SEIU (Service Employees International Union)
Job Title: Deputy Policy Director (Public Services) Grade: MGT E
Location: Washington, D.C.
The Deputy Policy Director plans, develops, and implements the International’s public policy positions and proposals in assigned issue areas under the direction of the Policy Director and in close coordination with SEIU Divisions, other International Union departments and Local Unions.
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.)
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with officers, Division leaders and senior staff to develop public policy positions, proposals, publications and strategies related to legislation and regulation (federal, state, and/or local) on issues of importance to publicly funded workers – including wages and working conditions; public sector labor rights/collective bargaining; public budgets; taxation and revenue; early learning; higher education; and other relevant issues that advance SEIU’s mission to improve the lives of working people.
• Direct, review and develop analysis, testimony, correspondence and other materials on the International’s federal, state and local public policy positions and proposals, ensuring timely and high quality products.
• Directly advocate and coordinate advocacy with key federal, state and local government agencies and representatives as part of our Government Relations program.
• Develop and present the International’s positions and proposals before SEIU conferences, government groups, national commissions and public forums and before the media around the country.
• Develop relationships with strategic partners, including within the labor movement, to drive a common agenda.
• Represent SEIU and the labor movement on critical public policy issues in the federal, state and local context.
• Work closely with the other teams in the Government Relations Department and with senior staff in other Divisions and departments of the union.
• Manage professional and clerical staff and coordinate with staff in Divisions and other International Union departments who do policy-related work.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Include SEIU International and Local Union leaders, officers and staff; state, local and/or federal elected and government officials and their staffs; leaders and staff of allied organizations; and academics and other experts in public policy issues.
Direction and Decision Making:
This position reports to the Policy Director and works independently.
Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree or juris doctorate preferred) in public administration, labor relations, economics, political science or a related field. In addition, at least three (3) years of supervisory experience and (5) years of work-related experience in policy analysis, including issue development in an organizing, advocacy, or political context, or a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Knowledge of unions and other advocacy groups.
• Extensive understanding of policy issues important to publicly funded workers, including the various federal, state and/or local laws and regulations governing wages and working conditions, public sector labor rights/collective bargaining, public budgets, taxation and revenue, early learning, higher education, and/or other related issues.
• Experience and demonstrated facility with policy analysis and issue development.
• Ability to develop strategy and to lead complex national campaigns that require coordination of the work of multiple departments, disciplines and external allies.
• Ability to monitor economic trends relevant to workers at the federal, state and local level.
• Ability to analyze data and make sound, logical conclusions and develop strategy.
• Ability to recruit, manage and develop staff.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
• Ability to make presentations.
• Skill in the use of personal computer and associated software used to perform analysis.
Work is generally performed in an office setting. Long and extended hours and travel may be required.
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 holidays and vacation policies, and both a pension plan and a 401(K) Plan.
SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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