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Political and Legislative Organizer

Based in Seattle, WA


The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 21 is seeking a Political and Legislative Organizer. The Political and Legislative Organizer position is a full-time position. We are a large Union with a robust political program and we are looking for applicants who are willing to engage in direct fieldwork.

Requirements include:

  • Work with the Political and Legislative Department to develop and implement our electoral and advocacy goals and campaigns.
  • Policy research, analysis, and advocacy assistance
  • Coordinating member engagement in the political and legislative process, including in-district lobbying and lobby days, electoral and advocacy campaign events, and member testimony.
  • Develop member leadership and participation in our political program through trainings, one-on-one member development, including further development of our Political Action Team, our Healthcare Advisory Board and our Executive Board.
  • Day to day work in field engaging with our members on our campaigns and assisting our staff in their membership development—expecting to spend at least 30% of your weekly work in the field.
  • Support ABC (International PAC) fundraising and our voter registration program.
  • Coordinating the union’s candidate interview and endorsement process, including tracking candidate endorsements and contributions, recruiting members to participate in our endorsement process, coordinating candidate forums.
  • Help coordinate and implement internal electoral program including organizing and running phone banks, worksite voter ID program, and coordinating with our communications department on other member outreach.
  • Identify and develop members for potential elected and appointed political or community positions.
  • Work on campaigns throughout the organization including organizing, bargaining and internal member mobilization.
  • Representing the union in specific political and advocacy coalitions and tables.
  • Working with member lists and managing worksite contacts and voter contacts including some data entry.

Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to work well with a team in sometimes stressful situations while maintaining a sense of humor, perspective, and always assuming the best in your coworkers.
  • Excitement to work with the our membership and engage them in their union
  • Commitment to the UFCW 21 mission of creating better lives for our members and their communities and building a movement for the 21st century.
  • Commitment and interest in our entire organization, not just the political work.
  • Strong speaking, writing, research and listening skills and willingness to discuss political issues with members.
  • Basic computer literacy required; knowledge of the VAN system and Excel is a plus. Willingness and ability to learn our internal data systems is required.
  • Ability to be flexible and manage multiple tasks and in an organized way, the ability to “think on your feet.”
  • Ability to be self-motivated and take initiative to try new things and experiment.
  • Willingness to work long, irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Commitment to evaluating work through racial and gender equity lens and ability to mobilize women, people of color, and other marginalized groups.
  • Some travel within Washington State and occasionally outside of the State is required.

Some experience with unions, advocacy, and campaign field work is preferable.

Salary / Benefits: DOE; includes generous health care and other benefits.

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. UFCW 21 is an equal opportunity employer. We offer an excellent wage package including medical and pension benefits.

To Apply
Please email Maria Milliron at mmilliron@ufcw21.org your Résumé and Cover Letter.
No calls please.

About UFCW Local 21
Building a Movement for the 21st Century - UFCW 21 is the largest private sector union in Washington State with over 45,000 members working in grocery stores and retail, healthcare and other industry jobs. UFCW 21 is led by a President and Secretary/Treasurer and a large representative member Executive Board. Our membership is among the youngest and most diverse in the labor movement. We are committed to building a powerful union that fights for economic, political and social justice in our work places and communities. Visit http://www.ufcw21.org for more information about our union.

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