Oregon AFSCME Council 75
A Democratically Run Union and Proud of it!


External Organizer

Based in Portland, OR


Oregon AFSCME Council 75 represents over 36,000 workers statewide in both the public and private sector and is one of the fastest growing unions in Oregon.

Our vision is economic and social justice for all Oregon workers and their families and our mission is to empower and unite workers to create change in their workplaces and Communities.

Oregon AFSCME empowers workers across Oregon by:

  • Supporting workers to organize and affect change in their workplace and community.
  • Actively becoming an anti-racist organization that is inclusive of all workers.
  • Negotiating and enforcing strong contracts with fair wages, benefits, representation, and safety in the workplace.
  • Engaging and training new leaders and providing resources and support to advocate for workers and their families.
  • Creating political power to support workers from their local town hall to the state legislature.

An External Organizer is responsible for a variety of aspects of an external organizing campaign including building relationships with workers, home/worksite visits, and working on campaigns to organize unions.

This position will be responsible for organizing behavior health, treatment industry, and social services workers.

Specific duties include but not limited to:

  • Ability to build relationships with workers through 1:1s, home, and worksite visits and experience working directly with people specifically from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Developing campaign plans - strong project management skills (drafting and implementing)
  • Multi-tasking and balancing multiple assignments/campaigns
  • Understanding of basic labor law principles (PECBA, NLRB) including knowledge of anti union tactics
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups, facilitation of meetings and trainings as well as curriculum development
  • Ability to build and maintain positive work relationships and exercise good judgment
  • Data driven skills and ability to track and report work


  • Willing to work long and irregular hours.
  • Dedicated to social and economic justice.
  • Able to work with diverse individuals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use a computer, email, and databases
  • Leadership and motivational skills. Identify, recruit, and develop leaders.
  • Develops broad, representative organizing committees of worksite leaders and train them
  • One-on-one visits, site visits, meetings, and other interaction with members and potential members.
  • Enter assessments and other data collected in a database.
  • Develops volunteer organizers and/or lost timers from within the AFSCME membership.
  • Attend weekly meetings with supervisors to discuss progress and plan activities.
  • Accepts and applies feedback and constructive criticism from the supervisor.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • In possession of an insured vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Salary range $5743- $9281 per month, healthcare, employer 401k contributions, long term disability, life insurance, and car stipend.

Priority given to résumés and cover letters received by October 15, 2023

To Apply:
Send résumés and cover letter to: hiring@oregonafscme.org

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