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Political Director

Based in Hartford, CT


Overview
The Political Director is a senior leadership position responsible for the local’s strategic political plan for the development and execution of all political functions of the local union. Specifically, the Political Director is responsible for a broad range of program objectives including strategy for election champions, lobbying, accountability of elected officials, coalition building amount political allies, coordinating field support for legislative and electoral campaigns, growing member participation in our Political Action Fund (PAC), political strategy in support of organizing and bargaining campaigns and political communications. The Political Director’s priority is working through our field structure to engage the membership in all aspects of the local’s political program through political education and action. The Political Director is part of the Political/Legislative team working with the officers and senior staff. The Political Director reports to the President.

Job Duties

  • Develop comprehensive and integrated political program recommendations for the officers/senior staff, advise them on political strategies, and ensure effective implementation of the political program;
  • Develop and implement campaigns that include goal setting and training to build participation in our Political Action Fund (PAC), and insure the successful growth of the fund;
  • Overseeing implementation of the member political organizer program;
  • Organize, train, and build union staff and member participation in electoral campaigns including precinct walks, phone bank and other activities;
  • Supervise staff and members who are assigned to perform political tasks to further the union’s political program;
  • Provide leadership on political messaging, including written communications such as bulletins, direct mail, email, phone scripts, polls and testimony for members, allies, elected officials and the media in coordination with Communications Director;
  • Arrange, organize and lead member engagement with elected officials including lobby days, phone calls, and postcard campaigns, and other activities;
  • Serve as Chief Lobbyist for SEIU District 1199NE including developing legislative and policy proposals, prepare and give testimony at public hearings, summarize and analyze bills and policies form and maintain lobbying coalitions, collaborate with staff and members to develop organize plans to complement our lobbying efforts and develop leaders;
  • Craft and execute a plan for member political education and engagement throughout the state that results in increased participation in the union’s political program;
  • Work to develop relationships with legislators, other elected officials, and candidates on behalf of the union;
  • Develop and implement the union’s candidate and ballot initiative endorsement process including questionnaires, interviews, and contribution recommendations;
  • Design election campaign plans for candidate, issue, and independent expenditure campaigns in coordination with the state council work group;
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with our allies, represent 1199NE in labor and community coalitions, and serve on the SEIU State Council
  • Develop annual, monthly, and project-based programs and budget plans including donations for approval by the President, Officers and Executive Board; administer annual and monthly political budget and budget plans;
  • Ensure appropriate reporting to the Office of State Ethic and other bodies;
  • Provide regular written reports on activities;
  • Supervise Political Organizer(s);
  • Other duties as assigned by the President.

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to the labor movement, building worker power, and progressive social change for a just society;
  • Successful experience on organizing campaigns, preferably with both union and political organizations;
  • Successful experience with political campaigns and political communications;
  • Proven ability to lead staff and members in union or membership organization;
  • Ability to motivate, inspire, and hold staff accountable;
  • Demonstrated ability to raise PAC dollars and recruit members and staff to participate in elections and lobbying;
  • Ability to work independently with accountability, initiate projects and exercise a high level of judgment, and to manage multi-faced campaigns and sensitive political situations;
  • Ability work well, timely and creatively under multiple priorities and tight deadlines in a team environment;
  • Highly skilled at training staff and member volunteers;
  • Excellent strategic, analytical, written, and oral communication skills including presentations;
  • Experience with and commitment to working in a multicultural, multiracial organization;
  • Skill at using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours including in-state and out-of-state travel;
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and car.

Interested candidates must send a cover letter and resume to Bill Meyerson at bmeyerson@seiu1199ne.org

Compensation includes medical, pension, vacation benefits.

New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.

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