California State Council of SEIU

California State Council of SEIU

Political Coordinator

Based in California
(hybrid or remote)


Job Title: Political Coordinator
Reports to: Political Director

Purpose: The Political Coordinator position is responsible for ongoing work with SEIU locals to support their participation in grassroots advocacy, electoral and capacity building programs. The position requires strong interpersonal skills, creativity, problem solving and planning abilities. Works under the direction of the Political Director.

Essential Functions:

  1. Achieving program goals with little direct supervision.
  2. Work with Local leaders and staff and International Union and State Council staff to set and achieve political program goals.
  3. Strategic planning, implementation and coordination of local union and multi-local campaigns and programs such as; fundraising, voter registration, grassroots issues, member education and participation in electoral and issue campaigns.
  4. Provide staff support and leadership to State Council Issue Teams and campaigns.
  5. Conduct and support training and leadership development programs for local union staff and members to support program implementation and capacity building.
  6. Plan and coordinate State Council events and programs.
  7. Coordinate SEIU’s endorsement process for candidates and ballot measures.
  8. Plan, support and/or direct voter education and GOTV campaigns, both internally with SEIU locals, with labor-to-labor campaigns and in independent expenditure campaigns.
  9. Prepare and/or support the creation of member education materials.
  10. Track and report on field campaign activities, including issue and electoral campaigns, and work with SEIU locals to increase their internal tracking and accountability.
  11. Coordinate SEIU participation with Central Labor Councils, the SEIU International Union and other coalition partners.
  12. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Supervisory responsibilities: None

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  1. Strong personal commitment to the State Council’s mission and values.
  2. Ability to represent the State Council and SEIU in all public activities such as with members, elected officials, community allies and the larger labor community.
  3. Minimum 3 years of experience with a union, or political, community or advocacy group, planning and directing electoral, issue and/or other campaigns.
  4. Demonstrated strategic planning and implementation of programs and/or campaigns.
  5. Ability to plan and manage multiple campaigns and projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment requiring rapid adjustment to changing priorities and strategies.
  6. Proven ability to work with a diverse group of people, including union members, union staff and leaders, and elected officials.
  7. Outstanding interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to motivate, lead, build strong working relationships and hold others accountable.
  8. A thorough understanding and appreciation of the skills necessary for long-term base building and leadership development.
  9. Self-motivated, great attitude and strong team player.
  10. Strong sense of professionalism and integrity.
  11. Strong writing skills.
  12. Basic competency and familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  13. Commitment to continuous learning.

Extent of public contact: 100% including high level Local Leaders and staff, Elected Officials, Government and State agency employees and representatives.

Fiscal Responsibilities: Responsible for use of organizational credit card, and accurate accounting of personal business expenditures and expense reporting process.

Work conditions and environment: This position is located in California, and can be hybrid or remote. Willingness to work long hours including weekends and statewide travel up to 50%. Ability to maintain professionalism and productivity in high-pressure environment.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to jobs@seiucal.org

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