Deputy Director, State Power Program

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Job Category: Non-Bargaining Salary
Requisition Number: DEPUT002832
Type: Full-Time
Location: Washington | DC | 20036 | USA

Washington | DC | 20036 | USA


SEIU (Service Employees International Union) 

JOB TITLE: Deputy Director, State Power Program


SALARY: $131,578

LOCATION: Flexible (preference for: CO, MI, MN, VA, WI or Washington, DC)

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: We are the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a union of about 2 million diverse members in healthcare, the public sector, and property services. We believe in and fight for our Vision for a Just Society: where all workers are valued and all people respected—no matter where we come from or what color we are; where all families and communities can thrive; and where we leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come. We are an anti-racist union determined to check corporate power and uproot structural racism through unions—worker power and collective action—and government—legislative and political action. We fight for Unions for All and a Government that Works for All so that all of us, across race and place, can have power together in unions and participate fully in our democracy.

PURPOSE: The State Power Program works to develop and implement comprehensive state plans that integrate political, organizing, and member work to advance Unions for All and racial and economic justice, applying the following State Power Core Principles:

  • Build the path to power together
  • Center racial justice in all of our work
  • Prioritize bold campaigns to win strategic organizing breakthroughs
  • Raise the bar on candidates and elected officials
  • Engage workers as voters and voters as workers
  • Build for the long term with strategic partners and bring them with us on Unions for All
  • Tell one powerful story across campaigns


  • Oversee SEIU’s efforts with local unions and elected union leaders in State Power states, and with International Union (IU) Divisions and Departments, to develop integrated state plans and drive campaigns that build power for SEIU members, non-organized workers, and communities.
  • Develop and drive SEIU’s integrated political, organizing, and member engagement strategy in collaboration with the Director of the State Power Program, SEIU state councils, and local unions.
  • Work with the State Power IU Officer, State Power Director, local union leaders, and other senior staff to help shape and set the overall agenda and strategy for SEIU’s State Power program.
  • Convene and engage in-state staff who are responsible for overseeing implementation of state plans and driving campaigns, including Local Union, State Council, and campaign staff.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate staff assigned to State Power states as directed to do so by the Director of the State Power program.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the State Power Program.

CONTACTS:  President and Officers, Division/Department Directors, local union leaders. Candidates and key political leaders and staff; senior staff at key partners, including other unions, coalition partners and allies and national organizations, outside counsel and consultants, policy and academic representatives, and the press.

DIRECTION AND DECISION MAKING: This position reports to the Director of the State Power Program.

LOCATION: Preference that the position be based in a State Power program state (CO, MI, MN, VA, WI) with access to a major airport for frequent travel; or in SEIU’s Washington, DC headquarters office.


  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in political, organizing or campaign-related work
  • Experience in union organizing and comprehensive campaigning and/or building or strengthening other progressive grassroots membership-based organizations
  • Knowledge of the labor movement and its partner organizations
  • Knowledge of electoral campaign strategy and tactics
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain a variety of relationships on a variety of levels
  • Ability to hire, supervise and develop staff at all levels
  • Superb interpersonal skills, with a history of forging strong relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a timely manner and keep track of a variety of projects
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including strategic planning
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to inspire confidence of others with personal authority, leadership skills and a collegial work style

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Most work is performed in an office setting but may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Substantial travel and extended hours required.

TO APPLY: To apply, submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: 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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