Organizer (Internal Organizer)
Based in Central and Western PA
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SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania unites 45,000 nurses and healthcare workers across the continuum of care. We are the nurses, professional and technical employees, direct care and service workers who work in Pennsylvania’s hospitals, nursing homes, home and community based care services, and state health facilities. Together, we work to unite all nurses and healthcare workers, organize at work and in the community, drive public policy and legislation, and build a broad, strong movement for good jobs, quality care, and healthy communities across Pennsylvania.
Position: Organizer (Internal Organizer), Hospital Sector, based in central and western Pennsylvania
Role: The Organizer is a key leadership role in our union. The role of the Organizer is member engagement, including leadership identification, recruiting, organizing, and mobilizing workers to participate in the movement to improve the lives of working people, our patients/consumers, and our communities and build a more just and humane society. Organizing is capacity building – developing member leaders, organizing members into new and existing workplace leadership structures, networks, activities, small groups, affinity groups, geographic groups, etc. Mobilizing is recruiting members to participate in campaigns inside and outside of the workplace.
Duties and Responsibilities:
An Organizer performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the union program or a specific campaign. Examples of those duties and responsibilities, not intended to be exhaustive nor all inclusive, are listed below:
Organizing Workers/Building Capacity/Identifying and Developing Leaders
1) Identify, recruit, and educate/train member leaders to lead coworkers and help lead the union’s programs and campaigns (e.g., collective bargaining, workplace issues organizing, strategic engagement with employers, improving patient/resident care, new organizing, Nurse Alliance, continuing education, COPE political action fundraising, electoral/legislative action, community work).
2) Move union chapters to achieve high standards of organization, as well as 100% membership and the union’s current COPE political action fundraising standard.
3) Develop members to become capable of executing important union roles and functions ensuring members the chance to grow, learn and lead.
4) Lead contract negotiations, working closely and effectively with elected negotiating committees comprised of member leaders.
Mobilizing Member Networks/Leading Campaigns
5) Lead workers into struggle so that they learn from their experience that their power comes from collective action.
6) Mobilize, coordinate, and support membership networks for various campaigns (e.g. collective bargaining campaigns and strikes, workplace issues organizing, new organizing, COPE, electoral/ legislative/community work).
7) Support activities, struggles, and campaigns of other workers, the union as a whole, and allied organizations
Interacting Effectively with the Member Resource Center
8) Develop campaigns inside and outside of the workplace based on collective issues identified by Member Resource Center (MRC).
9) Incorporate and utilize resources of the MRC in member activities. Keep MRC informed and briefed to help support members and member leaders.
10) Assess and develop potential member leaders and activists identified through the MRC.
Scope and Nature of Supervision:
An Organizer must be able to effectively organize her/his time and develop and carry out her/his plan with minimum supervision. She/he must also receive direction from and interact with her/his immediate supervisor on a regular and consistent basis.
Criteria for Evaluation/Key Qualifications:
An Organizer will be evaluated on her/his ability and skill in leading the union’s efforts to engage (organize and mobilize) workers successfully. Among other criteria, she/he will be evaluated on her/his ability to:
Organizers are expected to work long and irregular hours (on average 55-60 hours per week), work on weekends and holidays when necessary.
Organizers are expected to lead by example. It is the role of the Organizer to exhibit model behaviors of what is expected as a leader of our union. All staff are expected to understand and adhere to the union’s values and norms as developed and adopted by the staff.
Competitive salary package, benefit package includes fully paid health insurance, defined-benefit pension, optional 401(k), etc.
Based in central and western Pennsylvania, including worksite chapters in Altoona, Lockhaven, and Mckeesport.
Send a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the words “Internal Organizer” in the title of your email.
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, LGBT people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
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