SEIU Healthcare Michigan

Organizing Director

Based in Detroit, MI

Purpose of Position:
The Organizing Director will develop, coordinate and drive our union’s strategy to support Michigan healthcare workers uniting in HCMI to improve their lives and the lives of people they serve across the state. This position will report to the Trustees and Chief of Staff.

Core Duties:

  • Work with Trustees, Directors and other departments to develop and implement positive vision, goals, objectives, long and short term plans and budgets for the organizing programs.
  • Collaborates with Trustees, Directors and others to develop comprehensive organizing programs.
  • Evaluates campaigns, research requirements, communications, global organizing and support and adapts as necessary.
  • Oversees day to day operations of the New Organizing Department including but not limited to staff development, mentoring, and training.
  • Works with staff to identify, recruit, and develop member leaders to guide and lead their campaign.
  • Coordinates and conducts meetings with staff and Union members to discuss and plan organizing campaigns. Motivates staff and members to take action.
  • Educates members to engage in broader Union efforts to change industry standards and to improve communities across the state.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to support the strategic organizing program of the union.

Educational Background / Previous Work Experience
SEIU Healthcare Michigan recognizes that post-secondary degrees often fail to communicate an applicant’s skills and competencies. With that understanding, interested parties are encouraged to apply if they have the following experience with or without a college degree:

  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in the labor movement or closely related field.
  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in supervising staff.
  • Significant experience in developing, directing and winning comprehensive organizing campaigns.

Specialized Knowledge and Training

  • Extensive knowledge of organizing and comprehensive campaign strategies incorporating strategic research, communications, worker actions, and data analysis.
  • Knowledge of non-NLRB organizing campaigns.
  • Knowledge of economic policies and analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to review and evaluate strategic organizing campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and ensure completion.
  • Proven ability to manage effective teams and to incorporate staff development.
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to work with a diversity of people.
  • Some familiarity with Michigan geography and demographics is ideal.
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.


  • Proven commitment to winning economic, racial, gender, immigrant and environmental justice.
  • Unquestionable personal code of ethics, integrity, inclusion and trust.
  • Genuine commitment to the success of every member of the team.
  • Ability to give and receive construction feedback.


  • Work is generally performed in the field and office settings, but may require work in other settings conducive to performing the task required to complete assignments. Long and extended hours and extensive travel sometimes required.
  • Applicants must submit and possess a valid driver’s license, personal automobile and auto insurance for the conduct of union business.

To apply, send your resume and a one-page cover letter outlining how your experience qualifies you for this position to SEIU HCMI Office Manager, Roxy.Wright@seiuhealthcaremi.org by Friday, December 15, 2017.

SEIU HCMI is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Women, people of color, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community are especially encouraged to apply.

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