New York State Nurses Association

New York State Nurses Association

Director of Organizing

Position is flexible
may be located upsate and/or downstate


The New York State Nurses Association represents more than 42,000 members in over 150 hospitals, nursing homes, public health departments, city agencies and school districts across New York State. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses, and a bold, progressive force in the fight for economic, social and racial justice. We are leaders in the fight for healthcare as a human right, and NYSNA has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, defending the public’s health and pushing for measures to prevent a resurgence of this deadly virus.

The Director of Organizing reports to NYSNA’s Field Director. The Director of Organizing is responsible for Directing all activities and functions of organizing within the Regional Teams and will lead in all aspects of organizing campaigns and, as such, must coordinate:

a) Implementing the union’s goals for organizing new bargaining units;
b) Internally organizing existing bargaining units; and
c) Planning and driving member mobilization campaigns.


  • Implement both short-term and long-term organizing campaign plans;
  • Oversee member mobilization;
  • Assign and direct the work of the organizing department staff;
  • Develop and implement programmatic staff development plans for all organizers;
  • Build and manage relationships with elected local bargaining union leaders, members and other staff members;
  • Work closely with communications staff to create campaign messaging and materials;
  • Coordinate the integration of work in all departments to maximize effectiveness and build capacity;
  • Evaluate staff and conduct annual performance appraisals.
  • Oversee the preparation and distribution of campaign materials in coordination with communications staff;
  • Coordinate the use of the union’s website and social media resources for organizing and base-building;
  • Facilitate carrying out the philosophy of the NYSNA Program which reflects the overall philosophy to organize Registered Nurses and to promote NYSNA members, current and future;
  • Maintain current information on labor, organizing and union trends and evaluate the impact on the organizing function;
  • Liaise with member committees and with other unions’ and organizations’ campaigns;
  • Responsible for building a member-based structure for organizing member-to-member;
  • Prepare the annual Organizing department budget, monitor monthly expenses and assure that departmental expenses are within approved budget limitations;
  • Collaborate with staff at all levels and from all departments to achieve organizing department goals and organizational goals;
  • Submit a written annual report and monthly reports to the Executive Director and others as requested;
  • Coordinate the assignment of staff to external campaigns;
  • Develop and maintain a professional, supportive and challenging work environment for staff of the organizing department;
  • Oversees initial contract campaigns through ratification;
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.


  • At least 7-10 years of labor organizing experience, at least 5 years in a supervisory role;
  • Baccalaureate degree in an appropriate field required; MA preferred;
  • Demonstrated success at providing effective leadership and direction to union organizers and union campaigns; experience in health care and with registered nurses preferred;
  • Ability to manage, develop, support and mentor staff;
  • Demonstrated success in building and developing committees from the beginning of their formation through the ratification of the first contract;
  • Ability to create and execute campaign organizing plans that include strategic research, staff development, communications plans and legislative strategies;
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team, supportive of teamwork, and able to motivate by positive example;
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours;
  • Travel is required, primarily throughout New York State;
  • Demonstrated writing, speaking and presentation skills, as well as strong database skills;
  • Experience integrating websites and social media into organizing campaigns preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to progressive trade unionism, and experience working with coalitions a plus.

Note: Every effort has been made to make this description as complete and comprehensive as possible. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties required of the position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is a logical assignment within the position.

We are committed to fostering a firm culture of diversity and inclusion. Women, minorities, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

All interested candidates should e-mail their résumés and cover letters to: kam47@cornell.edu.

For confidential discussions call Ken Margolies at: 845-499-6636.

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