California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Chief Operating Officer

Based in Sacramento, CA


The California Labor Federation seeks an experienced, management executive to serve as Chief Operating Officer of a statewide, progressive advocacy organization with under 30 employees. This is a full-time exempt, confidential position reporting to the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Federation and is based in Sacramento, CA. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with a unionized workforce.

The Chief Operating Officer reports directly to the Executive Secretary-Treasurer (the organization’s Chief Executive Officer) and is responsible for executing the Federation’s human resource operations, financial management, legal compliance and reporting.

Human Resources Administration & Personnel Management

  • Ensure payroll and benefits are properly distributed and recorded;
  • Maintain adequate systems for personnel administration, including for onboarding new employees, record keeping, legal reporting, time-tracking, and management of employee pension and health benefits;
  • Work with Chief of Staff to ensure compliance with collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and administer the CBAs in a consistent manner;
  • Develop and execute standardized personnel policies consistent with the CBAs;  
  • Assist the Executive Secretary-Treasurer in fulfilling obligations of the Federation; pension trust and its Foundation in setting annual meetings and maintaining their legal and financial records.

Financial Management

  • With the Executive Secretary-Treasurer, develop the annual operating budget;
  • Work with accounting staff to produce monthly financial statements;
  • Analyze and advise on income and expense trends and cash flow projections;
  • Manage cash and review bank account reconciliations monthly;
  • Establish, improve, and monitor internal controls;
  • Work with accounting staff to troubleshoot complex bookkeeping issues and technical problems in accounting software and data;
  • Monitor and improve systems for accounts payable and accounts receivable, including monitoring of affiliate dues;
  • Serve as primary contact with independent auditors on all accounting and tax matters;
  • Maintain adequate systems for preparing all delegate and per-capita apportionment;
  • Maintain leases and contracts for the Federation.

Legal Compliance & Political Reporting

  • Oversee all tax and reporting obligations for the federation and its 501(c)(c3);
  • Implement systems for complying with state and federal laws regarding campaign finance and lobbying activities;
  • Work with the General Counsel to ensure Federation compliance with all other state and federal laws and grant obligations.


  • 5 to 10+ years of experience in human resource administration and financial management.
  • Excellent understanding and knowledge of human resources systems, procedures, and software.
  • Familiarity or experience with state and federal campaign-finance disclosure.
  • Familiarity or experience with reporting for state, federal and foundation grants.
  • Demonstrated competence in supervision of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work well with other people in a demanding, deadline-driven, and constantly changing environment.
  • Experience working in a unionized work environment, or working knowledge of collective bargaining agreements administration is strongly preferred.

$130,000+, dependent on experience, with a competitive benefits package including employer-paid health care, dental and vision insurance and a defined benefit pension plan.

Job duties are expected to be performed in the Federation’s headquarters office in Sacramento, CA.

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and 2-3 references to Shubhangi Domokos at: SDomokos@calaborfed.org, with the subject line: “Application for Chief Operating Officer Position”.

We will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the opening is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer
California Labor Federation AFL-CIO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, California Labor Federation AFL-CIO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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