SEIU Local 73

SEIU Local 73

Lead Field Organizer

Based in Chicago, IL

SEIU Local 73 seeks to hire one or more Lead Field Organizers, based out of the Chicago headquarters of the union, to grow and strengthen our union.

The Lead Field Organizer, under the leadership of a Director or equivalent supervisor, leads assigned teams to set goals, create plans and ensure accountability around internal worksite leader recruitment, internal membership and COPE recruitment, other union building and campaigns that achieve positive results for members and involve large numbers of members. Leads are expected to lead, train and coordinate the work of assigned staff, developing metrics to achieve goals. The successful applicant will be a working lead with their own assignments in addition to leading the work of others. Duties may include contract compliance and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. All staff are expected to integrate strategic campaign, politics and new organizing into their day-to-day work.

Key duties include working with Field Organizers to:

  • Understand and execute their role and meet goals
  • Develop work plans that set priorities for work
  • Develop necessary skills
  • Identify and develop organizing strategies, plans, campaigns and programs that will strengthen the union in the workplace
  • Identify, develop and activate rank and file leaders
  • Develop effective teams

Performs other duties as assigned and directed.


  • Leadership skills that engage and organize members and staff in carrying out a strategic plan and achieving goals
  • Ability to think strategically and exercise good judgment
  • Ability to manage worksite leaders over a wide geographic area with multiple issues
  • Minimum five years of experience in advocacy and/or organizing work
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead a team of union staff
  • Substantial staff leadership experience
  • Significant knowledge of organizing principles and labor relations
  • Experience leading contract or similar campaigns and/or as a lead bargainer in contract negotiations
  • Current valid driver’s license, working automobile and valid auto insurance, cell phone.
  • Basic computer skills, with experience in organizing database systems required.
  • Personal commitment to the mission and goals of SEIU Local 73.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary for the position begins at $59,068 and includes a $550 per month car allowance, paid holidays and vacations, fully paid health benefits, and a defined benefit pension plan fully paid by the employer.

With nearly 30,000 members and growing, SEIU Local 73 has a proud history of raising standards for workers and their families. The Local represents service, technical and professional workers primarily in the public sector in Illinois and Indiana who are employed in state government, local government, school districts, publicly funded social service agencies and colleges and universities.

Local 73 is committed to bettering the lives of working people through organizing workers to create a powerful voice on their job to win fair wages, meaningful benefits, a sustainable retirement and job protection.

SEIU Local 73 is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) with the nearly 2 million members in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Local 73 is united with those 2 million members in a shared belief in the dignity of workers and the value of their work and in a commitment to a more just and humane society.

To Apply
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to the Hiring Committee at: careers@seiu73.org. Interviews will begin the week of November 18, 2019 and continue until all vacant positions are filled.

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