SEIU Local 32BJ

Lead Field Representative
New York Metro Commercial Division

Based in New York City, NY


At the forefront of building the nation’s labor movement, 32BJ SEIU is changing the narrative around important social and economic issues facing working families. Founded in 1934, 32BJ is the largest union of property service workers in the nation. We have a powerful and important mission: To build and grow a diverse, effective, politically independent and democratic organization of workers to change our lives for the better, improve our communities, and build a more just society for present and future generations.

With a commitment to building power for low-wage workers, 32BJ is engaged in winning strong contracts for members, organizing workers, supporting progressive candidates for elected office, and moving a broad policy agenda, such as paid sick days, expanding access to health care and the Fight for $15.

The union has approximately 425 staff in sixteen offices from Boston to Miami. 32BJ SEIU represents over 175,000 property service workers including janitors, security officers, airport workers, and food service employees in 11 states and Washington, D.C. 32BJ is an affiliate of SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, which has 2 million members dedicated to raising industry standards and making life better for all working families and communities.

32BJ SEIU’s headquarters are in New York City.

The NY Metro District of 32BJ represents 81,000 working people throughout the city and Long Island. We unite office cleaners, apartment building workers, security officers, window cleaners, theater and stadium cleaners and public school workers to advocate on their own behalf, and to raise standards for thousands of unorganized workers.

The New York Metro Commercial Lead Field Representative is a non-management position that plays a critical role in the pursuit of the union’s goals through modeling best practices and supporting the development of Field Representatives. The Lead Field Representative is also responsible for members on their own assigned turf including member leadership identification and development, contract enforcement and employer relations, and bargaining.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Managing a portfolio of turf, including:
    • Identification, recruitment and development of shop stewards and member leaders
    • Expanding the activist base of the Union by connecting members to a variety of district and union wide activities
    • Developing and executing worksite or company-wide contract, fightback and organizing campaigns, including charting, tracking and planning for strike prep
    • Coordinate/lead employer relations, including management of labor management committees, bargaining committees and coordinating negotiations with a team
  • Mentor, coach and support one or more Field Representatives:
    • Onboard, orient and train new staff and brigades on division goals, their assignments, work standards, and job expectations
    • Plan effective and regular check-ins with staff to review weekly work plans and discuss staff’s progress on their development plan
    • Responsible for tracking the team’s performance in relation to goals and timeline set for a campaign
    • Provide consistent support and feedback to assigned staff, as well as other team members
  • Provide division and union leadership:
    • Develop and facilitate a broad range of skill training for staff and members union-wide, in coordination with other senior staff and division leaders
    • Assists in the development, implementation and oversight of member brigade and volunteer programs
    • Participates in division wide strategy and planning and helps plan staff meetings
    • Fosters a culture of respect and collaboration


  • A minimum of 3 years of experience demonstrating progressively increasing mastery in field representation and/or organizing workers, at a union or progressive membership-based organization
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, exercise good judgment and work in a collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead, as well as motivate and inspire, field staff and members in a complex, fast-paced, campaign-oriented work environment
  • Experience managing multi-faceted programs and multiple concurrent projects, prioritize and coordinate tasks accordingly while meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice
  • Knowledge of labor unions and how they operate, particularly union structures and systems, as well as industry knowledge in the commercial real estate space
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office and the ability to learn, utilize and support others in using internal organizing software and applications
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills, strong public speaking, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Bilingual ability in Spanish, Albanian and/or Polish preferred


  • This position is a full time position that regularly requires working outside normal business hours, including nights, weekends and holidays as requires.
  • This position is based in the New York City office.
  • This position requires travel to worksites and events.


  • Ability to ascend and descend stairs, walk through large work sites, and participate in marches and demonstrations that can be at least three to four hours in duration.
  • Some overnight travel to other East Coast locations may be required.

The salary for this role is $90,457. 32BJ offers a generous benefits package that includes a fully employer-paid medical, dental and vision plan (for full-time employees and their qualified dependents) and retirement benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan and 401K.

Please send a résumé and letter of interest to HR@seiu32bj.org. Please use “NY Commercial Lead Field Representative” in the subject line of your email. When applying be sure to indicate where you saw this job posting.

Please note 32BJ has implemented a vaccine mandate. Bona fide religious and ADA exemptions are permitted with additional safety measures.

32BJ is an inclusive and diverse organization, committed to advocating for social, racial and economic justice. We promote diversity and strongly encourage applications from people who believe in our mission. We strongly encourage women and people of color to apply.

For more information on 32BJ SEIU, visit www.seiu32bj.org.

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