.SEIU Local 521

SEIU Local 521

Internal Worksite Organizer

Based in Redwood City, Visalia, and San Jose, CA

SEIU Local 521 is a union of 40,000 public- and nonprofit, private-sector workers in Central California. We are committed to building power in the workplace and in our communities to bring about greater justice for workers and for the communities we serve. We understand that the change we seek can only be won by building real organization and mobilizing thousands of members to fight against the entrenched powers that seek to control an ever-increasing share of society’s wealth while the majority face deterioration in their standard of living, health, and environment. Whether it is the tech giants of Silicon Valley or entrenched agribusiness in the Central Valley, those are the forces that our members must take on and expose in order to win justice for themselves and the communities we serve. We are looking for energetic, hardworking staff that wants to join this fight and be part of the team that wins for workers, families, and our communities.

LOCATION:  Redwood City     

DEFINITION:  Under direction of the Area Director or his/her designee, this position is responsible  for developing worksite leadership structures; recruiting new members; supporting members in exercising political power;  participating in organizing and political campaigns; and negotiating union contracts. Also responsible for organizing new groups of workers interested in union representation and/or internal organizing and bargaining support campaigns. Responsible for preparing work plans, calendars, files, reports, and other records.    

You will be responsible for:
Identifying, recruiting, training and developing stewards, officers and leaders.

  • Leading and assisting in developing plans for worksite campaigns for specific issues including public budget issues, contract negotiations, safety, etc.
  • Creating or assisting members in creating communication systems; write and edit leaflets, proposals, newsletters, etc.
  • Negotiating or assisting in contract negotiations, from proposals through strike preparation.
  • Monitoring stewards and officers in their representational duties, including grievances and disciplinary appeals.  Follow through where necessary.
  • Meeting timelines and procedures related to labor contracts and union bylaws constitution and policies.
  • Encouraging participation in political and lobbying activities.  Help members hold elected officials accountable.
  • Participating in and learning to lead residual organizing campaigns; recruit members.
  • Leading staff members or community based committees; serve as spokesperson.

What you’ll need to do the job:

  • Ability to establish rapport with and organize members in widely diversified ethnic, social and economic groups.
  • Good judgment and ability to discern priorities when faced with many important tasks.
  • Some knowledge of labor rights and contract language and ability to learn these quickly.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to communicate well in writing and orally; ability to mobilize membership.
  • Ability to maintain work files and comply with administrative reporting.
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese a plus.

REQUIREMENTS:  Must possess a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$100,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.


  • Annual salary depending on experience
  • Fully paid dependent health, vision, dental, disability, and life insurance
  • Employer paid SEIU pension plan
  • Liberal vacation, sick and comp time

 To Apply
Send cover letter and résumé to Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer Attention: Pam Rodgers, Administrative Director

SEIU Local 521
2302 Zanker Road
San Jose, CA 95131
Email: jobs@seiu521.org
No phone calls please

This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time.

Local 521 is an affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. Local 521 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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