AFSCME Local 3299

AFSCME Local 3299

Lead External Organizer

for campaigns Statewide
(Northern & Southern California)

AFSCME Local 3299 is a dynamic, progressive, militant, member driven labor union that represents 24,000 service and patient care workers on all of the University of California campuses. We are a statewide local and use an organizing-focused model for both internal and external organizing work.

Job Title: Lead External Organizer

Locations: We have campaigns in Northern & Southern California; based in Los Angeles

This position is responsible for the supervision and development of organizing staff and member lost timers. The External lead organizer will conduct a wide array of organizing activities, including leadership recruitment, training workers, strategic planning, initiating and running local issue organizing campaigns and implementation of statewide goals and programs.

(Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed. Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by employees in the classification.)

  • Supervise the organizing and development of a team of staff organizers and lost time organizers. Supervise external organizing campaigns. Participates in hiring and evaluation of staff.
  • Develop local campaign plans with the goals, strategies and tactics necessary to execute the plan, including effective management of staff, volunteer, and administrative resources.
  • Visits workers at their job sites and in their homes and trains organizers and lost time organizers in organizing.
  • Writes leaflets and other materials for campaigns.
  • Implements effective staff development and team-building.
  • Lead coalition-building efforts with other unions, student and patient care groups to support local and statewide campaign goals.
  • Manage lists, charts, and databases.
  • Meet statewide goals and deadlines. Responsible for managing organizers success of meeting statewide goals and deadlines.
  • Understands labor laws such as FMLA, ADA, OSHA, Wage and Hour, PERB and NLRB and can identify potential violations of these laws.
  • Informs External Coordinator or other supervisor of activities, developments and progress of assigned campaigns.

Required Qualifications and Skills include:

  • Experienced in leading and/or supervising multiple staff, assignments, projects, managing timelines, and effectively using database systems, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with representation preferably in the public sector and/or public higher education.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport and credibility with diverse demographic groups, and well as with professional, technical, administrative, and service workers.
  • Excellent written and oral communications.
  • A demonstrated commitment to justice for working families, quality and affordable public higher education and quality patient care.
  • A demonstrated commitment to union democracy and supporting and developing members’ voices and leadership in their union
  • Physical Requirements (as required by ADA)
  • Work is performed in a variety of employment settings. Driving, travel, temporary assignments, irregular and extended work hours are required. Valid driver’s license and car required.


  • Bilingual Spanish/Cantonese/English preferred.

To Apply
Interested applicants should send cover letter, résumé and 3 references with Lead External Organizer (Please specify the location (Northern or Southern CA) in the subject line to: jobs@afscme3299.org.

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