Now Hiring: Director of Public Affairs and Communications

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The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) is the premier labor union representing more than 15,000 professionals employed by the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota State colleges and universities system. We are recruiting for a Director of Public Affairs and Communications to be part of the senior management team; and lead the Public Affairs and Communications department’s work.

About us

MAPE is dedicated to organizing, developing leaders and building power to change lives for the better. Our mission is to represent members with respect to all terms and conditions of employment, and to advance the interests of our members. MAPE is committed to relational organizing as the primary approach we take to building power for the common good. Relational organizing refers to sustained relationship building and educational process where people come to deeply understand that their own self-interests are closely tied to the self-interests of others in their union and community, and that by acting together, people create power to change things for the better.

MAPE focuses on experimentation (trying new approaches to MAPE’s work so that we can quickly learn what actually works) and capacity building (investing in programs to improve MAPE’s skills and capacity to act in any environment).

About you

The Director of Public Affairs and Communications is part of the staff leadership team responsible for implementing the strategies and priorities of the organization, as set by the board. The Director of Public Affairs and Communications is responsible for implementing and sustaining an effective strategic lobbying and communications program that includes member engagement and member-capacity building at the heart of the program. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to reshape the political impact of the labor movement in a post-Janus world. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable and experienced with the legislative process in the context of a union or social justice/community organization; demonstrates the ability to put together and implement a communications strategy in a member-centered organization; can work independently and in a team; and has the ability to engage multiple stakeholders in a meaningful way.   

To assure consideration, submit resume and cover letter (preferably by email) no later than August 19, 2019 to:

An optional job survey form, which can be included with application materials, is available for download below.

Paul Schweizer
MAPE Business Manager
3460 Lexington Ave. N
Shoreview, MN 55126

The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people from under-represented groups to apply for this position.