Commissions, committees, forums and events.


  • Assist in UWBA workplace giving campaigns, where appropriate and possible, by coordinating with United Way Development staff.
  • Develop and support joint Labor-Management campaigns by analyzing data and developing strategies based on evaluation of previous results and additional research.
  • Develop and implement effective engagement and stewardship strategies for accounts to clearly demonstrate and highlight the value of the partnership with United Way.
  • Develop labor (unions, CLCs, and members) participation recognition programs and materials.
  • Provide best practice examples of corporate, employee, individual and/or special event fundraising approaches.
  • Develop plans to engage unionized employees within UW corporate partners for better campaigns.
  • Develop comprehensive fundraising plans that engage unions and employers to ensure successful workplace giving campaigns.
  • To fund the partnership work of UWBA and the CLC, the Community Services Liaison, CLC Leadership, and UWBA will co-create a joint fundraising plan annually, determining goals, workplans and strategy.
  • The Liaison will work with UWBA development to explore federal, state, and local government funding opportunities, in addition to foundations, for joint projects and other mutually beneficial and complementary initiatives.

Volunteer Recruitment and Training

  • Develop and implement volunteer recruitment strategies that enable UWBA and Labor to achieve Community Impact goals of mutual interest including Labor participation on UWBA Boards and Committees.
  • Develop and conduct trainings for union members, community partners and United Way staff.
  • Create and deliver a variety of training curricula to develop union members’ leadership skills, including non-profit board training, advocacy for the common good and other programs as needed.

Administrative Functions

  • Develop, in consultation, with the CLC, an annual work plan based on the national AFL-CIO-United Way Model Joint Work Plan.
  • Participate in United Way meetings, including local United Way staff meetings, and conferences as appropriate.
  • Attend CLC, regional Labor meetings, including staff meetings as appropriate.
  • Provide reports to CLC and United Way as requested for grant proposals and reports, reports to the Board of Directors, marketing and communications purposes, and others
  • Participate in education and training programs, conferences and conventions of the AFL-CIO, Labor Council and United Way on topics of mutual interest as appropriate.
  • Make every effort to participate in Community Impact Team leadership and strategy meetings

Who You Are:

  • Shares a deep commitment to the UW and Labor’s mission.
  • Labor: Demonstrated experience (5 to 7 years minimum) in the labor movement including mobilizing, volunteer recruitment and training, and leadership development. Strong understanding of AFL-CIO organizational structures and complex dynamics of local labor movements.
  • Community Organizing and Coalition Building: Demonstrated experience working with a broad array of organizations on issues of social and economic justice, building unity among diverse groups and facilitating meetings.
  • Planning and Execution: Ability to develop and execute work plans, training, and fundraising. Assess progress on plans and adjust as needed to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Manage Relationships: Ability to effectively develop, grow and sustain productive internal and external relationships and partnerships. Strong problem-solving skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to assess and analyze complex political situations and respond appropriately. Utilize interpersonal skills and political astuteness to engage as a member of multiple teams.
  • Self-Management: Ability to manage time effectively, prioritize work, and balance multiple projects simultaneously. Strong organizational skills: ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines; seeks to continuously improve interpersonal and professional skills.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and delivering presentations. Understands and uses empathy, compassion, and active listening; is fully present and aware of subtleties to better understand what is important to constituents and how to connect and engage them with United Way and labor communities.
  • Strategic Planning: Understands the big picture and aligns priorities with broader goals, measures outcomes, uses feedback to redirect as needed, evaluates alternatives, solutions oriented, seeks alternatives and broad input; can evaluate and provide input on complex issues.
  • Innovation/Creativity: Promotes and values a climate that values and rewards innovation and creativity. Acknowledges and champions the efforts of others to “think outside the box.”
  • Flexibility: Able to work long hours on occasion, including nights and weekends during peak times or “all hands-on deck” moments.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation to travel around San Mateo County
  • Union member or potential member preferred
  • Spanish language skills preferred.

Salary: $75,000 to $90,000 (depending on experience)


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Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
UWBA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender (including actual or perceived gender, and gender identity), sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state, federal or local law. Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States. UWBA will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a job, please let us know. If the reason you need an accommodation is not obvious, we may ask for documentation confirming your functional limitations.