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Internal Organizer - Iowa

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Organization Overview:

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa represents over 40,000 healthcare and long term care

workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing home, and home care across Minnesota and Iowa. SEIU

Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa is dedicated to building an organization which advances social

and economic justice through work on local, state, national and even global policy issues which

affect our members; our patients, residents and clients; and our communities. Focused on

uniting workers in healthcare, long term care, and homecare, SEIU members are winning better

wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, uniting their strength with their

counterparts around the state and world to help ensure that workers benefit from today’s global

economy.

Summary of Position:

Internal Organizer at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa carries out a variety of job functions.

An Internal Organizer “IO” will be asked to participate in organizing, legislative and political

action, training of members, building worksite leaders, contract negotiations, and other tasks as

the need arises. Any candidate must be willing to work long and irregular hours including

weekends and evenings when called for. The IO must also be willing to travel with some

possible overnight stays.

The Union IO shall be required to perform services in accordance with the needs of the Local

and at such times and places as are necessary. The Union IO must have a dedication to

improve the position of our members and strengthen the role of our Union in every venture.

There must be a willingness to become educated in health care issues, and a desire to lead and

inspire our member leaders and rank and file.

This position is based in Iowa City, Iowa.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

 Continuous work on internal organizing within facilities.

 Identify, recruit, train and develop member leaders; assist in defining member leader

roles (New Member, Work Site, Political, Grievance); assist in developing plans for worksite

campaigns.

 Create and implement an onsite visit schedule to be posted on the internal shared

calendar.

 Support the member leaders in developing a process for new member orientation

 Develop a program for COPE.

 Support member leaders in processing grievances and carrying out investigations.

 Create or assist members in creating communication systems; write and edit leaflets,

proposals, and newsletters.

 Negotiate contracts and assist other staff in negotiating contracts – from proposals

through strike preparation.

 Train Member leaders to ensure accordance of collective bargaining agreements at your

work-sites by management; meeting timelines and procedures related to labor

contracts.

 Participate in organizing campaigns when requested, lead residual organizing

campaigns in existing jurisdictions.

 Monitor policies in work sites, concerning members, ensuring contract compliance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

 High School Diploma or GED, Secondary Education preferred, or an equivalent

combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.

 Previous work experience in Union setting required.

 Ability to communicate well in writing and orally.

 Good personal organizational skills; good record keeping.

 Must be computer literate; advanced computer skills a plus.

 Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle in good working condition. Must have

proof of auto insurance.

SKILLS NEEDED

 Knowledge of labor rights and contract language.

 Ability to negotiate collective bargaining agreements and develop and execute contract

campaign plans.

 Ability to gather, analyze and present statistical data.

 Ability to establish rapport with members in widely diversified ethnic, social and

economic groups.

 Ability to mobilize membership around issues.

 Ability to maintain a commitment to educating the members on the Union and their

contract.

BEHAVIORAL QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

 Good judgment and ability to discern priorities when faced with many important tasks.

 Ability to handle very negative situations where in fact, you may be the target of the

negativity; and turn the situation around to have the best outcome.

 Manage conflicting demands.

 Maintain rapport with members.

 Show extreme amounts of patience.

 Reassure members, by your actions, that you are for them and will not take

management’s word over theirs or “favor” management.

 Work under pressure independently.

 Maintain HIGH degree of confidentiality, both for your members and internal Local

issues.

 Show professional demeanor at work-sites and in the community.

 Maintain respectful, professional relationship with Union member leaders; monitoring

and supporting them in their roles.

 History of high level of proven leadership.

Candidate will be assigned to meet the needs of SEIU Healthcare and management may alter

assignment as those needs change.

Starting salary of $56,460/annual and benefits including health, dental, pension plan, paid time

off, and paid holidays.

Organization Overview:

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa represents over 40,000 healthcare and long term care

workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing home, and home care across Minnesota and Iowa. SEIU

Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa is…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
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    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
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    September 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline
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    August 25, 2022
  • Education
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    High School Diploma Required
Salary
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USD $56,460 - USD $56,461
/ year

Location

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On-site
220 Lafayette St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA

How to Apply

Qualified Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and references to Chief of Staff, Luchelle Stevens stating clearly that they are applying for the "Internal Organizer-Iowa" position. This position will remain open until filled. Interviews are on a rolling basis.

Qualified Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and references to Chief of Staff, Luchelle Stevens stating clearly that they are applying for the "Internal…

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