SEIU Local 503

SEIU Local 503
In It Together

Organizing Director

Based in Portland, OR


About SEIU 503
SEIU 503 is Oregon’s largest labor union, representing 72,000 care providers and public services workers. We envision a just and vibrant society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and where all people can provide for themselves and their families. We are a local affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, an organization of 2-million members in the U.S.

Purpose of the Position
Develop and implement external and internal organizing program of the Union relating to long term care facilities.


  • Supervise the daily work of Field Coordinators and internal and external organizers; coordinate the orderly operation of all statewide field organizing projects for long term care facilities, internal and external campaigns. Participate in administrative and strategic planning for the Union and coordinate planning activities with Field Coordinators and staff organizers. Implement policy decisions of the Union as they impact the Union’s internal and external field program.
  • Supervise Field Coordinators and internal and external organizing staff, including implementation of the Union’s field program, accountability structures and personnel issues.
  • Analyze, select, and supervise external organizing campaigns for the Union. Run comprehensive organizing campaign that include leader development, field, research, politics, and coalitions.
  • Building workers to lead internal and external campaigns.
  • Supervise and oversee all internal organizing projects for nursing homes and long term care facilities, including collective bargaining, politics, contract enforcement, leader recruitment, membership and PAC drives, training and development, leadership structures and worker-empowerment.
  • Coordinate all statewide projects for contract campaigns, politics, and worker empowerment for nursing homes and long term care facilities.
  • Train and mentor organizers in all aspects of Union organizing work.
  • Coordinate meetings of Field Coordinators and organizers (team and one-on-one) that include planning, reporting, evaluating and implementing accountability structures that relate to the Union’s overall strategic plan.
  • Coordinate coalition building and participate in coalition activities, including labor councils and other community organizations consistent with the overall mission of our Union and campaigns
  • Coordinate political activities, in conjunction with our Political Department, that are essential to our organizing program.
  • Participate in union-wide membership drives, political campaigns and other field activities as assigned which may include worksite visits, phone banking, house visits, door-to-door canvassing and literature drops.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience and demonstrated competence in organizing workers.
  • Experience working with workers in order to develop them to lead campaigns
  • Experience waging comprehensive campaigns utilizing worker, political, regulatory, and community components.
  • Experience with a NLRB organizing campaign or leading members in an organizing campaign.
  • Experience with long term care
  • Experience initiating and coordinating new campaigns.
  • Ability to hold staff, leaders and self accountable to established performance standards/assessments regarding organizing.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively with other departments within the union.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to build an organizing culture within the Union.
  • Experience with public sector and long term care organizing preferred.

Pay and Benefits
Management positions provide comprehensive fully paid health, dental and vision benefits for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, generous holiday and leave policies, a severance package, a monthly car and cell phone allowance, and a 15% employer-paid defined contribution 401K. Compensation range is based on experience $74,316-$98,988 annually.

We are committed to hiring staff who reflect our membership and model the unity and equity that we seek to create in Oregon communities. Women, LGBTQ, people of color, and immigrants strongly encouraged to apply

To Apply
To apply, please submit your résumé and a cover letter to LeA Thornton at thorntonl@seiu503.org. We will accept applications until October 31, 2021.

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