SEIU is seeking a Deputy Director for its Midwest/State Power Program.


The Midwest/State Power program is an innovative new program that unites SEIU’s union political and organizing programs in order to drive the Unions for All demand, expand worker organization, advance justice fights, and build long term power for workers and communities.


The Deputy Director works with SEIU locals, State Councils, elected union leaders and other program staff to:


Develop and implement comprehensive state plans that integrate political, organizing, and member work to win key elections, drive the Union demand, build a leader-rich SEIU, advance justice fights, and build long term state power.


Drive the demand for Unions for All, racial, and economic justice by mobilizing SEIU members and not-yet-union workers to challenge corporate power and demand political intervention to provide all workers the ability to form a union, no matter where they work.


Advance union organizing campaigns led by SEIU industry divisions and local unions in order to build the organizing capacity of SEIU and organize new workers into the Union.


Strengthen the political capacity of local unions and members to hold power at the national, state and local level, including expanding our base of activists, building our internal political fundraising program and improving the skills of our staff and members.


Build independent political power for SEIU and partners in a wider movement through developing sustainable civic engagement programs and political organizations, particularly in communities of color.


Drive its program to elect champions for working families and shift the political debate to focus on agenda that improves the lives of workers and their families and communities.


Support campaigns to win economic, racial, immigrant and environmental justice and to make unions and worker organization central to the debate at the federal, state and local level, and hold elected officials accountable to those issues.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee SEIU’s efforts with local unions and elected leaders in Midwest/State Power states to develop and drive programs that build power for SEIU members, not-yet-union workers, and communities.
  • Develop and drive SEIU’s integrated political, organizing, and member engagement strategy in collaboration with Director of the Midwest/State Power Program and local unions.  
  • Work with the Midwest State/Power International Union Officer, Midwest/State Power Director, local union leaders and other senior staff to help shape and set the overall agenda for SEIU’s Midwest/State Power program.
  • Engage in-state staff who are responsible for overseeing implementation and adjustment of state plans and are in regular touch with Local Union Leaders and Local Union Staff.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff assigned to Midwest/State Power states when directed to do so by the Director of the Midwest/State Power program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the Midwest/State Power Program.



President and Officers, Division/Department Directors, Local Union Leaders.  Candidates and key political party leaders and staff; senior political staff at key partners, including other unions, coalition partners and allies and national organizations, outside counsel and consultants, policy and academic representatives and the press.


Direction and Decision Making:


This position reports to the Director of the Midwest/State Power Program.




This position can be based in Washington, DC; or a location in the Midwest with access to a major airport for frequent travel.


Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in political, organizing or campaign-related work
  • Experience in union organizing and comprehensive campaigning and/or building or strengthening other progressive grassroots membership-based organizations
  • Knowledge of the labor movement and its partner organizations
  • Knowledge of electoral campaign strategy and tactics
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain a variety of relationships on a variety of levels
  • Ability to hire, supervise and develop staff at all levels
  • Superb interpersonal skills, with a history of forging strong relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a timely manner and keep track of a variety of projects
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including strategic planning
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to inspire confidence of others with personal authority, leadership skills and a collegial work style
  • Degree from an accredited four-year college or university is preferred, or experience that is equivalent to a degree

Physical Requirements:

Most work is performed in an office setting but may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Substantial travel and extended hours required.


To Apply:

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume online at The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position.

SEIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, religion, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, political or union affiliation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


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