SEIU Local 2015

SEIU Local 2015

Lead/Senior Organizer
External Organizing/Growth

Based in Sacramento, CA or the Bay Area


Organizers lead workers to form, build, and grow our union; guide workers to negotiate and enforce their union contracts; mobilize workers around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers; develop rank-and-file leadership among workers; and carry out all other programs of the union in the field.

The role of the Lead/Senior Organizer is to provide leadership, direction and development to Internal or External Organizing staff as it relates to carrying out the vision, goals and respective campaigns of the union. The Lead/Senior Organizer reports directly to their Regional Director, Deputy Organizing Director or Organizing Director.

Organizer Job Family:
Organizers with less than one year of experience, or who are unable to perform all of the job duties of an organizer in both assignments (internal and external) are initially hired into the Organizer in Training (OIT) job classification, for a one-year development position. At the end of the year, the OIT is either qualified as an Organizer or promoted to that job class, or will be released from employment. The Lead/Senior Organizer position is the first level of staff management/supervision for the organizer job family. The next levels in progression are Coordinator, Deputy Director and ultimately Division Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:
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. The Lead/Senior Organizer performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the overall union program or a specific campaign. Examples of those duties and responsibilities are listed below:

  1. Train and assist staff in identifying, recruiting, developing, and partnering with leaders to successfully implement the mission, goals and work of the union
  2. Coordinate, supervise and lead teams of staff and members in developing and implementing industry vision, programs, and campaigns
  3. Challenge staff and assist to embrace change in all aspects of their work
  4. Help develop and direct campaigns to resolve workplace issues.
  5. Assist staff/lead contract negotiations, campaigns and strikes
  6. Guide integration of politics, community relationships and organizing support into the daily work of staff
  7. Participate in and/or lead new organizing and political campaigns as needed
  8. Train, develop and hold staff accountable in all aspects of their work including the execution of disciplinary measures
  9. Evaluate staff/develop and implement staff development plans
  10. Cover for vacations and trouble shoot on particularly difficult staff assignments
  11. As part of supervisory team, contribute to organizational vision and manage the local’s strategic plans and campaigns
  12. Plan and run comprehensive organizing and contract campaigns, as assigned
  13. Other duties as assigned


  • Ability to lead staff in a way that motivates and inspire staff to develop into leaders and participate in key union programs (i.e. politics, organizing, bargaining, etc.)
  • Ability to lead members in a way that motivates and inspires members to develop into leaders and participate in key union programs (i.e. politics, organizing, bargaining, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment
  • Ability to demonstrate Local 2015’s 6 Core Values in her/his day-to-day work
  • Ability to frame issues and articulate organizational values and priorities
  • Ability to lead and work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to organize his/her time and that of staff on his/her team
  • Ability to receive direction from and interact with his or her immediate supervisor when it becomes necessary
  • Ability to develop and carry out plans with sound independent judgment and minimum supervision
  • Ability to hold staff and members accountable to Local 2015 Core Values and the assigned work
  • Demonstrated understanding of the organizing model and how it can be used to empower members and insure superior outcomes in workers’ lives.
  • Ability to take initiative and be creative in developing staff for new roles and responsibilities within the union and provide the support needed to be successful.
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to providing a quality staff and member experience including the ability to establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to evaluate campaign reports and make adjustments accordingly
  • Ability to manage politically sensitive situations
  • Working knowledge and understanding of collective bargaining issues and human resource management principles, including ability to negotiate contracts
  • Ability to develop member leaders to deal with work based issues.
  • Sound organizational skills to support staff in managing and prioritizing work subject to deadlines in a dynamic and changing environment, as an individual and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate and deliver on short-term and long-term staff and member development and capacity building goals.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office/Word, Power Point, Excel, databases and
  • Internet.
  • Bilingual skills preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in external union organizing or community organizing and 2 years of demonstrated ability to run campaigns that resulted in growing the union and representation leading a team of at least two or more staff.
  • Proven ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures
  •  Ability to work long, irregular hours, including early morning, evenings and weekends
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use.

Opportunities for Growth and Development:
SEIU Local 2015 is committed to providing staff development opportunities and resources. It is recognized that the majority of an organizer’s skill development happens through on the job experience. These experiences will be a result of Local 2015’s pursuit of new and innovative ways to identify, grow and develop member leaders while growing and developing Local 2015 staff and staff leaders. Local 2015 is committed to becoming a leader in achieving both of these goals in pursuit of justice for all workers and ever-increasing member strength.

Expected Behavior:
The Lead/Senior Organizer is expected to embrace, promote and demonstrate the organization’s core values – Leadership, Compassion, Excellence, Accountability, Transparency, Empowerment, – which include but are not limited to:

  • High ethical standards
  • Train, develop, nurture and mentor all staff and members
  • Encourage team work and participation by all staff and members
  • Lead by example

Ensure outstanding representation of the organization to internal and external allies and constituents.

Physical Requirements:
Long and extended hours and travel is required. Work is generally performed out in the field with members and external constituents.

Scope and Nature of Supervision:
Lead/Senior Organizers may report to a deputy director, organizing (external) director, Member Strength (internal) director or local union officer, or other assigned supervisor. Supervision and direction of senior organizers can change on a campaign-by-campaign or project-by-project basis. Lead/Senior Organizers are frequently expected to operate without day-to-day supervision, to develop their own work plans and goals, and to act with a great degree of discretion and independent judgment. Accordingly, they must be strong self-starters and have a commitment to fulfill the objectives of the organization.

Job descriptions are not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of every activity or responsibility that is required for each role.

SEIU Local 2015 is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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