SEIU Local 521

SEIU Local 521

Union – Community/Political Organizer

Based in 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.


Under direction of the Political Director, works in community coalitions and builds support among community groups and leaders for Local’s strategic campaigns and objectives.

All duties listed are required, but may or may not be continuously performed or ongoing at any specific time. This list is not necessarily all inclusive:

  • Identify potential allies among labor, religious, ethnic, immigrant, advocacy, patient/client, disability, environmental, senior, neighborhood and other appropriate community organizations and leaders.
  • Develop relationships with potential allies, educate them on SEIU Local 521 campaigns and objectives and organize them to support those campaigns and objectives.
  • Coordinate SEIU Local 521’s participation in activities in support of community allies.
  • Maintain database and other records on community organizations and leaders in the area.
  • Plan, in conjunction with organizing/worksite organizing/research/communications staff, the community component to strategic campaigns being carried out by the Local. Carry out community component of plan.
  • Organize community forums, petitions and press conferences in support of strategic campaigns.
  • Attend meetings of allied community organizations when appropriate to maintain effective relationships and build support for union campaigns.
  • Track the membership and activity of Local 521 members in community organizations that may be potential allies.
  • Develop, recruit and train Local 521 members to effectively represent the union in community organizations.
  • Turnout community organizations to union events.
  • Create organizations, when appropriate, of key constituents needed for
  • strategic leverage (i.e. hospital patient organization, local resident
  • organization, etc.)
  • Participate in Local programs including political campaigns, organizing blitzes and other Local-wide efforts. May participate in Local-wide committee.


  1. Two years of full-time paid experience in community organizing.
  2. High level ability to communicate orally and in writing;
  3. Ability to establish, maintain rapport and work in mutually beneficial coalitions with widely varied ethnic, social and philosophical groups;
  4. Ability to work under pressure and with minimal supervision;
  5. Ability to plan strategically, follow a plan and be accountable to a team in carrying out a plan
  6. Dedication to building power for workers and a willingness to participate in a wide field of activities towards that objective;
  7. Freedom and willingness to work irregular and long hours and attend required evening and weekend meetings.
  8. Bilingual (Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese) a plus.
  9. Established relationships with community organizations in Local 521 areas preferred.

ADDITIONAL 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 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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