Chicago & Midwest Regional Joint Board of Workers United/SEIU

Director of Organizing

Based in Chicago, IL

With 18,000 members the CMRJB represents many types of workers in the Upper Midwest. Our members have fought for and achieved high standards for private sector workers in many manufacturing and service industries. We continue to fight for higher standards for the thousands of unorganized workers.

The CMRJB strongly believes in the development of member leaders through education and by participating in campaigns. We are committed to growing quickly by organizing workers who are fighting for decent jobs that provide good wages and benefits along with respect and dignity in the workplace. We are seeking a distinct person to direct aggressive campaigns. As the Director of Organizing, your role is to direct and assist organizers in finding and developing campaigns, working with staff and members to direct and drive campaigns.

The position is available in our region, which is headquartered in Chicago and includes members in twelve Midwestern states.

Purpose of Position:
To represent and assist the CMRJB and the International Union in organizing; to take responsibility for major campaigns and to act in a supervisory role with respect to program and other staff; to perform advanced training for organizers, staff, and worker leaders of the CMRJB; and to design and implement organizing goals of the CMRJB.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs a wide range of duties as assigned by the CMRJB and the International Union, including but not limited to the following:

  • Designs and manages large organizing campaigns or multiple smaller campaigns including organizing, comprehensive campaigns, strikes, and political action. Works with field, industry division, and local staff to coordinate all aspects of the campaign including vision, strategy, timeline, communication, community outreach, and politics.
  • Develops and implements division, regional, or political programs.
  • Coordinates and directs organizing staff including scheduling, assigning turf, debriefing, and training.
  • Develops and implements training for staff and worker leaders on the campaign to further develop skills and understanding of the campaign.
  • Provides feedback to staff on their performance while on the campaign. Provides information on staff performance to the campaign director.
  • Assists local unions in the development of an organizing program.
  • Oversees management of the campaign data base, list, and cards.
  • Develops and monitors the campaign budget for the campaign.
  • Engaging workers in broader union efforts to change industry standards as a whole.
  • Coordinates affiliations and mergers campaigns.
  • Performs other duties as required to assist the International Union.
  • Must be available for frequent travel with overnight stays required. Long and irregular hours.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Scope and Nature of Supervision

  • Must be able to act and organize time with extreme independence.
  • A high level of judgment, ability to take initiative and work independently; must be able to work with elected leaders, worker leaders, and staff in complex and sometimes political situations.
  • Must be able to handle multiple “priority” projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines.
  • Reports to the Manager and or the Assistant Manager of the Regional Joint Board.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred.

Previous Work Experience

  • Three to five years of work in external labor union organizing.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and leading organizing campaigns.
  • Previous experience with the labor movement or other advocacy organizations preferred.

Specialized Knowledge and Training

  • Excellent writing, verbal and analytical communication skills.
  • Fluent in written and verbal Spanish.
  • Thorough knowledge of organizing and political campaign strategies.
  • Ability to develop and train staff and worker leaders in the skills needed for the campaign.
  • Knowledge of organizing campaign data base management tools. Skill in the use of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Ability to write and proofread campaign communications materials.

Competitive salary based on experience, full benefits package including retirement, 401K, family health and dental insurance, and many other benefits.

To Apply:
Email a cover letter, résumé, and three references to Jo-Ellen Schlademan at jschlademan@cmrjb.org.

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