Executive Director

SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR)
New York

Executive Director
Based in New York City, NY
(Los Angeles may be considered for alternative home base)

Position open until filled.

The Executive Director is a highly-qualified labor leader, healthcare advocate, and spokesperson who can facilitate a member-led union’s growth and power, as well as manage internal operations. The Executive Director works with leadership and membership to champion four strategic imperatives: new organizing, building internally (and being strike-ready), expanding involvement in public and social issues, and increasing democracy and transparency.

The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), a Local of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), represents interns, residents, and fellows in the United States (i.e. physicians in graduate medical training programs). We represent more than 18,000 workers in private and public healthcare systems, have 62 chapters in California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C., and administer 50 collective bargaining agreements. We believe our power comes from our members’ voices and participation in organizing campaigns and collective bargaining. We seek an Executive Director to help operationalize our vision of a strong, member-led union that negotiates hard with employers, has the capacity to strike when necessary, and expands the membership nationwide with the goal to represent all residents, all to create better working conditions, standards of living, and better patient care. As healthcare workers in a strategic sector of the economy, we leverage our power as the national voice of residents to work towards establishing universal health care and expanding public hospitals and clinics.

Scope of Responsibilities:
• Oversee, set expectations and pace for the vision, direction, culture and decision-making of the member-led union
• Operationalize a transformative vision of a militant, “strike-ready” rank-and-file through strategy components that include internal campaigns, bargaining, methods of communication, and organizing
• Collaborate with the Executive Committee to implement policies and develop programs that support the elected leadership’s vision, including fiscal sustainability, hiring and managing staff utilizing union values, championing diversity, equity and inclusion, and evaluating progress towards meeting objectives
• Provide ongoing professional development and training for newly elected delegates, officers, and staff
• Assist the Executive Committee in its strategic planning process
• Collaborate with the Executive Committee to determine an external organizing strategy that includes members and aligns with the elected leadership’s vision for the union, and oversee its successful implementation nationwide in both the public and private sectors
• Ensure that CIR is able to provide services to its members that are robust enough to meet or exceed CIR’s strategic goals and objectives
• Serve as a principal spokesperson with the media, and represent CIR externally or at SEIU meetings when the President or other CIR officers cannot attend
• Support and coordinate contract negotiations utilizing an organizing model approach to maximize member participation to raise working condition standards and address equity issues in healthcare on local and national level
• Manage an operating budget of $13M, and oversee CIR’s financial welfare and oversight
• Collaborate with the Executive Committee to develop and implement consistent budgeting, accounting policies and procedures, and operational reporting for all CIR departments
• Serve as a Trustee on CIR-sponsored employee benefit funds
• Supervise, evaluate, develop, support, motivate, and hire diverse, highly-qualified staff and volunteers capable of partnering with member leaders to build a high participation member union
• Supervise a unionized team facilitating culture change and utilizing labor values, oversee the negotiation efforts with CIR’s staff union (represented by CWA)
• Execute all contracts with vendors negotiated by the union
• Develop and maintain good relationships with other labor organizations, including SEIU, sister Locals, and other labor or community organizations present in the healthcare, policy, or education fields relevant to our members
• Oversee all major information technology systems and implementation of any new IT systems
• Meet CIR’s obligations as a Local Union affiliated with the SEIU, including meeting the ethical standards set by the SEIU Constitution

Minimum Qualifications / Skills:
• Deep understanding of unions, their legal requirements, and passion for the labor movement and innovative organizing-model approaches
• Successful candidate must demonstrate through experience commitment to the values of the organization
• Five or more years management experience within a labor union or comparable organization, with job responsibilities including directly supervising staff
• Demonstrated experience with internal and external organizing programs
• Financial, budgeting, and fiscal oversight experience
• Knowledge of collective bargaining or other relevant experience in negotiating
• Experience working with Executive Boards and supervising organized staff, and ability to supervise remote staff
• Familiarity with employee benefit funds
• High-level oral and written communication skills and ability
• Capacity to develop and communicate a democratic, member-driven labor union strategy
• Demonstrated commitment to inclusive environments, social equality, and workplace democracy
• Fair amount of travel to regional offices
• Minimum Bachelor’s degree, preferred
• Experience in or knowledge about the healthcare industry, a plus

Terms of Employment:
Excellent salary and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications. Confidential conversations may be arranged for potential applicants to discuss the position.

Application Procedure:
Email your résumé and cover letter (with subject line: Executive Director – CIR) to Eileen Toback, Associate at Unionsearch.org, Margolies, Potterton and Associates at: eileentoback@gmail.com, 202-251-3739 (please text a request to schedule a phone call).

Please include your last name in the title of your cover letter and résumé documents. Please note your preferred pronouns in one or both of your submitted items.

Deadline for first application review: April 23, 2021. Position open until filled.

CIR is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants. As a proud Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), we do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual stereotyping, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), or any other protected category recognized by state, federal or local laws.

Please visit our website for more information: www.CIRSEIU.org.

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