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Organizer

Based in Illinois


SEIU Healthcare IL/IN/KS/MO is seeking an Illinois based organizer. Our union is on the cutting edge of progressive movement building in Illinois beyond: positioning our members to fight and lead against 1% attacks and building power and strength within our industries, communities, and shops. We are looking for candidates who believe in developing members and workers to lead in all aspects of union building and who are committed to closing the gap for income inequality for all working people so we can all live in a just society.

Purpose:
Organizer 2 is responsible for building workers’ leadership and their ability to organize and build power at work and in the community. Organizers engage workers and identify and develop leaders through a variety of campaigns, including organizing, contract, and community / political campaigns. Organizers will be expected to build organizations and committees of workers that can fight for a voice on the job and in their communities through collective action, and mentor other staff to do the same.

Location: Illinois

Duties and Responsibilities:
Organizer 2 performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the overall program or a specific campaign. Examples of those duties and responsibilities are listed below:

  • Develop members to ensure they have the chance to grow, learn and lead
  • Take a lead role in building worker leadership structures in traditional and non-traditional workplaces
  • Expand the membership of the union
  • Develop and lead campaigns with leaders based on workers’ issues
  • Electoral and political organizing, including COPE recruitment
  • Organize community support; develop relationships with allied organizations or community partners
  • Train leaders on contract enforcement and to lead labor/management meetings
  • Mobilize workers and coordinate meetings, actions and other activities
  • Effectively communicate the Union’s vision and mission
  • Critical thinking under pressure, and strategizing in support of campaign goals
  • Formulate and deliver on short-term and long-term campaign and project goals
  • Mentor and train new staff in basic organizing skills and in campaign settings
  • Prepare and track turf for multiple organizers
  • Debrief organizers and prepare campaign reports
  • Other Duties as assigned

Scope and Nature of Supervision:
An Organizer 2 must be able to organize his or her time, and develop and carry out plans with minimum supervision. S/he must also be able to receive direction from and interact with his or her immediate supervisor, team leads, and others, as needed.

Criteria for Evaluation:
Organizer 2 will be evaluated on his/her ability and skill in assisting the Local to meet its goal of mobilizing and developing worker leaders, and representing workers successfully.

Working Conditions:
Organizers may be required to work long and irregular hours, and to work on weekends and holidays when necessary.

Other Expectations:
Organizers are expected to lead by example. Organizers must be able to work with racially and ethnically diverse workers in both cities and in rural areas. They must be able to respect, learn from, and lead women, people of color and low-wage workers and others. All staff are expected to respect the processes of the organization and to work within the framework of the organization to resolve internal disputes and issues.

Key Qualification Criteria:

  • Minimum of one year experience organizing in campaign, worker or community settings
  • A strong commitment to social justice and alignment to values of our union
  • A belief in workers’ ability to organize and collectively bargain and achieve desired goals together
  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire workers to develop into leaders and participate in key union organizing activities even in the face of employer opposition and intimidation (i.e. building organizing committees, member to member organizing, actions, etc.)
  • Ability to think strategically, take initiative and be creative in engaging workers in campaigns and provide the support needed to be successful
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Desire to learn about labor history, collective bargaining, organizing models and other relevant information, and ability to support others in doing the same
  • Must be able to handle multiple priority projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines and remain accountable to leaders, senior staff, and organizational goals
  • Good and ethical judgment. Willingness to take initiative, to work with a team
  • Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office, databases and Internet
  • Working knowledge of organizing campaign assessment systems (i.e. VAN)
  • A valid driver’s license, car and car insurance
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish or English and other language of membership) is a plus

Salary and Benefits:
Salary Exempt position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Company-paid Benefits are included.

Please apply at: http://seiuhcii.applicantstack.com/x/apply/a2wlmka1awhl

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