SEIU Local 521

SEIU Local 521

External Organizer

Based in San Jose, CA

What you will be doing:
You will be organizing new bargaining units into SEIU Local 521. Our organizing plan is focused on the public sector, privatized public services, and public healthcare.

Location: San Jose

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organizing non-union workers to make change and to organize into SEIU Local 521.
  • Assessing, building relationships with, motivating and agitating workers through individual and group meetings. Recruiting, developing and mobilizing worker organizing committees.
  • Identifying, recruiting and developing leaders. Training and supervising member organizers.
  • Planning and executing actions, events, marches, etc. at worksites and beyond.
  • Building toward union elections, negotiating election agreements and filing charges through NLRB and PERB.
  • Developing and executing organizing campaign plans. Understanding and contributing to community and political outreach, campaign communications, targeting, lead development, and research.
  • Working to support other key local union priorities, as needed

Job Qualifications:

  • Willingness to travel frequently and/or for extended period of time within the local’s jurisdiction, based on work assignments
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends.
  • A strong commitment to social and economic justice and the commitment to organize the unorganized through the labor movement
  • At least one year of experience as a full time external organizer or equivalent community or rank and file member organizing experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Good listening skills are a necessity.
  • Ability to create and execute detailed organizing plans.
  • Ability to establish rapport with and organize workers across diverse ethnic, social, economic and occupational groups.
  • Good judgment and ability to discern priorities when faced with many important tasks.
  • Ability to think strategically and respond to rapidly changing situations.
  • Basic computer literacy and a willingness to use technology where needed.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously as part of a team.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred but not required.

Must possess a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$100,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.

To Apply:
Send cover letter and résumé to:

SEIU Local 521
2302 Zanker Road
San Jose, CA 95131
Email: jobs@seiu521.org
No phone calls please

Local 521 is an affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. Local 521 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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