California State Employees Association

California State Employees Association
CSUEU/SEIU Local 2579

Political Director

Based in Sacramento, CA


Job # CSUEU.2024.02

California State University Employees Union, SEIU Local 2579 (CSUEU), an affiliate of California State Employees Association (CSEA), has an opening for a Political Director ($7,266/mo - $10,756/mo).

California State University Employees Union/SEIU Local 2579 represents approximately 16,000 (soon to be be 36,000) employees across California. CSUEU’s members are the backbone of the California State University system. This position reports directly to the CSUEU Executive Director.

The ideal candidate for this position will have substantial experience building a political activist group across CSUEU to promote the organizations political, legislative, and regulatory arena. This position will also involve substantial writing and policy work. The ideal candidate will be able to apply their strong communications and analytical skills towards crafting and executing the CSUEU’s policy priorities.

  1. Craft and execute a plan for member political education and engagement throughout the state that results in increased participation in the union’s political program;
  2. Develop comprehensive and integrated political program recommendations for the officers/senior staff, advise them on political strategies, and ensure effective implementation of the political program;
  3. Develop and implement campaigns that include goal setting and training to build participation in our Political Action Fund (PAC), and insure the successful growth of the fund;
  4. Overseeing implementation of the member political organizer program;
  5. Coordinate with SEIU CA State Council, CA Labor Federation, and other partner labor bodies;
  6. Work to develop relationships and strategic partnerships with organizations related to CSU.
  7. Supervise staff and consultants as needed during campaigns.


  • Strong commitment to the labor movement, building worker power, and progressive social change for a just society;
  • Successful experience on organizing campaigns, preferably with both union and political organizations;
  • Successful experience with political campaigns and political communications;
  • Proven ability to lead staff and members in union or membership organization;
  • Ability to motivate, inspire, and hold staff accountable;
  • Demonstrated ability to raise PAC dollars and recruit members and staff to participate in elections and lobbying;
  • Ability to work independently with accountability, initiate projects and exercise a high level of judgment, and to manage multi-faced campaigns and sensitive political situations;
  • Ability work well, timely and creatively under multiple priorities and tight deadlines in a team environment;
  • Highly skilled at training staff and member volunteers;
  • Excellent strategic, analytical, written, and oral communication skills including presentations;
  • Experience with and commitment to working in a multicultural, multiracial organization;
  • Skill at using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours including in-state and out-of-state travel;
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and car.

To Apply:
If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and résumé to careers@calcsea.org. Please list the job number, Job # CSUEU.2024.02 in your subject line. No phone calls.

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