SEIU Local 73

SEIU Local 73

Field Organizer

Based in Chicago, IL


Are you looking for a job with a growing, fighting, diverse and dynamic, member driven union? If so, a career with SEIU Local 73 may be for you!

ABOUT SEIU Local 73:
With nearly 30,000 members, SEIU Local 73 has a proud history of raising standards for workers and their families.  The Local represents service, technical and professional workers primarily in the public sector in Illinois and Indiana, who are employed in state and local government, school districts, publicly funded social service agencies and universities.

Local 73 is committed to helping workers organize and build a powerful collective voice on the job to win fair wages, meaningful benefits, a sustainable retirement, dignity, and respect.

Local 73 Field Organizers build the labor movement by identifying jobsite leaders, recruiting new members, and engaging workers in the fight for economic justice.


  • Creates and executes strategic organizing plans for internal worksite leader recruitment, membership recruitment, winning contract campaigns, and worksite issue problem resolution – both individually and as part of a team.
  • Answers members’ questions and assists with grievances in conjunction with the Local’s Member Action Center (MAC).
  • Advances Local political campaign goals for membership participation, COPE signups and recruitment of member political organizers.
  • Engages Executive Board members and worksite leaders to meet the Local’s goals.
  • Participates in Local-wide mobilization efforts, new member events, unit meetings, leadership conferences and multi-team activities.
  • Maintains complete, accurate and well-organized files and official records for inclusion in the membership database, master file, grievance, and collective bargaining files.
  • May negotiate collective bargaining agreements.  
  • Other duties as assigned and directed.


  • 1+ years or more of advocacy and/or organizing work.
  • College degree or equivalent life experience.
  • Have a valid driver’s license, working automobile and valid auto insurance and cell phone.
  • Basic computer skills, with experience in organizing database systems preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to work long and irregular hours in the field and office setting, including nights and weekends.  
  • Personal commitment to the mission and goals of SEIU Local 73.  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.  
  • Familiarity or experience with collective bargaining a plus, but not required.
  • Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time for canvassing and house-visiting
  • Bi-lingual English/ Spanish a plus, but not required.

Salary for the position is $59,229 annually, and the position comes with substantial benefits, including a $7,200 annual combined car/phone allowance, paid holidays and vacations, fully paid health insurance benefits, and a defined benefit pension plan fully paid by the employer.

SEIU Local 73 is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Women, people of color, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to the Hiring Committee at: careers@seiu73.org.  Interviews will begin this month and continue until the positions are filled.

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