SEIU Local 503

SEIU Local 503
In It Together

External Organizer

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:
With shared vision and purpose, we will drive organizational change and effectiveness through a focus on staff and team development, accountability, and equity and inclusion.

Organizers identify, recruit, and develop leaders to change the power dynamics at work. This position has responsibility for organizing through worker and community leadership development. Organizers build power by organizing non-union workers with a focus on one-on-one conversations, house visits and developing community support to win organizing campaigns.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Writing and implementing a campaign plan.
  • Developing and implementing creative organizing strategies.
  • Setting up communication systems for distribution of information.
  • Preparing printed materials for use in organizing and community campaigns.
  • Training workers to interface with the media.
  • External organizing training, leadership training and development, political action training, special workshops, and coordination of campaign work by other staff and leaders
  • Political action in the context of the organizing campaign.
  • Work with other staff to prepare unfair labor practice charges and presentation of case.
  • Issue organizing in context of external campaign development and motivation of organizing committees.
  • Research and analysis of employers and industries.
  • Managing small data bases, and training staff and leaders to maintain assessment system data base.


  • Experience or background which demonstrates capabilities in organizing, bargaining, contract administration, political action, leadership identification and development, and motivating people to take action.
  • 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.
  • Valid driver's license and current insurance coverage.

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 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 personal motor vehicle (insured)
  • Tools
  • Telephone
  • Copier
  • Camera and/or Video camera and system
  • Computer Software: (Word, Excel, PageMaker, FileMaker Pro, etc.)

Pay and Benefits:
Organizing 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 $63,720 – $94,716 annually.

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

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