Community Organizer, Based in California and Vicinity – The Ironworkers Union

Community Organizer, Based in California and Vicinity

The Ironworkers Union is hiring a community organizer dedicated to fighting for social and economic justice, better working conditions, and to drive up standards for all. Our campaigns are primarily among low wage and immigrant construction workers toiling away in unsafe working conditions, with little or no access to health care, and few rights on the job site.   We are committed to raising worker’s dignity beyond the worksite to organize and build community relations and cement our reputation as a force for justice.  The community organizer will help build coalitions with activists, community allies, faith institutions, and others and move them in common struggle, and to assist with delegations and other types of public pressure.

The Community Organizer will be assigned to the California and Vicinity District Council and work with organizers from the International, the District Council, and the locals within the area.

This is a mixed-duty position. The community organizer will also work with the organizers on an as needed basis to do direct worker organizing and outreach including house calls and jobsite visits.  Some research support will also be required.

This position is considered lead staff and will help support strategic campaign development, train and mentor junior staff, and enforce accountability and campaign discipline.


(50%) Community organizer responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement strategic plans to mobilize community, political allies, and union members to support strategic goals.
  • Build and facilitate collaboration between labor, faith, and community stakeholders for organizing projects and issue/electoral campaigns.
  • Plan and execute large-scale mobilizations
  • Represent the Ironworkers Union in coalitions, meetings, hearings and before the public,
  • Communicate with workers and our allies, and
  • Maintain complete and accurate related information about actions and related events.

(25%) Worker organizer responsibilities may include:

  • Conduct house calls, jobsite visits and other worker communications
  • Facilitate the work of activists out on strike such as conducting delegations, including the assignment and reporting of those delegations, and
  • Help train and mentor junior staff in organizing basics.

(25%) Research responsibilities may include:

  • Conduct local and state power analysis of political and community leaders in the context of our campaigns, employers, and industry goals
  • Compile and analyzing information on companies, industries and issues using a variety of public and private sources,
  • Prepare reports, leaflets, testimony, letters, fact sheets, and other documents for public use, and
  • Conduct local media outreach and respond to media inquiries as required.

Required Skills – applicants must have the following:

  • Existing relationships with grassroots organizations in the region
  • Substantive experience doing worker organizing and outreach; building and construction trades specific experience is desirable
  • Substantive experience leading teams, including training, development, and accountability
  • Vision and capacity to execute leadership development programs
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, especially around facilitation, planning, and reporting
  • Willingness and flexibility to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends with extensive travel throughout the District Council and occasionally nationally.
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Capacity to work both independently and part of a team
  • Fluency in more than one language, preferably Spanish
  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to the goals and values of the labor movement is required.

How to Apply

Required for application are a resume, a cover letter, three professional references, and at least 1 writing sample. Examples of writing samples are research profiles, articles and editorials, research papers, media and communications pieces, and/or strategic planning documents.

Send all materials to D Pei Wu, email Please put “CA DCIW Community Organizer” and your name in the subject line. Peopleof color, LGBTQ, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with priority to those received by February 19, 2018 with anticipated start date on or before April 1, 2018.


IW staff enjoy a strong benefits package including health insurance, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, competitive salaries, holiday and vacation policies, and a pension plan.

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers