International Association of Machinists, District Lodge 160

International Association of Machinists
District Lodge 160

Organizer (Field Representative)

Based in Seattle, WA


POSITION TITLE: Organizer (Field Representative)
FLSA: Exempt

SALARY RANGE: $7,420 to $8,480 per month
Benefits include Retirement, Medical, Dental & Vision

Machinist Union District 160, headquartered in Seattle Washington, is seeking an experienced Organizer with a proven track record of running successful organizing campaigns.

Job Summary
The primary function of an Organizer is to conduct successful organizing campaigns, and effectively increase the membership size of the Machinist Union District 160. Organizers are responsible for establishing and conducting internal and external organizing campaigns by establishing meaningful connections with potential members, establishing and overseeing workplace committees, making home and job site visits, performing worker assessments, and using various platforms to educate workers. She/He/They will be expected to target issues, identify workplace leaders and recruit them as campaign advocates, and inspire workers to use collective action to solve workplace issues. Organizers perform assessments and plan campaigns implementing the IAMAW Organizing Model. This position requires long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, and weekend work as well as travel, including overnight stays.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Plan, develop, and implement an organizing plan for the District and local lodges.
  • Develop broad, representative organizing committees of worksite leaders, and train them to facilitate worksite organizing campaigns.
  • Assist with executing campaigns around workplace issues, including but not limited to: worker health and safety, privatization, outsourcing/subcontracting, budget cuts, contract negotiations, etc.
  • Visit job sites and homes to communicate with workers.
  • Assist bargaining unit employees in all aspects of employee/employer labor and employment relations.
  • Oversee the development of various communication plans, designed to increase outreach to members and union officials.
  • Promote and recruit bargaining unit employees into organizing committees.
  • Work to build coalitions with community groups and organizations.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate several projects simultaneously.
  • Properly handle confidential and time sensitive information and documents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education, Experience, and Special Requirements
Must possess a High School Diploma and strong knowledge of the collective bargaining process, labor relations and at least three (3) years of demonstrated success in running internal and external union organizing campaigns in the public and private sectors. Experience working in a union environment is required. Bilingual (Spanish) skills are also desirable, but not required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional attention to accuracy and detail is required;
  • Strong strategic, problem solving, and critical thinking are necessary;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • An understanding of workforce diversity;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize competing tasks and manage work under weekly, monthly and quarterly deadlines;
  • Demonstrated positive attitude and effectiveness in working independently and in a team environment;
  • Adept interpersonal relationship skills to work harmoniously with IAMAW HQ, Western Region, District and Local staff, management, union leaders, and affiliates;
  • Strong work ethic, self-motivation and strong leadership skills are essential;
  • Strong commitment to workers’ rights, labor advocation, and labor activism;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong listening skills, ability to compose correspondence and verbally convey information clearly;
  • Ability to utilize various social media platforms and other technology to develop narratives for organizing campaigns and leverage technology to reach the desired outcome;
  • Must be a self-starter;
  • Intermediate level experience with Zoom and Microsoft Office applications is required; and
  • Must possess a valid a valid Washington State driver's license or have a valid driver’s license from another state with ability to obtain a WA driver’s license within one year of employment; must provide a current driver abstract and have a good driving record; must have access to a reliable vehicle.

To Apply:
Please submit your résumé and cover letter to: carolynp@iam160.com.

Posting date: January 8, 2021

Position will remain open until filled with first review of résumés will be on January 29, 2021.

This is a full-time position. The successful candidate will be assigned to the Seattle, Washington, District 160 Headquarters office. The successful candidate will be responsible for any moving expenses if relocation is necessary.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourage all those qualified and interested to apply.

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