SEIU Local 2015

SEIU Local 2015

Political Director

Based statewide in California


SEIU Local 2015 believes that its members and leaders are the center of our power, critical to creating the change necessary to improve California communities and the lives of workers, and that all long term care workers have the right to participate in our democracy to the fullest extent. To this end, the Political Director is central to the execution of Local 2015’s mission, vision, and core strategies.

Position Summary:
The Political Director at SEIU Local 2015 develops the strategy and program for our electoral, legislative, and strategic partner work at the state and local levels, and supports and informs this work at a national level. In collaboration with the Statewide Field Director and Regional Directors, the Political Director builds an effective member-participation and leadership program to support the fullest participation of long-term care workers in our democracy. As part of the Executive Leadership Team, the Director collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the strategic organizational plan for SEIU Local 2015.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Directs the Local 2015 strategies for our electoral, legislative and strategic partner work, with the desired outcomes in clear focus.
  • Develops programs that promote the maximum leadership and participation of long term care workers in our democracy.
  • Builds a robust Caregivers Action Fund (COPE) program that resources our members’ political and legislative objectives.
  • Ensures uniform standards for review and evaluation of strategies, campaigns and department staff.
  • Mentors, coaches and develops the strategic and critical thinking of all departments with regards to our political and strategic partners programs.
  • Represents Local 2015 at various SEIU and other organizational functions as requested.

Electoral and legislative campaigns

  • Plans, integrates and executes targeted electoral and issue campaigns that help to develop legislation supportive of the mission and goals of Local 2015
  • Directs the process to evaluate candidates requesting support or endorsements from Local 2015, including providing comprehensive recommendations on the strategic investment of resources, and on the coordination of political activities for the organization on behalf of endorsed candidates and issues
  • Designs, implements, and/or advises on strategic involvement in ballot initiative campaigns at state and local level
  • Evaluates achievement of electoral and legislative goals, and recommends appropriate courses of action
  • Collaborates with the SEIU State Council, other SEIU Locals, and other relevant unions and partners on key campaigns

Strategic partners

  • Systematically manages and coordinates collaborative relationships with allied groups to support Local 2015’s strategic goals, and political and legislative campaigns at the national, state and local level.
  • Analyzes our current partnerships and recommends the development of additional partnerships that support Local 2015’s Justice Agenda and strategic goals
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key strategic partners locally and statewide; supports Officers and Regional Directors to do the same.

Staff and member development

  • Works collaboratively with other departments to initiate, develop and evaluate programs that engage long term care workers in full participation in our democracy
  • Leads the development, execution and evaluation of a robust Caregivers Action Fund (COPE) program that resources Local 2015 members’ political and legislative objectives.
  • Develops and executes programs that support members as leaders in our electoral, legislative and community partners work
  • Designs, implements, and/or conducts ongoing political education and training programs for staff and members
  • Designs, implements, and/or conducts targeted polling to members and public on Long-Term Care issues.
  • Supports organizational culture:
  • Embraces, support and promotes the organizations’ core values, beliefs and culture including: Local 2015 6 core values, culture of collaboration and team work, becoming an Anti-Racist Organization (ARO) and a culture of learning, accountability and organizing.
  • Administrative & Legal:
  • Develops department budgets and allocates political resources effectively.
  • Ensures compliance with state and local campaign laws, including campaign finance laws.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement comprehensive candidate, issue and/or legislative campaigns, including the use of research, polling instruments, direct mail, opposition research, etc. to develop strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with Leadership and staff in complex political situations
  • Demonstrated ability in developing political and legislative training programs for staff and low wage workers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and in coalition with a variety of low –wage worker and/or community organizations.
  • Working experience ensuring compliance with state and local campaign laws, including campaign finance laws.
  • Knowledge and experience with managing voter contact and field campaigns
  • Ability to manage and assess multiple programs and priorities and meet deadlines; track record of meeting outcomes
  • Work effectively with members and staff from diverse ethnic, social and economic groups
  • Exercise excellent judgment while working under pressure
  • Establish and uphold organizational priorities, standards and values
  • Manage leadership of multiple teams in multiple/large geographic areas
  • Develop, mentor and hold managers, staff and member leaders accountable to expectations
  • Work effectively as part of senior leadership team.
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Highly competent in using Microsoft Office, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and ability to quickly learn software needed for tracking membership and activity outcomes.
  • Knowledge of California political landscape

Experience and Education:

  • 10+ years of experience in electoral, legislative and base-building campaigns
  • 4+ years more of supervisory experience leading a team of 5 or more
  • A strong commitment to building a progressive labor movement through organizing the unorganized.

Scope and Nature of Supervision:
The Political Director reports directly to the President, Chief of Staff, or designee. Supervision and direction may change depending on the focus of work.

Working Conditions:

  • Salary: $126,465.94 - $132,868.28
  • Willingness and ability to work long, irregular hours, including weekends and holidays.
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license, reliable use of car for work, and required automobile insurance
  • Willingness and ability to travel as required
  • Work is generally performed in the field with members and outside constituents.

Job descriptions are not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of every activity or responsibility that is required for each role.

SEIU Local 2015 is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Women and persons of color are strongly encourage to apply.

Fluency in a second language is highly desirable.

To Apply:
Attach cover letter, résumé, and references to: https://seiu2015.clearcompany.com/careers/jobs/6c761d6d-8c55-e8dc-96bf-d4f32b094959/apply?source=2579777-CS-29616

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