Assistant General Counsel (Immigration Campaign)

$100,510 - $100,511 yearly
  • Service Employees International Union
  • Washington, D.C., USA
  • Sep 08, 2020
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services Other

Job Description

SEIU (Service Employees International Union)

Job Title: Assistant General Counsel (Immigration Campaign)

Grade: Atty 5-Year; Annual salary: $100,510

Location: SEIU HQ, Washington, DC

Organization Overview:

The 2 million members united in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are at the forefront of a movement to build power for working people and empower all workers to form unions, no matter what job they do. SEIU members are from every walk of life, every political party, every background, every faith. They come from communities with their own stories and strengths, and that makes the Union all the more powerful because there's strength in numbers. SEIU members work across the healthcare spectrum providing high quality care and services. They are the workers who keep our nation's airports running and make sure landmark buildings are clean and secure. They provide essential public services and give a foundation of learning to our youngest and brightest. SEIU members believe in and are fighting for a Just Society where all workers are valued and all people respected—no matter where they come from or what color they are; where all families and communities can thrive; and where we leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come.


The Assistant General Counsel (Immigration Campaign) is responsible for providing legal services to SEIU, specifically in the area of immigration law. These services can include litigation at all levels of federal court systems, counseling, and strategy in connection with the SEIU immigration campaign, organizing campaigns, and policy work.

This position is designated for Attorneys with at least five years of post-law school experience, including at least some litigation and public policy experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in and knowledge of state and local labor and employment laws.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive litigation strategies to advance SEIU's immigration programs, formulate and write or join amicus briefs that address key legal issues and/or feature worker stories in conjunction with the immigration campaign and the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Provide analysis and write summaries of immigration policy changes and/or court decisions for immigration campaign and leaders.
  • 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.
  • Provide counsel to immigration campaign, active worker-organizing campaigns, local unions, and legal department on immigration issues.
  • Draft and advise upon legislation, executive orders, and rules; draft formal comments to proposed federal, state and local legislation and administrative proposals as assigned by the immigration campaign and the General Counsel.
  • Monitor legal developments on immigration issues and regularly report on legal developments to the appropriate parties as assigned by the immigration campaign and the General Counsel.
  • Advise SEIU officers, division heads, other managers and employees, and other union leaders on immigration issues.
  • Develop training materials and lead training sessions on immigration issues in conjunction with the immigration campaign and as assigned by the General Counsel.
  • Review memoranda, correspondence, and other written material.
  • Under the direct supervision of an Associate General counsel, supervise and direct work of outside counsel in assigned areas; review and approve all outside counsel bills in areas of assignment, prior to review and approval of the General Counsel.
  • Under the direct supervision of an Associate General Counsel, supervise law fellows, law clerks, and secretaries as relevant to work.
  • Where applicable, responsible for recommending project budgets for legal work in connection with the immigration campaign.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the General Counsel in support of the work of SEIU.

Benefits: SEIU staff enjoy excellent employer-sponsored benefits to include comprehensive health benefits (major medical, dental and vision coverage) for employees and eligible dependents; domestic partner benefits; competitive compensation; generous holiday and vacation leave policies; and both a pension retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement savings plan.

Contacts: SEIU officers, staff, local leaders, outside counsel, other labor unions, immigration advocacy organizations, governmental agencies, courts and/or other outside institutions on a regular basis.

Direction and Decision Making: This position reports to an Associate General Counsel and is expected to perform duties with little or no direct supervision. Attorney will be held responsible for legal accuracy and adequacy of work performed.

Qualification Requirements:

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 (with clerkships counting toward that minimum). Expertise in immigration law required and at least some experience in labor and employment area and/or related fields is preferred.

Some experience with active litigation (post-clerkship(s), if any, in front of administrative tribunals and in state and federal court. Judicial clerkship(s) a plus.

Additionally, a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of immigration law, practice, developments and changes in immigration law and policy
  • Ability to independently conduct, analyze and synthesize complex legal research, develop, and implement comprehensive and sophisticated legal strategies for SEIU immigration campaigns and programs; prepare quality legal pleadings, memoranda, and reports and recommendations; present issues and trends in immigration law and policy to non-attorneys
  • 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 use the law strategically to further immigrants' and workers' interests, including developing and employing cutting-edge legal arguments
  • Skill in using computerized legal research tools such as Lexis-Nexis and internet-based legal databases
  • Knowledge of word processing programs such as MS Word
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred

Physical Requirements: Work is generally performed in an office setting, but incumbents may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Some travel and extended hours may be required.

Application Requirements: A resume is required for all applications (and a cover letter (highly recommended). The cover letter should explain the reason for wanting to work for SEIU, an example of a demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into the applicant's long-term career plan.

SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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