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Civil Service Advocate

Based in Los Angeles, CA


WHO WE ARE:
SEIU Local 721 is a dynamic, and fast growing organization recognized as one of the largest and strongest union of publicly funded employees in the nation. We are on the forefront of local politics, defending public services in the face of budget challenges, organizing workers in the public service sectors and are key players in national reform efforts. We have over 200 staff members covering 6 counties. Our more than 80,000 members provide public services in diverse fields, including health care, social services, special districts, private non-profits, libraries, courts, parks and recreation, public works and mental health in cities and counties throughout Southern California. Through grassroots organizing, identifying and developing leaders within our Union, and organizing worker political power, we are on the front lines of holding government accountable, ensuring efficiency, tackling waste, and improving services.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Civil Service Advocate provides representation to member grievants, characterized by diverse employee bargaining units and complex employee relations issues. The primary responsibility is to provide effective representation during formal evidentiary hearings. This position also provides advice to members and other Union Staff on labor relations issues. This position reports to the Director of Advocacy.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  • Represents members at formal evidentiary hearings conducted under Civil Service rules, personnel policies or collective bargaining agreements.
  • Prepares appeals and other documents necessary to arrange for an evidentiary hearing.
  • Appears before civil service or personnel commissions on all matters related to an appeal.
  • Conduct interviews of potential witnesses and analyze documents in order to assess the merits of a case.
  • Communicate with the represented member on all matters related to a case including strategic decisions.
  • Prepare witnesses and exhibits for the evidentiary hearing.
  • Conduct thorough research into any relevant law, policies or factual issues.
  • Prepare any necessary written materials including briefs.
  • Communicate with opposing representatives.
  • Advise members and staff on representational issues.
  • Provides reports on activities to the Director and Union leadership.
  • Participate in Union campaign activities.

SKILLS, APTITUDE, AND COMMITMENT:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with challenging members facing stressful situations.
  • Capacity to handle complex issues which might require extensive research and preparation.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team in a high pace environment.
  • Strong verbal, written and computer skills.
  • Strong time and case management and assessment skills.
  • Strong analytical skills directed towards the preparation of representation during evidentiary hearings.
  • Detail oriented but also able to conceptualize the broader implications of an issue.
  • Knowledgeable about legal issues related to grievance handling and labor relations matters.
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours.
  • Dedication to improving the life of workers and a willingness to participate in a wide range of activities towards that objective.

EXPERIENCE:
Prior demonstrated experience in representation during formal evidentiary hearings, at least three years preferred.
Prior public and private sector experience in labor movement.

REQUIREMENTS:
You must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance, and an automobile for business use.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
Salary range as of July 1, 2015: $69,898.87 (entry) to $87,993.76 (12+ years).
Fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and a generous life insurance.
The Civil Service Advocate is an UUP bargaining unit position subject to a staff union contract.

TO APPLY:
Mail, fax or e-mail a cover letter, detailed resume, two-page writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to:

Human Resources Department
SEIU Local 721
1545 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Fax: (213) 401-1787

E-mail: careers@seiu721.org

SEIU Local 721 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. SEIU Local 721 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces zero tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

Position will remain open until filled.

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