Job: Organizing Coordinator – South San Francisco Bay Area

Title Organizing Coordinator – South San Francisco Bay Area
Salary Commensurate with experience
Location South San Francisco Bay Area, Central Coast or Central Valley of California

We are seeking an energetic, passionate, and hardworking Organizing Coordinator who is excited to be a part of a movement for real social change, who believes in the value of work and public services, and who wants to be part of a team that fights and wins for workers, their families, and their communities.

You will be organizing new bargaining units into SEIU Local 521. Our organizing plan is focused on the public sector, privatized public services, and public healthcare.

The ideal candidate will understand industry analysis, has experience managing a large team over a large spread-out jurisdiction, and experience applying strategic leverage, research, policy, and ground-level organizing to create the conditions for victory.

You will be responsible for:


  • Creating and managing campaigns that follow the overall vision and priorities of SEIU Local 521
  • Leading and providing support to teams of staff and members in the execution of overall campaign plans as well as individual work plans
  • Assisting in the training and development of staff and member organizers
  • Leading staff by example, setting high standards in work ethic and professional approach to the work
  • Making short and long-term campaign plans, and carrying out multi-component plans
  • Creating and articulating a positive vision for campaigns and of the union as a whole
  • Building one-on-one relationships with workers, educating them about the union
  • Conducting individual and group meetings with workers to discuss and plan organizing campaigns
  • Working with staff to identify, recruit, and develop leaders to guide and lead their campaign
  • Motivating individual workers and groups of workers to take action
  • Working to create real and positive ways to involve community allies in current organizing campaigns
  • Engaging workers in broader union efforts to change industry standards as a whole
What you will need to do the job:


  • Prior management of union staff experience
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively plan and implement work and manage time, as part of a team and individually
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Willingness to travel frequently and/or for extended period of time within the local’s jurisdiction, based on work assignments
  • Motivated self-starter who is also a solid team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills
  • Ability to work with people from other cultures and backgrounds
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$100,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.



  • Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience
  • Employer-paid retirement plan & 401(k)
  • Fully-paid health insurance for employees and their dependents (including domestic partner)
  • Liberal vacation, sick leave and holiday schedule
  • Life insurance, dental, vision care, and flexible spending accounts

To Apply:
Send cover letter and résumé to:

SEIU Local 521
2302 Zanker Road
San Jose, CA 95131
No phone calls please

This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time.

SEIU Local 521 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, or disability. SEIU Local 521 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

About SEIU Local 521
SEIU Local 521 was founded in 2007 when 5 local unions came together in the Bay Area, Central Coast and Central Valley to form one larger, more powerful union. Together our members are building a true 21st century union fighting to empower and improve the lives of our members. We represent 40,000 public service workers in cities, counties, courts, schools, private non-profits, special districts and public health care. We are looking for energetic, hardworking staff that is committed to real change, who believes in the value of work and the value of public services, and who wants to be part of the team that wins for workers, their families, and their communities.

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