Pennsylvania Joint Board, Workers United, SEIU

Pennsylvania Joint Board, Workers United, SEIU

Organizing Coordinator

Covering Eastern PA, Lehigh Valley, and Northeastern PA

WHO WE ARE: The Pennsylvania Joint Board of Worker’s United, SEIU, (PAJB), represents approximately 5000 workers employed by 40 employers spanning from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. Our membership is diverse, and includes garment workers, food service workers, distribution center workers, and industrial laundry workers.

Workers United has a deeply rooted history representing garment workers. We are the former International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union, which was created in 1900 to fight sweatshops and bring decent working conditions. The ILGWU was one the first U.S. unions to have a primarily female membership.

Today we still hold the values close from over 100 years ago; every worker deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. These are the same values share by our parent union, the Service Employee International Union, with over two million members in the United States and Canada and a leader in the fight for social justice.

LOCATION: State wide through primary work is in Eastern PA, Lehigh Valley, and Northeastern PA

The Job: The Organizing Coordinator assists the Joint Board leadership in overseeing external organizing activities. The Coordinator collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the strategic organizing plan of the PAJB. The PAJB organizing staff is small so the Organizing Coordinator must actively participate in house visiting and other member recruitment activities in addition to leading and developing campaigns. The job requires evening and weekend work and is not a “9 to 5” job.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads External and Internal Organizing campaigns and assists in developing and executing the strategic organizing plan for the PAJB, including overseeing NLRB election campaigns.
  • Directs the work of organizing staff, including the development and training of volunteer member organizers and Organizing Committee members.
  • Ensures the tracking, reporting and analysis on all campaigns in her/his purview.
  • Works with allied organizations and communities in the fight for better conditions in the industries PAJB organizes and represents.
  • Develops recommended budgets, allocates resources effectively and plans and implements program activities as appropriate.
  • Coordinates with other Union staff to develop and carry out the organizing program.


  • Three years of experience leading organizing campaigns
  • Knowledge of relevant special body of knowledge including labor law governing organizing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to develop varied communications strategy as part of organizing campaigns
  • Adept at leading and motivating workers in difficult struggles and dedication to workers' rights and social justice
  • Skilled at managing and meeting many and varying deadlines
  • Effective informal and formal negotiating skills including the basics of contract negotiations
  • Effective demonstrable oral, written and listening skills in English; bilingual skills highly desirable
  • Excellent analytical and judgment skills as demonstrable by the ability to evaluate information and evidence and act strategically
  • Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills showing flexibility as needed; adept at dealing with conflicting/changing priorities
  • Effective facilitating and organizing meeting skills
  • Experience organizing independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to do basic corporate and business research and social media research necessary for member recruitment.
  • Working knowledge of computer programs including social media, Word, Excel, VAN and good planning and administrative skills
  • Previous staff supervisory experience

REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid driver’s license with a good record. Leased car or car allowance will be provided

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Generous salary and benefits package, including pension, and fully paid health insurance.

TO APPLY: E-mail a cover letter and detailed résumé and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) references to: jobs@pajbwu.org
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This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time.

PA JB is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. We work to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforce policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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