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Political Director

Based in San Francisco, CA


Local 21 is seeking candidates for Political Director to lead the Local’s growing political program through its four geographical areas and more than 50 chapters. Local 21’s political program is integrated into the Local’s collective bargaining, contract administration, internal and external organizing, and government relations programs.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Political Director is responsible for development, oversight and management of the union's political and legislative work.

The Political Director:

  • Represents Local 21 in government forums, political and policy coalitions, meetings with elected and political leaders and contributes to union related strategy and program development.
  • Provides assistance to the Executive Director in budget and staff planning for political, budget and policy work.
  • Monitors key political issues as they relate to the Local 21 membership.
  • Reviews and tracks local (and as needed, state and national) legislation, preparing and presenting testimony for public hearings, writing letters to elected officials, and memos for the Executive Director and the union on key issues.
  • Leads organizing efforts to increase member political engagement through COPE contributions and volunteer campaign work.

About Local 21
Local 21 is an innovative, growing union of more than 10,000 professional government employees in major jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area. Staff work closely with a unified Executive Committee and talented Chapter leaders. Local 21 is politically stable, and strategically and financially very prepared for Janus.

Local 21 offers a positive, drama-free work environment, with frequent victories occurring even in these challenging times for public sector unionism, helping us to stay positive and motivated. We are deeply engaged in resistance activities, and working hard to integrate these early efforts and lessons learned into our culture.

Minimum Qualifications
A four-year college degree and experience as a paid political union staff person (preferably in the public sector) is required. Campaign organizing experience and familiarity with California and Bay Area politics and politicians highly desired. Good writing and public speaking skills are essential.

The ideal candidate will have a record of success in the areas of:

  • Promoting member activism and an organizing approach to political work
  • Running or filling a leadership role in political campaigns
  • Lobbying and political action
  • Working cooperatively with other staff
  • Continuing self-development and education

Compensation for this position is very competitive, reflecting the Bay Area cost of living.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To be considered for this position, please provide the following:

  • A current resume reflecting qualifications for this position.
  • Letter of application addressing how accomplishments in your career have prepared you to meet the challenges and opportunities facing Local 21, a public-sector union of highly trained professional and technical employees.

All materials must be sent electronically to
Jim Potterton of search consultants Margolies and Potterton
at this email address: jpotterton@sbcglobal.net

For all questions regarding this search including confidential inquiries contact:

Ken Margolies (East Coast)                                Jim Potterton (West Coast)
       Kam47@cornell.edu                                      jpotterton@sbcglobal.net
(845) 499-6636  (Eastern time zone)                    (831) 332-9324 (Pacific time zone)

All inquiries and material submitted will be kept confidential
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

IFPTE Local 21 is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in our hiring practices. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and interested in applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religions, and genders.

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