SEIU Local 500

SEIU Local 500

Director of Representation

Based in Gaithersburg, MD


SEIU Local 500 is a progressive labor union, organizing and representing public employees and those who perform public services in Maryland and Washington, DC. We are a proud affiliate of Services Employees international Union, one of the largest, fastest growing unions in North America.

The Director of Representation is key to SEIU Local 500’s Collective Bargaining and Representation programs. This position will supervise and coordinate the work of the Contract Representation department including training others on, and handling, a wide range of duties including grievance handling from start through arbitration, full evidentiary hearings, representation of employees and the Union in employer-employee relations matters, collectively bargains contracts and actively supports union compliance, issues and committees as related to the various bargaining units’ collective bargaining agreements.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs a wide range of duties as assigned by the SEIU Local 500 Executive Director. Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by the Director.

  1. Direct and manage the Contract Administration department staff.
  2. Advising, assisting, training and/or participating in all aspects of the negotiation and grievance processes including, but not limited to, collection and assimilation of demands and data, coordination and advocacy.
  3. Maintain up to date info on expirations, extensions, reopeners sent, ratifications, executed agreements, bargainers assigned and other contract administration-related items.
  4. Identify critical institutional issues in each current and upcoming bargaining or grievance issues, according to the criteria set by the Executive Director.
  5. Flag strategic threats and opportunities to the Executive Director.
  6. Report on performance and skills development of bargainers.
  7. Lead bargaining at multiple tables.
  8. Work closely with the field, communications, research and political departments at the local and SEIU headquarters to support bargaining.
  9. Representing individuals and the Union in arbitrations, disciplinary matters, unfair labor practices and other administrative actions.
  10. Aiding the Union, its members and official bodies in carrying out the objections of the Union.
  11. Providing advice, training, coordination and assistance to workers and Elected SEIU Representatives (ESRs) on matters of wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
  12. Provide vision and leadership to members, leaders and local staff on the importance of Contract enforcement.
  13. Performs other duties as required to assist SEIU Local 500.
  14. Must possess a valid driver’s license and automobile for travel to member worksites.

Scope and Nature of Supervision

  • Show a demonstrated commitment to social justice, empowering workers and building the labor movement.
  • Be able to take initiative, act and organize time with extreme independence. Must be able to handle multiple “priority” projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines.
  • Possess a high level of professional judgment, emotional intelligence and strong interpersonal skills. Ability to independently handle difficult and complex issues in labor relations matters.
  • Must be able to work with elected leaders, worker leaders, and staff in complex and sometimes political situations.
  • Possess deep knowledge of bargaining campaign strategies, and a willingness to learn new strategies.
  • Possess excellent writing, verbal, and analytical communication skills.
  • Be skilled in the use of Microsoft Office and Google applications.
  • Be available for occasional travel with overnight stays when required.
  • Be willing to commit to long and irregular hours, including some nights and weekends when necessary.
  • Possess a valid U.S. Driver’s license, auto insurance, and an automobile for business use
  • Reports to the Executive Director.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Requisite work experience may serve as a substitute for the degree.

Previous Work Experience

  • Eight to 10 years of collective bargaining organizing and/or internal organizing required
  • Demonstrated experience with contract negotiation.
  • Demonstrated experience managing staff.

Specialized Knowledge and Training

  • Excellent writing, verbal, and analytical communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of Collective Bargaining Agreement enforcement.
  • Ability to develop and write Collective Bargaining Agreement language.
  • Proficiency in the use of membership data entry as pertains to contract enforcement. Skill in the use of Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook and Excel.
  • This position will require long and irregular hours.

SEIU Local 500 offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits including 100% employer-paid health benefits (95% of the cost difference for dependents), 100% employer-paid pension, a generous paid leave policy, and the experience of a lifetime.

To Apply
Please email your résumé and cover letter to: HumanResources@seiu500.org.

Please, no calls.

Local 500 encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. Local 500 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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