Ohio Nurses Association
Ohio Nurses Association

Director of Organizing

Based in Columbus, OH


Salary and Benefits:
Salary to be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Fringe benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, paid holidays and retirement plans, including 401(k). This position is a non-bargaining unit management position and is currently available. This position is located in ONA Headquarters.

We have a unique, exciting and immediate opportunity for an individual with considerable experience in directing successful organizing campaigns and building an effective and sustainable statewide organizing program to become the Director of Organizing. This individual will direct organizers and other staff in achieving our organizing goals of building strong member-driven local units and growing the Ohio Nurses Association. We offer a stimulating environment in a powerful union that encourages and develops active rank-and-file leadership.


  • Works in collaboration with the Deputy Executive Officer to plan and execute an overall organizing strategy for the Association.
  • Management of the organizing department;
  • Assist with the hiring, training and supervision of the organizing staff and the staff assigned to organizing projects;
  • Assist with the direction of the union's organizing program from targeting non-unionized healthcare facilities, to working with leadership to develop highly functional, solution driven local units.
  • Direct recruitment and training of organizing committees, and performing all of the duties of an organizer or lead organizer as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher degree.
  •  Significant experience in the labor movement, including a minimum of five years union organizing experience with increasing responsibility.
  • Working experience managing organizing campaigns and supervising staff.
  •  Successful conflict management experience and a track record for achieving results.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing large bottom-up union organizing campaigns against major anti-union consultants;
  • Experience in training and managing organizers;
  • Experience in managing strikes;
  • Experience in negotiating collective bargaining agreements;
  • Experience in working as an organizer and lead organizer on bottom-up organizing campaigns, and building rank-and-file organizing committees;
  • Commitment to social justice;
  • Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to establish close relationships with people from different cultural and economic backgrounds;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, work efficiently and be well organized;
  • Values and commends attention to detail;
  • Personal commitment to exceptional work ethic;
  • Commitment to travel both in state and nationally as required by the position ;
  • Valid, unencumbered driver's license;
  • Preferred – experience specific to healthcare organizing.

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly uses a telephone and e-mail system for communication.
  • The person in this position frequently communicates with coworkers and Association contacts who have inquiries. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • The person in this position must be able to drive a car.
  • The person in this position frequently operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • This person frequently travels out of the office and drives to locations in close proximity or several hours away and must be able to transport a variety of boxes, bags and materials.
  • Light work – Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Authority and Relationships:
Works under minimal supervision. Reports to the Deputy Executive Officer-Labor Relations. Develops and manages annual operating budget. Authorize expenditures in the unit. Supervise the daily operation of the staff of the Organizing department and others as assigned.

How to Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and résumé to: jobs@ohnurses.org or alemery@ohnurses.org.

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