Senior Higher Education Policy Coordinator

ID: 2013-1568

Job Location: US-DC-Washington

Posted Date: 5/2/2013


This position is the lead responsible for providing sophisticated, highly skilled analysis of social, economic and public policy trends in support of SEIU’s goals.


  • Initiates and conducts analysis of topics of concern to SEIU to support legislative initiatives, industry organizing opportunities, grassroots campaigns or other political mobilization work.
  • Analyzes policy options, proposed regulations and legislative proposals for their impact on members and locals, and to further the union’s goals around growth and organizing.
  • Represents SEIU in public forums internally and externally as an advocate.
  • Meets with representatives of agencies, elected officials, management and other unions to promote SEIU members’ interests.
  • Develops written material, including correspondence, legislative testimony, research reports and policy memoranda for use internally and externally.
  • Makes significant contributions to the strategic plans for SEIU’s campaigns, and to further the union’s policy and growth objectives.
  • Assists the division policy director in the development of work plans and strategy for achieving the union’s growth and issue campaign goals.
  • Testifies on behalf of SEIU as needed.
  • Coordinates department work with other departments/Division as needed; advocates for department priorities in cross-departmental efforts
  • Serves as a primary coordinator with advocates with outside organizations and other unions as assigned.
  • Prepares strategic recommendations for issue development.
  • Monitors federal, state and local legislative and regulatory activity on key matters; keeps Government Relations staff, divisions, locals and leaders apprised on key policy developments and recommends union positions.
  • Maintains files and performs personal clerical duties as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as required to support the department and its mission.


Include SEIU and affiliate staff and other experts on policy issues.

Direction and Decision Making:

This position reports to the appropriate divisional Policy Director, and the incumbent works independently.


  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Public Policy, Economics or related field; seven (7) years of experience in policy analysis; and experience with issue development in a political context are required. Masters degree preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of areas of interest to the relevant SEIU division. This includes knowledge of the specific industries, sectors, occupations and other issues of concern to the respective division.
  • Thorough knowledge of policy analysis, including appropriate federal and state statutory, regulatory, budgetary and administrative processes.
  • Thorough knowledge of issue development in a political context.
  • Knowledge of unions and their issues.
  • Ability to conduct high level policy analysis.
  • Ability to use personal computer, including spreadsheets, databases and on-line research services.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to conduct formal research, analyze data and make sound, logical conclusions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Detail orientation with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to make formal presentations and write advocacy papers.
  • Ability to handle multiple priority projects simultaneously and meet established timelines.
  • Ability to manage time effectively while maintaining a high level of productivity
  • Advanced skills in the use of personal computers for purposes of financial and data analysis.
  • Advanced skills in the use of spreadsheets, database management systems, presentation software and on-line information sources.

Physical Requirements:

Work is generally performed in an office setting. Long and extended hours and travel may be required.

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