Engineers and Scientists Of California Local 20

Executive Director

Based in Oakland, CA



The Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO & CLC is a dynamic, democratic and activist labor union that represents more than 7,500 workers throughout Northern California. The Local is headquartered in Oakland and has an experienced, activist, and united Executive Board. ESC Local 20 members are highly-skilled professionals employed principally at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”), Kaiser Permanente, private and public health care facilities, local and federal government agencies, and legal non-profits.

The vast majority of our members are stably and continually employed during the Covid-19 Crisis. We are on the front lines providing essential health and public utility services. Our contract with PG&E includes a no lay-off provision through 2025 ensuring a high level of organizational stability as we move ahead.

For more information about our union please visit: www.IFPTE20.org.

ESC Local 20 is seeking an Executive Director who will be responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the Union, which currently has a staff of 23. Main duties include:

  • Supervision and direction of staff
  • Administration of the budget and responsibility for compliance with financial and legal regulations
  • Development and coordination of strategic plans
  • Establishing and maintaining working relationships with diverse stakeholders, including union members, employer representatives, leaders at other unions and labor organizations, and political leaders
  • Fostering an inclusive environment and instilling a culture of collaboration and teamwork

The Executive Director works to carry out the policies and directives established by the ESC Executive Board and reports directly to the ESC President.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Experience in external and internal organizing and demonstrated ability to develop and grow a progressive union
  • The ability to positively manage and mentor a team of experienced union representatives
  • A history of collaborative work with board members and staff to develop and execute a strategic vision and plan for an organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to listen actively with respect to all opinions, including dissent, and make difficult decisions when necessary
  • Knowledge of private and public sector collective bargaining laws
  • Experience in grievance administration and contract negotiations
  • Experience with legislative and/or policy advocacy
  • Experience with strategic communication campaigns

Annual Salary in the range of 170k-190k commensurate with experience and a highly competitive benefits package including a defined benefit pension (Steelworkers’ Pension fund) with 5 years of vesting.

To Apply:
Please submit two (2) separate documents:

  • A letter of application that addresses as how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to serve the needs of ESC, Local 20 IFPTE (not to exceed two pages)
  • A current résumé including an e-mail address and contact phone number along with links to job-relevant professional social media listings for example LinkedIn

To Apply
Send the above documents by email only to:

Margolies Potterton & Associates Union Search
Jim Potterton: jpotterton@sbcglobal.net

For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries please contact:

Jim Potterton in California @ (831) 332-9324, jpotterton@sbcglobal.net
or Ken Margolies @ (845) 499-6636, kam47@cornell.edu


ESC, Local 20, IFPTE is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

To protect the integrity of this search and selection process we require that all prospective Executive Director candidates and their advocates refrain from contacting members of the union’s leadership or staff about this position. Any questions or concerns about the process should be directed to the Search Consultants listed above.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.