Illinois Nurses Association

Illinois Nurses Association


For covering the state of Illinois


Job Title: Organizer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Effective Date: August 15, 2019
Last Revised: October 21, 2021

Location: Covers the State of Illinois

Join the Illinois Nurses Association, a democratic independent nurse union, and join a team working to bring justice to healthcare workplaces across the state. INA is hiring organizers to build power for nurses and transform healthcare in Illinois. Working under the direction of INA leadership, organizers will carry out organizing campaigns to strengthen our current member’s contracts and bring new members into our organization. Organizers must be motivated, organized and willing to work hard to win justice.

Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  1. Responsible for assisting in all aspects of organizing campaigns in all areas of the state; including internal organizing to build member power, contract and strike campaigns, or new organizing drives to help nurses win a voice on the job through INA.
  2. Must be able to assess and evaluate potential organizing targets; initiate direct contact with unorganized workers, identify and develop leadership, conduct house visits, map out workplaces, carry out the strategy of our organizing campaigns, and work closely with INA leadership to conduct organizing drives and representation elections.
  3. Must be able to have an organizing conversation that moves nurses to take action.
  4. Educate members on what it is to be union, their legal rights and how to win change by organizing together. Assists in the development and implementation of educational activities such as the INA Membership Assembly and any other programming to be developed.
  5. Maintains a current knowledge of healthcare, labor and legal trends relative to labor relations.
  6. Prepare leaflets and other written materials as directed for distribution for both internal and external organizing campaigns.
  7. Work closely with INA leadership to plan and carry out strategic campaign plans.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. Minimum of 2 years organizing experience in a labor context.
  2. Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not necessary.
  3. Ability to lead and motivate workers.
  4. Previous experience with the use of databases and other computer hardware and software, including Microsoft Office Suite in the performance of work-related tasks.
  5. Analytical skills necessary to accurately understand, interpret, and act on moderately complex information and data.
  6. Interpersonal communication skills necessary to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, to a wide variety of individuals and audiences, particularly when describing or explaining collective bargaining and labor relations information.
  7. Ability to work cooperatively with a wide variety of individuals from different backgrounds and cultures, consistently demonstrate a supportive, helpful approach when working with others, and consistently demonstrate the flexibility to lead or follow as various situations demand.
  8. Ability to understand and apply established standards and policies and utilize sound reasoning to quickly and effectively resolve problems.
  9. Ability to operate standard office equipment such as a telephone, copier, fax machine, postage machine, computer and computer printer.
  10. Ability to focus attention on detailed tasks and activities, manage and coordinate a variety of tasks, and effectively prioritize work for maximum efficiency and productivity.
  11. Ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, and reach while performing daily duties. Ability to lift and/or carry up to twenty pounds.
  12. Self-motivated and willing to work long and irregular hours.
  13. Bilingual a plus.
  14. Must have valid driver’s license and a vehicle within one month of start date.

Work Environment

  1. Normal office environment.
  2. Routine travel via automobile, train, or airplane.

Pay and benefits are competitive.

People of color, women, LGBTQ and healthcare professionals are encouraged to apply.

Please submit résumé to Executive Director Julia Bartmes (jbartmes@illinoisnurses.com) and Senior Lead Organizer Bashir Nuruddin (bnuruddin@illinoisnurses.com) and say you found this job on unionjobs.com

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