Job: Organizing Director – San Jose

Title Organizing Director – San Jose
Location San Jose


SEIU Local 521 is now hiring an Organizing Director to serve the union in all its jurisdictions. SEIU Local 521 is on the cutting edge of progressive activism, building the power of low-wage workers and engaging in larger social issues such as immigration, racial and environmental justice. SEIU Local 521 represents nearly 40,000 public- and non-profit, private sector workers.

Local 521 is looking for an energetic, forward thinking person who is excited to be a part of a movement for real social change and who wants to be part of a team that fights and wins for workers, their families, and their communities. We are seeking an Organizing Director to run aggressive campaigns. As a Director, your role is to work with staff and members to oversee and help drive campaigns.

You will be responsible for:

RESPONSIBILITIES include (but not limited to):

  • Providing strategic vision & plan for the overall Organizing Department and for multiple campaigns.
  • Leading and providing support to teams of staff and members in the execution of overall campaign plan 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-one-one relationships with workers, educating them about the union.
  • Conducting individual and group meetings with workers to discuss and plan organizing campaigns.
  • Work with staff to identify, recruit, and develop leaders to guide and lead their campaign.
  • Motivating individual workers and groups of workers to take action.
  • Work 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
  • Flexibility for travel based on work assignments
  • Driver’s license and reliable car is a must
  • Motivated self- starter who is also a solid team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills
  • The 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.



  • Salary is competitive and flexible based on prior relevant experience
  • Full benefits package including health insurance, pension plan, car allowance, and paid vacation


Interested parties may apply by submitting a resume and letter of application stating in detail how the candidate’s skills, abilities, and experience qualify them to successfully address the Union’s needs as described in the position announcement. The resume and letter of application should be sent to:
Margolies and Potterton, SEIU Local 521, Search Consultants

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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