Director of Political and Community Organizing


About the Job


Emeryville, CA or Glendale, CA

Job Description

National Union of Healthcare Workers The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) is searching for a talented, hard-working individual committed to building a powerful and democratic union. The successful candidate for this position will be values-driven, self-motivated, and resourceful, with the skills, experience, and enthusiasm to lead the Union’s legislative, electoral, and community relations activities throughout California and Hawaii. This position leads and supervises the work of the staff that directly reports to them and collaborates with all Union staff in the overall development and implementation of NUHW’s strategic, organizational plans, while embracing NUHW’s principles, values, and culture. The position will work out of our Emeryville (San Francisco Bay Area) or Glendale (Greater Los Angeles) office.

About the Political and Community Organizing Department

The Political and Community Organizing team helps build and maintain our union's relationships with allies in our communities and in state, local, and federal government. The department leads our union's legislative and electoral coalitions and builds community coalitions in support of health care issues, workers' rights, and our members' contract campaigns.


  • Directing political and community organizing staff.
  • Participating in union leadership team.
  • Acting as a contact between the union and elected officials and staff.
  • Acting as a contact between the union and relevant staff leaders of other unions and allied groups to coordinate the union’s involvement in legislative and electoral coalitions.
  • Participating in ongoing community coalitions around healthcare, workers’ rights, and other matters of institutional interest to the union.
  • Directing the electoral and grassroots lobbying work of other staff and rank-and-file leaders, providing educational materials, training as necessary, and logistical support.
  • Directing union efforts and goals through coalition independent expenditures.
  • Participating in contract teams and developing political strategies in support of the union’s organizing and bargaining efforts; and building ad-hoc coalitions and other community actions to support them.
  • Supporting organizers and rank-and-file leaders in meeting the political fundraising goals of the union’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) and translating goals into COPE Budgets and donations.
  • Developing strategies for funding of public programs.
  • Assessing political propositions and geographical needs.
  • Monitoring political and public policy developments and developing options for action.
  • Working with NUHW organizers and rank-and-file leaders to conduct endorsement interviews and make advisory recommendations to the union’s executive board.



  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience training, leading, and directing staff
  • Capacity to establish and cultivate relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • 5 years or more successful prior experience in leading grassroots lobbying, electoral field work, community coalition building, or work as a legislative lobbyist or staff person
  • Demonstrated ability to work long hours, independently, under stress and tight timelines
  • Proficiency in computer applications including Gmail, Word, Excel, and use of the Internet
  • Must have a car, driver license, and insurance plus cell phone with email capability


  • Prior union organizing experience and a basic knowledge of healthcare policy and public finance
  • Fluency in Spanish

Compensation and Benefits

  • $130,732 annual salary
  • $6,600 auto allowance
  • Employer paid medical and dental benefits for employee and family
  • FSA and HRA plans
  • Life insurance for employee
  • Holidays, sick leave, vacation
  • 401(k) with 14% employer contribution

About NUHW

The National Union of Healthcare Workers is helping revitalize the labor movement with its commitment to worker empowerment and democratic ideals.

Founded in 2009, we have grown to represent more than 16,000 healthcare workers in hospitals, clinics, and county jails throughout California and Hawaii, including service, technical, professional, and home care workers, mental health clinicians, and nurses. NUHW members are leading the fight to improve patient care, raise living standards, and hold healthcare corporations accountable to their employees and the communities they serve. And NUHW-represented mental health clinicians are powerful advocates for ending the stigma surrounding mental illness and enforcing mental health parity rules so that patients get the treatment they need when they need it.

Learn more about NUHW and its values.

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