SEIU Local 888

SEIU Local 888

External Organizer

Based in Braintree, MA


Job Title: External Organizer
Grade: 11
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Location: Braintree, MA
Hours: Variable
Bargaining Unit: United Staff Worker Union (USWU)

External Organizers identify and recruit worker leaders from non-union operations who want to organize to join the union. They evaluate potential organizing targets, contact unorganized workers, and develop leaders; mobilize members to support external organizing; plan and conduct organizing campaigns. This includes attending to the needs of Local 888 members and providing these services in an effective and efficient and friendly manner will ensure that inquiries are dealt within established time limits


  • Conduct initial evaluations of leads that includes a full bargaining unit description, which includes extensive history, identify possible community allies, employer facts, if there are any other existing bargaining units covered by the same employer, and any past attempts at organizing
  • Conduct worksite meetings, offsite meetings, and house visits with workers
  • Develop weekly and monthly strategic plans based on overall campaign goals
  • Identify worker issues, and any obstacles to organizing
  • Mobilize workers for public actions and an NLRB Election
  • Preparing reports that utilize accurate numbers, on union member numbers, and submitting weekly goals reports to management
  • Method by which SEIU local 888 would gain certification
  • Create a list of reasons why the bargaining unit wants to organize
  • Identify leaders and move them into action
  • Develop relationships and accurately rate workers
  • Chart out each work place location
  • Creating material to be used in an organizing campaign; create leaflets, create and maintain Facebook pages
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the Massachusetts DLR and NLRB regulations as they pertain to organizing
  • Create and execute a strategic plan for organizing that includes turf assignments, calendar, messaging and creating a backup plan
  • Writing, submitting and following up on information requests
  • Filing petitions with DLR and NLRB

Other Duties as assigned


  • At least three years of prior organizing experience
  • Bachelor’s degree, membership in Local 888 or WAVE training preferred
  • Driver’s license and own vehicle
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of people, learn and adapt, and mobilize/capacity-building within an organization.
  • Ability and willingness to perform duties as listed above.
  • Computer skills and knowledge of office software packages (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Access, MS Outlook)
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures
  • Working Knowledge of VAN database
  • Knowledge of customer service principles and practices
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish preferred


  • Can effectively execute a plan to organize workers into a union
  • Are dependable team members
  • Can work independently
  • Have strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Work calmly and effectively under pressure
  • Are self-motivated to show up on time, meet deadlines and achieve campaign goals
  • Have good judgment, including the ability to discern and focus on priorities.
  • Use union resources wisely
  • Are deeply committed to improving workers' lives and building a strong labor movement
  • Share our commitment to building a diverse union in which discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation or other social and economic characteristics is not tolerated
  • Display sound organizational skills to work independently and balance conflicting demands successfully
  • Optimize utilization of Local resources; ability to learn and make use of new skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptive, maintain a productive attitude, and take initiative in the work
  • Establish and cultivate respectful working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, including members and other staff
  • Knowledge of and willingness to utilize technology as needed (word processing, email, internet, databases, cell phones, and etc.)

Working Conditions: May be required to work long and irregular hours, at times work on weekends and holidays and to travel as needed.

Compensation: This is a bargaining unit position covered by the agreement between SEIU Local 888 and the Union Field Staff Union. Salary placement commensurate with experience. Benefit package pursuant to union contract.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, résumé to humanresources@seiu888.org

SEIU Local 888 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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