Senior Legislative Manager
Grade: MGT D

Based in Washington, DC

Annual Pay: $93,202/YR

This position is responsible for working with other managers to plan, develop all aspects of legislative activity including, but not limited to: selected research, analytical writing, policy development support, public speaking, member education, training, lobbying, and strategic analysis. Responsible for analyzing legislative and legislative trends and providing Local leaders and national officers with technical support and a national perspective that advances the SEIU's goals.

Primary Responsibilities
Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed. Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by employees in the classification.

  • Assists with building relationships between SEIU and Congressional committees, Congressional caucuses, Members of Congress, and their staff to advance SEIU's legislative priorities on Capitol Hill.
  • Conducts research, policy analysis and legislative development related to federal implementation of various policy-related issues
  • Serves as lead staff for the Legislative Department on projects requiring a high degree of independent political judgment.
  • Manages long-range projects requiring ongoing leadership with other Legislative Department staff, including others in managerial positions.
  • Familiarity with issues related to labor unions, the economy, democracy and voting rights and racial justice preferred,
  • Collaborates with Government Affairs on lobbying and federal legislative priority-setting on policy-related issues and their implementation.
  • Develops and implement capacity-building initiatives for Locals, including developing and implementing necessary issue-based programs.
  • Advises SEIU Officers and senior staff on various public policy decisions and how their implementation affects working families.
  • Develops issue strategy and materials for lobbying activities, such as fact sheets, legislative reports, target lists, letters to elected officials to advocate for SEIU's core legislative political, and campaign, priorities.
  • Coordinates with Communications Team on best messaging and Hill communication strategy.
  • Represents the International on designated issues on Capitol Hill; and at professional, industry and outside organizational meetings, briefings, hearings and conferences.
  • Develops and participates in legislative coalitions with other unions and organizations as deemed appropriate.
  • Initiates, develops, responds to, and completes requests from the SEIU affiliates and their partners regarding the International Union's Issue Priorities.
  • Coordinates necessary meetings with internal and external contacts necessary to develop legislative campaigns and provides consultation and training information and materials to facilitate grassroots lobbying activities as assigned.
  • Monitors federal legislative developments on matters as assigned; keeps divisions, locals and leaders apprised of key legislative developments and informs stakeholders of legislative matters of interest.
  • Researches and distributes information on federal legislation.
  • Conducts analyzes and provides data summaries to SEIU leadership on existing legislation.
  • Monitors and analyzes federal legislative activity.
  • Prepares Congressional testimony on behalf of SEIU.
  • Acts as liaison between Local unions and government agencies.
  • Identifies opportunities for maximum advocacy (e.g. legislative calendars, grass roots).
  • Represents SEIU in public forums and field hearings, to serve as an advocate for SEIU (in terms of grassroots lobbying), and to carry out legislative goals of the department.
  • Performs other duties as required to support the department and its mission.

Include SEIU and affiliate staff, Congressional staff, other unions, and experts on legislative issues.

Direction and Decision Making
This position reports to the Legislative Director and works independently.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy or related field (Politics, History, Economics) and five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in direct lobbying of elected officials or government agencies and drafting legislation or seven (7) to nine (9) years' experience as a Legislative Assistant for an elected official or regulatory agency; and working in issues campaigns, political action and election campaigns at a senior level, policy analysis, community advocacy or drafting of legislation or regulations in relevant issues areas and labor or economic issues.

Or, a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of direct lobbying of elected officials or government agencies and drafting legislation.
  • Thorough knowledge of how issue campaigns, political actions, and election campaigns are structured and work..
  • Thorough knowledge of legislative offices.
  • Thorough knowledge of information systems for lobbying activity.
  • Knowledge of unions and their issues.
  • Knowledge of training and educational methods.
  • Knowledge of Congressional caucuses and committees.
  • Ability to manage staff and multiple priority projects
  • Ability to conduct formal research, analyze data and make sound, logical conclusions.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to make formal presentations and write advocacy papers.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet established timelines.
  • Ability to build good working relationships with members of Congress and their staff that assists with moving the goals of SEIU forward.
  • Ability to work effectively with elected leaders and staff in complex and sometime political situations.
  • Skill in the use of spreadsheets, database management systems, presentation software and on-line information sources.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers, including the use of MSOffice Suite and information systems for lobbying activity.

Physical Requirements
Work is generally performed in an office setting. Long and extended hours and travel required.

Application Requirements:
A résumé is required for all applications and a cover letter is highly suggested. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for SEIU, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan.

SEIU staff enjoy top notch benefits including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, competitive salaries, generous holidays and vacation policies, and both a pension plan and a 401(K) Plan.

SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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