Deputy Director of Government Relations

Deputy Director of Government Relations Grade: Management G

Washington, D.C.


The position is responsible for assisting the Director with the daily management of the Department, as well as direct oversight of priority programs and projects as they arise

• Oversee the Department’s staff development/organizational equity and internal coordination plans, including planning staff meetings and working with the Legislative and Policy Directors on staff workplans, training and development.

• Manage or represent Department on union-wide projects, such as annual member and staff conferences or Conventions. Coordinate work to support union-wide Political/Government Relations Committee of the International Executive Board.
• Oversee the Department’s overall budget, including its contributions budget.

• Directly supervise the Integrated Campaigns team, which has primary responsibility for the union’s policy and legislative initiatives in states and cities.

• Drive the Department’s involvement with the union-wide 2020 state planning process, including prioritizing and driving issue campaigns and developing cross-state infrastructure to support those campaigns

• Oversee Department’s federal and state campaign efforts and budget, including media, phones, polling, digital tools and mobilization with local unions.

• Coordinate with key strategic partners on campaigns and state and local infrastructure, including other labor unions, advocacy organizations and community organizing networks.

• In consultation with the Director, lead and support initiatives related to the White House and executive agencies, including driving efforts across Government Relations teams and with other Departments and Divisions.

• Hire and supervise staff and consultants; oversee, develop and evaluate individual workplans; manage and promote staff development.

• Performs other duties as assigned in support of the work of the department


All SEIU Staff and Departments, state council and local union political directors and leaders, federal and state political leaders, policy analysts and other coalition partners and allies.

Direction and Decision Making:

This position reports to the Director of Government Relations and works independently.

Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree preferred but not required. A minimum of 10 years work in the labor movement or allied organizations with emphasis on legislative and political work, and with a minimum of five (5) years in a leadership or management position.

Significant experience in political and legislative activity and policy development; well-developed strategic planning, policy analysis, management, organizational development, interpersonal and communications skills; knowledge of the labor movement and labor relations.

All candidates must be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

• Ability to supervise, develop and lead staff

• Thorough knowledge of the legislative and policy-making process on both federal and state level

• Thorough of strategies and tactics with regard to moving policy and legislative change

• Thorough knowledge of the labor movement and other advocacy groups

• Knowledge and experience in the use of polling, research and communications strategies in campaigns

• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

• Ability to recruit, develop, manage and supervise staff

• Ability to develop strategies, budgets and implement plans

• Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet established deadlines

• Ability to make presentations and conduct trainings

• Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

• Skill in the use of personal computer and associated software used to perform analysis.

• Ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships.

• Ability to lead complex national campaigns that require coordination of the work of multiple departments, disciplines and external allies.

Physical Requirements:

Work is generally performed in an office setting, but may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Travel and long and extended hours required.

Application Requirements:

A resume and cover letter are required for all applications. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for SEIU, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan.


SEIU staff enjoy top notch benefits including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, competitive salaries, generous holiday and vacation policies, and both a pension plan and a 401(K) Plan.

SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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