Published: August 2, 2023

Applications are now being accepted for SEIU 503’s Caucus Member Leadership Development Program (MLDP). Over the course of four weeks, the Caucus MLDP participant will help build our union by organizing caucus membership and identifying issues relevant to our members. The Caucus MLDP participant will receive classroom training with a group of MLDPs working on other projects and one on one field training from skilled organizers with a focus on developing and strengthening their leadership and organizing skills.

The program will run from September 4th through October 31, 2023.

Entry into the MLDP is competitive. The caucus will then review applications and schedule interviews. Past MLDP participants are welcome to apply and may be selected, but priority is given to first-time participants.

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Primary Duties

  • Attend several days of training at either the Portland or Salem field office (the location will be determined prior to the start of each wave). Lodging will be provided for people outside the Portland/Salem area.
  • Coordinate with the Caucus Chairs and staff coordinators to build a work plan that involves reaching out and organizing members of our union.
  • Support the planning and coordination of the Civil and Human Rights Conference.
  • Host forums or meetings in locations around the state in order to connect in-person with caucus members.

Requirements for participants

  • If you are a home care worker or personal support worker, it is your responsibility to find coverage and respite care for your client during the times you are participating in the MLDP.
  • Generally, MLDPs must have a reliable automobile, auto insurance, and a valid driver’s license and be able to drive several miles each day. We can make accommodations for people with disabilities.
  • You must be able to work a full 40, scheduled hours per week.
  • You must be able to effectively work independently.
  • You must be able to accurately track and report work activities and participate in all scheduled trainings, meetings, and conference calls.

Program Logistics

This is a paid program, you will be paid replacement wages or $20/hr, whichever is greater. You will be paid COBRA reimbursements, if necessary, for your work-related health care coverage to continue for the full duration of the program. In addition, you will receive the equivalent of the pension contribution paid by your SEIU-represented employer. You will also be paid mileage at the full IRS rate for all non-commute miles driven during the program.

The program will run from September 4th through October 31, 2023.

The work schedule will consist of 40 hours a week, some of which may be on weekends and evenings when hosting meetings except for the first week of the program, which will be largely classroom-based and field training. The first week schedule will be Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm. There will be a couple of additional training days in the final week of the program and that schedule will also be 9 am to 5:30 pm. Exact schedule and training location will be worked out during the MLDP.

In addition to initial training, participants will be supported with daily check-in calls with an organizer as well additional one on one field training throughout the program.

The deadline to apply is August 8th, 2023.