Director, Political Action and Campaigns Department

Posted:  11 October 2017

Internal/External Posting

Bulletin No. 2017-05 - Ottawa, Ontario

Application Deadline: October 25, 2017

The Canadian Labour Congress is seeking a skilled, experienced Director for the Political Action and Campaigns Department. This position is based in Ottawa and reports to the President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • support the work of the President and Officers in the implementation of CLC priorities for work in the area of political action and campaigns;
  • develop CLC policies related to political action and campaigns, in collaboration with other CLC departments;
  • develop and implement national campaigns to ensure the labour movement’s positions are prominent in municipal, provincial and federal campaigns;
  • encourage and assist affiliates, federations of labour and labour councils to participate in the delivery of CLC campaigns;
  • co-ordinate market research, conduct polling and oversee focus and message testing for campaign implementation strategies;
  • work with the Political Assistant to the President to integrate the Department’s campaigns and programmes into regional operations;
  • initiate and support activities with Canadian affiliates, NGOs and government departments involved in related work;
  • work with other national and regional directors to integrate CLC research and equity issues into national campaigns;
  • work with the Communications Department to incorporate new media activities into campaigns;
  • oversee advocacy and lobbying work with the federal government and political parties;
  • provide analysis on the impact of federal and provincial government positions and decisions on working people, their families and communities;
  • develop, implement, monitor and report on Department and project work plans and budgets;
  • assign and supervise work of Department staff;
  • maintain budget and administrative systems for the Department; and
  • represent the CLC before non-labour organizations and government agencies.


The successful applicant will have:

  • sound knowledge of the Canadian labour movement and our social and economic equality goals;
  • several years of successful experience developing strategies and leading campaigns in the labour movement and with our social partners;
  • experience in conducting campaign-related market research, analysis, polling and message testing;
  • recognized success in ongoing advocacy and lobbying at the national level;
  • demonstrated leadership skills;
  • demonstrated communications skills, including writing and presentation skills;
  • administrative and budgeting skills;
  • the ability to integrate an equity perspective into the Department’s work;
  • successful experience in programme and project development demonstrated over a number of years, including implementation and reporting, and the demonstrated ability to organize and carry out several projects concurrently;
  • the ability to work within CLC structures including national affiliated unions and provincial and territorial federations of labour;
  • excellent analytical and writing skills are essential;
  • the ability to work in Canada’s two official languages is preferred; and
  • the ability to travel within Canada and internationally.

The annual salary for this position is $105,606.53 (plus benefits) under the collective agreement (Unifor, Local CULR-1).

Please submit your resume and covering letter to the attention of Lori McCarthy, Director, Human Resources, via email: by October 25, 2017. Quote Bulletin 2017-05 in your application.

Note: The CLC will complete its internal hiring process prior to proceeding with external candidates. While we appreciate all applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Canadian Labour Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Members of equity‑seeking groups are encouraged to self-identify. Women, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and Aboriginal workers are encouraged to apply for this position.