SEIU Local 503

SEIU Local 503
In It Together

Political Policy Strategist
Long Term Care

Based in Portland, OR


About SEIU 503
SEIU 503 is Oregon’s largest labor union, representing 72,000 care providers and public services workers. We envision a just and vibrant society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and where all people can provide for themselves and their families. We are a local affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, an organization of 2-million members in the U.S.

About The Position
The successful candidate will Design and lead campaigns around policy objectives in the legislature and administrative arenas. These campaigns will be cross-departmental (internal, external, political, communications, and research). The policy will be in the area of long-term care—seniors, people with disabilities, and people with developmental disabilities.

Develop, analyze, and research public policy particularly as it relates to growth opportunities.

Represent the union in community coalitions around these campaigns and strengthen these relationships. Engage members and non-members in our policy program and work with external and internal organizers to engage them in the development and execution of the campaign.

Represent the union in political campaigns, by working with candidates, designing campaigns and working with members. Lobby the Legislature and agencies on long term care.

This position is based in Portland. SEIU 503 will reimburse relocation costs up to $5000 for successful candidates.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in development of the union’s political program,
  • Lobbying elected officials and government agencies,
  • Researching needed campaign background, and preparing needed materials,
  • Supporting the union’s overall political program as needed,
  • Creating and crafting policy that leads to a long-term plan to improve the lives of Oregonians and our members in the area of long-term care and with people with developmental disabilities,
  • Collaborating with the political director and other program/department directors to develop policy initiatives,
  • Creating and implementing plans to pass campaigns using coalitions, member engagement, community engagement, research and policy,
  • Leading multi-departmental strategic campaigns,
  • Leading a team that works to implement the plans and strategic campaigns.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Position requires knowledge of public policy affecting our members specifically the work in long-term care.
  • Lobbying experience should include experience drafting legislation, coordination of in-the-halls lobbying campaigns and grass-roots lobbying campaigns, maintenance of ongoing relationships with legislators, preparation and delivery of testimony, experience with policy analysis, an understanding of communications and field support for lobbying campaigns, and an understanding of budgets and the budgeting process.
  • Experience managing relationships with contract lobbyists and other consultants.
  • Experience as a lead staffer.
  • Experience working with coalitions and working to mobilize the community in campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of personalities and organizations and under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work and carry it through to conclusion without close supervision.
  •  Demonstrated ability to work with political campaigns and provide expertise on message and field in campaigns.
  • Possess an understanding of the political structure and process.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Speaking experience before large and small groups.
  • Capable of using computer and various software packages.
  •  Ability and stamina to work irregular and long hours and attend weekend and evening activities.

Pay and Benefits
Comprehensive fully paid health, dental and vision benefits for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, generous holiday and leave policies, a monthly car and cell phone allowance, and a 15% employer-paid defined contribution 401K. Compensation range is based on experience $63,600 - $94,512 annually.

We are committed to hiring staff who reflect our membership and model the unity and equity that we seek to create in Oregon communities. Women, LGBTQ, people of color, and immigrants strongly encouraged to apply

To Apply
To apply please submit your résumé and a cover letter to Courtney Graham at grahamc@seiu503.org. We will accept applications until November 30, 2021.

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