International Longshore and Warehouse Union

Project Organizer
Alaska Region

Based in Alaska


The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has a new position opening up in our Alaska region for Project Organizer. The ILWU has a long and proud tradition of building and supporting bottom – up worker power and workplace democracy. The ILWU values a work life balance for staff that are committed to the organization over the long haul. Long and irregular work schedules are supported by engaged leadership, a generous benefit and pay package in addition to comp time.

An ILWU Project Organizer is responsible for the implementation of the Union's program for organizing new members. The Project Organizer is also responsible for assisting affiliates with internal organizing. The Project Organizer may be assigned to other areas on the West Coast as the need arises. While this is a temporary position – the region intends to transition the successful applicant to a permanent position.

The Project Organizer reports to and works under the direction of the Director and Assistant Director of Organizing. On a frequent and routine basis, the Project Organizer will draft campaign plans, budget requests and reports to the Director of Organizing as to their activities, organizing needs of their assigned area, and other related matters.

Principal Duties Include:

  • Provides leadership and strategy for all organizing campaigns in their assigned area, including direct worker organization, community outreach and public relations campaigns;
  • Coordinates and implements organizing programs and campaigns with bargaining, contract enforcement and other programs of the National Organizing Committee (NOC);
  • Develops and works with organizing committees and member organizers, as well as local leadership;
  • Works with a strategic researcher dedicated to supporting organizing, including identifying research needs and evaluating research results;
  • Works with a communications specialist to support the work of the Department;
  • Represents the union before the National Labor Relations Board, community, labor and political coalitions, and other public areas.

The Organizer requires a high level of judgment, leadership and commitment to the goals of the Union and its leaders. They must be able to work independently in a complex political situation while being timely, accountable and outgoing. The Project Organizer should have a history of being a part of or leading political, community or union organizing campaigns.

Ideal, but not required skills:

  • Have led or been a part of a union organizing campaign in the private and public sector;
  • Familiar with logistic, hospitality and public sector worker units;
  • Familiar with regional community activism including social, racial, tribes, and economic justice;
  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Comfortable with Googledocs, spreadsheets, PowerPoints and social media such as, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, etc. As well as using communication platforms such as Signal, WhatsApp, Zoom, etc.

Pay and benefits are generous and depend on experience ranging from the low $60k through the low $90k as defined by the collective bargaining agreement with the Pacific Media Workers Guild, CWA Local 39521for a Project Organizer. Fully paid healthcare, 401k, and pension after vestment are included. There is also a car and cellphone allowance. The Project Organizer must have a working – insured car and Alaska Driver’s License upon the date of their offer letter. There will be no relocation allowances.

We are accepting applicants through December 16th, 2022.

How to Apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, three professional references and a résumé for consideration to, Organizing.Jobs@ilwu.org

The ILWU is committed to Equal Opportunity, and to considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences related to organizing to apply.

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