Political Director - Chicago
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SEIU Local 73 (Service Employees International Union)
Job Title: Political Director
Location: Chicago, IL
SEIU Local 73 seeks to fill a newly created position of Political Director to manage the union's program to strengthen its political infrastructure and achieve its strategic objectives to engage its members in exercising their strong and effective voice at their worksite, in legislative arenas and at the ballot box. The Political Director will be a member of the Senior Staff and will be a key advisor to the leaders of the Union.
The ideal candidate for the position will have senior level leadership experience in legislative or political organizing campaigns with a labor union or association, non-profit community organization or progressive elective official. S/he will be an experienced manager with the ability to effectively manage a small staff and will possess the capacity to work collaboratively with a diverse staff and stakeholders.
Successful managers at SEIU Local 73 have a progressive orientation and can be nimble in shifting priorities to the changing needs of a growing, dynamic organization. The successful candidate for the position will have a commitment to building a 21st century workers' movement, to racial equality, and to the mission and values of Local 73.
About SEIU Local 73
With nearly 30,000 members, SEIU Local 73 has a proud history of raising standards for workers and their families. The Local represents service, technical and professional workers in the public sector in Illinois and Indiana who are employed in state government, local government, school districts, publically funded social service agencies and colleges and universities.
Local 73 is committed to bettering the lives of working people through organizing workers to create a powerful voice on their job to win fair wages, meaningful benefits, a sustainable retirement and job protection
SEIU Local 73 is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) with more than 2.2 million members in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Local 73 is united with those 2.2 million members in a shared belief in the dignity of workers and the value of their work and in a commitment to a more just and humane society.
Responsibilities of the Political Director include:
Working with Local leadership to develop and implement public policy and political advocacy strategies at the State and Local levels including the States of IL and IN, the City of Chicago, Cook County, and other counties and municipalities where Local 73 represents members;
Working with the International Union to coordinate the Local's political activities and plans with those of the International Union at the Federal, State and Local levels;
Working with the Local leadership, directors, and field staff to coordinate political field activities, lobby visits, phone banking and events for our public policy campaigns at the, city, county, state and federal level;
Coordinating the union's candidate interview and endorsement process, including developing candidate questionnaires and making recommendations on candidate endorsements and contributions;
Coordinating political messaging and engagement strategies with the union's member communications staff;
Identifying and developing members for potential elected and appointed political or community positions;
Providing support to representational staff for the recruitment, training, leadership development and coordination of member political activists for political fundraising and mobilization for electoral and issue campaigns;
Planning and implementing the electoral program for local, state and federal elections;
Supporting contract and organizing campaigns by integrating political strategy into the campaign planning, including rallies, press events, legislative opportunities and other targeted political activity;
Building the union's capacity through support of the Local and SEIU's COPE program and other grassroots political fundraising drives;
Coordinating the union's political work with the SEIU Illinois State Council and other labor and community allies; and
Working with Local leadership to identify community, political and civic organizations with whom the Local shares values and interests, and develop and implement outreach and engagement with those allies.
Education and Experience Requirements
The ability to thrive and operate in a fast-paced mission driven environment requires that the ideal candidate will possess a quick thinking and adaptable style that understands the benefits of "leading from the side" to affect change and drive progress. Additionally s/he will, be an experienced professional who performs successfully and with good humor, in the face of ambiguity and complexity. While no candidate is expected to possess all of these qualities, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to work in diverse communities and individuals.
Ability to work independently as well as on a team
Excellent oral and written communication and listening skills
At least five years' experience in political and/or advocacy work with progressively increasing responsibility and leadership
Willingness to work long, irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
Willingness and ability to travel including overnight travel and assignments.
Computer literacy and a willingness and ability to learn the organization's technology tools
Strong personal planning, motivation, and time management skills and attention to detail
Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment
Women and people of color strongly encouraged
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