Deputy Director for Policy

Washington DC or New York City office

The Research & Policy Department of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ (SEIU 32BJ) has an opening for a Deputy Director for Policy based either in Local 32BJ’s Washington, DC or New York City office, with a competitive salary and full benefits.

SEIU 32BJ is a progressive and dynamic labor organization representing over 175,000 property service workers, including janitors, security officers, airport workers, and food service employees, throughout 12 states and Washington, DC on the East Coast.  While the specific priorities will vary from year to year and across jurisdictions according to the needs of the Union, 32BJ’s main issue concerns are responsible economic development and public contracting; and economic, racial, immigrant and climate justice.  We particularly emphasize affirmative worker protections and supporting the right to organize. 32BJ has been highly successful in advocating for creative and groundbreaking policies to advance the interests of working people.  We are seeking a Deputy Director for Policy to help build on that success.

The Deputy Director for Policy will report to the Director of Research and Policy and will directly supervise a Policy Legal Analyst.  The Deputy Director will be responsible for coordinating the policy related work of Research team as well as for coordinating with the Political Department on legislative outreach.

The Deputy Director for Policy will be responsible for: helping to shape the union’s legislative and policy strategy at the federal, state and local levels; researching policy and legislative issues throughout 32BJ’s jurisdiction; analyzing bills; writing testimony, memos, and position papers; meeting with policymakers and other stakeholders; monitoring/ensuring implementation of policies that have been adopted; advocating for issues; educating officers/and members about policy and legislation; coordinating on campaigns with colleagues in other departments; and working with the Director of Policy and Legislation to plan the union’s long-term agenda.  The Deputy Director for Policy will also be responsible for anchoring the union’s DC engagement around federal policy priorities. 

Qualifications:  Minimum of 8 years work experience with legislative campaigns relating to worker rights and racial justice.  Experience working with organized labor strongly preferred. Applicants should have excellent analytical and writing skills; a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and labor organizing; as well as a demonstrated commitment to some or all of the following: economic, racial, immigrant and climate justice.  SEIU Local 32BJ is an equal opportunity employer.  Some travel will be required. 

SEIU 32BJ offers a competitive salary based on experience, and an excellent benefits package including employer-paid medical and dental coverage for employees and their eligible dependents.  

 To apply, e-mail cover letter, resume, writing sample, references, and law school transcript to:  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.