Area Political Director

02 Jun, 2020


Area Political Director

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Organization Overview:


The 2 million members united in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are at the forefront of a movement to build power for working people and empower all workers to form unions, no matter what job they do. SEIU members are from every walk of life, every political party, every background, every faith. They come from communities with their own stories and strengths, and that makes the Union all the more powerful because there’s strength in numbers. SEIU members work across the healthcare spectrum providing high quality care and services. They are the workers who keep our nation’s airports running and make sure landmark buildings are clean and secure. They provide essential public services and give a foundation of learning to our youngest and brightest. SEIU members believe in and are fighting for a Just Society where all workers are valued and all people respected—no matter where they come from or what color they are; where all families and communities can thrive; and where we leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come.




The Area Political Director assists the International Union in strengthening its electoral, legislative, and fundraising infrastructure and capacity programs at the state and local levels.  The Area Political Director will work in an assigned set of states and in conjunction with SEIU national, area, state and local leadership and staff to contribute to the development of the overall SEIU political, legislative and grassroots program and to help design and implement:

  • Targeted electoral plans for specific states and local unions
  • Electoral campaigns in key targeted federal, state and local races
  • Strategic involvement in ballot initiative campaigns at state and local level
  • Legislative campaigns and state battles
  • Ongoing political education, skills development and training programs for staff and members.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate electoral planning for targeted strategic campaigns with Local Unions, State Councils and SEIU stakeholders with clear goals and benchmarks.
  • Work with Local Unions and State Councils to build and execute field campaign for targeted elections, political accountability and state battles.
  • Assist Local unions in recruiting, training, mobilizing and deploying Member Political Organizers (MPOs).
  • Ensure Local Union and State Council reporting progress-to-goal for electoral programs.
  • Increase SEIU political, community and labor strength through developing and enhancing working relationships with State Federations, Central Labor Councils, Affiliated and Independent Unions, community organizations and advocacy groups.
  • Collaborate with Political Capacity Team to successfully integrate Local Union political capacity into all electoral and member-based programs, including worksite mapping, recruiting worksite leaders, raising COPE funds, conducting member census and registering members to vote.
  • Enhance the political infrastructure of SEIU through assisting the development of State Council plans; political and legislative programs, and through developing grassroots training and education programs for members and local union staff.
  • Maintain leadership, state, and local relationships; research, writing, public speaking, preparation of reports and training materials.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff assigned to the political program in the Region when called upon to do so by State Councils or Local Unions.


SEIU staff enjoy excellent employer-sponsored benefits to include comprehensive health  benefits (major medical, dental and vision coverage) for employees and eligible dependents; domestic partner benefits; competitive compensation; generous holiday and vacation leave policies; and both a pension retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement savings plan.


Contacts: SEIU Staff and others related to political issues.


Direction and Decision Making: This position reports to the National Deputy Political Director and the incumbent works independently.


Qualification Requirements: The Area Political Director position requires a high level of proven leadership and judgment and must demonstrate knowledge of grassroots political organizing.


Experience:  At least three to five years of directly related work  experience with electoral campaigns, legislative battles or union organizing, that would provide for the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Developing and implementing comprehensive political plans.
  • Working independently with elected SEIU leaders and staff in complex political situations.
  • Thorough knowledge of political campaign strategies, planning and execution.
  • Polling, researching, targeting, direct mailing, and performing opposition research.
  • Managing voter contact and field campaigns.
  • Working with voter files, Voter Activation Networks (VANs) and voter targeting.
  • Effective oral and written communications.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships and the ability to work on a team.
  • Maintaining strong working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Managing and assessing multiple high-priority programs and priorities in different states.
  • Managing a program budget and implementing strategic plans.
  • Managing and developing electoral and grassroots campaign plans, logistics and timelines.
  • Meeting deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Working with leaders, staff, and partners and operate with a high level of judgment and discretion.

Physical Requirements: Works is performed in Headquarters and in the field and long and extended hours and travel are required.


Application Requirements: A resume and cover letter are required for this position. The cover letter should explain the reason for wanting to work for SEIU, an example of a demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into a long-term career plan.

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Relocation costs are not covered by SEIU.


SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job posted: 2020-06-02