SEIU Local 2015

SEIU Local 2015

Organizer II
Member Strength

Based in the Bay Area, CA; Sacramento, CA; AND Redding, CA


Position Purpose:
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.  SEIU Local 2015 organizers may be assigned to work as “internal” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are already in unions; or as “external” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are in the process of building a union for the first time.

Duties & 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 Organizer II 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:

  1. Train and assist staff in identifying, recruiting, developing, and partnering with leaders to successfully implement the mission, goals and work of the union
  2. Coordinate teams of staff and members in developing and implementing industry vision, programs, and campaigns
  3. Challenge staff and assist to embrace change in all aspects of their work
  4. Help develop and direct campaigns to resolve workplace issues.
  5. Assist staff/lead contract negotiations, campaigns and strikes
  6. Guide integration of politics, community relationships and organizing support into the daily work of staff
  7. Participate in and/or lead new organizing and political campaigns as needed
  8. Train, develop and hold teams accountable to goals and outcomes
  9. Develop staff and member leaders
  10. Cover for vacation and trouble shoot on particularly difficult staff assignments
  11. Contribute to organizational vision and manage the local’s strategic plans and campaigns
  12. Plan and run comprehensive organizing and contract campaigns, as assigned
  13. Perform other duties as required to support the department and mission of the organization.


  • Demonstrated experiences, abilities and skills required of an Organizer I and/or equivalent of 4 years of Organizer I experience
  • Ability to lead staff in a way that motivates and inspire members to develop into leaders and participate in key union programs (i.e. politics, organizing, bargaining, etc.)
  • Ability to demonstrate Local 2015 5 Core Values in his/her 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Physical requirements:
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:
Organizers may report to a Lead organizer, organizing (external) director, field (internal) director or local union officer, other assigned supervisor. Supervision and direction of organizers often changes on a campaign-by-campaign or project-by-project basis. Organizers are frequently expected to operate without day-to-day supervision, to develop their own work plans and goals, and to act with a degree of discretion and independent judgment. Accordingly, they must be strong self-starters and have a commitment to fulfill the objectives of the organization.

Job descriptions are not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of every activity or responsibility that is required for each role.

SEIU Local 2015 is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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