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SEIU 775

SEIU 775


Deputy Director of Public Affairs

Based in Seattle, WA

 

Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Political and Strategic Campaigns

About SEIU 775
SEIU 775 is the long-term care workers union, representing more than 45,000 home care and nursing home workers across Washington State and Montana. SEIU 775 is a union committed to improving the lives of workers and their families and to leading the way towards creating a more just and humane society.

Position Summary:
The Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Political and Strategic Campaigns is a senior management position responsible for overseeing all of SEIU 775’s Washington state political and electoral efforts, supporting legislative and regulatory strategies, and leading an inclusive and innovative approach to engaging in political and legislative campaigns statewide to advance social justice and elect long-term care and labor champions. This position may oversee staff positions as well as project-based consultants.

Essential Job Functions:
Planning, organizing, directing, and supporting campaigns to achieve state electoral goals that elect worker and long-term care champions and pass or defends against ballot initiatives. This includes:

  • Planning and overseeing the SEIU 775 endorsement and contribution process
  • Planning and overseeing union staff and member involvement in political campaigns including leading or supporting phonebanks, canvasses and other field programs to ensure robust grassroots member engagement.
  • Developing and executing strategies to communicate with members about endorsed candidates, registering to vote, and the importance of voting and elections.
  • Managing project-based consultants
  • Working with coalition partners
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key partners, including endorsed candidates, elected officials, political committees, advocates in the senior and disability rights communities, other labor unions, and our social, racial, and economic justice partners.
  • Leading and/or supporting advocacy campaigns to support public policy positions on long-term care & health care access, financing, workforce, quality, and other key issues. This could include developing campaign plans, drafting sign-on letters, preparing, and delivering presentations, and supporting in-person and online advocacy and direct action.
  • Supporting coalition efforts and campaigns that address social and racial justice.
  • Representing SEIU 775 in various coalitions, hearings, meetings, and other events. This could include providing testimony, representing SEIU 775 in meetings with elected officials, providing strategic support of political committees, and more.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work well and work creatively under tight deadlines, in a team environment and independently.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in politics, governmental affairs or legislative advocacy including at least one cycle of field experience on an electoral or legislative campaign that includes planning and running canvasses and phonebanks. Experience as a campaign manager overseeing paid communications, earned media, and field a plus.
  • High level of leadership, judgment, and ability to manage multi-faceted campaigns and sensitive political situations
  • Proven commitment to progressive social change and building antiracist movements, and a high level of dedication and commitment to building worker power and fundamentally changing the long-term care industry.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours when needed to meet campaign demands.
  • Knowledge of America Votes / VAN preferred, Microsoft word and Microsoft excel.
  • Knowledge of/experience with organized labor, Washington elections and politics, and candidate and issue campaigns is a plus!

Women, non-binary, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Experience working with a labor union, progressive non-profit, community organization, advocacy group, political campaign or elected official is a plus.

Compensation:
This position is full time (50 hours/week). Salary and benefits set by a collectively bargained contract; pay ranges from $95,000 – 114,000 per year. Benefits include vacation, holiday and sick leave benefits, fully paid health, dental, vision, and life insurance, defined benefit pension plan, and optional 401(k), WFH credit during pandemic, and more.

To Apply:
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See www.seiu775.org for more information.

AAP/EEO Statement

SEIU 775 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates without regard for race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, creed, gender, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, the presence of sensory, mental, or physical disability, or any other discrimination prohibited by law. SEIU 775 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, creed, gender, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, the presence of sensory, mental, or physical disability, or any other discrimination prohibited by law. In addition to federal law requirements, we comply with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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