SEIU Local 1021

SEIU Local 1021

Strategic Coordinator to the Executive Director

Covering Northern California

SEIU Local 1021 was founded in 2007 when 10 local unions came together in northern California to form one larger, more p1owerful union. Together our members are building a true 21st century union fighting to empower and improve the lives of our members. We are 54,000 strong—organizing and representing public service workers in cities, counties, courts, schools, private non-profits, special districts, public health care, and nursing. We are looking for energetic, hard-working staff who are committed to real change, who believe in the value of work and the value of public services, and who want to be part of the team that wins for workers, their families, and their communities.

LOCATION: Northern California

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting directly to the Executive Director (Lead Director), this position assists, advises and represents the Local on behalf of the Executive Director; and the successful candidate will:

  • Work with the Executive Director to build organizational capacity for strategic planning, growing the union, building internal and external relationships and advancing SEIU programs consistent with the local’s Vision for Power.
  • Act as liaison between the Executive Director and others within the organization.
  • Perform ‘advance’ activities including research, outreach and other preparations for the functions the Executive Director is attending.
  • Attend meetings on behalf of the Executive Director.
  • Complete the loop on actions requiring follow through.
  • Assist strategic planning and goal setting activities.
  • Troubleshoot varied and complex problems applying strategic analysis.
  • Provide concise assessments and recommendations.
  • Assist Executive Director with staffing and personnel matters including investigatory interviews, staff grievances, and disciplinary actions.
  • Assist in recruitment and hiring process of new field and program staff.
  • Coordinate special projects such as blitzes, staff transitions, and training.
  • Maintain standardized reporting systems in coordination with senior staff.
  • Prepare reports and presentations.
  • Assist in development, preparation and facilitation of senior staff meetings.
  • Assist Executive Director in resolving member complaints.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Progressive, strategic, bold, and creative.
  • Well organized, self-motivated and organizational.
  • Works effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent judgment while working under extreme pressure.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to engage in strategic analysis and give relevant advice.
  • Demonstrates competency working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Dedication to improving the condition of working people and strengthening the role of organized labor in society through worker action and political activity.


  • Experience representing and/or supporting an executive, preferably in a union setting.
  • Substantial professional experience organizing working class people towards change.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically.


  • Salaried position; may require nonstandard work hours and/or weekend and holiday work.
  • Extensive travel may be required, primarily within Northern California.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$50,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.

Mail, fax or e-mail a detailed résumé, a statement not to exceed 300 words telling us why you are the right person for the job. Please include, along with the statement your resume, and the name, address, and phone number of three references to Kathryn Ballard, SEIU Local 1021, 447 29th St. Oakland, CA 94609. The fax number is (510) 893-2395, the e-mail address is jobs@seiu1021.org. Please indicate Strategic Coordinator to the Executive Director on your statement. No phone calls please.

This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time.

SEIU Local 1021 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. Local 1021 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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