SEIU Local 925: Political Organizer
Position: Political Organizer
Employment Type: Full-time, exempt, bargaining unit
Program area(s): Politics, Member Organizing
Reports to: Political Director
The Service Employees International Union Local 925 (SEIU 925), is 18,000 working people united to improve our jobs and our communities. We are education workers from early learning to K-12 through higher education, as well as non-profit and local government workers. We are clerical, computer, food service, custodial, transportation, social and child care workers, adjunct professors, public defenders and many other jobs.
We are building a state that puts children and working families before big corporations and the rich and ensures that our education system is fully funded, birth through graduation.
About the position:
SEIU Local 925 is looking for an ambitious, strategic, and collaborative Political Organizer. The Political Organizer is a key member of a small political and communications team and is empowered to develop and implement member leader development programs through a political framework. As our country enters a period where working families, the labor movement, and the broader progressive movement will be under sustained attack, we are looking for someone who is creative, data-driven, dedicated to organizing, and unafraid to take risks and try new tactics and organizing styles.
Under direction of the Political Director, the Political Organizer will develop annual, monthly, and project-based political program plans in the following areas:
1. Develop and grow member leaders through political work
- Identify and build relationships with existing and potential leaders across the state.
- Mentor and organize members to engage and lead their fellow union members. Develop and lead political activist training programs.
- Create individual member development plans to further leadership development, including recruiting and preparing members to run for local office.
- Participate in and lead member political and activist training programs.
- Spearhead grassroots lobbying program: work with political staff and members to develop member lobbying skills and relationships at the local, state, and congressional level.
2. Strengthen Committee On Political Education (COPE) fundraising
- Serve as principal staff to local union endorsements. Develop endorsement training, work with Political Director to develop questionnaires and interview questions, and staff member endorsement committee.
- Develop, execute, and oversee membership-based small-donor fundraising program.
3. Support member-led electoral organizing
- With the Political Director and other SEIU WA State Council locals, help design election campaign plans for issues, candidates, and independent expenditure campaigns.
- Organize membership mobilization for political action campaigns, including field work on doors and phones, innovative voter contact experiments, and earned media activities.
- Serve as the local union's "eyes and ears," tracking political information on Congressional, state, and local races and ballot initiatives.
- Develop and maintain data systems to track all member political activities.
4. Represent Local 925 with community partners and allies
- Lead and maintain relationships with community allies, partner organizations and labor coalitions on issue and electoral campaigns.
5. Many other duties as assigned
- At least two years of political, community, or union organizing with demonstrated increasing responsibility
- Committed to developing leaders and using grassroots organizing to win electoral and issue campaigns
- Able to manage multiple competing priorities at once and prioritize appropriately
- Organized, data-driven, and technology-friendly
- Creative and unafraid to take risks in a supportive environment
- Possession of a car and valid driver’s license required; this position will call for night and weekend work, travel throughout the state, and may require extended out of state travel.
- A strong personal commitment to racial equity is required; experience applying a racial equity lens to campaign development is desired.
- Experience working alongside communities of color and/or immigrant and refugee communities strongly preferred, as is fluency in a second language.
- Past experience in political communications or a strong demonstrated interest in developing communications skills strongly desired.
Interested in applying? Send a resume, 1-2 writing samples, and a cover letter highlighting what interests you specifically about this position. Put “Political Organizer” in the subject line and email your materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position will be open until 5/1. No phone calls, please. This position is represented by a staff union, and salary is set by the union contract. Benefits include fully paid health benefits including vision and dental, generous vacation time, paid retirement, car allowance, and cell phone reimbursement.
SEIU 925 is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons living with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer are particularly urged to apply.