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External Union Organizer for Hospital, Nursing Home, and Home Care Organizing

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is the largest and fastest-growing union of caregivers across the continuum of healthcare.  We are the nurses, professional and technical employees, direct care, and service workers in Pennsylvania’s hospitals, nursing homes, home and community-based care services, and state health facilities. Together, we work to unite all nurses and healthcare workers, organize at work and in the community, drive public policy and legislation, and build a broad, strong movement for good jobs, quality care, and healthy communities across Pennsylvania.

Together, we advocate to protect patient care and expand access to quality health care for all. We fight to improve our working conditions and make sure that the healthcare industry creates more good, 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. Together, we are taking on corporate power and helping to build a wider movement for economic, racial, immigrant, and environmental justice.

Position

External Union Organizer for Hospital, Nursing Home, and Home Care Organizing

Location

Pennsylvania (Organizers can live anywhere in Pennsylvania but may be required to travel for work and may be embedded in organizing campaigns outside their home community for extended periods of time.)

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizers perform a wide range of duties focused on coaching and leading workers to stand up for themselves and join with their co-workers to use their strength to win improvements on the job and in the community. An organizer’s work often includes:

  • Coaching workers to stand up for their rights and use their power in numbers to win.
  • Identifying, recruiting, and training workers to become effective leaders.
  • Planning and facilitating meetings, rallies, direct action, and other ways for workers to come together and exercise their collective power.
  • Tracking and assessing organization-building metrics.
  • Developing a basic understanding of labor law and regulations affecting union organizing.
  • Campaigning creatively around healthcare problems and other public policy issues that impact workers.
  • Creating relationships with issue stakeholders and workers’ allies to advance our shared agenda.
  • Helping workers tell their story through public speaking, video, social media, and other communications.
  • Using basic social media tools to effectively engage workers, built networks, and communicate.

Qualifications

  • A strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and the desire to work hard to win.
  • Excellent ability to communicate, motivate and listen to people, and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong community or labor organizing experience.
  • Ability to work independently with a strong sense of accountability to shared goals.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends as necessary.
  • Computer and basic social media literacy, particularly Microsoft Office and database applications.

Apprenticeship Program

Newly hired Organizers without previous union organizing experience begin with a two-month apprenticeship program.

Travel

All positions require a valid driver’s license, a car, and willingness to travel and work on the road as required within Pennsylvania. SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania provides mileage reimbursement at the Federal rate and lodging when working away from home.

Compensation

Competitive salary package and benefits including defined benefit pension (with contributions beginning after six months employment), option 401K type plan, and fully paid health insurance.

Equal Opportunity

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, LGBT people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest to sharmika.fargen@seiuhcpa.org. Please include the words “External Organizer” in the title of your email.

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