SEIU Local 200United

SEIU Local 200United

Project Lead Organizer

Based in Syracuse, NY


For 100 years, SEIU has been helping workers stand up for their rights, fighting for dignity, respect and better conditions in workplaces and communities. With a membership two million strong, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the United States and our diverse leaders and staff support workers as they speak out for good jobs and better lives for themselves and their families.

We are a seeking experienced Organizers or Lead Organizers to work on aggressive campaigns in higher education. As a Lead Organizer, your role is to lead and win comprehensive campaigns—supporting workers who are fighting to win power by building a Union in their workplace.

This is a twelve month position.

Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Coordinate and lead an organizing campaign, including leading workers, staff, and the various components of a comprehensive campaign.
  • Coordinate organizing staff including scheduling, assigning turf, debriefing and training.
  • Develop and implement regular training and role play for staff and worker leaders on the campaign to further develop skills and understanding of the campaign.
  • Provide regular feedback to organizers on their performance while on the campaign.
  • Oversee management of the campaign data base, list and cards.
  • Identify and develop worker leaders to guide and lead their campaign.
  • Motivate and inspire workers to build their Union in the face of heavy –and often illegal– employer opposition.
  • Utilize house visits and phone calls to identify workers interested in forming a Union.
  • Conduct individual and group meetings with workers to discuss and plan organizing campaigns.
  • Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take collective action.
  • Involve community allies in organizing campaigns.
  • Conduct research needed to build a comprehensive campaign.

Previous experience in Union or community organizing is desirable. A demonstrated commitment to social justice is required.


  • Ability to both lead a large campaign with a team of organizers and a smaller campaign yourself – via building one-on-one relationships with workers, and educating them about building Union power.
  • Must be able to act and organize time with independence.
  • Must be able to handle multiple “priority” projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines.
  • Preference that you have led and won at least one union campaign with a boss fight.
  • Excellent communicator – ability to actively listen.
  • Excellent writing, verbal, and analytical communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and train staff and worker leaders in the skills needed for the campaign.
  • Ability to write and proofread campaign communications materials.
  • Willingness to work long hours, nights, and weekends.
  • Capacity to work independently and also to lead a team.
  • The ability to make and follow through on a work plan.
  • The ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • A car and a valid driver’s license are required.

In SEIU we know that women, people of color, LGBTQ and working class folks are disproportionately hurt by those with disproportionate power - we want to be a part of changing that. We therefore strongly encourage those coming from marginalized communities to apply for this position.

Position is in Central New York State (office location is in Syracuse) and may require travel.

Salary of $61,000 plus full benefits package including 100% employer-paid family health/dental/vision insurance (currently $19k per year), a retirement plan contribution, and a $500 per month car allowance.

Please send your cover letter and résumé to August Schneeberg: webmaster@local200united.org

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