SEIU Washington State Council

SEIU Washington State Council


Based in Seattle, WA

The Service Employees International Union represents over 100,000 workers across Washington State fighting for better wages, working conditions, and justice on the job for thousands of union and not-yet-union workers in our industries. The SEIU State Council coordinates work across unions representing health and long term care, education, property services, and others to make Washington a place where all families and communities can thrive.

The Director is responsible for the execution of program and administrative functions of the State Council. The person in this position reports to the Council Executive Board and supports the development and execution of political and legislative campaigns for SEIU in Washington State.

Acting in collaboration with SEIU Washington State Local Union leaders, Local Union staff, State Council staff, and SEIU International staff, the Director’s responsibilities and duties, include the following:

Coordinate across local and international unions

  • State Council “Work Group” Coordination. Coordinates and chairs a standing work-group of local union political, legislative and communications staff, setting the agenda, scheduling guests, and following up on commitments.
  • Cross Local Coordination. Coordinate political, legislative, and issue program and plans with assigned staff of each SEIU Local in Washington.
  • Partners and Coalitions. Provide unified connection to community organizations and coordinate financial support. Serve as SEIU representative to specific coalitions with political allies and partners; as assigned.
  • International Union Coordination. Serve as representative of the State Council to SEIU political staff nationally and WA staff representative on Federal campaigns. Liaison between locals and the IU including applying for funding for special projects.

Support political and legislative campaigns of local unions

  • Political Campaigns. Monitor Council political spending. Act as communication coordinator at election time. Support field campaigns and member education campaigns.
  • Candidate Endorsements. Coordinate joint local endorsement process, including maintaining automated master endorsement process tracker for all locals. Coordinate member-led presidential endorsement process amongst locals
  • Issue Campaigns. Develop project-based plans for approval by the Executive Board. Act as coordinator for these multi-local campaigns (i.e., immigration, census, racial equity).

Administrative tasks:

  • Calendars. Maintain master calendar of local union & community events, including annual meetings, trainings, and other priorities.
  • Board Meetings. Provide planning and preparation for Council Board meetings, scheduling guest speakers and Audio/Visual support for meetings and presentations.
  • Resource Administration: Administer and monitor budgets and resources of the council based on approved plans of the council.
  • Communications. Maintain communication with principal officers from each local regarding progress, obstacles, partner work, etc.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.

Required Experience and Skills

  • Three to five years of political experience with one or more of the following types of organizations: labor unions, progressive issue advocacy organizations, community organizations, political campaigns, or progressive elected officials.
  • Proven ability to provide support to senior-level local union staff and Executive Board.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple lines of accountability simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of all stages of political campaigns, including endorsements, field, and outreach.
  • Excellent analytical and writing ability.
  • Computer literacy, including knowledge of PowerPoint.
  • The successful candidate will share in the values of the labor movement and demonstrate a commitment to the mission, goals, and tactics of SEIU.

Salary Range
The salary for this position ranges between $70,000 and $85,000, depending on experience. Benefits include fully paid health benefits including vision and dental, generous vacation time, paid retirement, and cell phone reimbursement.

Interested in applying? Send a résumé, 1-2 writing samples, and a cover letter highlighting what interests you specifically about this position. Put “Director” in the subject line and email your materials to: mike@seiuwa.org.

This position will be open until filled. No phone calls, please.

SEIU Washington State Council is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons living with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer are urged to apply.

About the organization:
The SEIU Washington State Council supports the work of all Washington State SEIU Local Unions. The Council is an SEIU Intermediary body chartered by SEIU. The Council is governed by an Executive Board representing the elected leaders of each Washington State SEIU Local. The Executive Board is led by a Chair, who chairs meetings with the support of the State Council Director.

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