SEIU (Service Employees International Union)
Job Title: Racial Justice Capacity Builder
Grade: MGT D - Starting Salary, $93,203 / YR
Location: Flexible- Washington, D.C.; Chicago, IL; Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA ; Atlanta, GA or New York, NY
Purpose of the Position:
SEIU’s core priorities firmly establish achieving racial justice as critical to realizing our Vision of a Just Society for All. To this end, SEIU adopted a resolution at its 2016 convention staking out that there can be no economic justice without racial justice and has established the Racial Justice Center (RJC) to facilitate the Union’s work and program to fulfill this commitment. To get racial justice to scale, the Union’s various locals, teams, programs, departments, etc. require tools, skills, and capacity to operationalize an anti-Black and structural racism analysis into practice and program. This position will facilitate and support SEIU’s education and engagement through developing and scaling up effective racial justice campaigns, strategies and programs along with building racially just organizational practices, policies and systems.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary responsibility of this position is to coordinate capacity building efforts targeted at:
- developing the ability of SEIU’s various locals, programs and departments to effectively implement, monitor and evaluate racial justice campaigns and efforts, AND/OR
- supporting organizational change within SEIU’s various locals, programs and departments to effectively implement and promote racially just practices, systems and behaviors within the organization.
This includes a wide range of duties, including, but not limited to the following:
- Identify, convene and support collaboration and design efforts around campaigns, programs and efforts that advance racial justice AND/OR organizational practices, policies and systems that advance racial justice.
- In conjunction with the Senior RJC Capacity Builder, work with specified Union departments, locals, etc. to develop and integrate robust racial justice strategies and practices.
- Support and track innovation on racial justice strategies, particularly around economic justice including strategies to close the racial wealth gap AND/OR developing racial equity practices, systems, etc.
- Analyze/assess capacity building needs.
- Provide input on relevant performance indicators and evaluations to reflect progress (quantitative and qualitative).
- Participate in program monitoring, evaluation, and periodic reporting.
- Stay abreast of key developments in the racial justice and economic justice movements AND/OR organizational development, capacity building, human resource and leadership development fields to incorporate innovations into the RJC’s approach.
- Develop and maintain relationships with racial justice movement, capacity building and organizational changes partners.
- Connect union partners with external partners as needed.
- In conjunction with the Senior RJC Capacity Builder, facilitate the sharing of experiences, dissemination of successful practice, and fostering of a learning culture.
- Compile, develop and update written resources and templates.
- In conjunction with the Senior RJC Capacity Builder, ensure coherence and mutual reinforcement of specific projects as they fit into advancing the Union’s overall racial justice strategy and approach.
- Work collaboratively with the RJC team to develop and define its programs and strategies.
- Be available for travel with overnight stays and able to work flexible hours, including some weekends.
Scope and Nature of Supervision
A high level of judgment, ability to take initiative and work independently is required.
Must be able to work with elected leaders and staff in complex and sometimes political situations.
Must be able to handle multiple priority projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines.
Reports to the Director and/or Deputy Director of the SEIU Racial Justice Center.
Educational Background, requires one of the following:
- a) Bachelor's degree in economics, race studies, political science, organizational development or a related field, and three years of experience implementing and leading racial justice campaigns and programs including two years in a capacity-building and coordination role OR
- b) At least three – five years of experience implementing and leading racial justice campaigns and programs and three – five years of experience in a capacity-building and coordination role OR
- c) Any combination of education, experience and measurable performance that demonstrates the capability to perform the duties of this position.
Previous Work Experience:
- Program or project management background that involved developing and executing complex project timelines, coordinating multiple projects, and prioritizing tasks.
- Experience helping organizations achieve impact through capacity building and organizational change.
- Demonstrated leadership in racial justice campaign, policy or organizing work
- Significant experience within communities of color – Black communities, in particular.
Knowledge, Qualifications and Competencies:
- Excellent writing, verbal and analytical skills with a particular ability to communicate complex ideas in clear, concise terms.
- Effective facilitation skills rooted in transformational and adult learning educational approaches.
- Strong structural and anti-Black racial justice analysis that corresponds with SEIU’s adopted racial justice analysis, conclusions and approaches.
- Solid understanding of the issues involved in organizing for economic and social justice, and a strong commitment to meeting the particular challenges facing communities-of-color, especially Black communities.
- Recognize the unique role of union and the labor movement to address institutional and structural racism.
- Commitment to center the leadership and voice of People of Color, Black people in particular OR (Honor the leadership of people of color and other marginalized communities.)
- Broad knowledge of systems thinking, organizational development, capacity building and change management theories, methods and approaches.
- Have knowledge and practices for racial justice to offer, as well as enjoy and be open to learning from others, incorporating new perspectives, issues, and experiences and taking risks.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively, build consensus and cooperate with a variety of stakeholders.
- Experience developing and facilitating partnerships among diverse teams, groups and leaders.
- Experience supporting colleagues from a distance.
- Demonstrated humility, flexibility, compassion and initiative; a sense of humor and excitement for the work.
- Demonstrated integrity and practice of working in an equitable fashion.
- Ability to work in a small team, share information and contribute to the routine tasks of the team.
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.
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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer