Finance Director

Oakland, CA

The members of SEIU Local 1021 want to see a society where the voices of workers have as much influence as the rich and powerful; where nobody has to worry about paying for health care or finding affordable housing and where parks, schools, libraries and public services and programs are well funded. We are a powerful union engaged in organizing and representing workers in cities, counties, courts, education, private non-profits, special districts, public health care, nursing and higher education. We are looking for hard-working staff committed to organizing the working class for social, economic, racial, environmental and immigrant justice.

LOCATION: Oakland, California

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Head of Operations/Labor Relations, you would plan, organize and direct the activities and programs of the local's finance department and provide professional expertise on financial, accounting and related matters:

  • We are looking for a strong collaborative communicator and leader for the Union’s finance department. This is a senior level management position in the operations of the union.
  • You would be directing the day-to-day financial operations of a $47-million per year progressive non-profit headquartered in Oakland with regional offices throughout Northern California.
  • Professional needed with that rare combination of financial acumen and managerial relationship building, one who can chart a clear course through the challenging waters ahead and keep their staff inspired and focused as our organization moves to adapt and make the most of its existing resources to continue implementing the union’s vision for power for working people.
  • Must be able to thrive and operate in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment. Our ideal candidate will possess a quick-thinking and adaptable style; someone who is able to perform successfully in the face of ambiguity and complexity.
  • You would be responsible for formulating policy, developing goals and objectives, supervising staff, developing and administering the annual budget, and making presentations to the to the Finance Committee and Executive Board.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience in an organization of similar size and complexity.
  • Proven leadership experience in nonprofit finance and administration functions.
  • Strong project management skills; the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines within tight timeframes; demonstrated adaptability, flexibility, and resourcefulness in setting priorities and organizing work; a results-driven approach to setting goals.
  • Solid financial skills including non-profit day-to-day operations, tax and audit requirements, investment management, forecasting, and reporting to and presenting formal budget presentations to the Executive Board and other committees, and working in collaboration with the Treasurer and other Officers on Strategic Planning.
  • Collaborate with Management and the Executive Board on financial decisions.
  • Commitment and capacity to maintain the highest level of integrity, judgment, confidentiality, and discretion in leading and in managing information and resources.
  • Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of assigned staff.
  • A readiness to remain current on applicable legal guidelines and standards as well as political and union program issues influencing program administration.
  • Expertise in MS Excel and proficiency in Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains). Ability to improve processes and reporting using these or other applications.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Dedication to improving the condition of working people and strengthening the role of organized labor in society through worker action and political activity.


  • Salaried position; may require nonstandard work hours and/or weekend and holiday work.
  • Travel may be required, primarily within Northern California.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$50,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.


  • SEIU Local 1021 offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

TO APPLY: mail, fax or e-mail a cover letter, detailed resume and the name, address, and phone number of three references to Nicol Dozier, SEIU Local 1021; 29th Street, Oakland, CA 94609, fax to (510) 893-2395 or e-mail your cover letter, resume and references to jobs@seiu1021.org. Please indicate in your cover letter which position you are applying for. No phone calls please.

Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

  • Describe how your experience prepares you for the” responsibilities” specified in the job announcement.
  • Give examples of your work experience that demonstrates your mastery of some of the “skills and abilities” listed in the job announcement


SEIU Local 1021 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or disability. Local 1021works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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