Organizing Director : Oregon

SEIU Local 503

SEIU Local 503
In It Together

Organizing Director

Based in Portland, OR

About SEIU 503
SEIU Local 503 is seeking a full time Organizing Director to create a vision and strategy for organizing workers in Oregon. SEIU Local 503 is a dynamic and growing union, over the last 20 years we have tripled in size and are now the largest union in Oregon. Our union represents public employees including state, local and higher education workers and long term care workers including homecare, nursing home, and facility based workers. Our work to lift standards has impacted our members and Oregonians as a whole. We recently settled the best homecare and nursing home contracts in the country through a strategy that includes member organizing, policy and budget work, and organizing. We are looking for someone to join our leadership team and lead the work of lifting standards for workers by making sure they have access to a union.

The ideal candidate is someone who is highly motivated to make change for multiracial workers and members in Oregon that live in every corner of our state. Desired experience includes building multi-faceted campaigns that include member organizing, organizing not yet union workers, and using electoral and legislative politics to build campaigns. The ideal candidate will integrate into our leadership team that is working to become a anti-racist organization with a group of staff and member leaders. We need someone who will lead a dynamic team of organizers who have been building the campaign for years.

Buckets of Responsibility:

  1. Develop and implement SEIU Local 503s organizing vision, strategy, and program.
    • Build our organizing and base-building vision, strategy, and program to build power for workers throughout Oregon
    • Design an organizing program to build campaigns for not yet union workers
    • Build effective, efficient, and user-friendly systems for all aspects of the organizing programs.
    • Set and track organizing metrics that drive us towards our organizational vision.
    • Lead teams of organizers that are working with nursing home workers and doing external organizing
    • Establish a culture that advances the leadership of a multiracial, working-class, and rural workers
    • Design and implement internal and external trainings, events, and gatherings that support our base building work and power-building work.
    • Work closely with the leadership team and board of directors of the union to coordinate base building, campaigns, and communications strategies to win for workers
    • Convene and collaborate with organizational allies and partners across the state.
  2. Manage a multiracial, cross-class organizing team
    • Recruit, hire, train, and retain a strong, diverse organizing team
    • Ensure that each member of the organizing team has clear goals and knows what success looks like for their role.
    • Ensure that staff deliver great results using strong and equitable day-to-day management practices.
    • Serve as a coach and champion for your staff and support them to do their best work through frequent feedback.
    • Track progress towards goals; support and troubleshoot when a project is off-track.
    • Manage personnel challenges directly, kindly and firmly using the organization’s progressive discipline procedures.
    • Build a collaborative and inclusive team culture where all staff feel a sense of belonging.
  3. Be an organizational leader
    • As a member of the Directors Team, help set the strategic agenda for the organization.
    • Represent SEIU Local 503 with coalition partners, as a media spokesperson, and with other key stakeholders.
    • Demonstrates deep appreciation for and wrestles with the contemporary and historical challenges of working across race and class
    • Serve as an exemplar of our values and contribute positively to the culture of the organization.
    • Model Racial, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) competencies at the highest level and is able to bring equity and inclusion lens to all aspects of our work; actively contribute to a more equitable and inclusive organization.
    • Demonstrates a deep commitment to learning and continuous learning for self and others.

Required skills and experience:

  • Systems builder: Demonstrated ability to translate a vision into an effective program that gets results. Ability to create and document systems, practices, and standards from scratch and that can be used (and modified) for years to come.
  • Strong manager: Demonstrated experience leading multiracial teams to accomplish results, ability to cultivate organizer’s development through direct feedback and strong inclusive and equitable management practices. Able to work through conflict directly and in ways that build trust and relationships. Able to build an inclusive and equitable culture
  • Effective project management skills: Demonstrated ability to successfully execute complex projects, including setting goals and developing a realistic work plan. Move people to action and hold them accountable with and without formal authority. Highly organized and strong attention to detail. Proven ability to manage complex schedule and responsibilities with minimal support or oversight
  • Experienced organizer: Proven track record for moving people to take collective action through a power-building analysis; demonstrated ability to authentically build relationships, trust, and credibility with community members and across race and class; genuine curiosity about others.
  • Mission alignment: Committed to the vision of a powerful, inclusive, rural, multiracial, working-class movement-building as a path towards liberation for all people.

Pay and Benefits
Management positions provide comprehensive fully paid health, dental and vision benefits for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, generous holiday and leave policies, a severance package, a monthly car and cell phone allowance, and a 15% employer-paid defined contribution 401K. Compensation range is based on experience $77,940-103,860 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
To apply please submit your résumé and a cover letter to LeA Thornton at We will accept applications until January 31, 2022.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.

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