Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals
AFT Local 5017

Internal Organizer

Based in Portland, OR Metro Area


Oregon Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals (OFNHP) Local 5017 represents 5,500 nurses and healthcare professionals in Oregon and Washington, most of them employees of Kaiser Permanente, with a growing number from the PeaceHealth system. OFNHP is an affiliate of the Nurses and Health Professionals division of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

OFNHP Internal Organizers are a team who work together with member leaders to advance the strategic goals of a member-driven labor union. The Internal Organizers are responsible for supporting implementation of the overall strategic direction established by the Executive Board and elected president.


  • Work cooperatively and accountably with a team of internal organizers and member leaders to develop and execute a common program
  • Identify, recruit, train, develop and support stewards and worksite leaders
  • Engage members in union activities
  • Build worksite structures for communication, mobilization, and leadership development
  • Develop and execute plans for campaigns around workplace issues such as staffing and workload
  • Support stewards in using the grievance procedure and other tools to enforce union contracts and improve working conditions
  • Develop and execute contract campaigns and build participation in all forms of bargaining
  • Work effectively in a labor-management partnership environment
  • Organize residual work units and bargain accretion agreements
  • Encourage participation in political and community coalition-building activities
  • Prepare and manage work plans, calendars, files, reports, lists and other records as directed
  • Participate in community and external organizing from time-to-time


  • Ability to work with and develop member leaders to identify issues, strategize solutions, and build power to secure desired changes in the workplace
  • Commitment to social justice and the organizing model of unionism
  • Union or community organizing experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong planning and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated self-starter
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Willingness and ability to travel for work assignments
  • Valid driver's license and reliable car


  • Experience organizing in healthcare settings
  • Experience and knowledge of computer programs (including word processing, spreadsheet and database software)
  • Experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements in the private sector

Competitive salary with full benefits package including health insurance, retirement plan, car allowance, and paid vacation

Please submit cover letter and résumé to: Kglassley@ofnhp.org. Position will remain posted until filled.

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

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