Office & Professional Employees International Union

Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO

80 Eighth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011

Lead Organizer
Mid-West Region

For covering the Midwest Region
(IL, MI, MN, OH, WI)


Position Overview
This position reports to the director of organizing. The Lead Organizer will be responsible for a wide array of organizing activities including conducting and developing internal and external organizing campaigns; planning strategic campaigns; developing leaders and apprentice organizers; providing support and guidance to local unions; conducting basic industry and campaign specific research; developing organizing targets; and coordinating organizing staff on large campaigns. The primary focus will be on external organizing.

The position is targeted for the mid-west region, however there may be some flexibility provided the location is within a major travel hub and in close proximity to an OPEIU local union.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist local unions to develop appropriate new organizing targets and campaign plans, with goals, strategies, and resources needed to execute the plans
  • Oversee and direct comprehensive organizing campaigns, primarily external organizing
  • Provide day-to-day guidance, training and leadership development to apprentice organizers and other organizing staff
  • Conduct basic industry and campaign specific research
  • Write, design and produce quality campaign leaflets and other materials
  • Manage lists, database, assessments, charts and other campaign tools
  • Encourage and participate in coalitions with other unions, CLCs, faith, racial and social justice groups
  • Conduct and coordinate home visits, phone calls, site visits and other 1:1 outreach to build membership, support leaders and further the goals of the campaign
  • Submit a detailed report each week to the director of organizing demonstrating activities
  • Provide training and education as requested

Qualifications and Requirements

  • At least 5 years of organizing experience with progressive campaign responsibilities and demonstrated success in new organizing campaigns
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with the NLRB and other regulatory entities for representation elections, voluntary recognition process, Unfair Labor Practice charges and other proceedings
  • Ability to train, mentor and direct apprentice organizing staff
  • Experience with community campaigns, strikes and other forms of concerted activity
  • Ability to establish and maintain credibility with diverse demographic groups, and with professional, technical, administrative and service workers
  • Ability to provide detailed campaign summaries and assessments
  • Proficiency in producing campaign fliers and materials
  • Committed to advancing social and racial justice within the labor movement
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer skills and proficiency with basic programs
  • Car, insurance and driver’s license required
  • Willingness to travel
  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends and irregular hours

Starting salary ranges between $72,538 – $91,222, depending on experience. Generous benefits package.

To Apply
All interested applicants must apply by submitting résumé to: frontdesk@opeiu.org.

OPEIU is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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