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External Organizer

Based in Portland, OR


Fight for more fair and equitable workplaces.

Oregon AFSCME Council 75 is now accepting resumes from people with a passion for helping workers fight for more fair and equitable workplaces.

Oregon AFSCME is a fast-growing union, representing over 39,000 public employees and non-profit employees. We believe in economic and social justice for all Oregon workers and their families. Our mission is to empower and unite workers to create change in their workplaces and communities. Our members work for OHSU and the State of Oregon in addition to counties, municipalities and behavioral health nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit: www.OregonAFSCME.org.

An External Organizer is responsible for a variety of aspects of an external organizing campaign including building relationships with workers and home/worksite visits.

This position will be responsible for organizing behavior health, treatment industry, and social services workers.

Specific duties include but not limited to:

  • Ability to build relationships with workers through 1:1s, home, and worksite visits and experience working directly with people specifically from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Developing campaign plans - strong project management skills (drafting and implementing)
  • Multi-tasking and balancing multiple assignments/campaigns
  • Understanding of basic labor law principles (PECBA, NLRB) including knowledge of anti-union tactics
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups, facilitation of meetings and trainings as well as curriculum development
  • Ability to build and maintain positive work relationships and exercise good judgment


  • Willing to work long and irregular hours
  • Dedicated to social and economic justice
  • Able to work with diverse individuals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to use a computer, email, and databases
  • Leadership and motivational skills. Identify, recruit, and develop leaders
  • Proven ability to develop broad, representative organizing committees of worksite leaders and train them
  • Experience conducting one-on-one visits, site visits, meetings, and other interaction with members and potential members
  • Enter assessments and other data collected in a database
  • Develops volunteer organizers and/or lost timers from within the AFSCME membership
  • Attend weekly meetings with supervisors to discuss progress and plan activities.
  • Accepts and applies feedback and constructive criticism from the supervisor
  • Performs related work as required
  • In possession of an insured vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Data driven skills and ability to track and report work

Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Salary range $6,088 – $9,838 per month, healthcare, employer 401k contributions, long term disability, life insurance, and car stipend.

Priority given to résumés and cover letters received by May 31, 2024.

To Apply:
Send résumés and cover letter to: hiring@oregonafscme.org.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.