SEIU Local 284 is seeking a full-time Political Organizing Director.
SEIU is the largest Union in North America. SEIU Local 284 is the largest Union of Education Support Workers in Minnesota.
Summary of Position
The Political Director is responsible for developing and implementing the political strategy of SEIU. The Political Director works closely with the Executive Director and Staff Directors of the Union to develop this strategy and with other staff as needed.
The Political Director at SEIU Local 284 is responsible to the Executive Director for the political education program of the union. The Political Director must be familiar with the broad range of issues which affect school support workers and the broader labor movement. The Political Director will keep elected officials, partisan allies, advocacy groups, and other community organizations up to date on the priorities of SEIU Local 284. The Political Director will provide information and training to staff and members on issues that may affect school support workers. The Political Director will work to promote political activism amongst staff and members.
In order for SEIU Local 284 to fulfill its core functions effectively, it is essential that all employees perform their jobs in solidarity with the membership and leadership of SEIU Local 284. The Political Director must maintain respectful, professional relationships with union members, stewards, co-workers, the union leadership and workers the union is organizing. Employees on work time must also show a respectful, professional demeanor at work-sites and in the community.
Starting Rate: $45,520.99 annually
(*Related experience adjustment considered)
The position reports to the Executive Director
• Develop and execute our Local’s political plan including legislative and electoral work as determined by the Union Leadership.
• Work with the State Council to carry out statewide political effort.
• Meet bi-weekly with Executive Director or designee to monitor progress.
• Meet International COPE goals.
Areas of work responsibility include the following
1. Serve as lobbyist for the Local. Monitor bills and testify on them at the state legislature and other public bodies; Propose strategies for legislation and engage members in the legislative process.
2. Principal contact for Local political work; keeps up relationships with coalition partners, elected officials, relevant community leaders and politically active members.
3. Responsible for organizing members to participate in endorsement and electoral process. Develop and implement strategy, targets, and work plans for SEIU Local 284’s involvement in federal, state, and local races, including independent expenditures and member communication programs, as legally permissible.
- Recruit staff / members for Election Blitzes and other door knocks and phone banks.
4. Develop and monitor COPE (SEIU’s member political fundraising program) and political budgets.
5. Work with International and the State Council to develop and manage the process of evaluating candidates’ and organizations’ requests for financial support, including:
- development of spending strategies and guidelines;
- conducting candidate interviews and managing candidate questionnaire process;
- evaluating campaigns;
- assessing candidates’ support for SEIU programs; and making recommendations for action.
6. Evaluate and make recommendations for funding capacity building and political program plans proposed by State Councils and Locals, including COPE fundraising, voter registration, candidate and issue campaigns, etc.
7. Strategic planning: Prepare research reports as needed for background; prepare for, and participate actively in, campaign strategy meetings; Supervise message of politically themed worksite flyers.
8. Brief staff on Local political program and goals for member participation.
9. Work with the SEIU State Council Communication Staff to create and manage information on politics and elections.
10. Implement political strategy and goals at Labor Councils; SEIU State Council; SEIU nationally.
11. Serve as liaison to offices of elected officials; participate in strategic coalitions and on strategic issue campaigns with other unions or community organizations; engage elected officials, labor and community to support campaigns.
12. Train staff to create effective member political committees, develop member leadership through these committees, support turnout, issue development (moving our issues), and visibility/power. Work with State Council and Union Representatives to build member activism at the State Council Lobby Day.
13. Other work to ensure smooth manage
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in political science, economics or related degree advanced degree preferred. At least 2 years of related work experience and/or a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Knowledge of unions, political campaign management, government bodies, issue campaigns, and/or progressive organizations and their operations.
• Two years experience in both electoral politics and/or member political organizing
• Demonstrated ability to operate in politically sensitive situations and exercise good judgment.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
• Thorough knowledge of Federal Election Commission and/or state campaign finance rules and regulations.
• Ability to develop and implement comprehensive political plans.
• Experience in developing leaders
• Know and understand the public education policy and education finance policy in Minnesota
• Know and understand the political structures in Minnesota, including state and local levels
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing with elected officials and community organizations, members and other staff
• Write talking points and get elected officials on our message.
• Computer skills, including Word, Excel, and Internet research tools and databases used for organizing and political activity.
• Able to work long hours.
• Able to work independently.
• Able to travel, including overnight.
• Automobile available for work.
This description describes the general nature and work expected of an individual assigned to this position. Employees may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.ment of union as assigned
SEIU Local 284 is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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