SEIU Local 721

SEIU Local 721

External Organizing Coordinator

Based in Los Angeles, CA

SEIU 721 is a dynamic and fast growing labor organization recognized as one of the largest and strongest unions of publicly funded employees in the nation. We represent over 85,000 members and have over 200 staff employees covering 6 counties in Southern California, including Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties and numerous cities in these regions. Our members provide public services in diverse fields, including health care, social services, special districts, private non-profits, libraries, courts, parks and recreation, public works and mental health. They care for the sick, protect the quality of the drinking water, keep records in the courts, administer benefits for poor people, maintain the libraries, help run the jails, protect our communities' most vulnerable members, maintain the streets, work with parolees, groom and maintain the beaches, and provide many other services to keep counties and cities running.

The External Organizing Coordinator will lead field operations and co-lead overall strategic planning for major external organizing campaigns or multiple small campaigns.   She/he must work collegially with the Organizing Department’s senior leadership team to develop and implement external organizing plans.  An Organizing Coordinator is responsible for the success of her/his team.  She/he will direct the work of lead and entry-level organizers; guide staff development; guide lead organizers on effective management of their teams; identify and develop candidates for promotion; recommend and implement discipline.  Responsible for preparing work plans, calendars, files, reports and other records. This is not a 9 to 5 job - long and varied hours, with early morning, evening and weekend work, as necessary. This is an exempt position.


  • Develop and implement campaign plans for assigned external organizing campaigns; 
  • Supervise the work and development of assigned staff; 
  • Where needed, serve as primary spokesperson in external organizing campaigns; 
  • Identify and oversee implementation of legal, community and political strategies;
  • Oversee the development of a coordinated communications during external organizing campaigns; 


  • Commitment to building long-term power for working people. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write reports, make presentations, facilitate meetings, and conduct training. 
  • Proven strong supervisory skills, preferably including experience supervising other managers. 
  • Excellent analytical and program planning skills. 
  • Proven ability to manage in a manner which inspires, motivates, develops and maintains good working relations with diverse membership and staff. 
  • Ability to take initiative, to work with a team, and to handle a fast-paced setting, multiple projects and tight deadlines. 
  • Sophisticated knowledge of legal, political, economic and industry forces that impact organizing campaigns; preferably including experience working with elected, community groups and other potential allies.
  • Shall possess relevant education and/or experience in bargaining, as well as de-certifications and agency shop. 
  • Knowledge of labor laws relating to the public and private sector and non-profit industries


  • Working knowledge of Word and PowerPoint, as well as working knowledge of spreadsheets and database software. 
  • Minimum five (5) years External Organizing experience.  Must include experience developing and leading external organizing campaigns, preferably in the private and public sectors.     
  • You must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance, and an automobile for business use. 
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours and participate in all union wide activities. A minimum of (3) years experience managing staff and members on external organizing campaigns. 
  • Commitment to building long-term power for working people. 
  • Strong background in labor and organizing.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience in bargaining contracts and union campaigns.


  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and a generous life insurance. 

Mail, fax or e-mail a cover letter, detailed résumé, two-page writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to: 

Human Resources Department 
SEIU Local 721
1545 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Fax: (213) 401-1787

E-mail: careers@seiu721.org

To be considered, your résumé or cover letter must show how you meet each of the job requirements listed above.

SEIU Local 721 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. SEIU Local 721 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces zero tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment. 

Position will remain open until filled.

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