Assistant General Counsel (4+ years)

District of Columbia

JOB TITLE: Assistant General Counsel

Grade: ATTY 5+ years ($104,058 + depending on number of years out of law school)

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.


This attorney position is responsible for the provision of legal services, particularly in the union’s Healthcare Division. This includes counseling in connection with national organizing and contract campaigns, litigation at all levels of the state and federal court systems as well as federal and state agencies, and policy work. This position is designated for attorneys with at least five years of post-law-school experience, including litigation experience and/or experience representing unions or workers.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: (At any given time, depending on assignments, this 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 expected duties to be performed by attorneys in the classification.)

Core Duties:

  • Provide counsel to active organizing and contract campaigns;
  • Initiate, pursue and supervise both proactive and defensive litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including negotiating legal settlements as assigned by the General Counsel;
  • Draft legislation, executive orders, and rules; draft formal comments to proposed federal, state and local legislation and administrative proposals as assigned by the General Counsel;
  • Develop training materials and lead training sessions on variety of legal issues as assigned by the General Counsel;
  • Direct, supervise, and carry out the responsibility for all of the assigned legal work, whether performed in-house or by outside counsel as assigned by the General Counsel;
  • Serve as liaison, where assigned, for SEIU with outside allies, advocacy groups, and legal professional committees as assigned by the General Counsel;
  • Advise SEIU officers, division heads, other managers and employees, and union leaders on the range of legal issues affecting their areas of responsibility;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the General Counsel in support of the work of the Department.

Supervisory Duties:

  • Supervise and direct work of outside counsel in assigned areas; review and approve all outside counsel bills in areas of assignment, before transmittal to General Counsel;
  • Direct supervision of law fellows, law clerks, and administrative staff in the incumbent’s area of responsibility.

Budget Responsibility:

  • Where applicable, responsible for recommending project budgets for legal work done by outside counsel.


  • Job duties for this position require contact with SEIU officers, staff, local leaders, outside counsel, governmental agencies, courts and/or other outside institutions on a regular basis.

Direction and Decision Making:

  • Incumbents report to the General Counsel and are expected to perform duties with little or no direct supervision. Incumbents are held responsible for legal accuracy and adequacy of work performed.


Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from accredited law school and active membership in the bar association of at least one state or jurisdiction. A minimum of five years’ experience as a practicing attorney.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to racial, economic, and social justice. Experience working in the labor movement, labor and employment law practice and/or related fields is highly preferred.

The following general knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to independently conduct, analyze and synthesize complex legal research, develop and implement comprehensive and sophisticated legal strategies for SEIU campaigns and programs; prepare quality legal pleadings, memoranda, and reports and recommendations; present persuasive oral advocacy;
  • Sound legal judgment and ability to effectively interact with, communicate with, and advise a wide variety of staff, officers, outside counsel, and outside agencies;
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically use the law to further workers’ interests, including developing and employing innovative legal arguments;
  • Spanish language fluency is desired, but not required.
  • Skill in using computerized legal research tools such as Westlaw and internet-based legal databases;
  • Knowledge of word processing programs such as MSWord.


Work is currently performed in a hybrid office/telework setting, but incumbents may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Travel and extended hours may be required.


Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for either a) a certain medical condition(s); or b) on the basis of sincerely held strong religious beliefs and practices; c) as otherwise required by law.  

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