SEIU Local 500

SEIU Local 500

Executive Director

Based in Gaithersburg, MD

The Executive Director works with leadership to ensure that Local 500 is growing and promoting the interests of education employees by building the power of the union.

SEIU Local 500 members work at colleges, universities, public schools, and nonprofits across Maryland, Washington, D.C and Virginia. We’re 20,000 strong and growing. Our members are support staff, teachers, paraprofessionals, part-time faculty, childcare providers and workers who are also moms, dads, parents and neighbors.

Local 500 is a voice for change across Maryland and the District of Columbia. For nearly 50 years, we’ve been hard at work organizing public sector workers, from public school support staff in the 1960’s to adjunct faculty today. At every step, we’ve stood for respect, dignity, job security, fair pay and benefits.

From the workplace to the corridors of Annapolis, we’re still leading the fight, making sure employees gain the right to bargain collectively, advocating for better working conditions, and championing 21st century benefits for a 21st century workforce.

The Executive Director role is the highest-level staff position in the Local and reports directly to the elected President.

Additional information about Local 500 can be found at: https://www.seiu500.org.

We are looking for a leader who:

  • Effectively carries out the programs of the Local 500 President and elected officers.
  • Provides day to day direction, guidance, training, and supervision for Local 500 staff.
  • Ensures quality representation to Local 500 members on a day-to-day basis.
  • Meets with, informs and advises the Executive Board.
  • Provides fiscal oversight including day-to-day spending and asset management.
  • Develops a high-performing team; leveraging staff talents in service to members.
  • Cultivates positive working relationships with Local 500 elected officers, local and state elected officials, School Board officials, public agencies, community organizations, and other unions to stay abreast of concerns, interests, and trends with potential impacts on Local 500 members.


  • Five years senior-level management experience
  • Five years’ experience working for a Union
  • Experience with public sector preferred

Demonstrated successful experience:

  • Overseeing contract administration including arbitration
  • As chief negotiator in collective bargaining
  • Running and winning contract, political, issue and other campaigns
  • Mentoring, supervising, training a large field and office staff
  • Experience with internal and external organizing programs
  • Provide financial oversight and support for Local 500 elected officers
  • Developing and executing effective strategies
  • Leading teams and being a unifying force

Qualities, skills and abilities required

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment while working under pressure
  • High capacity for managing multiple projects
  • Ability to work effectively with members and staff from diverse ethnic, age, social, gender, religious and economic groups
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency including database, spreadsheet, email, internet, word processing and social media
  • Ability to work long, irregular hours and weekends
  • Ability to travel as needed

Bachelor’s Degree

Competitive salary and excellent benefit packag

To apply, please submit two (2) separate documents:

  1. A letter of application that addresses how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to serve the needs of Local 500 (not to exceed two pages)
  2. A current résumé including an e-mail address and contact phone number

Send the above documents by email only to:
Margolies, Potterton and Associates*, Local 500 SEIU Search Consultants

Potential applicants can have a confidential discussion with
Ken Margolies at 845 499 6636

Deadline: The deadline to apply is October 25, 2019.

*Margolies and Potterton is now Margolies, Potterton and Associates, Union Search LLC. We have added Associates with excellent reputations in the labor movement including Edgar deJesus dejesusedj@yahoo.com who is working on this search.

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