The Committee of Interns and Residents, the largest resident physicians’ union in the country, is
looking for a Negotiator. The Negotiator reports directly to the Director of Strategic Campaigns.
This position is responsible for working with elected bargaining teams and serving as the
union’s chief negotiator for select first contract negotiations, high priority bargaining tables, and
other campaigns including other critical union campaign projects as assigned

About Us:

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 20,000 workers in private and
public healthcare systems, in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts New Mexico, New
Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C. We believe our power comes from our members’
voices and participation in organizing campaigns and collective bargaining.  Our vision is to be
the national voice for interns, residents, and fellows and to create better working conditions that
allow physicians-in-training the ability to provide the highest quality patient care possible by
building power through their union.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide analytical support to CIR’s bargaining tables;
  • Understand health system operations including finance, structure and governance, and how
  • they relate to residents;
  • Ability to perform power analysis;
  • Ability to negotiate contracts as first chair;
  • Experience negotiating first contracts;
  • Draft contract language;
  • Craft and navigate effective table strategies;
  • At assigned tables to serve as negotiator, managing table strategy, and compiling their own
  • contract costings and basic research;
  • Understand resident daily work life, structure of training programs, terminology, and role in
  • hospital operations;
  • Educate CIR leaders and staff on their findings to ensure strong and well informed table
  • strategies;
  • Work closely with the Regional Director and Contract Organizer developing and
  • implementing comprehensive contract campaigns.
  • Communicate and coordinate with the CIR’s Directors (e.g., Political, Research,
  • Communications, Regional, etc.) to tie collective bargaining campaigns to strategic initiatives
  • of the Union.
  • Communicate with CIR’s Legal Department to ensure that Employers are meeting their legal
  • bargaining obligations and to ensure charges are filed when appropriate, etc.;
  • Develop and train bargaining teams

Requirement and Skills:

  • Ability to independently draft complex contract language;
  • Understanding and creating resources to advance bargaining tables;
  • Ability to facilitate the learning of others;
  • Familiarity with labor law (in all jurisdictions we represent), libel/free speech laws, major laws
  • related to health care industry and collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, mediation
  • and arbitration processes;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to motivate, lead, build strong
  • working relationships and hold others accountable;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to creating a positive work environment that encourages
  • personal responsibility, initiative and innovation;
  • Excellent independent judgment and ability to build relationships;
  • Strong writing skills for clear and accurate drafting of proposals, agreements, employer
  • correspondence, and leadership and member communications;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple high priority projects with competing deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective
  • relationships;
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and motivate teams and work effectively in a team environment
  • in both a lead and support role;
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills;
  • Technologically savvy;
  • Thorough knowledge of MS Office programs;
  • Proficiency with Google products such as Gmail and Google Drive (docs & sheets)  
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and act proactively;
  • The ability to thrive and operate in a fast-paced, mission driven with quick thinking, energy,
  • humor, flexibility, and above all professionalism;
  • Ability to independently draft complex contract language;
  • Ability to facilitate the learning of others.
  • Analytical skills in mathematics and statistics;
  • Proficient in drafting CBA language;
  • Proven ability to work with diverse group of people, from union members to union staff and
  • leaders;
  • Ability to critically evaluate one’s own performance, incorporating feedback into improving
  • performance;
  • Ability to develop one’s own skills, acquire relevant knowledge and proactively seek
  • opportunities to learn;
  • Strong written and verbal communications;
  • Ability to engage and move bargaining committees;
  • Demonstrates respectful and responsible behavior;
  • Strong planning and time management skills, ability to develop work plans with minimal
  • supervision including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks;
  • Analyzing employer proposals and working with Union bargaining committee to facilitate
  • strategy discussions, develop responses and counterproposals, and advance the
  • bargaining;
  • Demonstrates an interest in the work and the membership;
  • Desire and commitment to advance the organization;
  • Proactively identifies needs of the organization and responds with solutions.


  • Minimum 4 year degree, BA/BS, preferred but not required;
  • Minimum 5 years relevant negotiations/research/organizing experience;
  • Analytical skills in mathematics and statistics;
  • Mastery of arithmetic, basic statistics, and related software such as Microsoft Excel;
  • Proficiency in contract costing;
  • Experience serving as negotiator;
  • Proficient in drafting CBA language;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Ability to work long hours and irregular hours including evenings and weekends;
  • Willingness to travel and work in different states for determined periods of time as needed.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time, salaried, overtime-exempt position. The salary range for this position is based
on the candidate’s relevant and verifiable professional experience and qualifications.
Excellent benefits package: health, dental, vision, mileage reimbursement, disability, 401(k),
pension plan and paid sick/vacation time

To Apply:

A resume and cover letter are required for all applications.  Your cover letter should explain your
reason for wanting to work for CIR, 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. Please send
your resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references to: with the
Subject Line: Negotiator

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