SEIU Local 503

SEIU Local 503
In It Together

Field Coordinator
External Organizing

Based in Portland, OR


General Description:
The External Organizing Field Coordinator supervises and leads the External Organizing team in identifying, recruiting, and developing worker leaders to win organizing campaigns, form unions, and build power at work.

The day-to-day work of the Field Coordinator is to train, mentor, and lead an organizing team in developing leads, building worksite organizing committees, and winning union elections.

SEIU Local 503 is Oregon’s largest union, representing workers in state and local government and long-term care. The primary focus of SEIU Local 503’s external organizing program is in long-term care, helping non-union workers form unions and win improvements in nursing homes, care facilities, and in-home care work.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Supervise external organizing staff, including implementation of the Union’s field program, accountability structures and personnel issues.
  • Supervise and oversee external organizing projects, including startup and coordination of new external organizing campaigns, coordinating any external organizing with collective bargaining by the Union, politics, leader recruitment, training and development, leadership structures and worker-empowerment on a state or regional level. Supervise and work in coordination with the Union’s Internal and other Departments.
  • Coordinate all statewide projects for organizing campaigns, related political work, and worker empowerment.
  • Train and mentor organizers in all aspects of Union organizing work.
  • Train staff organizers, member organizers, and Volunteer Organizers (VOCs).
  • Coordinate meetings of organizers (team and one-on-one) that include planning, reporting, evaluating and implementing accountability structures that relate to the Union’s overall strategic plan.
  • Staff or coordinate the staffing of Union committees.
  • Coordinate coalition building and participate in coalition or partner activities, including labor councils and other community organizations consistent with the overall mission of our Union.
  • Handle all regular duties external organizers for a proportionately smaller number of workers.
  • Participate in union-wide membership drives, political campaigns and other field activities as assigned which may include worksite visits, phone banking, house visits, door-to-door canvassing, and literature drops.


  • Extensive experience and demonstrated competence in organizing workers.
  • Experience waging comprehensive campaigns utilizing worker, political, regulatory, and community components.
  • Experience supervising staff, target jurisdictions, initiating and coordinating new campaigns.
  • Ability to hold staff, leaders and self-accountable to established performance standards/assessments regarding organizing.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively with other departments within the union.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to build an organizing culture within the Union.
  • Experience with public sector and long-term care organizing preferred.

Working Environment:

☐ Group 1 - Requires performing instant or sustained arduous physical activity.
☒ Group 2 - Requires occasional lifting and exertion for short periods.
☐ Group 3 - Very Limited Physical Exertion

Office and field work involving travel to areas throughout the state and in a variety of environmental situations. The workweek is Monday through Friday plus weekend work when specifically assigned. The workday may begin before and extend beyond normal office hours depending on the demands of the assignment.

Technology and Equipment:

  • Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Tools
  • Telephone
  • Copier
  • Camera and/or Video camera and system
  • Computer Software: (Word, Excel, PageMaker, FileMaker Pro, etc.)

Pay and Benefits:
Field Coordinator positions provide comprehensive fully paid health, dental and vision benefits for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, generous holiday and vacation policies, a monthly car and cell phone allowance, and a 15% employer-paid defined contribution 401K. Compensation range is based on experience $78,840 - $105,012 annually.

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

To Apply:
Send cover letter and résumé to Sean Staub, Organizing Director, at: staubs@seiu503.org.

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