SEIU 1021

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 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