Human Resources Director
Service Employees International Union - Washington, DC

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Service Employees International Union

Washington, DC

About SEIU:

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is on the front lines of the fight to reverse economic inequality and to improve the lives of all working people. We harness grassroots mobilization, political and legislative action, legal strategy, our collective passion for social justice, and the active leadership of our 2.1 million members to win for working people and to create a fair and just society for all.


We are seeking a Human Resources Director to serve as a key strategic partner, an employee advocate and a change agent who can model the leadership standards and competencies we honor—and develop them in others. A successful candidate is competent in all personnel and compliance transactions, can organize around vision, innovate and think critically, build respectful relationships and teams, is accountable to results, is inclusive and can partner effectively with our internal staff labor unions.

Primary Responsibilities: (Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed. Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of duties to be performed by employees in the classification.)
  • Administers human resources rules and programs in compliance with applicable laws and regulations including but not limited to: staff development, policies and procedures, personnel file management, recordkeeping, labor and employee relations, workers’ compensation, new hire orientation, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies, compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), other federal and state regulated and mandated labor policies, collective bargaining and negotiations, and performance appraisal process.
  • Supervises the staff of the Human Resources Department and oversees HR Department budget and other relevant finance matters.
  • Supports senior managers to help them fulfill their role in leading change in their respective departments and teams.
  • Coordinates, monitors and oversees the administration of all labor relations issues and collective bargaining agreements. Serves on contracts negotiations teams.
  • Liaises with the Director of Organizational Equity to advance cultural diversity and issues of equity.
  • Collaborates with the Directors of Staff Development and Recruitment to develop strategies for the recruitment and retention of diverse staff.
Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Organizational Change Management or liberal arts. An advanced degree and/or PHR certificate preferred. At least ten (10) years of related work experience, preferably in a union environment or with a non-profit or advocacy group.

A combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Expertise in transactional areas and their management/oversight.
  • Practiced understanding of HR best practices, employment, labor and wage laws, FMLA, EEO and ADA regulations. Knowledge of multi-state and International employment laws and HR issues.
  • Experience in negotiating and upholding collective bargaining agreements.
  • Exceptional communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work effectively at all levels in an organization and to handle confidential and politically sensitive situations.
  • Excellent active listening skills.
  • Ability to identify cause of problems and provide proactive solutions.
  • Strong analytic and decision making abilities.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work with and through others.
  • Ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal.
  • Experience with large-scale organizational change effort.
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse team of committed individuals who have a passion for social justice
  • Previous change management experience and/or change management professional designation is a plus.
  • Expertise in using HRIS associated software.


A cover letter is required for all applications. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for SEIU, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan.


SEIU staff enjoy top notch benefits including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, competitive salaries, generous holiday and vacation policies, and both a pension plan and a 401(K) Plan.

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With 1.9 million members, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the fastest-growing labor union in North America. Together...