Job Posting: Organizer II (Oakland)

SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) is California’s leading long term care organization dedicated to providing and protecting quality care for some of our most vulnerable residents. SEIU ULTCW represents 180,000 in-home care providers and nursing home workers throughout California, making it the largest union of long term caregivers in California and the second largest SEIU Local in the nation. Geographically, we live and work in fourteen different counties and we speak over nine languages.

Position Purpose:

Organizers help workers form, build, and grow our union; assist workers to negotiate and enforce their union contracts; mobilize workers around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers; develop rank-and-file leadership among workers; and carry out all other programs of the union in the field. SEIU ULTCW organizers may be assigned to work as “internal” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are already in unions; or as “external” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are in the process of building a union for the first time.

Organizer Job Family:

Organizers help workers form, build, and grow our union; assist workers to negotiate and enforce their union contracts; mobilize workers around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers; develop rank-and-file leadership among workers; and carry out all other programs of the union in the field. SEIU ULTCW organizers may be assigned to work as “internal” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are already in unions; or as “external” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are in the process of building a union for the first time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed. Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by employees in the classification.

The Organizer II performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the overall union program or a specific campaign. Examples of those duties and responsibilities are listed below:
1. Train and assist staff in identifying, recruiting, developing, and partnering with leaders to successfully implement the mission, goals and work of the union
2. Coordinate teams of staff and members in developing and implementing industry vision, programs, and campaigns
3. Challenge staff and assist to embrace change in all aspects of their work
4. Help develop and direct campaigns to resolve workplace issues.
5. Assist staff/lead contract negotiations, campaigns and strikes
6. Guide integration of politics, community relationships and organizing support into the daily work of staff
7. Participate in and/or lead new organizing and political campaigns as needed
8. Train, develop and hold teams accountable to goals and outcomes
9. Develop staff and member leaders
10. Cover for vacation and trouble shoot on particularly difficult staff assignments
11. Contribute to organizational vision and manage the local’s strategic plans and campaigns
12. Plan and run comprehensive organizing and contract campaigns, as assigned
13. Perform other duties as required to support the department and mission of the organization.

Qualifications:

• Demonstrated experiences, abilities and skills required of an Organizer I and/or equivalent of 4 years of Organizer I experience
• Ability to lead staff in a way that motivates and inspire members to develop into leaders and participate in key union programs (i.e. politics, organizing, bargaining, etc.)
• Ability to demonstrate ULTCW’s 5 Core Values in his/her day-to-day work
• Ability to frame issues and articulate organizational values and priorities
• Ability to lead and work effectively as part of a team
• Sound organizational skills to assist staff in managing and prioritizing work subject to deadlines in a dynamic and changing environment, as an individual and as a member of a team
• Ability to receive direction from and interact with his or her immediate supervisor when it becomes necessary
• Ability to develop and carry out plans with sound independent judgment and minimum supervision
• Ability to take initiative and be creative in developing staff for new roles and responsibilities within the union and provide the support needed to be successful.
• Sound interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to providing a quality staff and member experience including the ability to establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Working knowledge and understanding of collective bargaining issues and human resource management principles.
• Demonstrated ability to formulate and deliver on short-term and long-term staff and member development and capacity building goals.
• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office/Word, Power Point, Excel, databases and Internet.
• Bilingual in Cantonese or Mandarin required.
• 4+ years of experience in union or community organizing and representation leading a team of at least two or more staff.
• Proven ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures
• Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use.

Scope and Nature of Supervision:

Organizer II may report to a Senior Organizer (Internal and External), Coordinator (External), Deputy Director, Organizing (external) director, Member Strength (internal) director or local union officer, or other assigned supervisor. Supervision and direction can change on a campaign-by-campaign or project-by-project basis. Organizers are frequently expected to operate without day-to-day supervision, to develop their own work plans and goals, and to act with a great degree of discretion and independent judgment. Accordingly, they must be strong self-starters and have a commitment to fulfill the objectives of the organization.

Physical Requirements:

Long and extended hours and travel is required. Work is generally performed out in the field with members and external constituents.

Location:

Oakland, CA

To Apply For This Position:

Mail, e-mail or fax a detailed resume, cover letter, a one-page writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to:

E-mail:
jobs@seiu-ultcw.org
In subject of email: Position Title of Position you are Applying for

Fax:
Attn: Human Resources
(213) 368-0699

Mail:
SEIU ULTCW
c/o Human Resources
2910 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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