INSTITUTIONAL Division Director

Summary & Job Description:


SEIU Local 1 has been on the cutting edge of building the power of low wage workers in service industries and fighting for economic, racial, immigrant and environmental justice.

We are hiring an Institutional Director to supervise the day -to-day operations and all aspects of running a successful division.


Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, supervise and develop field staff.
  • Conducting staff meetings, team meetings and individual meetings with staff to review and plan their work.
  • Perform Labor-Management Relations with covered employers in the division.
  • Oversee the union’s program on contract negotiations and campaigns, internal organizing, leadership recruitment and development, representation and political mobilization.
  • Protection of union density within the division
  • Perform contract negotiations with signatories within the division.
  • Serve on the staff leadership team of the regional local and work as a team to oversee the implementation of the union’s vision and program.
  • Other Duties as assigned (e.g. communications, member education, strike support).


Job Requirements:

  • Working with a lead staff member in each county to develop their leadership skills and coordinate the work of the union. 
  • Working with the rank and file leadership and staff to create and implement plans to strengthen the union.
  • Leading and assisting in developing campaign plans around budget issues, contract negotiations and worksite problems.
  • Serving as the Chief Spokesperson in larger chapter negotiations and assisting staff in contract negotiations in the smaller chapters.
  • Ensuring staff and member participation in the union’s organizing and political programs.
  • Representing the union in the region in its relationships with political, community and labor leaders and organizations.
  • Serving on the staff leadership team of the regional local and coordinating with other senior staff to run the programs of the organization under the leadership of the rank and file executive board.

Requirements for a Successful Candidate:

  • At least five years as a union staff person responsible for representation and program implementation.
  • Experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and developing and executing contract campaigns.
  • Experience motivating, supervising, evaluating and developing staff and holding them accountable to a plan.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of rank and file leaders and involve them in every aspect of the union’s program.
  • Strong planning skills, ability to discern priorities and juggle multiple responsibilities.
  • Proven leadership and consensus building skills.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including weekends and evenings.
  • Automobile, good driving record and car insurance.

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary is competitive and negotiable.
  • Full benefits package including employer – paid health insurance, dental, a pension plan and paid vacation.
  • Additional benefits include car allowance, tuition reimbursement and other benefits.




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