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Job Listing Date
1 Sept 2019
Work Type
Full Time
Human Resources & Recruitment, Industrial & Employee Relations

Job Description – Organiser, Auckland

Position Title:          Organiser


Reports to:               General Secretary

Accountable to:      General Secretary

1. Organiser’s role

The role will facilitate workplace organisation, school representative development and member activism. The organiser will undertake the collective bargaining of school agreements and will advocate on behalf of members in employment related cases. The organiser will also develop and implement the union’s digital platform organising strategy. Given the size of the union, organisers may be delegated oversight of union functions and administrative tasks.

The Organiser works to:

  • Increase union density in allocated schools
  • Increase the number and skills of ISEA representatives
  • Advocate on behalf of members in employment issues
  • Organise members in actions to win issues at work
  • Encourage members’ participation in union democracy and union education
  • Develop the union’s digital platforms for organising and campaigns in conjunction with IT specialists.

In carrying out the union’s strategy, organisers will:

1.           Participate in the termly planning cycle and report on their activities and outcomes Develop site plans for allocated schools

2.           Develop and maintain the overall e-organising plan

3.           Review plans in conjunction with General Secretary

2. Responsibilities

The organiser works nationally in addition to allocated bargaining sites.

The job involves some travel so good driving skills and willingness to travel to other the other main centres is essential. The Organiser needs to be able to operate without external supervision and therefore previous experience as an organiser is a requirement.

The Organiser is responsible for building union organisation in areas of new or existing membership by:

  1. Bargaining local Collective Agreements consistent with the ISEA’s national bargaining standards
  2. Keep a work log and oversee all employment issues (including delegations) to at least mediation level
  3. Undertake such union wide administrative tasks as directed by General Secretary from time to time.


2. Implementing the ISEA’s strategic plans, including:

  • Organising and developing a plan targeting membership segments.
  • Developing member leadership and capacity.
  • Encouraging recruitment by ISEA representatives.
  • Building union organisation by developing digital platforms that membership is willing to engage with.
  • Running workshops and skills development to enhance ISEA goals.
  • Developing content which will enhance member skills and knowledge of union.
  • Developing a network of ISEA representatives and member activists who will engage in broader activities to improve the lives of workers.


3. Qualities/skills required:

  • Ability to work effectively in a small team
  • Ability to be motivate and upskill ISEA representatives and staff to embrace digital platforms  
  • Ability to organise and recruit members and strengthen collective bargaining
  • Ability to negotiate with employers and advocate effectively on behalf of members to improve employment conditions
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and facilitative skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice.


4. Experience that may be an advantage:

  • Experience as a union organiser, particularly with an understanding of organising and campaigning
  • Experience in adult or informal education
  • Experience in advocating on behalf of people and clearly articulating their issues
  • Good knowledge of relevant employment legislation.
The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
  • Have you worked in a role which requires a sound understanding of employment & workplace relations?
  • How many years' experience do you have in industrial relations & employment law?
  • Are you available to work outside your usual hours when required? (e.g. weekends, evenings, public holidays)
  • Do you own or have regular access to a car?

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