SEIU Local 49

SEIU Local 49

Support Specialist

Based in Portland, OR


Summary: The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49 is now accepting résumés from smart, motivated individuals who have a passion for helping workers fight for better working conditions, dignity on the job, and a more just and humane society for all working families.

Location: Portland, OR

SEIU Local 49 is a growing union and represents over 15,000 workers in Oregon and SW Washington. With over 2.2 million members, SEIU is the largest and fastest growing union in the United States. SEIU Local 49’s member leadership has adopted an aggressive internal organizing and representation program that includes recruiting and developing worksite leaders, building workers’ political power, and strongly representing our members through direct action and organizing.

Job Description:
Support Specialists on our team operate in a fast-paced environment managing multiple competing and compelling projects. This position includes welcoming members, vendors, and the public to our Union Hall, handling high volumes of data entry, and our membership application processing. Support Specialists on our team handle a wide variety of other tasks to help support the work and program of the Union.

Other tasks may include: composing letters and reports, maintaining the front office, ordering and stocking of supplies, answering and routing calls, distribute incoming mail, document maintenance, making copies, filing, production of mailers, fliers, and contracts, setup and support for meetings and actions, event coordination and attending actions that may include; rallies, pickets, and political events.

Some specific duties shall include:

  • Screen and direct walk-ins and calls; provide general information; take clear, concise messages, and open and close the main office
  • Data Entry of membership applications, processing of applications with Employers, and filing membership applications
  • Data Entry including survey results and skills tracking
  • Provide clerical support for the organization including booking meeting rooms, production of materials, ordering food, ordering supplies, event and room set up and tear down, support for actions including strikes, rallies, marches and conferences, and gathering and putting away of supplies
  • Clerical functions: copies, production of mailers, fliers and contracts, and preparation of materials for bargaining and meetings
  • Maintaining office wide calendar
  • Other duties as necessary to win as part of a movement of working people, and as assigned
  • Actively participate in other union activities, political organizing (that may include canvassing/walking neighborhoods) and solidarity actions

SEIU 49 is committed to developing the capacity of staff to take on growing roles and responsibilities and will review additional duties with successful candidates


  • Passionate dedication to improving the quality of life of working people and enthusiasm to participate in a wide range of activities
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills, including the ability to successfully relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures
  • Good communications skills, with excellent customer service/relationship skills and the ability to relate to limited-English speakers
  • Analytical skills to problem solve and innovate on current systems
  • Ability to solve problems creatively, exercise judgment and think on your feet
  • Must be able to perform successfully in both independent and team settings
  • Experience with VAN, ZenDesk and Asana a plus
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) a plus

Able to demonstrate basic computer literacy, basic database use, and ability to learn basics of the services provided by the union and general knowledge of union representation

Salary range from $20.16 an hour to $30.19 an hour and includes full benefit package: fully covered family healthcare, 401k match, and generous leave.

To Apply:
If this interests you, please email a résumé and cover letter to Maggie Long at: maggiel@seiu49.org, as soon as possible.

SEIU Local 49 is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
People of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQIA people encouraged to apply.

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