Political-Government Relations Organizer (2 positions)

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $46,956
Maximum: $80,172
Details: Depending on experience

Published

06/13/2018

Start Date

07/23/2018

Application Deadline

07/06/2018

Address

3536 SE 26th Ave.
Portland
OR
97202
United States

Description

SEIU Oregon State Council – Political and Government Relations Organizer (2 positions)


Summary:      The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Oregon State Council is now accepting resumes from smart, motivated individuals who have a passion for helping workers fight for better working conditions, dignity on the job, and improvements in the lives of all working families.


The Oregon State Council is an umbrella organization for the state’s two SEIU locals, 503 and 49, which together represent over 60,000 workers in the state government, personal care, health care and other sectors in Oregon. We are committed to helping workers fight for social and economic justice on the job and in the community.


Description:   SEIU’s Oregon State Council will be hiring two full-time permanent political organizers. SEIU is the largest, fastest growing union in the State of Oregon and Washington. We are dedicated to political work that improves the lives of working people. See below for details on the two positions.


Compensation:

Salary range from $46,956 to $80,172 depending on experience plus a car allowance, fully paid family healthcare, vacation and sick leave, defined-benefit pension and other benefits.


If this interests you, email or fax cover letter and resume by July 6, 2018 to:


SEIU Oregon State Council

c/o Felisa Hagins

felisah@seiu49.org


Position 1 (Lobbying focus):


The Political and GR Organizer will work with other State Council staff and leadership at Locals 503 and 49 and our allies in government and reports to SEIU 49 political director. Responsibilities include driving our legislative plans by lobbying in Salem and with local governments, implementation of issue-based campaigns of importance to SEIU members and working families in Oregon, working with state and local agency officials, coalition priorities with partner groups and participating in targeted state and federal campaigns.


This position will often require irregular hours including many nights and weekends. An ideal candidate will be organized, energetic, able to motivate others, and committed to growing the labor movement and improving the lives of working people.  


Areas of Responsibility

  • Represent SEIU and partner organizations in lobbying and otherwise working with the state legislature, state and local agencies, and in coalitions and other public forums;
  • Plan and manage multiple campaigns and projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment requiring rapid adjustment to changing priorities and strategies;
  • Work with multiple levels of staff and members to develop goals and execute plans for members’ participation in candidate interviews, lobby days, town hall meetings, elected official accountability activities, voter registration drives, vote-by-mail and GOTV activities;
  • Provide support to other organizing staff for the recruitment, training, leadership development and coordination of member political activists for political fundraising, electoral campaigns, issue campaign and legislative meetings and other union activities;
  • Track and support increased member participation using various database functions;
  • Provide staff support to our elected and ad-hoc member leadership meetings, schedule member committee meetings, train and mentor staff, member activists to help them achieve political goals;
  • Work with staff and members to integrate political strategy into planning for contract and organizing campaigns;
  • Prepare and/or support the creation of member education materials;
  • Empower the membership to build effective advocacy relationships with elected officials, community partners, and other stakeholders;
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Job Requirements/Minimum Qualifications

·     A demonstrated commitment to union issues and growing the labor movement;

·     At least 4 years experience running campaigns for state, local or federal office;

·     A background working with government on issues important to workers and their families;

·     Strong computer literacy including the ability to manipulate and analyze voter and member data;

·     Must have a valid driver’s license and automobile for business use

·     Ability to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends

·     Organizing experience a plus

·     Proven ability to work effectively with a wide array of communities and coalition partners

·     Ability to be self-directed and motivated to achieve goals and an excellent work ethic

·     A high level of professional integrity

·     Strong commitment to working in a team environment to achieve goals

·     Experience writing and implementing a political and legislative plan

·     Must be willing to travel regionally and nationally for extended periods of time


Position 2 (General Organizing Focus):


The Political and GR Organizer will work with other State Council staff and leadership at Locals 503 and 49 and our allies in government and reports to the SEIU 503 and SEIU 49 Political directors. Responsibilities include coordination and scheduling of the day-to-day work of State Council political staff and political staff of Locals 49 and 503, support for political directors and staff of both locals and the State Council, implementation of issue-based campaigns of importance to SEIU members and working families in Oregon, coalition priorities with partner groups and participating in targeted state and federal campaigns. The role will offer excellent opportunities to learn the ins and outs of representing SEIU in state and local politics.


This position will often require irregular hours including many nights and weekends. An ideal candidate will be organized, energetic, eager to learn from more experienced staff and leaders, able to motivate others, and committed to growing the labor movement and improving the lives of working people.  


Areas of Responsibility

  • Work with multiple levels of staff and members to execute detailed, effective plans for members’ participation in candidate interviews, lobby days, town hall meetings, elected official accountability activities, voter registration drives, vote-by-mail and GOTV activities;
  • Provide support to other organizing staff for scheduling events and meetings, as well as the recruitment, training, leadership development and coordination of member political activists for political fundraising, electoral campaigns, issue campaign and legislative meetings and other union activities;
  • Track and support increased member participation using various database functions;
  • Provide staff support to our elected and ad-hoc member leadership meetings, schedule member committee meetings, train and mentor staff, member activists to help them achieve political goals;
  • Work with staff and members to integrate political strategy into planning for contract and organizing campaigns;
  • Plan and manage multiple campaigns and projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment requiring rapid adjustment to changing priorities and strategies;
  • Prepare and/or support the creation of member education materials;
  • Represent SEIU and partner organizations when called on in work with the state legislature, state and local agencies, and in coalitions and other public forums;
  • Empower the membership to build effective advocacy relationships with elected officials, community partners, and other stakeholders;
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Job Requirements/Minimum Qualifications

·     A demonstrated commitment to union issues and growing the labor movement;

·     A background working with government on issues important to workers and their families is preferred

·     Strong computer literacy including the ability to manipulate and analyze voter and member data

·     Must have a valid driver’s license and automobile for business use

·     Ability to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends

·     Organizing experience a plus

·     Some experience working effectively with a wide array of communities and coalition partners

·     Ability to be self-directed and motivated to achieve goals and an excellent work ethic

·     A high level of professional integrity

·     Strong commitment to working in a team environment to achieve goals

·     Experience writing and implementing a political and legislative plan preferred

·     Must be willing to travel regionally and nationally for extended periods of time

Benefits

Fully paid family healthcare, defined-benefit pension (the good kind), car allowance, generous vacation and sick leave, other benefits

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

felisah@seiu49.org

Send resume and cover letter outlining your interest in working for justice for working people and any relevant experience.


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