New England Joint Board UNITE HERE

New England Joint Board UNITE HERE

Staff Director

Covering Massachusetts


The New England Joint Board, UNITE HERE, located at 33 Harrison Ave in Boston, is the affiliate of UNITE HERE in the six New England states and New York, representing workers in the manufacturing, warehousing, laundry, food service, disability service, textile, and garment industries. Included in our membership are workers from UNITE HERE predecessor unions ILGWU, ACTWU and UNITE as well as members originally organized under the UNITE HERE banner. We are a bold progressive union at the forefront of the movement for economic and social justice. Women and immigrants make up a majority of our membership.

The Staff Director will directly supervise a team of Business Agents. The Staff Director will oversee the union’s program on contract negotiations and campaigns, representational activities, leadership recruitment and development, and mobilization. The Staff Director will serve on the leadership team of the Joint Board and work to oversee the implementation of the union’s vision and programs. The Staff Director will report to the Manager.


  • Serve as the Chief Spokesperson during contract negotiations working through the proposal writing process through final ratification
  • Supervising, training, and developing staff
  • Conduct staff meetings, team meetings, and individual meetings with staff to review and plan their work
  • Ensure staff and rank and file member participation in the union’s programs
  • Represent the union and its members in contract negotiations, arbitrations, grievances, and disciplinary meetings
  • Developing, leading, and executing campaigns around contract negotiations and workplace
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  • Oversee staff in grievance handling, arbitration preparation, and contract negotiations
  • Engage with rank and file members through representational and campaign activities to strengthen the union.
  • Work closely with other senior level staff to run the programs of the organization under the leadership of the Manager and rank and file executive board

Experience and Abilities

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience as a union representative with experience in contract negotiations (preferably as chief spokesperson), grievance handling, arbitrations, and familiarity with NLRB policies and procedures
  • Experience supervising, evaluating, and developing staff and holding them accountable to a workplan
  • Ability to work in high pressure environments
  • Willingness to work sometimes long and irregular hours
  • Ability to analyze complicated situations and quickly develop an action plan to achieve results
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and discern priorities in line with the union’s goals
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse array of members, staff, and employers
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Bilingual preferred

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

To Apply
Applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé via e-mail to: wpepi@unitehere.org.

The New England Joint Board is an equal opportunity employer.

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