Political Organizer for Northern California (Bargaining Unit Position) : California
Political Organizer for Northern California
(Bargaining Unit Position)
Political Organizer II
SEIU Local 2015 Job Description
Political Organizing position intended for candidates with 2-4 years’ experience. Works independently at the grassroots level to build member political leadership and skill. This position implies a high level of independence—working to accomplish goals with minimal supervision.
- 2-4 years’ experience leading political campaigns and/or related experience.
- Ability to accomplish goals independently with little supervision
- Ability to develop other staff member’s skills
- Ability to carry a political message, train others on carrying that message on behalf of the union
- Ability to demonstrate the Organization’s 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
- The ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Basic computer literacy on Windows-based computer programs in order to perform necessary campaign data management and administrative work
- Willingness and ability to work long, irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
- Strong personal planning and time management skills
- The ability to work with people from other cultures and backgrounds
- Having a valid drivers’ license, use of a car for work, and automobile insurance are mandatory conditions of employment in this role.
- Willingness and ability to travel throughout state of California
Qualifications include the ability to independently:
- Connect members around vision and political goals of the union
- Identify, train, develop and mentor new member political leaders and activists
- Execute campaign plans with clear goals, strategies and bench marks and report back on progress toward goals
- Develop and maintain a high level of team work, spirit, collaboration and mutual accountability within the department and with other departments
- Balance conflicting demands successfully
- Deliver on quantitative and qualitative goals outlined for that month, quarter, and year
- Plan, recruit for, and execute endorsement processes for candidates
- Lead the development of Political teams in assigned turf
- Monitor and track relationships with Community Partners including elected officials, the staff of elected officials, other local unions, non-profits, and religious leaders
- Represent the organization in coalitions
- Coordinate political field activities, lobby visits, phone banking and events for our policy, legislative and electoral participation campaigns at the city, state and federal level
- Develop strategic plans to support contract and organizing campaigns, including rallies, press events and targeted employer activity with political influence
- Developing and implementing plans to build the union’s capacity through COPE fundraising;
- Coordinating the union’s work with local labor and community allies, prepping delegates, advising on votes, etc.
- Fluency in a second language is also highly desirable.
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.
- COPE Fundraising. Lead in developing COPE strategy and plans and in implementing that strategy and plan.
- Membership Sign-Up. In addition to COPE sign ups, political organizers are responsible for meeting membership sign-up goals.
- Build, Staff, and Plan Political Teams in assigned turf without direct supervision.
- Assess, identify, recruit, and develop member leaders as they become political activists and leaders via house visits, worksite visits, organizing meetings, political team meetings, phone calls and literature.
- Prepare meeting agendas and other communication tools such as emails, fliers, etc. as needed.
- Develop and execute electoral campaign plans for assigned campaigns.
- Engage in strategic thinking to assess issues, evaluate a campaign and its components, achieve goals and provide reports and analysis to local leadership.
- Staff, plan, and organize the local’s endorsement process and the SEIU One Voice Process.
- Build, Plan, and Track community and electoral relationships without direct supervision.
- Assist leadership and members in building coalitions with community allies and partners that seeks to align our organizational missions and coordinates joint efforts/projects.
- Plan work as assigned; make and execute daily, weekly, and monthly work plans based on assigned goals and objectives.
- Assist in developing member leaders through conducting basic trainings providing appropriate tools to lead.
- Complete all required reporting of data, member outreach, etc.
- Lobby visits—schedule, plan, train member participants, etc.
- Develop plans to mobilize and lead member-volunteers in key union activities including organizing campaigns, labor-to-labor political campaigns, grassroots lobbying, issue campaigns, ballot initiative campaigns, media activity, fundraising, and legislative/issue advocacy in support of the union’s collective bargaining and legislative goals.
- Work independently exercising judgment within the scope of responsibility.
- Other duties as assigned.
The Political Organizer is expected to embrace, promote and demonstrate the organizations’ core values – Excellence, Diversity, Accountability, Transparency, Empowerment–, which include but are not limited to:
- High ethical standards
- Train, develop, nurture and mentor members
- Encourage team work and participation by staff and members
- Ensure outstanding representation of the organization to internal and external allies and constituents.
Work is generally performed in the field with members and outside constituents. Long and irregular hours required. Travel required.
Scope and Nature of Supervision:
The Political Organizer reports directly to the Deputy Political Director or the Political Director.
To Apply For This Position:
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
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