Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Nurses Association



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Job Title: Organizer
Department: Organizing
Supervisor’s Title: Director of Organizing
Exempt Status: Exempt

Job Summary
This full-time position requires the organizer to identify potential for membership growth in new and existing bargaining units and develop leaders to increase capacity during internal and external campaigns. The employee is part of the ONA organizing department, which empowers healthcare workers to advocate for themselves, their patients, their families, and their communities.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary for this full time, exempt position is based on applicable years of experience applied to the wage scale outlined in the collective bargaining agreement. Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) offers a comprehensive benefits package for this position.

Location: Oregon

About Oregon Nurses Association:
ONA, founded in 1904, is a labor union that also serves as a professional association for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses and allied health workers.ONA currently represents over 14,000 nurses throughout the State. The contracts ONA nurses obtain raise the bar for wages, benefits, and other conditions of employment for all nurses. More importantly, the contracts give nurses a voice in the workplace to address patient care and safety. Our over a century worth of experience as a professional association with our fifty years of experience as a union make ONA uniquely capable of addressing all nursing issues and concerns.

Essential Functions
Please refer to essential job functions section.

Qualifications & Job Expectations

  1. Tools—
    • Smart phone with data plan, which ONA will reimburse per collective bargaining agreement.
    • Insured and reliable automobile.
    • Personal laptop, which ONA will provide per policy.
  2. Skills-Knowledge-License—
    • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Office Outlook, and membership databases.
    • Ability to use text and other digital platforms.
    • Knowledge of basic labor law such as FMLA, ADA, OSHA, and Workers Compensation.
    • Knowledge of or ability to learn about Nurse Practice Act, HIPAA, Oregon’s Staffing Law, and other healthcare related practices and culture.
    • Valid driver’s license.
  3. Primary Responsibilities—
    • Recruit and develop worksite leaders to become involved in the union.
    • Develop broad, representative organizing committees of worksite leaders, and train them to move worksite organizing campaigns.
    • Develop and propose plans for both internal (existing unit) and external (new unit) organizing.
    • Promote membership in ONA.
    • Visit workers in their homes, worksites, or other locations.
    • Compose newsletters and other materials for organizing campaigns.
    • Obtain and create employee charts.
    • Maintain and update lists, which may include input on, and operation of, computerized database systems.
    • Keep a calendar of tasks and meetings.
    • Maintain clear records related to campaigns and work.
    • Work collaboratively with organizing team members to support of organizational priorities
    • Inform Director of Organizing and other stakeholders of activities, developments and progress of organizing activity, including worker meetings.
    • Meet goals and deadlines.
    • Promptly return phone calls to members and prospective members.
    • Use discretion when communicating when appropriate.
    • Maintain confidentiality of ONA strategic initiatives and targets.
    • Accepts and applies feedback and constructive criticism from Director of Organizing or other supervisor.
    • Timely complete administrative tasks such as Expense or Beck Reports.
    • Performs related work as required.
  4. Secondary Responsibilities—
    • Attend and participate in staff meetings ideally in-person or electronically when necessary. Attend Cabinet meetings when necessary.
    • Attend ONA House of Delegates and Bargaining Unit Leadership Conferences and other such functions.
    • Attend conferences to improve current knowledge or develop new skill or knowledge.
    • Identify bargaining unit leaders to fill statewide leadership positions on the ONA Board, Cabinets, and House of Delegates. Mentor those leaders when appropriate.
    • Participate in local labor activities and support other unions in the community.
    • Develop and present trainings to members, staff, and others.
    • Back-up other staff when on leave or otherwise unavailable.
    • Mentor new staff during their orientation.
    • Participate in political activities, such as, canvassing and phone banking.
    • Perform related work as required.
  5. Essential Duties—
    • Drive day or night, often for long distances, and for prolonged periods of time.
    • Frequently travel, sometimes out-of-state. Travel by car and plane will be necessary.
    • Stay overnight in hotels or otherwise away from home.
    • Navigate without assistance within worksites.
    • Speak—one-on-one and with groups. Confident initiating conversations with strangers. Facilitate group discussions.
    • Ability to figure out solutions to complex problems.
    • Handle multiple priorities at once, with ability to appropriately triage and delegate.
    • Raise vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely.
    • Gather and assess relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively.
    • Come to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with prospective members.
    • Collaborate with other staff, work with a team.
    • Work irregular hours, sometimes for long durations.
    • Utilize smart phone, text, respond to texts, and correspond with and monitor social media.
    • Input data on a computer.
    • Read a computer screen and written documents.
    • Transport for some distance 30 pounds.
  6. Experience—
    • A minimum of three years’ experience as a union organizer, community or political organizer, labor representative/business agent. Applicants with healthcare experience encouraged to apply.
  7. Education—
    • Bachelors or Master’s Degree or relevant experience.

Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

To Apply
Please submit your résumé and cover letter, titled with your name, to: careers@oregonrn.org.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.