Ethics Ombudsperson / Assistant General Counsel

Based in Washington, DC


Job Category: Non-Bargaining Salary
Requisition Number: ETHIC002887
Type: Full-Time
Location: Washington | DC | 20036 | USA

JOB TITLE: Ethics Ombudsperson/Assistant General Counsel
SALARY/GRADE: Attorney 5+ years’ experience ($104,058 + depending on number of years out of law school)
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Must be barred in DC. Or must apply to the bar in these locations within 90 days of employment.

The 2 million members united in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are at the forefront of a movement to build power for working people and empower all workers to form unions, no matter what job they do. SEIU members are from every walk of life, every political party, every background, every faith. They come from communities with their own stories and strengths, and that makes the Union all the more powerful because there’s strength in numbers. SEIU members work across the healthcare spectrum providing high quality care and services. They are the workers who keep our nation’s airports running and make sure landmark buildings are clean and secure. They provide essential public services and give a foundation of learning to our youngest and brightest. SEIU members believe in and are fighting for a Just Society where all workers are valued and all people respected — no matter where they come from or what color they are; where all families and communities can thrive; and where we leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come.

This attorney position is responsible for the provision of legal services, particularly as SEIU Ethics Ombudsperson. This position is designated for attorneys with at least five years of post-law-school experience in labor law.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: (At any given time, depending on assignments, this position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed. 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 attorneys in the classification.)

Core Duties:
The Ethics Ombudsperson oversees SEIU’s ethics program. The areas of responsibility will include

  • Answer ethics-related questions from members and affiliates
  • Investigate and render decisions on ethics complaints
  • Direct ethics complaints to the proper official of the International Union or affiliate
  • Train International Union and affiliate officers and staff on the SEIU ethics code and policies
  • Serve as staff for the SEIU Ethical Culture Committee
  • Draft the annual ethics program report to the International Executive Board.
  • The successful candidate must be able to interact with International and affiliate officers and staff on sensitive and confidential matters
  • Other work as may be assigned, including work providing counsel to organizing and contract campaigns, work on litigation, policy and other areas.

Supervisory Duties:

  • Supervise and direct work of outside counsel in assigned areas; review and approve all outside counsel bills in areas of assignment, before transmittal to General Counsel;
  • Direct supervision of the Ethics Program Manager, law fellows, law clerks, and administrative staff.

Budget Responsibility:

  • Where applicable, responsible for recommending project budgets for the work of the ethics office and legal work done by outside counsel.


  • Job duties for this position require contact with SEIU officers, staff, local leaders, outside counsel, governmental agencies, courts and/or other outside institutions on a regular basis.

Direction and Decision Making:

  • Incumbents report to the General Counsel and are expected to perform duties with little or no direct supervision. Incumbents are held responsible for legal accuracy and adequacy of work performed.

Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from accredited law school and active membership in the bar association of at least one state or jurisdiction. A minimum of five years’ experience as a practicing attorney.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to racial, economic, and social justice. Experience working in the labor movement, labor and employment law practice and/or related fields is highly preferred.

The following general knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to independently conduct, analyze and synthesize complex legal research, develop and implement comprehensive and sophisticated legal strategies for SEIU campaigns and programs; prepare quality legal pleadings, memoranda, and reports and recommendations; present persuasive oral advocacy;
  • Sound legal judgment and ability to effectively interact with, communicate with, and advise a wide variety of staff, officers, outside counsel, and outside agencies;
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically use the law to further workers’ interests, including developing and employing innovative legal arguments;
  • Skill in using computerized legal research tools such as Westlaw and internet-based legal databases;
  • Knowledge of word processing programs such as MSWord.

Work is currently performed in a hybrid office/telework setting, but incumbents may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Travel and extended hours may be required.

Washington, D.C.

Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for either a) a certain medical condition(s); or b) on the basis of sincerely held strong religious beliefs and practices; c) as otherwise required by law.

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