SEIU Local 1021

SEIU Local 1021

Deputy Director of Advocacy and Internal Organizing

Based in Northern California


The members of SEIU Local 1021 want to see a society where the voices of workers have as much influence as the rich and powerful; where nobody has to worry about paying for health care or finding affordable housing and where parks, schools, libraries and public services and programs are well funded. We are a powerful union engaged in organizing and representing workers in cities, counties, courts, education, private non-profits, special districts, public health care, nursing and higher education. We are looking for hard-working staff committed to organizing the working class for social, economic, racial, environmental and immigrant justice.

LOCATION: Northern California

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting directly to the Executive Director (Lead Director), this position has the responsibility to develop and supervise the internal field operation of the local and ensure integration of the Union’s political programs in the field; and the successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for the advocacy, collective bargaining and internal organizing programs of the union to ensure strong representation, strategic bargaining and growing membership in represented shops.
  • Hire, develop and supervise the local’s Field Directors.
  • Be responsible for improving bargaining outcomes comprehensively throughout the local.
  • Provide innovative strategy and policy recommendations for advancing successful bargaining, growth and leader development program in an open shop environment.
  • Coordinate advocacy, collective bargaining and representational activities and strategies that engage more members with the Regional Vice Presidents and the Vice President of Representation.
  • Coordinate with key stakeholders to develop programs and strategic campaigns that engage members in building the political power of the working class to improve our condition and the condition of our communities.
  • Coordinate resources and programs to train members to build power at the worksite.
  • Prepare and present collective bargaining, internal organizing, and representation reports to the Executive Director and Local Executive Board.
  • Lead the development of strategic ‘common good’ bargaining campaigns that increase the capacity and delivery of public services, challenge income inequality and austerity initiatives in our communities.
  • Facilitate communication between bargaining teams and sharing of best practices.
  • Track bargaining progress including required legal filings and notifications; Track and analyze industry and regional trends;
  • Track and monitor local-wide bargaining protocols.
  • Work with Research team to develop and maintain a database of template contract language, bargaining standards, and bargaining research.
  • Perform other related duties as required/assigned by the Executive Director or designee.


  • Ability to inspire confidence and work as a member of leadership teams.
  • Progressive, strategic, bold, and creative.
  • Well organized, self-motivated and organizational.
  • Excellent judgment while working under extreme pressure.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to analyze campaign plans strategically.
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining strategies, techniques and trends.
  • Knowledge of state, federal and local laws governing collective bargaining, organizing and civil disobedience.
  • Demonstrates competency working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Dedication to improving the condition of working people and strengthening the role of organized labor in society through worker action and political activity.


  • Substantial professional experience in leading union contract bargaining.
  • 3+ years’ experience supervising staff and/or directing teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute strategic bargaining strategies including escalation and strike planning.
  • Prior experience with and understanding of the public sector preferred.
  • Experience managing a large number of employees, preferably in a union setting.


  • Salaried position; may require nonstandard work hours and/or weekend and holiday work.
  • Extensive travel may be required, primarily within Northern California.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$50,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary range is $149,930 – $172,420 based on qualifications and experience. SEIU Local 1021 offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

Visit our online Career Center found HERE to apply. You must include a detailed résumé, cover letter indicating the position you are applying for, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) references. This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time. No phone calls please.

Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

  1. Describe how your experience prepares you for the” responsibilities” specified in the job announcement.
  2. Give examples of your work experience demonstrating mastery of some of the “skills and abilities” listed in the job announcement.
  3. Describe how your work experience meets the “preferred experience” listed in the job announcement.

SEIU Local 1021 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or disability. Local 1021works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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