SEIU Local 620

SEIU Local 620

Executive Director

Based out of Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo, CA


The Service Employees International Union, Local 620 is seeking an Executive Director to lead a dynamic and effective labor organization on the Central Coast of California. We are seeking an exceptional candidate with the capacity to take the work of a healthy and growing organization to the next level of effectiveness.

SEIU Local 620 represents more than 3,500 employees in the cities, special districts and counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Our members provide services in public health care, mental health, planning, libraries, public works, social services, courts, schools and many other fields. We are a respected, growing and progressive labor organization that wants to continue to build power for our members.


  • Collective Representation: Skilled negotiators develop and lead rank & file committees in 24 public jurisdictions
  • Political/Legislative Action: The organization is active in the communities we serve taking effective action to support and oppose issues and candidates
  • Organizing: We mobilize our existing members and organize new groups into the union
  • Community Alliances & Coalitions: Local 620 partners with other progressive community based organizations working on issues of economic and social justice.

The new Executive Director will take leadership of a healthy organization with a $2.4 million annual budget and a history of financial stability and extraordinary membership growth. Local 620 has a skilled and stable staff team of 7 people. Local 620 has a track record of success, an excellent reputation in the communities our members serve and, solid elected Board leadership. Discussions are underway to consider how best to provide the incoming Executive Director with excellent support from a combination of resources which likely will include a transition committee and & executive coaching.

A. A minimum of four years of broad extensive and progressively responsible experience in an executive or high level administrative capacity with a labor organization including substantial experience as a supervisor and a Chief Spokesperson in the collective bargaining process, preferably in the public sector. Graduation from an accredited college with a degree in Industrial Relations, Public Administration, Political Science, or related field. Master degree preferred.

B. Any combination of training, education, and experience providing the required knowledge, abilities, and skills.

Knowledge of: Federal, State and local laws pertaining to employer/employee relations including collective bargaining; fair employment statutes; principles of public personnel administration and merit systems.

Skills to: Negotiate agreements and resolve conflicts in employee relations; establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of union member-leaders; elected & appointed public officials and community leaders; plan and implement organizing drives, contract & political campaigns. Ability to: Communicate effectively orally and in writing; utilize active listening in order to address concerns of a wide diversity of occupations from blue collar through professional. Develop & oversee budget. Coordinate, lead & supervise staff members. Perform research and make recommendations on various policy issues in order to enhance membership participation in all union activities.

Qualifications & Standards:
Valid Driver’s License, personal automobile, willingness to; work more than forty hours per week, including evenings and weekends when necessary, travel out of County/State occasionally, bi-lingual skills in English/Spanish highly desirable.


  • Approved Range is $133,887 – $163,447 per year, based on qualifications & experience
  • Employer paid, defined benefit pension plan
  • Paid vision, dental & long term disability coverage for self
  • Liberal holiday, sick leave, vacation and administrative leave plans
  • $5,980 annual automobile allowance
  • COLA’s equivalent with those negotiated for largest represented jurisdiction

If you are interested, send or fax résumé to:

SEIU Local 620 Executive Director Search Committee
C/O Ronna Hooper
114 Vine Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Fax (805) 614-7620

Review of applications begin on February 26, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Local 620 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability

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