Lead Organizers

Western United States Section
(Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico,
Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Islands of the Pacific)

This is an exciting opportunity to help workers by becoming a union organizer with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers!

About the Boilermakers
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC, represents members across North America employed in industrial construction and maintenance, shipbuilding, cement making, railroads, manufacturing and allied industries. Organized in 1880, we are headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas. We are a diverse union, with members engaged across a range of industries, from energy to mining to commercial and naval shipbuilding to consumer products. The Boilermakers’ family of organizations includes Bank of Labor, the MOST trust (with 17 industry-leading programs for safety, training and work readiness), the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program and the Boilermakers National Funds.

About the Position
Lead Organizers assist workers with forming unions in their workplaces and recruiting non-union workers to join the union ranks. These positions require very dedicated individuals who are willing to frequently work irregular hours, including nights and weekends. Lead Organizers also need to be able to travel, basically on-demand, and be willing to stay on assignments as long as needed to build and successfully complete an organizing campaign. Union organizing can be an extremely rewarding career because you are helping workers obtain justice in their workplaces, improve their wages, and improve their working conditions; however, the work can also be extremely challenging and demanding at times. Significant travel is required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop campaign plans with the goals, strategies and tactics necessary to execute the plan, including effective management of those assisting with the campaign
  • Visit workers at their job sites and in their homes and train organizers and volunteer organizers in organizing
  • Write leaflets and other materials for campaigns
  • Lead coalition-building efforts with other unions and community groups to support campaign goals
  • Create and manage lists, charts, and databases
  • Report regular updates to Director of Organizing and/or Chief of Staff
  • Must be able to work independently, be a self-starter, and work with little or no supervision.


  • Previous experience working on campaigns with labor, community, political, campus or issue-based organizations is desirable
  • Must have good writing skills, and previous experience drafting effective handbills on prior campaigns in which the candidate has worked
  • Must be able to work independently and be deadline/team oriented
  • Social media skills are a plus, especially if you have experience in utilizing them on prior campaigns that you have worked
  • Commitment to building a diverse union
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license, automobile (to be used for work purposes), and auto insurance
  • Flexible with the ability to adjust to rapidly changing campaign priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and worker rights
  • Must have interest and loyalty to the labor movement
  • Bilingual and multilingual candidates are preferred. Candidates who speak and write in the English language and one or more of the following languages would be very helpful: Spanish, Ukrainian, and/or Russian.

Lead organizers report to the Director of Organizing.

This job requires significant and frequent travel with overnight stays often times with little or no prior notice. Annual travel with overnight stays is estimated to be a minimum of 75%.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience will be offered to successful candidates. Although candidates with at least some experience is preferred, entry-level candidates may apply and will be given consideration if they can successfully demonstrate they have skills and/or experiences that would allow them to become a successful union organizer.

How to apply
Submit a cover letter, resume and at least two writing samples (preferably handbills or other literature from prior campaigns you worked) electronically to:

Mattie Lewis, Administrative Secretary
International President’s Office
*No phone calls please
EM: mlewis@boilermakers.org

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Our organization is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks to build diversity. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, Veteran, and disabled individuals are fully respected and encouraged to apply.

For more information on the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, please visit our website at www.boilermakers.org.

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