SEIU USWW - United Service Workers West

United Service Workers West

Senior Political/Community Organizer
Bargaining Unit

Based in Alameda or San Jose, CA


Position Title: Senior Political/Community Organizer
Location: Alameda or San Jose
Type: Bargaining Unit
Date Posted: 4/28/2021

About SEIU-USWW: The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is our country’s fastest growing labor union with more than 2 million members. We have been on the cutting edge of building the power of low-wage workers in service industries and in leading the fight for social justice on issues such as health care, immigration, racial equity, gender equity, and the environment. SEIU United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW) represents over 45,000 property service workers across California. Our union brings together janitors, security officers, residential, stadium, arena and airport workers. Our mission is to lead the way to a more just and humane society; building power for all service workers by developing member leadership and activism, winning strong contracts, organizing unorganized service workers, building political and community power, and engaging in direct action that demonstrates our strength and determination to win.

Position Summary & Responsibilities: Working under the direction of the Political Director & Policy Director, this individual will be part of the Political Department team which supports and empowers workers to build their political power to make gains in the workplace and to address larger social/political issues in their communities. This individual will be assigned to support USWW’s campaigns to organize non-union workers throughout California.

Examples of Duties:

  • Strengthen a worker-led movement: Help implement leadership development program, lead worker trainings, support worker-led committees and organize direct actions.
  • Build Political Power for workers: Drive electoral campaigns at the local and state level for union endorsed candidates, run civic engagement campaigns and member political fundraising drives.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive state and local policy campaigns to advance worker power.
  • Implement Strategic Partnerships: identify, manage and build strategic alliances to advance our campaigns and build long term partnerships and coalition that advance worker power based on USWW mission and vision.
  • Closely coordinate with staff and multiple campaign teams, including organizing, communications, and research.
  • May serve as lead for other organizers or members.

Minimum Qualifications & Skills: Graduation from an accredited college or university in relevant field with at least three (3) to six (6) years of related work experience or equivalent experience in labor and community organizing that would provide for the following knowledge of, skills and abilities:

  • Proven commitment to social and economic justice and improving the lives of working people.
  • Experience working on campaigns with a labor union, public policy, or non-profit organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in fast-paced and diverse team environment.
  • Ability to drive work independently, manage assignments stay organized and meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly convey information and ideas both verbally and in writing across audiences.
  • Bilingual – English & Spanish preferred
  • Computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media platforms and teleconferencing platforms. Experience with PDI preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel in California, ability to work extended and irregular hours, and work remotely, if needed
  • Valid drivers’ license, use of a car for work, and specified automobile insurance coverage are mandatory

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary is competitive and negotiable based on experience. (Based on Staff Union Contract)
  • Full benefits package including health insurance, dental, vision, a pension plan and paid time off.

To Apply:
Email résumé, cover letter & qualifications to: christian.ramirez@seiu-usww.org & sanjay.garla@seiu-usww.org

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

SEIU-USWW is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability.

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