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Job Description – Lead Organiser


Lead Organiser 

Reports to:

Head of Industrial Relations and Campaigns 

Job purpose:

The Lead Organiser's core responsibility is to contribute to the implementation and ongoing development of the Union's organising strategy and plan in conjunction with the Head of IR/C. She/He will manage the implementation of this plan and a day-to-day basis and assign tasks throughout our organising staff, seconded staff and activists to grow and strengthen the union. The LO will report on a weekly basis, and as required/requested, to the Head of IR/C. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage the Organising Unit under the overall direction of the Head of Industrial Relations and Campaigns. 
  • Implement and develop the Organising Plan.
  • Support and assist all roles and functions in the union engaged in organising activity. 
  • Encourage all union staff to be involved in organising. 
  • Develop recruitment techniques and tactics - based on best practice - for inclusion in FSU training.
  • Deliver training in organising to all levels of the union as required.
  • Arrange and/or deliver Monthly organising training for members.
  • Achieve access to induction courses for new staff in employments and ensure that the presentations to be given at induction courses are kept up to date.
  • Seek to achieve and maintain overarching 'access' agreements in all employments to facilitate workplace visits and on-site meetings of staff.
  • Develop ‘digital access’ agreements with employers to provide for remote recruitment by activists. 
  • Develop digital skills and tactics for organising. 
  • Seek to achieve release for ‘member organisers’ to support infill growth. 
  • Work in conjunction with Officials/Officers in each employment to assess recruitment opportunities and develop campaigning actions to complement the collective bargaining agenda
  • Engage with and provide guidance and advice to workers in non-unionised employments with a view to develop the potential for organising in that employment.
  • Support our greenfield organising committees in Games, Tech and Animation to grow and ultimately unionise these sectors.
  • Develop and implement our digital organising activity including surveys, petitions, Linked In presence, FB groups, non-member sign up mtgs in conjunction with relevant colleagues in FSU.
  • Implement specific organising campaigns for the top targets identified in mapping exercises and, where necessary, arrange for an Officers and SC members to participate. 
  • Review the effectiveness of all actions and campaigns in the context of the Union's overall Organising Plan and make recommendations to the Head of IR/C and General Secretary for improvements.
  • Develop organising leads through the advice centre.
  • Support the Advice Centres outreach plans.
  • Manage and improve the unions new members process. 
  • Assist in increasing the capabilities of all FSU staff and seconded officers in organising. 
  • Undertake such other tasks as may be required from time to time by the Head of IR/C and/or General Secretary.

Key skills and experience:

The successful candidate should be able to:

  • Identify strategic targets and develop organising plans
  • Implement and develop plans
  • Manage competing priorities 
  • Be highly competent in all areas of organising, including: 

           - at least 3 years organising experience

           - proficient in digital organising

           - innovate and integrate new and traditional organising methodologies into         work

           - have proven successes 

  • Plan and report

           - analyse data/information and uses it to inform planning and 


           - translate strategic objectives into operational plans 

  • Leadership: 

           - manage and value diversity in teams 

           - supervise, motivate and support staff and activists to achieve results 

           - manage performance 

  • Development: 

           - assess and develop organisers and key activists skills

           - embeds development opportunities in day to day work 

  • Communication:

           - Clearly communicate both orally and in writing

Critical competencies for this role:

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Communication 

Additional competencies required:

 The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:
  • Flexibility
  • Relationship building
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Work ethic

If you are interested in applying for this role please send your CV with a covering letter to alice.keogh@fsunion.org or carol@executiveedge.ie