Press Secretary - New York City
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East - New York, NY

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1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest, fastest-growing, most progressive healthcare union in the country, and we are looking for a Press Secretary to work out of our New York City office. The members of 1199SEIU are driven by a mission to achieve quality healthcare and good jobs for all. If you want to work in a fast-paced, action-oriented environment, using the latest communications strategies to win social justice for working families, this job is for you.


- Developing and executing both the New York region and national press strategies for the organization.

-Asserting the union's role as a leading national voice for quality healthcare and good jobs.

-Developing short and long term press outreach plans.

-Working with communications staff in our other regions to optimize and coordinate our press strategies.-Working with leaders and organizers to fulfill their press outreach needs around campaigns and union-wide mobilizations.

-Developing messaging and talking points on specific issues and for the organization as a whole.

-Training leaders, members and staff to be effective media spokespeople.

-Developing, maintaining and expanding the union's media database.

-Writing and distributing press releases, op-eds and letters to the editor and making pitch calls.

-Forming strong working relationships with key reporters and editors.

-Ensuring the union and our issues have a strategic, consistent and powerful presence in the media.

-Beyond press relations, taking responsibility for coordinating whole communications campaigns, including planning and budgeting, writing literature and ads, etc.


Excellent ability to work closely with a team, accommodate requests from team members, and assimilate input from multiple source

Excellent inter-personal skills, a positive, enthusiastic attitude and a commitment to contribute to a positive work environment

An ability and commitment to modeling pro-active leadership behavior and skills.

The ability, experience, energy and enthusiasm to take responsibility for whole communications campaigns and pro-actively see each component through to a successful conclusion.

Deep commitment to the labor movement and progressive causes

Excellent visual, written and verbal communications skills.

BA or higher.

At least 5 years experience working in communications and press relations for progressive political campaigns, non-profit organizations or unions.

Proficiency in Word and Excel and ability to learn media database technology required.

Experience with social media tools and campaigns.

Must thrive in an environment with tight deadlines, changing priorities, high-pressure and irregular hours.
  • 1199SEIU is an affirmative action employer- women, people of color and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Compensation: 1199 offers competitive salaries as well as excellent benefits.