SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR)
SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR)

Political Coordinator

Based in Chicago, IL


About Us
The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) is the largest house staff union in the United States. We are a local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representing nearly 30,000 resident physicians who are dedicated to improving residency training and education, advancing patient care, and expanding healthcare access for our communities. CIR’s mission is to empower our nation’s interns, residents and fellows to fight for excellence for our patients.

Job Description
The Committee of Interns and Residents is looking to fill a Political Coordinator position in the Chicago area. CIR is committed to fully engaging our physician-members on hospital worksite and CIR issues. To accomplish this, we need a highly driven and committed individual who has strong interpersonal communication skills and can effectively solve problems. This role will implement the Political Education (COPE) program. You will work closely with the Government Relations Director to ensure an understanding and active participation in the political process. You will engage with field staff and members to plan campaigns, lobbying, and attend events for our public endorsements at a city, state and federal level. The Political Coordinator reports to the Government Relations Director.

Job Responsibilities

  • Drive the local level political, COPE and legislative agenda
  • Provide support on issue campaigns, legislative meetings, and other political union activities; participate in community, political and other events to endorse and show support
  • Collaborate with the Government Relations Director, field staff, and organizing staff to integrate political strategy into planning for contract and organizing campaigns
  • Partner with the Government Relations Director and field staff to engage and mobilize members into political/community action
  • Help build and maintain relationships with elected and other public officials to support the local’s and members’ contract bargaining and new organizing priorities
  • Empower our members to build effective advocacy relationships with elected officials, community partners, and other stakeholders
  • Assist in mobilization of elected and other public officials in support of member actions, events, and issues
  • Provide support to staff for the recruitment, training, leadership development, and coordination of member political activists for political fundraising and electoral campaigns
  • Execute political activities such as voter registration drives, vote-by-mail, and GOTV activities
  • Lead our union’s COPE program recruitment to build our COPE Board, write scripts, assist with staff and member training to meet COPE goals and present at leadership meetings to raise awareness of the COPE program
  • Represent CIR at Central Labor Councils and State Council committees based on the recommendation of the CIR State Council E-board member

CIR is Looking for Candidates Who Have

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public affairs or public administration
  • Must have labor union, state or local agency or association, non-profit community organization, or progressive elected official experience
  • Healthcare experience preferred, but not required
  • Exceptional communication (verbal and writing) and follow-up skills
  • Ability to listen actively and frame issues for members, electeds and other public officials
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze information, and deal with conflicting/changing priorities
  • Ability to think strategically and exercise a high level of judgment
  • Energetic self-starter who thrives in fast-paced environments
  • A team player who has a positive attitude and excels at collaboration and working cross-functionally
  • Strong ability to connect and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds, including union members, union staff and leaders, elected officials, other communities and issue stakeholders
  • Willing to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends as needed
  • Must have a valid driver's license and ability to travel regionally
  • Ability to travel throughout the country frequently and for long periods of time
  • Working knowledge of membership databases
  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel); Google products such as Gmail and Google Drive (Docs & Sheets)
  • Must be fully vaccinated for Covid

CIR Offers:
Competitive salary ($93,462 – $108,936) commensurate with experience and in compliance with the staff collective bargaining agreement.

Excellent benefits package including health, dental, and vision coverage with no employee contributions; generous paid leave time including four weeks’ vacation within the first calendar year of employment, paid holidays, personal days, and sick days; short and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); defined benefit pension plan; and mileage reimbursement.

To Apply:
In addition to a résumé, please include a cover letter that explains your reason for wanting to work for CIR, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position, and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan. Please send your résumé and cover letter along with three professional references to jobs@cirseiu.org with the Subject Line: Political Coordinator - Chicago.

CIR is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. As a proud Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), we do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual stereotyping, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), or any other protected category recognized by state, federal or local laws. Please visit our website for more information: www.cirseiu.org.

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