SEIU Local 49

SEIU Local 49

In-House Counsel

Based in Portland, OR

Summary: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49 seeks an In-House Legal Counsel.

SEIU Local 49 is a growing union and represents over 14,000 workers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. With about 2 million members, SEIU is the largest and fastest-growing union in the United States. Local 49’s member leadership has adopted an aggressive internal organizing and representation program that includes recruiting and developing worksite leaders, building workers’ political power, and strongly representing our members through direct action and organizing.

Some specific duties shall include:

  • Advising and representation on strategic organizing campaigns;
  • Collective bargaining, grievances and arbitrations, and National Labor Relations Board proceedings;
  • State and federal court litigation, and local, state and federal law and policy analysis;
  • LMRDA and regulatory compliance;
  • Working long and irregular hours, including nights and weekend and travel;
  • Work in an environment of supportive and challenging supervision that focuses on both winning for our members and developing staff’s skills and potential as an integral part of what we do; and
  • Work with organizing teams to builds the most possible power for our members.


  • Passionate dedication to improving the quality of life of working people and enthusiasm to participate in a wide range of activities including external organizing and politics;
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills, including the ability to successfully relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures;
  • Demonstrated commitment to both traditional and innovative legal strategies and tactics to promote and achieve workers’ rights and social justice;
  • Must be able to perform successfully in both independent and team settings and to succeed in an environment of accountability in meeting the goals of the campaign and union;
  • Must be willing to participate in a strong program of staff development that fosters and challenges you to develop your skills, experience, and leadership.
  • A creative and analytical mind, strong judgment and strategic sense, and strong writing and advocacy skills.


  • Union and/or social justice nonprofit experience preferred
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and automobile for work use;
  • Spanish proficiency preferred but not essential;
  • Must be willing to travel regionally and nationally for extended periods of time.

Salary range goes up to $99,386 depending on experience and includes car allowance and full benefit package: generous defined-benefit pension, full family healthcare, 401k match, generous leave.

To Apply:
Please send résumé, legal writing sample of five pages or less (excerpt acceptable), and a cover letter saying why you want to work for our union, and your admission status with the Oregon or other State Bars to Dave Cutler at: davec@seiu49.org, with “In-House Counsel Application” in the subject line, no later than Friday, September 6.

SEIU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Women and people of color encouraged to apply.

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