Senior Organizer, Northern California
Organizers help workers form, build, and grow our union; assist workers to negotiate and enforce their union contracts; mobilize workers around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers; develop rank-and-file leadership among workers; and carry out all other programs of the union in the field.
The role of the Senior Organizer is to provide leadership, direction and development to Internal or External Organizing staff as it relates to carrying out the vision, goals and respective campaigns of the union. The Senior Organizer reports directly to the Deputy Member Strength Director or Member Strength Director, Deputy Organizing Director or Organizing Director.
Organizer Job Family:
Organizers with less than one year of experience, or who are unable to perform all of the job duties of an organizer in both assignments (internal and external) are initially hired into the Organizer in Training (OIT) job classification, for a one-year development position. At the end of the year, the OIT is either qualified as an Organizer or promoted to that job class, or will be released from employment. The Senior Organizer position is the first level of staff management/supervision for the organizer job family. The next level in progression is Coordinator, Deputy Director and ultimately Division Director.
- Ability to lead staff in a way that motivates and inspire staff to develop into leaders and participate in key union programs (i.e. politics, organizing, bargaining, etc.)
- Ability to lead members in a way that motivates and inspires members to develop into leaders and participate in key union programs (i.e. politics, organizing, bargaining, etc.)
- Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment
- Ability to demonstrate Local 2015’s 5 Core Values in her/his day-to-day work
- Ability to frame issues and articulate organizational values and priorities
- Ability to lead and work effectively as part of a team
- Ability to organize his/her time and that of staff on his/her team
- Ability to receive direction from and interact with his or her immediate supervisor when it becomes necessary
- Ability to develop and carry out plans with sound independent judgment and minimum supervision
- Ability to hold staff and members accountable to Local 2015 Core Values and the assigned work
- Demonstrated understanding of the organizing model and how it can be used to empower members and insure superior outcomes in workers’ lives
- Ability to take initiative and be creative in developing staff for new roles and responsibilities within the union and provide the support needed to be successful
- Sound interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to providing a quality staff and member experience including the ability to establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
- Working knowledge and understanding of collective bargaining issues and human resource management principles, including ability to negotiate contracts
- Ability to develop member leaders to deal with work based issues
- Sound organizational skills to assist staff in managing and prioritizing work subject to deadlines in a dynamic and changing environment, as an individual and as a member of a team
- Demonstrated ability to formulate and deliver on short-term and long-term staff and member development and capacity building goals
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office/Word, Power Point, Excel, databases and Internet
- Bilingual skills preferred
- 4+ years of experience in union or community organizing and representation leading a team of at least two or more staff
- Proven ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use
Opportunities for Growth and Development:
SEIU Local 2015 is committed to providing staff development opportunities and resources. It is recognized that the majority of an organizer’s skill development happens through on the job experience. These experiences will be a result of Local 2015’s pursuit of new and innovative ways to identify, grow and develop member leaders while growing and developing Local 2015 staff and staff leaders. Local 2015 is committed to becoming a leader in achieving both of these goals in pursuit of justice for all workers and ever-increasing member strength.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Any one 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 employees in the classification. The Senior Organizer performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the overall union program or a specific campaign. Examples of those duties and responsibilities are listed below:
- Train and assist staff in identifying, recruiting, developing, and partnering with leaders to successfully implement the mission, goals and work of the union
- Coordinate, supervise and lead teams of staff and members in developing and implementing industry vision, programs, and campaigns
- Challenge staff and assist to embrace change in all aspects of their work
- Help develop and direct campaigns to resolve workplace issues
- Assist staff/lead contract negotiations, campaigns and strikes
- Guide integration of politics, community relationships and organizing support into the daily work of staff
- Participate in and/or lead new organizing and political campaigns as needed
- Train, develop and hold staff accountable in all aspects of their work including the execution of disciplinary measures
- Evaluate staff; develop and implement staff development plans
- Cover for vacation and trouble shoot on particularly difficult staff assignments
- As part of supervisory team, contribute to organizational vision and manage the local’s strategic plans and campaigns
- Other duties as assigned
- Plan and run comprehensive organizing and contract campaigns, as assigned
The Senior Organizer is expected to embrace, promote and demonstrate the organizations’ core values – Excellence, Diversity, Accountability, Transparency, Empowerment — which include but are not limited to:
- High ethical standards
- Train, develop, nurture and mentor all staff and members
- Encourage team work and participation by all staff and members
- Lead by example
Ensure outstanding representation of the organization to internal and external allies and constituents.
Long and extended hours and travel is required. Work is generally performed out in the field with members and external constituents.
Scope and Nature of Supervision:
Senior Organizers may report to a deputy director, organizing (external) director, Member Strength (internal) director or local union officer, or other assigned supervisor. Supervision and direction of senior organizers can change on a campaign-by-campaign or project-by-project basis. Senior Organizers are frequently expected to operate without day-to-day supervision, to develop their own work plans and goals, and to act with a great degree of discretion and independent judgment. Accordingly, they must be strong self-starters and have a commitment to fulfill the objectives of the organization.
To Apply For This Position:
Mail, e-mail or fax a detailed resume, cover letter, a one-page writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to:
In subject of email: Position Title of Position you are Applying for
SEIU Local 2015 (213) 368-0699
c/o Human Resources Attn: Human Resources
2910 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065