Director of Organizational Development

Job Type

Full Time




111 E. Wacker Dr
17th Floor
United States


Director of Organizational Development

Service Employees International Union, Local 1

Chicago, IL


SEIU Local 1 is seeking a forward-thinking individual in Chicago to create and administer innovative staff development programs that bolster the Local’s long-standing commitment to economic, racial, immigrant and environmental justice. The Director of Organizational Development will design and implement an overall strategy to recruit and develop a diverse workforce while also providing leadership on policies, benefits and practices that support equity and inclusion. This individual will have knowledge of and direct experience with progressive causes.


  • Create and implement Local’s Staff Development programs designed to cultivate greater understanding and advancement of Local 1’s commitment to economic, racial, immigrant and environmental justice. 
  • Develop and implement an overall strategy to recruit and develop a diverse workforce.
  • Provide leadership on policies, benefits and practices that support equity and inclusion.
  • Develop HR policies and objectives as well as partner with management to communicate those policies and ensure compliance with them.
  • Administer policies and Staff CBA to promote fair/consistent policy application. 
  • Ensure compliance with State and Federal employment laws (e.g. FMLA, FLSA, and NLRA).
  • Improve manager and employee performance by identifying and clarifying problems, implementing solutions and creating a culture of accountability.
  • Create employee relations practices for positive employer-employee relationship and promotion of high employee morale, engagement and performance.
  • Oversee hiring process including recruitment, interviews, employment offers.
  • Manage all on-boarding: orientation, benefits administration and compensation.
  • Coach managers in career development, employee relations and talent management.
  • Conduct needs assessments, develop and implement all employee training activities.
  • Compile employee data, create metrics, analyze data, and make recommendations to address workplace and employment trends.
  • Produce and manage job descriptions and administer a uniform standard of proactive semi- and annual employee performance reviews.
  • Embrace and take an active role in promoting the concept of continuous process improvement – including metrics – across the local.
  • Mentor employees and counsel managers on performance issues.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Labor Relations, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Human Resources, Economics or related field. (PHR/SPHR a plus).
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively higher-level HR or staff development experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity as well as social and economic justice.
  • Familiarity and direct experience with progressive causes.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to influence, combined with a roll-up-your-sleeves approach and the ability to execute.
  • Proactive and self-driven with the ability to think creatively and impose structure within a flexible environment.
  • Highly organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced culture.
  • Demonstrated experience managing in a collaborative environment, earning the trust and credibility of management across an organization.
  • Superior written, verbal and interpersonal skills and the ability to calmly and diplomatically deal with conflict.


  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience;
  • Full benefits package including health insurance, a pension plan and available 401-K;
  • Car and phone allowance; Moving expenses available.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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