Healthcare Internal Organizer

Based in Portland, OR

Summary: The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49 is now accepting resumes from motivated individuals who have a passion for helping healthcare workers fight for better working conditions, dignity on the job, and improvements in healthcare for all working families.

Job Description: SEIU Local 49 is a 13,000-member statewide local union. The Local represents and organizes health care workers and janitors throughout Oregon and southwest Washington and throughout the U.S. We are committed to helping workers fight for social and economic justice on the job and in the community.

Some specific duties shall include:

  • Identify, recruit, and develop worksite leaders in their jobs and communities;
  • Develop and implement effective contract campaign plans;
  • Motivate and inspire workers to build their union in the face of heavy employer opposition;
  • Analytical skills necessary to interpret contract language, investigate and process grievances, prepare contract proposals and bargain, and assist in joint employer/union committees;
  • Engaging workers to support our union’s political program and our union’s external organizing program;
  • Lead and conduct demonstrations, pickets, marches, trainings, meetings, and other events and actions;
  • Work in an environment of supportive and challenging supervision that focuses on both winning for our members and developing staff’s skills and potential as an integral part of what we do;
  • Work on a team that builds the most possible power for our members and conduct internal organizing campaigns that require you to stretch your skills and grow as an organizer;
  • Work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends.


  • Passionate dedication to improving the quality of life of working people and enthusiasm to participate in a wide range of activities including external organizing and politics;
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills, including the ability to successfully relate to persons from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures;
  • Enthusiasm and energy for working with worker leaders to develop their confidence, hope, and skills as worksite leaders;
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and think on your feet;
  • Must have strong judgment and strategic sense;
  • Must be able to perform successfully in both independent and team settings;
  • Must be able to succeed in an environment of accountability in meeting the goals of the campaign;
  • Internal union experience: contract enforcement, bargaining, and experience with grievance procedure;
  • Must be willing to participate in a strong program of staff development that fosters and challenges you to develop your skills, experience, and leadership.


  • Minimum one year of experience in mobilizing or recruiting others in a union or other active organization; minimum 6 months experience working in an internal setting
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and automobile for work use;
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends;
  • Computer literacy
  • Organizing and/or healthcare experience a plus
  • Must be willing to travel regionally and nationally for extended periods of time.

Salary range from $49,402.08 to $82,421.04 depending on experience plus a car allowance, fully paid family healthcare, vacation and sick leave, retirement plans and other benefits.

SEIU Local 49 is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Bilingual Applicants Encouraged to Apply

Please contact Steven Ward at stevenw@seiu49.org to apply.

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