SEIU (Service Employees Internationa Union)
Job Title: Deputy Legislative Director Grade: MGT-F Annual Pay: $116,915/YR
Location: Washington, DC
The Deputy Legislative Director is responsible for assisting the Legislative Director to oversee the federal legislative and policy programs for the Service Employees International Union, a 2-million-member organization dedicated to improving lives of workers and their families.
SEIU’s federal legislative and policy programs aim to build a more just society, including efforts to raise wages and build power for working people, to win racial justice, to reform our immigration system and to take on the impact of excessive corporate power on our democracy, economy and environment.
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.)
- Assist with building the International Union’s relations with congressional committees, staff and Members of Congress to advance SEIU’s legislative priorities on Capitol Hill
- Ensure SEIU’s agenda supports the union’s plan to grow and build power for working people.
- At the direction of the Legislative Director, assist in leading staff in the development and approval of various legislative documents- including but not limited to target lists, correspondence and reports;
- At the direction of the Legislative Director, take a lead role in the research, and analyzing of proposed legislation as well as developing strategies and materials for lobbying activities
- Lead work on all legislative issues and campaigns with relevant staff in Strategic Initiatives, Communications, Political, and other Departments/Divisions as appropriate
- Assist Legislative Director with staffing and staff development
- Coordinate the SEIU federal legislative strategies with other unions; contract consultants; congressional allies; national, state, and local coalitions; allied organizations; and other SEIU departments as appropriate
- Assist in the development and coordination of SEIU projects as they relate to targeted federal legislative and grassroots campaigns including field activity, polling, and media
- Support SEIU’s grassroots infrastructure for legislative and political campaigns, including political and legislative action efforts with SEIU regional, state council and local political & legislative leaders
- Develop, with the Directors for Legislation and Government Relations, strategies for representation by the International at national events, demonstrations, conventions, conferences and other forums on legislative priority issues
- Perform other duties as assigned in support of the work of Government Affairs, Legislation Department and as required by the Director
Include SEIU and affiliate staff, congressional staff, and other unions’ relevant administration officials.
Direction and Decision Making
This position reports to the Director for Legislation. The incumbent will also work independently.
Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy or related field (Politics, History, Economics) and seven (7) years of experience in direct lobbying of elected officials or government agencies and drafting legislation or eight (8) years of experience as a legislative assistant for an elected official or regulatory agency. Law or post-graduate degree in Public Policy or related field preferred.
Four (4) years prior experience working in issues campaigns, political action and election campaigns at a senior level, policy analysis, community advocacy or drafting of legislation or regulations in relevant issues areas.
All applicants/incumbent must have a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of, and experience with, direct lobbying of elected officials or government agencies and drafting legislation.
- Knowledge of federal public policy and the legislative process, and a proven ability to advocate for legislative and policy change with the government.
- Thorough knowledge of, and experience with, working in issue campaigns, political action and election campaigns at a senior level, policy analysis, community advocacy or drafting of legislation or regulations in relevant issues areas.
- Ability to analyze issues, define problems and propose creative solutions in political and legislative environments.
- Knowledge of the labor movement and its partners and allied movements.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to make formal presentations and write advocacy papers.
- Proven ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and to develop and maintain a variety of relationships on a variety of levels.
- Excellent planning and organizational skills, including strategic planning, including the ability to manage multiple priorities in a timely manner and keep track of a variety of projects.
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 are required.