Patient Advocacy Organizer – Emeryville or Glendale

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 an effective organizer and creative thinker who is resourceful and hard-working.  They will work as part of a team of researchers, organizers and other staff on ongoing campaigns. The work of a Patient Advocacy Organizer is a mixture of organizing, advocacy, and coordination with other staff and external partner organizations to improve care for patients and win justice for healthcare workers.

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 15,000 mental health clinicians, nurses, nursing assistants, medical technicians, clerks, and service workers. NUHW members are leading the fight to improve patient care, raise living standards, hold healthcare corporations accountable to their employees and the communities they serve, and win Medicare for All. 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.

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  • Commitment to fighting for workers’ and patients’ rights, as well as activist experience;
  • Strong interpersonal, organizing, and presentation skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office and Google Docs) and basic statistical/quantitative skills;
  • BA degree or relevant advocacy and organizing experience;
  • Willingness to work long and sometimes irregular hours;
  • Ability to manage a workload with competing priorities and deadlines and thrive in fast-changing circumstances where it will be necessary to work independently and take initiative;
  • Respect for and nonjudgmental treatment of all regardless of age, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ethnicity or ability.


  • Investigate and document care problems;
  • Advise patients and family members about how to address care problems via governmental and non-governmental complaint processes, and connect them with legal support as appropriate;
  • Work with patients and family members to develop organizing approaches to address care problems;
  • Develop, expand, and manage NUHW’s relationships with patient and health care advocacy organizations, including the design and execution of collaborative projects;
  • Conduct outreach and communication to patients, families, advocacy organizations, and others.

Compensation: Salary $56,000-$100,000, employer paid medical and dental benefits for employee and family; auto allowance; life insurance for employee; holidays, sick leave, vacation; HRA and FSA plans; 401(k) with 14% employer contribution.

How to Apply

Email your resume, cover letter, and references

Put your beliefs and skills into action. Apply today and be part of making history!

NUHW is committed to staff diversity.  We welcome qualified people of all backgrounds to apply.