Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Nurses Association


Political Organizer

Based in Tualatin, OR


Job Title: Political Organizer
Department: Government Relations
Supervisor’s Title: Director of Government Relations
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: Oregon (ONA’s office is in Tualatin, Oregon. We represent and organize workers across the state.)

Hours and travel: Organizers work with healthcare workers who work across the state in 24/7 facilities. By the nature of this work, there are times where travel, working nights, and overnight stays are required.

Coordinates membership activities that support the public policy and government relations objectives as set forth by the Cabinet on Health Policy, Oregon Nurse PAC, Nurses United PAC, the ONA Board of Directors and the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations. Represents ONA members in various political coalitions, before the State Legislature, and other public bodies. Assists ONA’s organizing activities with a health policy emphasis.

The new Organizer will join our Government Relations Director and two Organizers. Our supportive and collaborative team is inclusive and representative of and committed to racial and LGBTQ+ equity. Our team meets regularly, and each organizer meets with our Director to strategize and strengthen our work. We assist with one another’s campaigns.

ONA is a vision, mission, and values-based union and professional association for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, and allied health workers. We use our power to advocate for nursing, quality health care, and healthy communities.

We are deeply committed to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in hiring practices. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGTBQ+, Immigrant people, and people of all genders are encouraged to apply.

We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Our employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status.


  • Identifies, recruits and trains members and supportive non-members for effective grassroots action in legislative, candidate, and issue campaigns.
  • Plans and executes strategic action for base building and mobilization around policy priorities, elected officials, and candidates to increase the political capacity of ONA at the community, state and federal levels.
  • Works in collaboration with Director and Political Communications Liaison to develop messaging and communication materials for weekly emails, action alerts, ONA website, paid and earned media campaigns, BU Newsletters, the Oregon Nurse, presentations and program materials while participating in the planning and implementation of the ONA communication objectives.
  • Works with Director of Public Policy and Government Relations to prepare legislative campaigns and testimony to support ONA priorities.
  • Communicates action plan to staff in other departments, students and nursing schools, and coalition partners to integrate ONA’s advocacy goals.
  • Coordinates action plans and meeting agendas for the Cabinet on Health Policy, ON-PAC and NU-PAC with the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations.
  • Develops and maintains a system to track advocacy and outreach efforts statewide including building and managing an activist list and the voter file.
  • Represents the ONA at various coalitions and community events as directed.
  • Communicate appropriately to target audience, whether staff, members, legislators, or others.
  • Respond to member requests and communications in a timely manner.
  • Attends meetings of the Cabinet on Health Policy, ON-PAC, and NU-PAC.
  • Perform other duties and assignments as directed by the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations.
  • Must be able to travel, set up for, and staff events, and attend meetings and participate in campaign activities outside of the office.
  • Serves as a resource to other program area staff.
  • Attendance at ONA convention and representation of ONA at meetings of outside professional and regulatory groups.
  • Attendance at all staff meetings.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • Quality of Work: Must have the ability to be consistently accurate and to be efficient in the performance of the employee’s duties.
  • Knowledge of the Job: Must have and maintain an advanced knowledge of MS Office software.
  • Dependability: Must be able to prioritize work, set, and meet realistic deadlines. Must be able to meet member needs in a timely fashion. Must notify appropriate staff of problems or delays in completing work responsibilities. Must be able to follow through and work on projects with minimal supervision. Must keep supervisor apprised of availability and work schedule, and follow ONA policies for reporting illness, emergencies, timecard, and Beck record submission.
  • Initiative: Must have the ability to act in the absence of instructions.
  • Teamwork: Must demonstrate the ability to work harmoniously with others towards common goals and objectives as a member of the team; willing to both share credit and accept criticism when appropriate.
  • Decision Making/Judgment: Must exercise judgment in ways that support the mission and goals of ONA and make decisions in a timely manner based on both principles and practical considerations. Must clearly communicate decisions to those who need to be informed and demonstrates ability to change work priority in response to emerging needs.
  • Professionalism: Must demonstrate appropriate business appearance, speech, and presentation in compliance with the Association and program policies and procedures.
  • Training/Education: Must show a willingness to utilize education opportunities to improve job performance.
  • Problem Solving: Must recognize flaws or limitations in work processes and make suggestions for improvement. Demonstrates willingness for flexibility to conflicting demands for time or resources and realistically evaluates outcomes and accepts responsibility for work product and overall assignment.
  • Communication: Must convey information in a concise, accurate, and timely way, and be willing to adjust mode of communication so that it is appropriate for target audience. Must keep supervisor and team members informed of emerging issues and provides information relevant to ongoing projects of team members.
  • Goals: Must be willing to evaluate previously agreed upon goals and establish personal achievements or program/department need o work towards meeting them in the upcoming evaluation period.


  • Experience organizing volunteers to participate in public policy advocacy and political campaigns.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in interacting with elected officials, staff of elected officials and other government relations professionals.
  • A baccalaureate degree in related field or 4 years applicable experience
  • Three or more years of experience of relevant political experience preferred.
  • Research and reporting skills.

This is a full time, exempt position. The salary is based on applicable years of experience applied to the wage scale outlined in the union staff ’s collective bargaining agreement.

ONA offers a starting annual salary range of $75,669.52 – $98,990 based on experience.

There is an exceptional benefits package including employer paid medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, life insurance, 401(k) employer match of up to 11% to IBT managed fund. Plus, annually: 5 weeks’ vacation, 8 personal days, 2 weeks sick time.

In accordance with the ADA, employee must perform the essential duties and responsibilities efficiently and accurately, with or without reasonable accommodation. 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 for this position, please upload your application that includes a résumé and cover letter here:

We will begin screening applications on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 5:00 pm, and we will start scheduling interviews soon after that. (The position will remain open until filled.)

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