Temporary Regional Organiser – Fixed-Term Contract for up to 12 Months (Subject’s to one Month’s Notice)

Applications for this job are now closed

This post is the key organising role in the Region
Guildford, Southampton or Reading
Starting salary
£44,515 per annum plus £2,791 Annual Subsistence Allowance Plus Car
Closing date
29 May 2019
Contract type
Full time, fixed term
Contract length
12 Months

About this job

The Regional Organiser is the key generic organising role in the region, with responsibility for recruitment, retention and organisation of members.

A powerful advocate of organising and building branch and membership organisation, you will:

  • Provide leadership to branches across the Region to ensure they have the strongest possible workplace organisation.
  • Support, guide and develop branches and activists through major periods of change in the delivery of public services.
  • Build branch organisation and performance, identifying training and development needs of activists and providing ongoing support through coaching and mentoring of stewards and branch officers.
  • Lead collective negotiations across the range of sectors which UNISON organises at local, regional or national level.
  • Represent members individually and collectively, assisting branches to develop systems and processes for managing and undertaking their casework effectively. You will have skills and experience that include:

The Person

  • Demonstrable leadership and motivational skills.
  • A track record of using initiative and independence over a broad area of activity.
  • Considerable knowledge of an industrial relations environment and a track record of high level negotiation and representation.
  • Experience of advocacy in difficult situations.
  • Ability to develop strategies, plans and solutions to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to work on and manage projects.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and experience of influencing people at all levels.
  • Ability to provide detailed reports and recommendations Work will include strategic responsibility for work with branches and employers, leading negotiations and undertaking complex casework including representation at final stage appeals.

While our Regional Organisers are regionally based they are required to be able to work in any team or location across the region. The initial focus of the work for this post will be as part of our West Organising Team working mainly in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Work will include strategic responsibility for work with branches and employers, leading negotiations and undertaking complex casework including representation at final stage appeals.

The Regional Organiser will manage a small team of organising staff and oversee the development and delivery of projects with branches and employers to build UNISON organisation and implement the unions’ bargaining and organising strategies.

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity, please download and complete the General application form (under “Resources”).

See job description and person specification (under “Documents”).

Please send 4 copies of completed General application form to Human Resources Department, UNISON, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY quoting Ref: R/24T.

Closing date for applications is noon on 29 May 2019.


UNISON is the UK’s leading public services trade union, with over 1.3 million members working in the public sector, private, voluntary and community sectors and in the energy services. We employ approximately 1,200 staff, with around 370 at our national centre in Euston in central London and the remainder in our 12 regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

UNISON is a dynamic, progressive union, committed to equality. We encourage men and women of all ages, Black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to work with us.