Area Field Director Job Announcement
Northern California (North Central – Region A) (Posted: 01/25/2019)
RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Executive Director Field & Programs or Designee, this position has the responsibility to:
- Assist in creating and overseeing the implementation of 21st century internal organizing, industry and area-based plans.
- Act as internal agent of change, consistently challenging leaders and staff to think differently about their work and the new local’s vision.
- Establish an internal campaign-based culture around bargaining, internal membership recruitment/agency shop, worksite issues, growth, politics, and to defend the union from attacks.
- Work with staff within their assigned regions/areas as a team and individually to set goals, create plans to meet those goals and ensure accountability to those plans.
- Lead the development of a team approach to the work – both among staff members and between staff and member leaders.
- Work closely with member leaders in assigned regions/areas to coordinate programs and campaigns for that area.
- Integrate strategic campaign functions, politics, and new organizing into the daily work in the field.
- Coordinate, directly or through appointed staff, local-wide mobilization efforts, new member events, leadership conferences and other multi-team activities.
- Lead new organizing and political campaigns when needed. Identify staff training and development needs.
- Represent Local 1021 at various SEIU and other organization functions.
- Oversee the hiring, assigning, promoting, evaluating, counseling, and discipline of subordinate staff, with the approval of the Executive Director Field & Programs.
- Problem-solve and address the work-related concerns of subordinate staff.
- Trouble-shoot difficult situations and projects. Arrange for coverage of staff responsibilities during staff absences.
- Perform other related duties as required/assigned by the Executive Director Field & Programs.
Skills and Abilities:
- Advanced leadership skills.
- Work effectively with members and staff from diverse ethnic, social, and economic group
- Exercise excellent judgment while working under extreme pressure.
- Establish and hold organizational priorities and standards.
- Manage leadership of teams in multiple industries, spread over wide geographic areas.
- Develop and mentor staff.
- Work effectively as part of the senior leadership team.
- 3+ years of supervisory experience.
- 5+ years of advocacy and/or organizing work.
- Proven ability to develop effective strategies and lead teams in a variety of assignments.
- Salaried position; may require nonstandard work hours and/or weekend and holiday work.
- Extensive travel may be required, primarily within Northern California.
- Must possess a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$50,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.
TO APPLY: Mail, fax or e-mail detailed resume, three references and a letter of interest to Kathryn Ballard, SEIU Local 1021; 447 29th Street, Oakland, CA 94609, fax to (510) 893-2395 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. The letter of interest must address the following:
- Describe how your experience prepares you for the responsibilities and duties specified in the job announcement.
- Give examples from your work experience that demonstrates your mastery of skills and knowledge listed in the job announcement.
- Please clearly indicate which position you are applying for on your cover letter