Deputy Director for Racial Justice and Leadership, BOLD Center

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Job Category: Non-Bargaining Salary
Requisition Number: DEPUT002532
Type: Full-Time
Location: Washington | DC | 20036 | USA


TITLE: Deputy Director for Racial Justice and Leadership, BOLD Center


Salary: $127,092

LOCATION: Washington, DC


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.


The BOLD Center works to expand the leadership and effectiveness of individuals, teams and organizations to sustain a lifetime of activism and achieve our vision of a multi-racial democracy for generations to come. The BOLD Center’s approach to organizational capacity building includes providing individual support at locals through onsite consultation and retreat-based facilitation. Our approach to personal leadership centers on growing highly proficient and inclusive leaders through individual coaching, transformative leadership development programs and peer-based learning. The BOLD Center brings together equity and inclusion, organization development and change management experts; executive coaches; and social change leaders to grow well rounded union leaders and staff, build highly effective organizations, and implement innovative programs.


This position works in close collaboration with the BOLD Center director, serves as a thought-partner, and is responsible for managing all aspects of the programs of the SEIU BOLD Center. The incumbent should be dedicated to building visionary, strategic, adaptive, and equitable leaders throughout the networks, and a powerful and agile BOLD Center to realize the vision and strategies of SEIU.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: (Any one 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 employees in the classification.)

Working in conjunction with the BOLD Center Director, with a high degree of autonomy, the incumbent of this position will be responsible for:

• Recruiting, supervising, supporting and evaluating a diverse group of consultants who work with all levels of local unions and the International Union
• Working independently with local union leaders and staff to lead organizational change that will help transform the union to be nimble and sustainable with an emphasis on innovation and racial justice
• Developing, facilitating, and evaluating education programs for high level elected and staff leadership that include a focus on: personal mastery, team and group development, change management, organizational development, talent management, supporting SEIU’s work toward becoming an anti-racist organization committed to ending anti-black structural racism
• Overseeing the management of the department budget including program planning and projecting costs, tracking year to date spending and approving monthly invoices and/or billing
• Providing direction for the management of consultant agreements, memoranda of understanding and/or contracting with internal SEIU clients
• Facilitating strategic planning sessions for the department and/or for internal clients of SEIU
• Embedding a racial justice analysis and framework in all aspects of the department’s organization development work including all programs and, in the orientation, training, and development of consultants
• Perform other duties as required to support the department and its mission


Frequent and regular contact with SEIU International Officers, SEIU International Executive Board Committees, SEIU BOLD Center consultants, SEIU local leaders and staff, SEIU Divisions/Departments leaders, International Union staff, and vendors.


This position reports to the BOLD Center director.


Degree from an accredited four-year college or university or experience equivalent to a degree. Graduate level accreditation in organizational development, nonprofit management or equivalent experience. A minimum of eight (8) years of experience demonstrating progressively greater responsibility preferably in the field of organizational development and leadership in a labor union, political, nonprofit, or issue-driven environment; a minimum of eight (8) years of experience working in the organizational change field in a progressive environment. The incumbent must have and be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

• Development and implementation of programs that help organizations successfully manage organizational change.
• Leadership development, organizational change and innovation theories, models and practices.
• A race analysis and anti-racist organizational change and organizational equity and inclusion practices.
• Strong facilitation skills, to include engaging conflict constructively, advancing processes from beginning to outcomes, planning for and managing regular meetings to engage all parties in inclusive ways that get to new results
• Management of multiple priorities in a timely manner while tracking a variety of projects.
• Collaboration with all levels of staff and elected officers.
• Development of diverse, high-development and high-performing teams.
• Supervision of management level staff.
• Excellent planning and organizational skills, including the ability to make presentations plan and develop materials and conferences.
• Skillful navigation in politically sensitive situations, exercising leadership and good judgement
• Proficient use of technology.
• Knowledge of unions and local union structures, systems and culture preferred.


Work is generally performed in an office setting, but the job may require work in the field or in other settings to perform the tasks required to complete assignments. Must be available for frequent travel with overnight stays. Travel and work beyond traditional business hours is required.

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