SEIU Local 32BJ
District 615


Higher Education Division Coordinator
District 615

Covering Greater Boston, Western and Central Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, and some areas in New Hampshire

32BJ SEIU is one of the largest and most dynamic labor unions in the East coast, with over 163,000 members in 11 states and Washington, DC. The Union is at the forefront of building the nation’s labor movement, supporting progressive candidates for elected office and moving a broad policy agenda, including campaigns to guarantee living wages, promote responsible development and expand access to health care. Its parent organization, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is the nation’s largest labor union.

The Higher Education Division Coordinator will support the Higher Education Division Director in the development and implementation of the Division’s strategic plans. They will exercise full managerial authority to lead, direct, coordinate and execute the activities of commercial division staff to further the local’s mission.

The Coordinator is a management (non-bargaining unit) salaried position and will report to the Higher Education Division Director. Key Program Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: furthering the Union’s Member Leadership Program; supervision of Field Representatives; supervisory oversight of Higher Education Division grievances and arbitrations; coordination of Field staff and Service Center Representatives, developing and directing Bargaining Contract Campaigns, Political, and Legislative Campaigns; negotiating collective bargaining agreements; implementing organizing efforts of non-union janitors.

Managerial duties:

  • Oversee the development of union member leaders; develop and provide support on leadership workshops; recruit and encourage member involvement in political and other union events;
  • Oversee the advancement of union member issue campaigns, including the development of campaign proposals, materials and timelines; direct and work closely with organizers during the execution of all campaigns;
  • Direct and manage relationships with key players in the Higher Education and Property Service Industries: Colleges and Universities, Cleaning Contractors, Security Contractors, Building Owners, Building Management personnel;
  • In consultation with internal counsel, deal with significant legal issues that arise related to union members’ working conditions, negotiations and the interpretation and implementation of multiple collective bargaining agreements;
  • Collaborate, support and participate in the Union’s community and political program activities including outreach, overseeing organizer staff involvement, volunteer coordination and partnership development.

Supervisory Duties:

  • Supervise staff of full-time, internal field representatives on a daily basis;
  • Conduct team and individual meetings for planning and implementing staff duties and responsibilities;
  • Create and implement staff development and training programs to ensure that staff performance goals are set and met;
  • Conduct strategic meetings to prepare staff to obtain union’s objectives;
  • Manage staff deployment, work assignments and workload balancing ;
  • Review and evaluate staff performance;
  • Interview, hire and train new staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Experience negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements;
  • Ability to function independently and also work as team member;
  • Ability to lead and manage others, working effectively with a wide variety of individuals;
  • Demonstrated interest in building positive work culture and promoting staff growth and development;
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Strong facilitation and conflict resolution skills;
  • Ability to effectively manage a high work load, multiple projects and competing priorities;
  • Strong attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and an ability to work well under pressure;
  • Experience using and managing information technology (databases, etc.);
  • High ethical standards and values;
  • Passion for the mission and goals of the labor movement;
  • Experience working with labor unions as union representative;
  • Understanding the role of unions in political work.


  • Must be Bilingual Spanish/English (Portuguese is a plus).
  • Three to five years of progressive management experience, including senior management capacity.
  • The Higher Education Division Coordinator will cover higher education institutions in Greater Boston, Western and Central Massachusetts, and Rhode Island and some areas in New Hampshire. Therefore, possession of a valid driver’s license and a working car with insurance is required.
  • Must be willing to and capable of travel outside of the local union's jurisdiction for the purposes of campaign work, support for national union priorities and/or education and training.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel as needed.

We offer a competitive salary based on experience. Our benefits package includes employer-paid medical and dental coverage for employees and their qualified dependents, retirement benefits, and a car allowance.

To Apply
Please send résumé and letter of interest to Cheryl Burg Rusk at cburgrusk@seiu32bj.org.

32BJ SEIU is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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