South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council

South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council

Political Organizer

Based in San Jose, CA


The South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council represents 100 unions and more than 100,000 union members in Santa Clara and San Benito counties. For over 50 years, the Labor Council has championed the cause of working families in the South Bay. The Labor Council’s primary goal is to advance candidates, causes, and policies that benefit working families. We achieve this objective with a combination of activities, including community organizing, leadership training, campaigning, and issues advocacy. The Labor Council is proud to run the largest, most sophisticated, grassroots political campaign operation in Silicon Valley.

The South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council is seeking an experienced Political Organizer. The ideal candidate for this position will have substantial experience in labor, community, and electoral organizing, as well as excellent communication and analytical skills. We are seeking to hire for this position immediately, and the candidate will be expected to quickly begin advancing the Labor Council’s field and communication strategies for several important campaigns. This position involves substantial leadership development and coalition building responsibilities. The ideal candidate will be able to apply their strong communications and organizing skills towards crafting and executing the Labor Council’s electoral and policy priorities.


  • A commitment to the labor movement and to advancing social, racial, and economic justice.
  • At least three (3) to five (5) years of experience leading political and organizing campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize multiple campaigns and projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment requiring rapid adjustment to changing priorities, strategies, and deadlines.
  • Ability to frame issues and articulate organizational values and priorities.
  • Experience working with rank-and-file union members and labor leaders.
  • An ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment, including flexibility on nights and weekends.
  • Bilingual – English & Spanish preferred.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media platforms and teleconferencing platforms. Experience with PDI preferred.


  • Connect affiliates around the vision and political goals of the South Bay Labor Council.
  • Coordinate political field activities and events for policy, legislative and electoral campaigns at the city, state, and federal level.
  • Organize political and press actions, trainings, rallies, and curriculum for rank-and-file union members.
  • Plan, recruit for, and execute the candidate recruitment and endorsement processes.
  • Develop relationships with community partners including elected officials, the staff of elected officials, businesses, non-profits, and religious leaders.
  • Prepare meeting agendas, minutes, and other communication tools as needed.
  • Lead organizer for SBLC COPE fundraising and political activities.
  • Plan work as assigned; make and execute daily, weekly, and monthly work plans based on assigned goals and objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position is based in San Jose, California. The annual salary range for this position is $75,000 – $95,000 depending on experience in addition to a generous benefits package. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and three professional references to: info@southbaylabor.org,with “Political Organizer” in the subject line.

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