Organizer Training & Development Coordinator

SEIU International
Washington D.C.
Oct 07, 2020
Nov 06, 2020
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level



SEIU (Service Employees International Union)

Job Title: Organizer Training & Development Coordinator

Grade: MGT Annual Pay : $94,601/YR

Location: Work from home office + travel required

Organization Overview:

The 2 million members united in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are at the forefront of a movement to build power for working people and empower all workers to form unions, no matter what job they do. SEIU members are from every walk of life, every political party, every background, every faith. They come from communities with their own stories and strengths, and that makes the Union all the more powerful because there's strength in numbers. SEIU members work across the healthcare spectrum providing high quality care and services. They are the workers who keep our nation's airports running and make sure landmark buildings are clean and secure. They provide essential public services and give a foundation of learning to our youngest and brightest. SEIU members believe in and are fighting for a Just Society where all workers are valued and all people respected—no matter where they come from or what color they are; where all families and communities can thrive; and where we leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come.

Purpose: The Organizer Training & Development Coordinator is responsible for the development, execution and coordination of trainings and other learning opportunities designed to enhance organizing and campaigner skills and leadership abilities of union organizers within the SEIU IU Organizing Divisions and our affiliated local unions. The Organizer Training and Development Coordinator must be able to assess the development of organizers and identify their needs and opportunities to grow and advance to the next level of development and responsibility. The Organizer Training and Development Coordinator must be able to conduct and facilitate trainings and learning opportunities in both classroom, online and other settings.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Developing and executing trainings for union organizers that align with new (external) organizing campaign goals and strategies and SEIU's overall goals.
  • Creating and writing relevant and effective training materials, including curricula, hand-outs, PowerPoint presentations, and interactive exercises.
  • Learning and utilizing creative training techniques and approaches to teach concepts, skills, and best practices of union organizing and staff development.
  • Adapting teaching strategies according to the training audience and applying the best approaches to maximize the learning opportunities of trainees.
  • Work in coordination with IU Division and/or local union leadership to develop and implement strategic trainings and other staff development components.
  • Work in coordination with IU Divisions on their staff development programs, evaluating their needs and supports implementation.
  • Provides leadership in upholding SEIU's overall staff development standards.
  • Facilitating and providing feedback in large and small group training discussions, exercises and practice labs to support trainees' development and enhance their understanding of and ability to utilize training information and materials in the classroom and field.
  • Conducting new hire trainings and orientations to acquaint new organizing staff to the SEIU and its policies and procedures.
  • Assisting in the recruitment, screening and assessment of organizer candidates; conducting phone and in-person interviews; facilitating group candidate screenings; and assisting with hiring recommendations to SEIU locals and IU Divisions.
  • Assisting in oversight of SEIU Organizers-in-Training (OITs) and coordinating with appropriate field/campaign managers to ensure each OIT is receiving appropriate training and feedback, and reviews are completed in accordance with relevant SEIU CBA.
  • Working closely with the Center for Organizer Development administrative team to ensure training logistical requirements and needs are successfully executed and met.

Additional responsibilities, as may be required, including but not limited to:

Maintaining and updating training materials in training database; maintaining and monitoring a training budget; researching conferences and external training events that would benefit individuals or group staff development.

Benefits: SEIU staff enjoy excellent employer-sponsored benefits to include comprehensive health benefits (major medical, dental and vision coverage) for employees and eligible dependents; domestic partner benefits; competitive compensation; generous holiday and vacation leave policies; and both a pension retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement savings plan.

Conctacts: SEIU staff and others related to organizing issues.

Direction and Decision Making: The Organizer Training and Development Coordinator is a member of the staff development team of the Center for Organizer Development (within the SEIU National Organizing Program) and reports directly to the Center for Organizer Development Director and/or the Deputy Organizing Director.

Qualification Requirements:

Education: Graduation from a two- or four-year college is not necessary but helpful.

Experience: Minimum five (5) years of new (external) labor organizing experience; or a combination of a minimum of two (2) years external labor organizing and three (3) years of internal (member) organizing or relevant issue-based community organizing. A minimum of two (2) years of campaign management experience, including supervising, leading and developing organizing staff or teams. Three (3) years of experience in developing curriculum and training and demonstrated experience with adult education or training a plus.

Equivalency: A combination of relevant educational and work experiences that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Extensive experience in developing and executing union and/or community organizing issue campaigns (if you have no experience in community organizing or union organizing, please do not apply).
  • Extensive experience in developing training curricula that is learner-centered, participatory, and incorporates popular education approaches.
  • Demonstrated commitment to progressive social and economic justice.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, writing, conducting and facilitating classroom and field-based trainings.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to exercise good judgment, working independently in complex political situations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to train and manage effective organizing teams, and to incorporate effective staff development best practices, tools and techniques in their work managing teams.
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to work with a diversity of people.
  • Ability to understand and analyze organizational, campaign training and staff development needs to effectively align the same with training curricula, materials and practice labs.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Ability to effectively utilize Microsoft Word, Power Point, Zoom, and other computer software in order to produce effective training materials.
  • Ability to handle multiple “priority” projects and meet established timelines.
  • A self-starter with proven ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment.
  • Driver's License and the ability and willingness to travel by airplane.
  • The ability and willingness to travel and work long and extended hours. The job involves regular travel, away from home, for days at a time.

Physical Requirements: Work is generally performed in an office or training/conference room setting, but may be required to work in other settings conducive to performing the tasks required to complete assignments. Long and extended hours are sometimes required as well as regular travel is required.

Application Requirements: A resume is required for all applications and a cover letter is highly suggested. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for SEIU, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan.

Relocation costs are not covered by SEIU.

SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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