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Alliance of Health Care Unions

Alliance of Health Care Unions


Alliance Director

Based in Washington state

 

The Alliance of Health Care Unions seeks an experienced individual to fill the position of Alliance Director based in Washington state.

The primary responsibility is to direct partnership activities, as assigned, in Washington, and nationally. This position requires travel and long hours.

The Alliance of Health Care Unions (Alliance) is a labor federation made up of 22 local unions from ten national/international Unions representing 57,000 workers at Kaiser Permanente in California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Georgia, and Maryland/Virginia/District of Columbia. We are committed to a workplace that reflects the diversity of the American workforce and respects the talent, skills and uniqueness of each staff member. We are committed to a policy of equity for all employees.

The Alliance has a Labor Management Partnership Agreement with Kaiser Permanente (KP). This partnership has been recognized as the most successful, longest standing labor management partnership in the United States. Traditional union-management labor relationships and tactics have been replaced with the principles of mutual respect, the use of interest-based problem solving to address disputes, and multi-union solidarity.

Our most recent national collective bargaining agreement with KP was negotiated in 2021. We are committed to: continuing and improving our partnership with Kaiser Permanente to give union leadership the opportunity to engage in national, regional and local decisions of concern and interest to our members; giving all workers a voice at work to improve patient care and service, promote racial justice, and support the growth of union membership and of KP; and making KP the best place to work. Applicants must be comfortable advocating for members within the framework of a “non-traditional, non-adversarial” union/management environment.

The individual that fills this position will be a self-directed strategic leader with Union representation and/or international organizing experience, who provides counsel, guidance and support to regional and local union leaders and members within designated regions and/or designated programs. They will work to advance the strategy and goals of the Alliance at a national, regional and local level. In collaboration with Union and Management program leads, they will: develop, oversee and implement the administration of national initiatives; develop programs, structures, and strategies to support union participation; and work with Program and/or Regional Union Leads, KP partners, and regional/executive corporate management leaders to advance shared interests on various programs/initiatives. They will apply a broad range of representational and negotiating experience/expertise in a union environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Advance the goals and principles of the Labor Management Partnership at the national, regional and local levels.
  • Drive implementation and enforcement of the National Agreement, Employment and Income Security Agreement, etc. and coordinate consistent implementation across Kaiser Permanente regions.
  • Develop strong working relationships with managers at all levels of the organization to lead and advance multiple Labor Management Partnership programs.
  • Track key program deliverables and communicate important activities throughout the region or program.
  • Problem solve using the “interest-based” process.
  • Organize and coordinate the participation of local unions in partnership activities.
  • Lead, direct and oversee the work of union members on release-time and other LMP staff members.
  • Coach, mentor and develop frontline members in the performance of partnership activities.
  • Advocate for full participation of union members in partnership activities and give guidance to union members advancing the partnership.
  • Assist with the planning, monitoring and evaluation of partnership activities.
  • Represent the Alliance of Health Care Unions in joint labor management forums.

Qualifications

  • Experience working in a multi-union environment with a broad knowledge of all levels of the union community
  • Leadership experience working in a senior Union and executive management environment
  • Labor union experience as a staff person in an organizing an/or representation role
  • Extensive program management experience, preferably in a health care environment
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Ability to be professional and assertive
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Skilled in communication, collaboration, teamwork, and partnership

Location: This position is based in the greater Seattle, Washington area, and will have responsibilities in Washington state and nationally. As the Alliance is headquartered in Southern California, and many of our meetings will take place in California, the position will involve national travel for periodic conferences and meetings. The Alliance currently includes affiliates in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland/DC/ Virginia area, Oregon, and Washington.

Salary: Based on experience. Comprehensive benefit package including defined benefit pension, health insurance, dental, and paid vacation.

Application Information:
Interested persons should submit a résumé and a letter of application that describes their qualifications for the specific position to: resumes@ahcunions.org. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application by COB Friday, June 7, 2024.

At the Alliance of Health Care Unions, equity, inclusion, and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes the Alliance a more supportive partner in the communities we
serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at the Alliance means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

AHCU is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

Please note that AHCU requires all staff to be fully COVID vaccinated and boosted unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

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