SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania unites 45,000 hospital, nursing home and home healthcare workers from across the continuum of healthcare. We are the nurses, caregivers, dietary workers, lab technicians and housekeepers who work in Pennsylvania’s nursing homes, hospitals, home healthcare, state health facilities and auxiliary health care services.
Together, we advocate to protect patient care and expand access to quality healthcare for all. We fight to improve our working conditions and make sure that the healthcare industry creates better, more family sustaining jobs. We organize in our communities for racial equality and social justice. We lift each other up and create pathways for ordinary nurses and healthcare workers to become extraordinary leaders for change.
We are part of SEIU, the largest union in the country and a leader of the Fight for $15 and a Union; together we are taking on corporate power and helping to build a wider movement for economic, racial, immigrant, and environmental justice.
Position: Organizer (Internal Organizer), Hospital Sector, based in central Pennsylvania
Role: The position of Organizer is a key leadership role in our union. The responsibility of the Organizer includes leadership identification, recruiting, organizing, and mobilizing workers to participate in the movement to improve the lives of working people, our patients/consumers, and our communities and build a more just and humane society. Organizers build the union through developing member leaders, coaching members in workplace leadership roles, facilitating dialogue, and organizing effective communication and mobilizing networks. Organizers connect the concerns of workers in a healthcare facility to the strategy of the union to build strong and effective workplace chapters, to reach out and organize not-yet-union nurses and healthcare workers, and to build a wider movement for social and economic justice.
Duties and Responsibilities:
An Organizer performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the union program or a specific campaign. Examples of those duties and responsibilities, not intended to be exhaustive nor all inclusive, include:
Organizing Workers/Building Capacity/Identifying and Developing Leaders
1) Identify, recruit, educate, and train member leaders to lead coworkers and develop the union’s programs and campaigns, including collective bargaining, workplace issues organizing, strategic engagement with employers, improving patient/resident care, new organizing, nurse advocacy, continuing education, COPE political action fundraising, political action, and building a wider movement in our communities for social justice.
2) Move union chapters to achieve high standards of organization, as well as 100% membership and the union’s COPE political action fundraising goals.
3) Develop members to become capable of executing important union leadership roles.
4) Maintaining labor – management relations in collaboration with member leaders to give voice to union members, protect and extend workers’ rights, and to encourage the highest possible level of collaboration to improve quality of care
5) Lead collective bargaining, working closely and effectively with elected negotiating committees comprised of member leaders
Mobilizing Member Networks/Leading Campaigns
5) Lead workers into struggle so that they learn from their experience that their power comes from collective action.
6) Mobilize, coordinate, and support membership networks for union campaigns
7) Support activities, struggles, and campaigns of other workers and community allies
Interacting Effectively with the Member Resource Center
8) Develop campaigns inside and outside of the workplace based on collective issues identified through the union’s Member Resource Center (MRC)
9) Incorporate and utilize resources of the MRC in member activities. Keep MRC informed and briefed to help support members and member leaders.
10) Assess and develop potential member leaders and activists identified through the MRC.
Scope and Nature of Supervision:
An Organizer must be able to effectively organize her/his time and develop and carry out her/his plan with minimum supervision. She/he must also receive direction from and interact with her/his immediate supervisor on a regular and consistent basis.
Criteria for Evaluation/Key Qualifications:
An Organizer will be evaluated on her/his ability and skill in leading the union’s efforts to engage (organize and mobilize) workers successfully. Among other criteria, she/he will be evaluated on her/his ability to:
- Listen to workers’ issues, effectively lay out the vision of the union, move workers to overcome their reservations and obstacles
- Inspire/motivate them to get involved in union campaigns and activities
- Demonstrate a curiosity in members lives and struggles
- Identify and develop leaders to take on union leadership roles, so union members lead union activities and programs in the workplace
- Map member relationships and interests and connect the union to them
- Take initiative and be creative in developing new roles for members within the union and provide the support needed to be successful
- Successfully lead and mobilize members to participate in campaigns inside and outside the workplace
- Establish and cultivate productive and respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, including members and other staff
- Display sound organizational skills to manage and prioritize work/balance conflicting demands subject to deadlines in a dynamic and changing environment
- Work independently and carry out assigned responsibilities in a competent and professional manner in keeping with the union’s overall goals and expectations
- Understand and utilize basic technology (e.g. word processing and database software, internet, etc.)
Organizers are expected to work long and irregular hours (on average 55-60 hours per week), work on weekends and holidays when necessary.
Organizers are expected to lead by example. It is the role of the Organizer to exhibit model behaviors of what is expected as a leader of our union. All staff are expected to understand and adhere to the union’s values and norms.
Organizers must have a vehicle and be prepared to travel for work.
Competitive salary package, benefit package includes fully paid health insurance, defined-benefit pension, optional 401(k), etc.
Based in central Pennsylvania
Send a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the words “Internal Organizer” in the title of your email.
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, LGBT people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.