SEIU (Service Employees International Union)
Job Title: Assistant General Counsel
Location: Washington, D.C.
This attorney position is responsible for the provision of legal services, broadly defined, to SEIU. This position is designated for attorneys with at least three years of experience in the practice of law, or equivalent.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: (At any given time, depending on assignments, this 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 attorneys in the classification.)
· Supervise and direct work of outside counsel in assigned areas; review and approve all outside counsel bills in areas of assignment, before transmittal to General Counsel;
· Direct supervision of Law Fellows, Law Clerks, and Secretaries in the incumbent’s area of responsibility.
Where applicable, responsible for recommending divisional or regional legal budgets and/or project budgets for legal work done by outside counsel.
Job duties for this position require contact with SEIU officers, staff, local leaders, governmental agencies, courts and/or other outside institutions on a regular basis.
Direction and Decision Making:
Incumbents report to the General Counsel, and are expected to perform duties with little or no direct supervision. Incumbents are held responsible for legal accuracy and adequacy of work performed.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from accredited law school and active membership in the bar association of at least one state or jurisdiction. At least three years’ experience as attorney in labor and employment area and/or related fields. Knowledge of substantive law important to the Union that would provide the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Ability to independently conduct, analyze and synthesize complex legal research, develop and implement comprehensive and sophisticated legal strategies for SEIU campaigns and programs; prepare quality legal pleadings, present persuasive oral advocacy, write cogent reports and recommendations, provide quality legal judgment, and effectively interact and communicate with wide variety of staff, officers, local leaders and outside agencies;
Demonstrated ability to strategically use the law to further workers’ interests, including developing and employing cutting-edge legal arguments;
Knowledge of SEIU structure, programs, policies and positions;
Skill in using computerized legal research tools such as Lexis-Nexis and internet-based legal databases;
Knowledge of word processing programs such as MSWord.
Work is generally performed in an office setting, but incumbents may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Some travel and extended hours required.
A resume is required for all applications and a cover letter is highly suggested. 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.