New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU

New England Health Care Employees Union
District 1199 SEIU

Rhode Island Political Director

For covering Rhode Island


Often called "my favorite union" by Martin Luther King Jr., District 1199 is a bold, democratic labor organization with a long activist tradition. Over the past 25 years, we've used strategic campaigns and direct action to form unions, win better wages and a voice at work, and demand improvements for people in nursing homes, hospitals, state and community-based health care services.

We are the largest health care union in New England with over 20,000 members, including doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, cooks, case managers, and direct care workers. The majority of our members and staff are women, people of color, and/or immigrants. We are also affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - the largest and fastest-growing labor union in the country.

OVERVIEW: The Political Director is responsible for developing and implementing legislative and electoral campaign plans that incorporate aspects of field, advocacy, communications, research, coalition-building, and union member engagement.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To build political power for workers in the health care and service industry.
  • Winning issue and electoral campaigns of strategic which improve the lives of union members and all workers.
  • Leading the development of electoral tools, tactics, and materials to win political elections.
  • Assisting the Local in developing political capacity through volunteer member political organizer programs, fundraising programs and PACs, staff development, voter registration, and list management.
  • Developing working relationships with and holding politicians accountable on issues and commitments, in conjunction with each Local.
  • Building coalitions with other issue, community, and labor organizations.
  • Coordinating earned and paid media campaigns in the Council’s issue, legislative, and electoral campaigns.
  • Coordinating major actions and events, as directed by the Council.
  • Organizational operations and development, issue advocacy, including budget management, research, writing, public speaking.

Educational Background:
Successful candidates for this position must demonstrate excellence in verbal and written communication, well-developed analytical skills, critical thinking skills and the ability to excise professional judgment independent of daily oversight. A B.A. or advanced degree is not a requirement of this position, but will be favorably considered in the application process.

Previous Work Experience(s):

  • At least four years, of professional experience in organizing, politics, campaign management, coalition building, and/or union organizing, non-profit organization, or campaigns to advance workers’ rights or social justice. Specific and successful experience in the following areas is preferred:
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Organizing on legislative, issue, and/or union campaigns
  • Working with or putting together coalitions around issue campaigns
  • Electoral campaigns

Demonstrated skill and effectiveness in the following is required:

  • High level of leadership and judgement. Ability to work independently and in consultation with organizational leaders in complex political situations.
  • Understanding of grassroots organizing techniques, membership organizations, and political power
  • Work as part of a coalition and build agreement around goals, plans and commitments.
  • Develop and maintain a budget and other administrative responsibilities. Properly complete reporting and other legal requirements by deadlines.
  • Excellent computer skills including electoral data bases like VAN.

Salary and Benefits:
$60-78,000 salary depending on experience. This job includes a generous benefits package including pension, health care, and other benefits.

Application Procedure:
Please submit a cover letter and résumé which includes your practical and formal background and experience.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Rhode Island SEIU State Council encourages applications from a wide spectrum of gender, ethnic and racial groups.

To Apply:
E-mail résumé and cover letter to: yandujar@seiu1199ne.org.

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