SEIU Texas

SEIU Texas

Internal Organizing Director

Position will be based in one of SEIU Texas’ three offices:
Houston, El Paso, or Corpus Christi, TX


SEIU Texas, an affiliate of the 2 million member strong Service Employees International Union, unites more than 6,000 healthcare workers, janitors, security officers and airport workers in Corpus Christi, El Paso, and Houston who have secured better wages, benefits, and working conditions through their union. Airport workers in Houston just won $15/hour and airport workers in Dallas are beginning to organize. We believe this is just the beginning of the explosive growth of workers organizing in Texas.

We are committed to fighting for racial and economic justice by winning Unions For All in the state of Texas. We believe deeply in developing member leaders who challenge corporate power and hold all of our elected officials accountable to the needs of all workers no matter their race or their country of origin

We are now hiring an Internal Organizing Director, a position which will be part of the leadership team and will report directly to the President. The Internal Organizing Director will work across the SEIU TX divisions to oversee member leadership development, contract enforcement and grievance handling.

Duties and Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of a member strength program. This includes identifying and recruiting and training members leaders to engage their co-workers, participate in the political work of the union and enforce their contract.
  • Develop program content and materials for trainings with staff and member leaders on the member strength program.
  • Work closely with Industry Directors in the union to set goals and follow up on accountability around the union's member engagement and member leader development program
  • Oversee contract enforcement, grievance handling and contract negotiations and data collection
  • Oversee field components on key union-wide programs such as contract campaigns and fight backs against non union employers
  • Direct and manage and develop the Division Directors.
  • Maintain up to date info on expirations, extensions, reopeners sent, ratifications, executed agreements, bargainers assigned and other contract administration-related items.
  • Identify critical institutional issues in each current and upcoming bargaining or grievance issue, according to the criteria set by the President.
  • Work with the President and Senior team of the local to build a long term vision for the local.

Scope and Nature of Position

  • Show a demonstrated commitment to social justice, empowering workers and building the labor movement
  • Be able to take initiative, act and organize time with extreme independence. Must be able to handle multiple "priority" projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines.
  • Possess a high level of professional judgment, emotional intelligence and strong interpersonal skills. Ability to independently handle difficult and complex issues in labor relations matters.
  • Must be able to work with elected leaders, worker leaders, and staff in complex and sometimes political situations.
  • Possess deep knowledge of bargaining campaign strategies, and a willingness to learn new strategies.
  • Possess excellent writing, verbal, and analytical communication skills.
  • Be skilled in the use of Microsoft Office and Google applications.
  • Be available for occasional travel with overnight stays when required.
  • Be willing to work long and irregular hours, including some nights and weekends when necessary.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a reliable car.

Previous Work Experience

  • Significant experience with collective bargaining organizing and/or internal organizing required
  • Knowledge of labor unions and how they operate, particularly union structures and systems
  • Experience in developing field staff and teams
  • Proven ability to evaluate systems and process to identify weaknesses and solutions
  • Ability to develop and implement complex and multi-faceted programs to achieve and engage local leaders and membership
  • Demonstrated experience as a project manager in a fast-paced, campaign-oriented work environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects while meeting deadlines, and to prioritize tasks accordingly
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice, especially work with union members, low-wage and/or immigrant communities
  • High level of judgment, ability to take initiative, and good internal communications skills.
  • Ability to work in both a collaborative and independent environment as needed.

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary range: $86,000-$92,000
  • Benefits: SEIU Texas offers a competitive benefits package covering 100% of employee medical, dental, & vision insurance premiums, cell phone reimbursement, car and gas reimbursement, and a defined benefit pension.

Location: This is a full time position based out of SEIU Texas’ offices in Houston, El Paso or Corpus Christi.

How to Apply:
Fill out the form on our website

SEIU Texas is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. SEIU Texas reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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