SEIU Local 503

SEIU Local 503
In It Together

Political Director

Based in Portland, OR


About SEIU 503
SEIU 503 is Oregon’s largest labor union, representing 72,000 care providers and public services workers. We envision a just and vibrant society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and where all people can provide for themselves and their families. We are a local affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, an organization of 2-million members in the U.S.

About the Position
Responsible for working with the Executive Director to develop and oversee implementation of strategies designed to achieve the vision and goals adopted by our union and to provide leadership among staff and members.

As a Director, with shared vision and purpose, you will drive organizational change and effectiveness through a focus on staff and team development, accountability, and equity and inclusion.

This position is based in either Portland or Salem, however permanent remote candidates in the Pacific Northwest will be considered. SEIU 503 will reimburse relocation costs up to $5000 for successful candidates.


  • Develop and implement a political action plan with the Executive Director to achieve goals and priorities established by the elected leadership of SEIU Local 503 that includes candidate elections, ballot measures, legislative lobbying, interim governmental contacts, and coalition building among allies.
  • Lead, supervise and develop the SEIU Local 503 Political Team including political organizers, policy organizers, loss-time members and contract lobbyists who are lobbying on behalf of SEIU Local 503.
  • Lead and oversee the work of SEIU Local 503's CAPE Council including coordinating CAPE elections, political trainings, leadership conferences, fundraising campaigns, candidate endorsement processes, candidate campaign contributions, develop CAPE budget with executive committee, political volunteer activities and the development of leaders.
  • Serve as Chief Lobbyist for SEIU Local 503 including developing legislative and policy proposals, overseeing the lobbying team including contract lobbyists, prepare and give testimony at public hearings, summarize and analyze bills and policies, form and maintain lobbying coalitions, collaborate with staff and members to develop organizing plans to complement our lobbying efforts and develop leaders.
  • Coordinate SEIU Local 503's ballot measure campaign activities including preparing proposed budgets, assisting in fundraising, representing SEIU Local 503 in campaign coalition meetings, overseeing the strategic planning and campaign including polling, consultant selection and campaign staffing. Coordinate with other staff to develop an internal field plan within the union.
  • Coordinate SEIU Local 503’s candidate campaign work. Including helping to develop winning campaign plans, ensuring endorsed candidates are prepared to win races, developing relationships with candidates, and working with CAPE on a candidate budget that reflects the member’s priorities.
  • Lead in the development and maintenance of coalitions with allied organizations.
  • Participate in union-wide membership drives, political campaigns and other field activities as assigned which may include worksite visits, phone banking, house visits, door-to-door canvassing and literature drops.

Additional duties:

  • Other duties as assigned to support the program of our Union.

Job Qualifications & Requirements

  • At least 7 years’ experience with a variety of the backgrounds listed below, including candidate campaign work, lobbying, policy work, ballot measures campaign work, budget management and working and supervising a team to carry out those goals.
  • Experience lobbying, including policy development and strategy. Experience with state budgets is desired.
  • Managerial and supervisory experience, working with a high level team that takes on a lot of responsibility.
  • Campaign experience, including creating ballot measure and candidate strategy, writing campaign plans, doing field work and creating field plans, creating messaging, developing a communications plan, and analyzing data.
  • Experience developing and analyzing polls and using that data to create a strategy.
  • Experience working with membership organizations, experience with labor organizing is desired.
  • Experience leading organizational equity and inclusion work and making sure that our political work is done through a gender, race, and economic justice lens.
  • Experience being a participant in and bringing together diverse coalitions.
  • Strong writing, public speaking, and analytical skills.
  • Experience writing and managing a budget is strongly desired

Pay and Benefits
Management positions provide comprehensive fully paid health, dental and vision benefits for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, generous holiday and leave policies, a severance package, a monthly car and cell phone allowance, and a 15% employer-paid defined contribution 401K. Compensation range is based on experience $74,316-$98,988 annually.

We are committed to hiring staff who reflect our membership and model the unity and equity that we seek to create in Oregon communities. Women, LGBTQ, people of color, and immigrants strongly encouraged to apply

To Apply
To apply please submit your résumé and a cover letter to Maureen Crawford at crawfordm@seiu503.org. In your cover letter, please explain how you believe a research team can inform an organization’s long-term strategy. We will accept applications until June 30, 2021.

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