SEIU Local 503

SEIU Local 503
In It Together

Union Strategist

Based in Portland, OR


SEIU 503 is an organization of more than 72,000 Oregonians who, by joining together, are achieving what we cannot accomplish alone. By standing together, we have a voice in our contracts and our daily work lives. SEIU 503 members do more than 500 different jobs on the state, local government, and non-profit level. The services we provide include helping blind people get access to education, assisting nursing home patients, testing new drivers, collecting tax revenue, providing childcare, helping veterans, assisting at-risk youth, staffing our state universities, repairing bridges, maintaining Oregon’s parks, and caring for seniors and people with disabilities.

The work we do touches the lives of every single Oregonian. We are proud to stand together for the quality services we provide for our communities and families.

Be part of SEIU Local 503, a strong and growing union that is on the front lines to fight for quality public services and a more just society for all workers.

General Description:
The purpose of this position is to design and lead strategic internal organizing and field campaigns, with a focus on worker organizing and leadership.

Assisting in development and execution of the union’s internal organizing program; developing and executing strategic campaign plans, including collaborating with other union departments and directors for internal campaigns; training, mentoring, and developing member leaders and staff in organizing skills and campaign work.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Development and execution of strategic campaigns
  • Identifying, recruiting and leading member leaders and staff in the development and execution of strategic organizing campaigns
  • Leading field campaigns in support of collective bargaining agreement negotiations
  • Collaborating closely with other departments and teams on political, and communications goals in service of issue organizing and collective bargaining campaigns
  • Preparation for and project management of communication and political projects in connection to organizing campaigns and other program goals
  • Communicating directly with private employers on behalf of member leadership
  • Leading organizer training and member leadership training and development


  • Experience with the development and execution of strategic campaigns.
  • Prior experience leading organizers or a team.
  • Experience training staff and members.
  • Experience with internal organizing, especially collective bargaining, and specifically 1-1 conversations, house visits, organizing committee meetings, and leading direct actions.
  • A demonstrated commitment to empowering workers through the labor movement.
  • Experience working for social justice as an organizer or activist.
  • Ability and stamina to work irregular and long hours and to attend weekend and evening activities.
  • Excellent communications skills required.

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 fieldwork involving travel to all areas of the state - sometimes with overnight stays - in a variety of environmental conditions. 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.)
  • Union Organizers Must Provide a Car for Use on the Job.

Pay and Benefits:
Strategist 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 $70,116- $104,184 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, and immigrants strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Send cover letter and résumé to Arturo Rodriguez Flores, Recruitment Strategist, rodriguezfloresa@seiu503.org.

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