Deputy Director Government Relations

Service Employees International Union Washington , DC 20319

Posted 3 weeks ago


SEIU (Service Employees International Union)

Job Title: Deputy Director of Government Relations Grade: MGT F - Annual Salary: $116,915/YR

Location: Washington, DC

Purpose: The Deputy Director of Government Relations is responsible for assisting the Director to oversee the legislative and policy programs for the Service Employees International Union, a 2-million-member organization dedicated to improving lives of workers and their families.

SEIU's legislative and policy programs aim to build a more just society, including efforts to raise wages and build power for working people, to win racial justice, to reform our immigration system and to take on the impact of excessive corporate power on our democracy, economy and environment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: (Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed. Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by employees in the classification.)

In consultation with the Director, work with the Officers and local unions to develop and drive the union's legislative and policy platform and agenda.

Lead the union's State and Local legislative initiatives, including directly supervising the integrated campaigns team.

Ensure SEIU's agenda supports the union's plan to grow and build power for working people.

Oversees communication and advocacy with elected officials on the International Union's legislative and policy program, including state and local officials and Members of Congress and their staff.

Coordinate with key strategic partners on campaigns and state and local infrastructure, including other labor unions, advocacy organizations and community organizing networks.

Act as spokesperson and representative for the Union on legislative and policy matters

Assist the Director with the Department's staff development and organizational equity work, including planning staff meetings, training and development.

Manage or represent Department on union-wide projects, such as annual member and staff conferences or Conventions.

Hire and supervise staff and consultants; oversee, develop and evaluate individual workplans; manage and promote staff development.

Performs other duties and special projects as assigned in support of the work of the department


All SEIU Staff and Departments, state council and local union political directors and leaders, federal and state political leaders, policy analysts and other coalition partners and allies.

Direction and Decision Making:

This position reports to the Director of Government Relations and works independently.

Education and Experience:

Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in political science, public policy, public relations or related field is preferred, or equivalent experience.

A minimum of 8-10 years of experience in legislative and policy work, union leadership, organizing or campaign related work.

Knowledge of public policy legislative process on a federal, state and local level, and a proven ability to advocate for legislative and policy change with the government.

Knowledge of the labor movement and its partners and allied movements.

Proven ability to develop and maintain a variety of relationships on a variety of levels.

Experience with issue, organizing or political campaigns.

Ability to hire, develop and manage staff on various levels, with proven experience building an equitable and inclusive staff.

Excellent planning and organizational skills, including strategic planning, including the ability to manage multiple priorities in a timely manner and keep track of a variety of projects.

Ability to analyze issues, define problems and propose creative solutions in political and legislative environments.

Excellent oral and written communications skills, and ability to make presentations, plan and develop materials and conferences (including leadership and staff training).

Ability to inspire confidence of others with personal authority, leadership skills and a collegial work style.

Physical Requirements:

Work is generally performed in an office setting, but may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Travel and long and extended hours required.

Application Requirements:

A resume is required for all applications and a cover letter is highly suggested. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for SEIU, 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.


SEIU staff enjoy top notch benefits including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, competitive salaries, generous holidays and vacation policies, and both a pension plan and a 401(K) Plan.

  • SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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