SEIU Local 521

SEIU Local 521

Organizing Coordinator

Based in the South San Francisco Bay Area, CA

SEIU Local 521 is currently growing our External Organizing Department. SEIU Local 521 represents nearly 40,000 public- and non-profit, private sector workers across the Bay Area, Central Coast and Central Valley of California. Our local is on the cutting edge of progressive activism, building the power of workers and engaging in larger social issues such as immigration, racial and environmental justice.

We are seeking an energetic, passionate, and hardworking Organizing Coordinator who is excited to be a part of a movement for real social change, who believes in the value of work and public services, and who wants to be part of a team that fights and wins for workers, their families, and their communities.

You will be organizing new bargaining units into SEIU Local 521. Our organizing plan is focused on the public sector, privatized public services, and public healthcare.

The ideal candidate will understand industry analysis, has experience managing a large team over a spread-out jurisdiction, and experience applying strategic leverage, research, policy, and ground-level organizing to create the conditions for victory.


  • Create and manage campaigns that follow the overall vision and priorities of Local 521.
  • Leading and providing support to teams of staff and members in the execution of overall campaign plan as well as individual work plans.
  • Assisting in the training and development of staff and member organizers.
  • Leading staff by example, setting high standards in work ethic and professional approach to the work.
  • Making short and long term campaign plans, and carrying out multi-component plans.
  • Creating and articulating a positive vision for campaigns and of the union as a whole.
  • Building one-one-one relationships with workers, educating them about the union.
  • Conducting individual and group meetings with workers to discuss and plan organizing campaigns.
  • Work with staff to identify, recruit, and develop leaders to guide and lead their campaign.
  • Motivating individual workers and groups of workers to take action.
  • Work to create real and positive ways to involve community allies in current organizing campaigns.
  • Engaging workers in broader union efforts to change industry standards as a whole.


  • Prior management of union staff experience
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively plan and implement work and manage time, as part of a team and individually.
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Willingness to travel frequently and/or for extended period of time within the local’s jurisdiction, based on work assignments
  • Motivated self-starter who is also a solid team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills
  • Ability to work with people from other cultures and backgrounds
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred


  • Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Employer-paid retirement plan & 401K.
  • Fully-paid health insurance for worker and dependents (including domestic partner).
  • Liberal vacation, sick leave and holiday schedule.
  • Life insurance, dental, vision care and flexible spending accounts.

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.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, résumé and references 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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