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JOB POSTING: Organizing Director

July 2, 2021

The Organizing Director oversees the local’s work related to external organizing activities. As part of the senior leadership team, the Director collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the strategic organizing plan for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

Organization Overview:
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents over 40,000 healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing home, and home care across Minnesota. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota 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 home care, 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:
The Organizing Director oversees the local’s work related to external organizing activities. As part of the senior leadership team, the Director collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the strategic organizing plan for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

The Organizing Director at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota must carry out a variety of job functions that entail many different areas. An Organizing Director, besides managing the organizing department, is required to develop organizing strategies, organize the community to support SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s organizing efforts, work closely with international organizing staff, and develop and maintain an SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Member Organizing Team. Any candidate must be willing to work long and irregular hours including weekends and evenings when called for. The Organizing Director must also be willing to travel with some overnight stays.

The Organizing Director shall be required to perform services in accordance with the needs of the Local and at such times and places as are necessary. The Organizing Director 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.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Directs External Organizers in developing and executing the strategic organizing plan for the local including the design and implementation of leadership identification, recruitment, development, and training.
• The Organizing Director oversees and directs the work of all organizing staff, including the development and training of Organizing Committee members.
• Develops organizing campaigns for unrepresented facilities and sectors of workers and works closely with the leadership team members, International Union Division Director, and SEIU local union Organizing Directors when needed to ensure that the targets are aligned with SEIU and local union priorities.
• Develops uniform standards for review and evaluation of campaigns.
• Develops overall industry strategies and action-based campaigns that are industry specific and union-wide on issues that engage workers and members, that are opportunities to build the organization and that are aligned with industry and national objectives within SEIU.
• Ensures the tracking, reporting and analysis on all campaigns in their purview.
• Ensures the handling of elections are consistent with SEIU HCMN standards.
• Provides direction, staff development and disciplinary action (if needed) to staff in their department.
• Develops recommended budgets, allocates resources effectively and plans and implements program activities as appropriate.
• Coordinates with internal Directors to conduct surveys, job audits, investigation and related activities to and in development of Union policies, bargaining positions and development of effective representation programs consistent with internal industry standards and goals.
• Evaluates and initiates requests for ULPs and other third-party proceedings.
• Support and lead organizing staff in all organizing campaign needs.
• Makes organizing decisions in consultation with the designated leadership of Healthcare Minnesota; when to pass cards, file, pull petition, or when to go to hearing on all campaigns.
• Creates a strong community support base through organizing and communication systems; public speaking, leafleting, campaign newsletters and site visits.
• Identifies, recruits, and trains members for Healthcare Minnesota Member Organizing Team.

Skills and Qualifications:
• High School Diploma or GED, Secondary Education preferred, or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.
• A minimum of 2 years of experience leading large teams of organizing staff/members and demonstrated experience in developing and successfully executing large scale organizing campaigns.
• Demonstrated knowledge of unions, and labor law is preferred.
• Knowledge of workers, the workplace, labor, and political issues.
• Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
• An understanding of the labor movement and commitment to workers’ rights and social justice.
• Skilled at managing and meeting many and varying deadlines.
• Effective demonstrable oral, written and listening skills in English; bilingual skills highly desirable.
• Excellent analytical and judgment skills as demonstrable by the ability to assess information and evidence and act strategically.
• Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills showing flexibility as needed; adept at dealing with conflicting/changing priorities.
• Effective facilitating and organizing meeting skills.
• Experience organizing independently and as part of a team.
• Must have a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a working automobile.

Qualified applicants should email a r sum , cover letter, and references to Chief of Staff, Luchelle Stevens at Luchelle.Stevens@seiuhcmn.org stating clearly that they are applying for the “Organizing Director” position. This position will remain open until filled. Interviews are on a rolling basis.