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SEIU - Michigan State Council Executive Director

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Michigan State Council Executive Director – SEIU Michigan State Council

Service Employees International Union


SEIU is seeking a collaborative and innovative leader to serve as the Michigan State Council Director. At this critical moment for workers, the Director will partner with the Michigan State Council Board and the International Union to develop and implement an integrated political and organizing plan to build long-term power for workers and communities in Michigan.


The Michigan State Council is comprised of SEIU Healthcare Michigan, SEIU Local 526M/Michigan State Corrections Organization, SEIU Local 517M and SEIU Local 1. Each of the four locals have unique memberships, different issues, and separate leadership, but all are united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. The local unions are dedicated to working together to improve the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.

The Michigan State Council Director works with all four locals and the International Union to:

Develop and implement comprehensive state plans that integrate political, organizing, and member work to win key elections, drive the Unions for All 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 win and hold power at the national, state and local level, including expanding the base of activists, building the internal political fundraising program and improving the skills of 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.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with local leaders, SEIU Midwest/State Power program, and the Fight for 15, to develop goals, objectives, and plans for the Michigan State Council.
  • Implement and direct the SEIU Michigan State Council integrated state power plan focused on meeting growth objectives, political and organizing goals, and expanding SEIU’s influence and power in Michigan.
  • Supervise and manage the work and development of all State Council staff.
  • Organize and lead regular meetings of the State Council Board.
  • Develop and implement a reporting structure that tracks program metrics and outcomes on the state council’s strategic goals.  
  • Work with stakeholders to design and implement the 2020 Michigan organizing and political plan.
  • Serve as the public representative of the SEIU Michigan State Council to federal, state and local elected officials.


Key Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of political organizing and comprehensive campaign strategies that incorporate strategic research and data analysis.
  • Experience in state lobbying work and a deep understanding of state legislative processes.
  • Ability to design, coordinate, and direct strategic political and organizing campaigns.
  • Knowledge of economic policies and analysis.
  • Experience in union organizing and comprehensive campaigning and/or building or strengthening other progressive grassroots membership-based organizations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to hire, supervise and develop staff at all levels.
  • Superb interpersonal skills, with a history of forging strong relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with elected leaders and staff in complex situations.
  • Degree from an accredited four-year college or university is preferred, or experience that is equivalent to a degree.


Direction and Decision Making:
The Executive Director of the Michigan State Council reports to the Michigan State Council Executive Board and a designated International Union representative. This position requires independent judgment.

Physical Requirements:

Work is generally performed in an office setting but may require work in other settings conducive to performing the task required to complete assignments.  Long and extended hours and extensive travel required.


This position can be based in either Detroit or Lansing, Michigan.


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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