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Political and Community Organizer (Northern California)


About the Job


Emeryville, 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 help lead the union’s legislative, electoral, and community relations activities in multiple locations throughout California. The position works out of our Emeryville 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.


  • Acts as the primary day-to-day contact between the Union and municipal, county, state, and federal elected officials and staff.
  • Acts as the primary day-to-day 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.
  • Organizes the electoral and grassroots lobbying work of other staff and rank-and-file leaders, providing educational materials, training as necessary, and logistical support.
  • Monitors political and public policy developments and develops options for action.
  • Participates in ongoing community coalitions around healthcare, workers’ rights, and other matters of institutional interest to the Union.
  • Helps develop political strategies in support of the Union’s organizing and bargaining efforts and builds ad-hoc coalitions and other community actions to support them.
  • Works with organizers and rank-and-file leaders to conduct endorsement interviews and make advisory recommendations to the Union’s Executive Board.
  • Supports organizers and rank-and-file leaders in meeting the political fundraising goals of the Union’s Committee on Political Education (COPE).



  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to relate successfully to individuals of all races, nationalities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, income levels, educational backgrounds, and health care occupational groups.
  • Three years or more successful prior experience in 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.
  • Commitment to democratic unionist principles (member-led decision making and mass participation), and readiness to take on a wide breadth of assignments to build worker power.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications and use of the Internet.
  • Must have a car, driver license, adequate auto insurance, and a cell phone with email capability.


  • Prior union experience and a basic knowledge of health care policy and public finance are strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish as well as English.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary $62,400-$103,492
  • $6,000 auto allowance
  • Employer-paid medical and dental benefits for employee and family
  • Life insurance for employee
  • Holidays, sick leave, vacation
  • FSA and HRA plans
  • 401(k) with 14 percent 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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