SEIU Local 503

SEIU Local 503
In It Together

Chief Negotiator / Collective Bargaining Strategist

Based in the Portland / Salem / Eugene, OR offices


SEIU 503 is an organization of more than 72,000 Oregonians who, by joining together, are achieving what we cannot accomplish alone. By standing together, we have a voice in our contracts and our daily work lives. SEIU 503 members do more than 500 different jobs on the state, local government, and non-profit level. The services we provide include helping blind people get access to education, assisting nursing home patients, testing new drivers, collecting tax revenue, providing childcare, helping veterans, assisting at-risk youth, staffing our state universities, repairing bridges, maintaining Oregon’s parks, and caring for seniors and people with disabilities.

The work we do touches the lives of every single Oregonian. We are proud to stand together for the quality services we provide for our communities and families.

Be part of SEIU Local 503, a strong and growing union that is on the front lines to fight for quality public services and a more just society for all workers.

General Description:
The principal role of the Chief Negotiator / Collective Bargaining Strategist is to design and lead strategic bargaining or field campaigns with a focus on issues impacting public employees and care providers.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Assist in development of the union’s bargaining program.
  • Research, craft and analyze bargaining issues as part of a long-term plan to improve the lives of Oregonians and our members.
  • Develop and execute strategic campaign plans, including collaborating with the Department/Program Directors to develop strategic plans.
  • Lead organizers in the development and execution of campaign deliverables.
  • Lead a team that works to implement the plans and strategic campaigns.
  • Development and execution of strategic campaigns.
  • Lead Organizers or teams in the development and execution of plans and strategic campaigns.
  • Lead multi-departmental strategic bargaining campaigns.
  • Collaborate with and support department/program Directors in the development and execution of strategic campaigns.
  • Prepare for and negotiate collective bargaining agreements; ratification of contracts; including work action preparation and recruitment.
  • Lead bargaining team and negotiations training, Union Steward training, and leadership training and development.
  • Contract interpretation; grievance handling and preparation and presentation of arbitration cases; setting up communication systems (personal and telephone) for distribution of information and materials for organizing, bargaining, contract enforcement, and political action.
  • Political action: door-to-door canvassing, phone banks, issue campaigns, candidate campaigns, informing the membership on the issues and candidates, targeting candidates, targeting precincts for candidate races, voter registration, questionnaires and surveys on candidates and issues; get-out-the-vote drives.


  • Experience with the development and execution of strategic campaigns.
  • Prior experience leading organizers or managing a team.
  • Experience serving as a chief negotiator in bargaining including developing bargaining team members to lead on issues during negotiations, bargaining survey development, writing bargaining proposals, communicating bargaining summaries and leading teams through successful bargaining campaigns required.
  • Experience with contract administration, political action, leadership identification and development, and motivating people to take action.
  • A demonstrated commitment to empowering workers through the labor movement.
  • Experience working for social justice as an organizer or activist.
  • Ability and stamina to work irregular and long hours and to attend weekend and evening activities.
  • Excellent communications skills required.

Working Environment:

☐ Group 1 - Requires performing instant or sustained arduous physical activity
☒ Group 2 - Requires occasional lifting and exertion for short periods
☐ Group 3 - Very Limited Physical Exertion

Office and field work involving travel to all areas of the state - sometimes with overnight stays - in a variety of environmental conditions. The workweek is Monday through Friday plus weekend work when specifically assigned. The workday may begin before and extend beyond normal office hours depending on the demands of the assignment.

Technology and Equipment:

  • Operation of an insured Motor Vehicle
  • Tools
  • Telephone
  • Copier
  • Camera and/or Video camera and system
  • Computer Software: (Word, Excel, PageMaker, FileMaker Pro, etc.)

Pay and Benefits:
Strategist positions provide comprehensive fully paid health, dental and vision benefits for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, generous holiday and vacation policies, a monthly car and cell phone allowance, and a 15% employer-paid defined contribution 401K. Compensation range is based on experience $70,116 – $104,184 annually.

We are committed to hiring staff who reflect our membership and model the unity and equity that we seek to create in Oregon communities. Women, LGBTQ, people of color, and immigrants strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Send cover letter and résumé to Arturo Rodriguez Flores, Recruitment Strategist, at: rodriguezfloresa@seiu503.org.

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