Careers

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at SEIU Local 73, an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for opportunities that are available. In general, we accept resumes for available positions only. Current vacancies will appear on this site.

Please note: Due to the high volume of submissions, SEIU Local 73 cannot provide confirmation that your application or other application materials have been received. Only qualified candidates will be contacted by SEIU Local 73 staff.

Current openings:

  • Director of Collective Bargaining
  • Staff Attorney
  • Field Organizer

Scroll down for complete details on each opening and instructions on how to apply.


 

Director of Collective Bargaining

Purpose

The role of the Director of Collective Bargaining is to directly bargain contracts in SEIU Local 73, lead a team of other bargainers, and coordinate closely with other directors, staff, and officers. This position reports to the Chief of Staff and is a non-bargaining unit supervisory and managerial position.

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership:

  • Supervise, manage, develop, and lead a highly skilled team in the areas of collective bargaining, contract campaigns, labor management work, employer relations & culture change;
  • Create and maintain systems for staff training and accountability;
  • Lead the team to maintain and develop curriculum and training modules for member leaders in the roles of contact action team (“CAT”) and bargaining committee members;
  • Lead the staff team, members leaders and organizers to develop effective contract bargaining and contract campaigns that build the union and member capacity.
  • Participate in strategic planning with the union’s leadership team.

Collective Bargaining and Employer Relations:

  • Negotiate union contracts;
  • Recruit and develop member leaders to participate on the contract negotiations team;
  • Analyze current contracts to determine and identify language not reflective of current bargaining priorities, industry standards, or legal requirements;
  • Coordinate contract negotiation and ratification campaigns;
  • Participate in employer relations and pattern and national bargaining;
  • Coordinate on member communications with other teams within the department; and
  • Train and develop staff to perform above duties.

Cross-Department Coordination:

  • Lead employer relations in coordination with the leadership team;
  • Close coordination with
    • the Member Action Center to address on-the-job problems;
    • the Internal Organizing team developing and implementing comprehensive contract campaigns;
    • Program Directors and union officers to tie collective bargaining campaigns to strategic priorities of the union;
    • In-house and outside counsel; and
    • Employer, coalition, and community organizations;
  • Support other departments and teams of the union as needed and work with members and leaders to develop leadership skills needed within the scope of these programs; and
  • Train and develop staff to perform these duties.
  • Assignments to political, electoral and growth mobilization as required by the organization; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Other Expectations: The Director of Collective Bargaining is expected to lead by example. It is the role of the Director of Collective Bargaining to provide model behaviors of what is expected as a leader in our Union. SEIU Local 73 staff is expected to respect the processes of the organization. The Director of Collective Bargaining will be required to work long and irregular hours, and to work on weekends and holidays when necessary.

Job Qualifications and Requirements

  • Five years or more significant experience in bargaining, labor-management joint work and representation/contract enforcement.
  • Experience as lead negotiator for large contract campaigns and managing a bargaining committee.
  • Two years or more experience in a supervisory or lead capacity.
  • Strong understanding of and experience with contract campaigns.
  • Experience in internal and/or external organizing.
  • Experience in building community relationship and support for union campaigns.
  • Knowledge of labor law, especially as relates to collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, mediation and arbitration.
  • Familiarity with the public sector and ability to analyze economic and competitive business environment, with the assistance of a researcher
  • Experience with the following types of organizations is highly significant: labor unions, progressive issue advocacy organizations, community organizations, political campaigns and elected officials, employer/union relations.
  • Personal commitment to the mission and goals of SEIU Local 73 is a requirement of this position.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are requirements of this position.
  • Computer literacy and the ability to learn union-specific computer systems within the initial months of employment is a requirement.
  • Commitment and capacity  to maintain the highest level of integrity, judgment, confidentiality and discretion in managing union  information and resources
  • Moderate in-state travel and occasional overnight travel may be required.
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills, ability to develop and carry out work plans with minimal supervision, and ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds are also necessary skills.
  • Excellent independent judgment and attention to political relationships are considered key components to achieving performance standards.

Working Conditions

The position is based in the Chicago headquarters of the union. A cell phone, drivers’ license, a car available to the manager at all times, and automobile insurance are requirements of this position. Cell phone and car allowance is provided. Long and irregular hours frequently required.

The position includes a competitive salary based on experience and a package of benefits that includes paid holidays, vacations, fully paid health benefits including health, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits.   All staff in the union are participants in a defined benefit pension plan fully paid by the employer.

This position is a confidential, supervisory, managerial, exempt, non-bargaining unit classification.

