SEIU Local 521

SEIU Local 521

Chief of Organizing

Based in San Jose, CA
(Currently Remote)


SEIU Local 521 was founded in 2007 when 5 local unions came together in the Bay Area, Central Coast and Central Valley to form one larger, more powerful union. Together our members are building a true 21st century union fighting to empower and improve the lives of our members. We represent over 50,000 public service workers in cities, counties, courts, schools, private non-profits, special districts, and public health care.

AT SEIU LOCAL 521: Our mission is to provide our members with a voice in the workplace, in their union and in the larger community. Through our actions, we intend to create a more just and humane society. We are committed to protecting and improving the lives of workers and their families. We will work to improve and protect the services we provide to our communities. We believe that by working together as a united front, we can win better contracts and build industry power in our region.

Chief of Organizing is a core member of the Union’s executive team. The Chief of Organizing, is a critical leader, driving the growth of a resilient 21st century union under intense political assault. The Chief of Organizing has a proven track record fighting for social justice and workers’ rights and is accountable for five of the departments that are the heart and soul of the Union’s program to build worker power inside and outside of our union. The Chief of Organizing will coordinate all their teams/departments Internal and External Organizing, Political, Communications, and Research to grow the Union and our commitment to an anti-racist and equitable society.


  • Partner with CEO, other executive team members, and staff Directors to manage overall success of Union in achieving the vision laid out by the Union’s elected leaders.
  • Build relationships to deeply understand the roles and needs of each department for which the Chief of Organizing is accountable
  • Lead and develop teams and coordinate with key stakeholders
  • Develop and execute strategic goals and work plans with Directors based on the direction of the leadership of the Union.
  • Supervise Staff Directors: insuring staff performance, maintaining appropriate assessment measurements, conducting regular reviews, evaluations, and building staff development plans in consultation with the Chief of Talent and Operations
  • Ensure integration of all work with organizing, special projects and political programs -Liaison with International and sister local union partners as appropriate and needed
  • Other responsibilities/duties as determined by the Chief Elected Officer


  • Shared unity of purpose
  • Openness to questions and willingness to learn
  • Acting with the courage of our convictions
  • Working together with accountability
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Servant leadership as a value


  • Clear, strategic thinking to prioritize staff work and help lead staff in a dramatically changing political environment under intense internal and external pressure
  • Ability to unite a diverse leadership and membership in a large geographic area
  • High level skills around organizing campaigns (both internal and external)
  • Proven manager and supervisor capable of building high performing teams, and motivating and developing staff
  • High level of facilitation and leadership skills in collaborative work – a team builder and thought partner
  • Exercises high level of autonomous decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Exemplary proficiency in interpersonal communication, listening, conflict resolution, and organizing persuasion with members, staff and allies
  • High level ability to make sound independent judgments and take initiative
  • Experience in collective bargaining and contract administration
  • Provides guidance to identify, train, and develop members and staff for union leadership roles
  • Ability to analyze union issues and prioritize work demands
  • Emotional intelligence and professional self-management under pressure
  • Knowledge of union history, the organization, and programs
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication skills
  • Professional standards of behavior, appearance

JOB DEMANDS: Salaried position, long and irregular hours, frequent travel, and overnight stays; occasional participation in special campaigns that require longer term travel and overnight stays; must have a valid California driver’s license and a vehicle.

REQUIREMENTS: Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of SEIU Local 521. Must possess a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$100,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience. SEIU Local 521 employees enjoy top notch benefits including fully employer-paid family health, dental and vision insurance; a generous leave package; fully employer-paid defined benefit pension plan; 401(K); flexible savings accounts for annual health and childcare expenses; $200,000 life insurance plan; and other benefits outlined in the policies of SEIU 521.

TO APPLY: Send email with cover letter and résumé to jobs@seiu521.org. Reference Chief of Organizing in subject line.

This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time.

Local 521 is an affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. Local 521 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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