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Full-Time Organizer

Based in East Tennessee
(working in Chattanooga and Oak Ridge)

To organize Tennessee workers in order to improve their lives and working conditions, whether through action on the job, in the community or in the political sphere.


  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Ability to develop and follow a plan that meets organizational objectives
  • Ability to exercise appropriate independent judgment in a wide variety of situations
  • Ability to inspire confidence and trust among workers from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to recognize and effectively team build with workers from differing cultures
  • Capacity to work long and irregular hours including nights and weekends
  • Commitment to high standards of social justice and to building power for workers in Tennessee

SEIU Local 205 Organizers are expected to carry out our program to build an effective worker led organization that increases density in our core industries enabling our members to improve the standards of their life at work, at home, in government and the community.

Organizers are expected to:

  • Lead workers
  • Identify and recruit member leaders and activists
  • Engage and develop leaders and hold them accountable to the local’s program, plan and power standards
  • Work under the direction of elected leaders and their designees
  • Exemplify organizational discipline by following and organizing around the policies, plans, and goals of the Local
  • Embody and demonstrate high ethical standards, principled trade unionism, and a strong commitment to social and economic justice.
  • Plan their work to lead members toward goals
  • Report thoughtfully and honestly on their work
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic and the ability to lead by example as well as the use of appropriate initiative

Working Conditions:
The Organizer reports to the designees of the President of the Union. The position may require travel within Tennessee and occasional out of state travel. The job involves long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Organizers perform a wide range of duties which may vary according to location and assignment. An organizer may perform any one or a combination of the duties and responsibilities listed below, depending on the particular assignment.

  1. Organizing
  2. Leadership Development
  3. Grievance/Discipline and Appeal Processing
  4. Communications
  5. Community Support
  6. Strike Support
  7. Collective Bargaining
  8. Campaign Research
  9. Arbitration
  10. Other Duties as Assigned

This job opening is specifically for a Full-Time Organizer in East Tennessee. The Organizer would be working in Chattanooga and Oak Ridge with both public and private sector employers. We are offering a salary range between $37,000 and $49,000 per year depending on experience and our benefit package includes employer provided health insurance and pension.

To Apply
Interested parties should send a resume and contact information by email to Jessica Stewart at jstewart@seiu205.org.

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