SEIU Local 509

SEIU Local 509

External Organizer

Based in Marlborough, MA


SEIU Local 509 is a fast growing, progressive union representing nearly 20,000 state workers, human service providers, higher education faculty, graduate student workers, and family childcare providers in Massachusetts. We are growing our organizing team to continue to support workers as they build their unions.

General Statement of Duties:

  • Organizes private and public sector workers.
  • Makes initial contact with workers.
  • Develops worker leads.
  • Develops organizing committees.
  • Develops and coordinates campaign.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

Supervision Received:
Works under the supervision of the organizing director (or their designee) who reviews work for effectiveness, timeliness, scope, and accuracy in accordance with the needs of the campaign.

Examples of Duties:

  • Develop organizing leads.
  • Assesses worker interest in organizing a union.
  • Maintains consistent contact with unorganized workers.
  • Plans organizing committee meetings.
  • Maintains files and organizing lists.
  • Builds support for organizing among SEIU 509 members.
  • Attends staff meetings and other related meetings and training.
  • Performs work in a timely fashion.
  • Keeps accurate records and files of campaigns.
  • Assists other locals as requested in organizing efforts.


  • Commitment to the labor movement and progressive social change.
  • Ability to move workers through house-calls and one-on-one conversations to organize a union.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, (listening, speaking, and writing).
  • An insured, registered vehicle and a valid drivers’ license are required.

Knowledge & Skills Desired:

  • Experience organizing in the higher education sector.
  • Knowledge of strategic campaign planning in the labor movement or other social movements.
  • Ability to speak Mandarin fluently- a plus, not a requirement.

Salary & Benefits:
This is a union bargaining unit position. SEIU Local 509 offers competitive salaries (commensurate with experience) and a generous benefits package. Salary range is $67,314.00 to $83,619.64.

SEIU Local 509 is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity — women, people of color and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process
Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter to: jobapplication@seiu509.org

The deadline for application is October 29, 2021. No phone calls please.

*The COVID vaccine is required for all SEIU 509 employees.

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