To Apply

Submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume to:

ATTN:  Chief of Staff

troan@seiu73.org

SEIU Local 73

300 S Ashland St

Suite 400

Chicago IL  60607


 

Staff Attorney

Duties and Responsibilities

The role of Staff Attorney is to handle the day-to-day legal affairs of the Local, including, but not limited to:

  • provide legal advice to staff and officers;
  • serve as lead counsel at arbitration, personnel-related, and administrative hearings, labor board proceedings, and other litigation, and handle all related duties, such as case evaluations, preparing witnesses and documents, document review and preparation, tracking cases in the union’s central database, oral argument, writing briefs and conducting legal research;
  • provide legal support for organizing campaigns;
  • ensure compliance with regulatory mandates, including Beck notifications, LM obligations and 990 reports, LMRDA requirements, lobbying reporting and registration laws, other requirements concerning electoral work and campaign finance;
  • review all contracts with vendors, insurance contracts, and review real estate issues;
  • advise human resources representatives and officers in decisions regarding staff, human resources, and dealings with the staff union;
  • defend the union against charges, lawsuits, etc. brought against it;
  • conduct staff and membership trainings; and
  • serve as the union’s liaison with outside counsel.

Other Expectations

The Staff Attorney is expected to lead by example. It is the role of the Staff Attorney to provide model behaviors of what is expected as a leader in our Union. SEIU Local 73 staff is expected to respect the processes of the organization. The Staff Attorney will be required to work long and irregular hours, and to work on weekends and holidays when necessary.

Job Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must have a juris doctor from an accredited law school and must hold a valid license to practice law in Illinois (exceptions can be made if planning to take the bar).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are requirements of this position.
  • Knowledge of labor law, especially as relates to collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, mediation and arbitration; ability to interpret laws, decisions and regulations.
  • Experience with the following types of organizations is highly significant: labor unions, progressive issue advocacy organizations, community organizations, political campaigns and elected officials, employer/union relations.
  • Experience in internal and/or external organizing is preferred.
  • Personal commitment to the mission and goals of SEIU Local 73 is a requirement of this position.
  • Computer literacy and the ability to learn union-specific computer systems within the initial months of employment is a requirement.
  • Occasional in-state travel and overnight travel may be required.
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills, ability to develop and carry out work plans with minimal supervision, and ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds are also necessary skills.
  • Excellent independent judgment and attention to sensitive relationships and confidential information are considered key components to achieving performance standards.
  • Commitment and capacity  to maintain the highest level of integrity, judgment, confidentiality and discretion in managing union  information and resources

Working Conditions

The position is based in the Chicago headquarters of the union. A cell phone, drivers’ license, automobile and automobile insurance are requirements of this position. Cell phone and mileage reimbursement is provided. Long and irregular hours frequently required.

The position includes a competitive salary based on experience and a package of benefits that includes paid holidays, vacations, fully paid health benefits including health, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits.   All staff in the union are participants in a defined benefit pension plan fully paid by the employer.

This position is a confidential, managerial, exempt, non-bargaining unit classification.

 

To Apply

Submit cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and writing sample to:

ATTN:  Chief of Staff

troan@seiu73.org

SEIU Local 73

300 S Ashland St

Suite 400

Chicago IL  60607


 

Field Organizer

Based in Chicago, IL

JOB SUMMARY
The Field Organizer, under the leadership of the Division Director or equivalent supervisor, implements strategy and plans for worksite leaders to respond positively and pro-actively to today’s challenges and opportunities in the workplace.

DUTIES

  • Applies plans for internal worksite leader recruitment, internal membership recruitment, contract campaigns that achieve positive results for the membership and involve large numbers of members, and worksite issue problem resolution.
  • Help develop issues and demands for contract campaign under supervision of Division Director. Develop and maintain positive relationships with labor management representatives.
  • Ensures contract compliance through initiating and monitoring grievance procedure, advancing through appropriate steps in accordance with timelines and other relevant contract provisions.
  • Ensures meeting political campaign goals in membership participation, COPE signups and recruitment of member political organizers.
  • Participate in a team with other staff, under the direction of the Division Director or Coordinator, as a team and individually, to set goals, create plans to meet those goals and ensure accountability to those plans.
  • Engage Executive Board members and worksite leaders in the application of the division’s goals.
  • Integrate strategic campaign functions, politics and new organizing for the local’s growth into the daily work in the field.
  • Participate in local wide mobilization efforts, new member events, unit meetings, leadership conferences and other multi-team activities.
  • Provide effective feedback that assists the further development of division strategy and implementation.
  • Maintains complete, accurate and well organized files and official records for inclusion in the membership database, master file, grievance and collective bargaining files.
  • Provides Member Resource Center staff with updates of events and information that members and worksite leaders need.
  • Other duties as assigned and directed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1+ years or more of advocacy and/or organizing work.
  • College degree or equivalent life experience.
  • Current valid driver’s license, working automobile and valid auto insurance, cell phone.

Competitive salary, health insurance, defined benefit pension, car allowance.

To Apply
Please send résumés to Donna DePhillips, ddephillips@seiu73fund.org.


 

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