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SEIU Local 888

SEIU Local 888


Political Director

Based in Braintree, MA

 

Job Title: Political Director
Salary Range: Salary commensurate with experience
Location: Braintree, MA
Hours: Irregular Hours

General Description
The Political Director reports to Local 888's President and Chief of Staff and is responsible for leading the union's political and legislative program. The Political Director is also responsible for the success of Local 888's Committee on Political Action (COPA).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with the President and Executive Board and chapter leaders to develop legislative and budget priorities.
  • Lobbies on behalf of Local 888 members with elected officials in cities and towns and in the legislature.
  • Drafts legislation, enlists sponsors, and tracks progress of bills in the state legislature.
  • Drafts testimony for the president and/or testifies in support of the union's priorities.
  • Supervises Local 888 political organizer.
  • Recruits and trains Member Political Organizers.
  • Coordinates mailings, phone banks and other support for endorsed candidates
  • Prepares fact sheets and other written material for legislative, budget, and political campaigns.
  • Works with the organizing director to garner political support for organizing campaigns
  • Works with the staff to coordinate political support for contract campaigns
  • Oversees and advises the Local 888 Committee on Political Action (COPA).
  • Makes recommendations to COPA on political contributions and endorsements
  • Represents Local 888 at political events
  • Monitors legislation and the state budget. Keeps the president, COPA and Chapter Presidents up to date on developments.
  • Attends Executive Board and State Council meetings as needed.
  • Writes articles on politics and legislation for the Local 888 newsletter
  • Attends coalition meetings to represent the local
  • Files required lobbying reports with Secretary of State.
  • Build COPA membership through in-person meetings (and other means) and with recurring political donations via voluntary payroll deductions.
  • Works with SEIU Local 888 internal organizers to set up chapter meetings focused on increasing member participation in political action and participation in the COPA committee.
  • Assists Local 888's endorsed campaigns, including canvassing, phone banking, member organizing and public events.
  • Maintains regular communication with Local 888 members and the general public.
  • Keep member political data up to date in the Voter Activation Network (VAN)
  • Other duties as assigned

Education & Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years political or union campaign experience.
  • Communication skills to express policy issues in a manner that will be accessible and motivating to average members.
  • Candidates must be able to function well within a team structure. Must be prepared to work in coalition with groups outside of organized labor.
  • Commitment to the labor movement and agenda for working families.
  • Ability and willingness to perform duties as listed above.
  • Computer skills and knowledge of office software packages (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Access, MS Outlook).
  • Proficient with web tools, and voter databases.
  • Must be legally allowed to participate in lobbying activities at the State House.
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures.
  • Knowledge of customer service principles and practices.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish a plus.

Working Conditions

  • May be required to work long and irregular hours, at times work on weekends and holidays and to travel as needed.
  • A car and valid driver's license are required.

Compensation

  • 100% employer paid health insurance, short and long-term disability and dental/vision
  • 100% employer paid pension based on percentage of base salary
  • 401K
  • Vacation time, holidays, sick, and personal
  • Car Allowance
  • Cell phone allowance

To Apply
Contact Human Resources at humanresources@seiu888.org with résumé and contact information. No phone calls please.

SEIU 888 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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