Political Coordinator
SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West - California

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Position: Political Coordinator Northern California

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Position Summary :

The Political Coordinator is responsible for supervising and mentoring staff within the Department as well as strategic planning and leading on issue and electoral campaigns within the union that empower our members to be a strong force at their worksites, in the legislative process, and at the ballot box.

Areas of Responsibility
  • Supervise staff, build capacity and drive performance to meet organizational goals;
  • Develop political strategy and integrate politics with all the work of the union.
  • Manage a successful program to create effective advocacy relationships between the membership and elected officials, community partners, and other stakeholders;
  • Train staff on recruiting members for political fundraising, electoral campaigns and legislative meetings and other union activities;
  • Play a leadership role with multiple levels of staff and members to create and execute successful worksite campaigns, contract and organizing campaigns, elected official accountability activities, and issue and electoral campaigns;
  • Provide leadership support to our Committee On Political Education (COPE);
  • Analyze and track legislation, prepare testimony, write position papers, letters, reports, and flyers as it pertains to specific campaigns;
  • Participate in and work with SEIU communicators to prepare the creation of member education materials;
  • Plan and manage multiple campaigns and projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment requiring rapid adjustment to changing priorities and strategies;
  • Manage our participation with Central Labor Councils, various coalitions and constituencies and other SEIU locals.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills;
  • Minimum of five years legislative and proven talents in political organizing, or campaign experience with a labor union, state or local agency or association, non-profit community organization or progressive elected official;
  • Ability to travel and willingness to work long hours and weekends, as needed;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to motivate, lead, build strong working relationships and hold others accountable;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to creating a positive work environment that encourages personal responsibility, initiative and innovation;
  • Self motivated, great attitude and strong team player;
  • Strong sense of professionalism and integrity;
  • Proven ability to work with a diverse group of people, from union members to union staff and leaders to elected officials to other community and issue stakeholders;
  • Thorough knowledge of MS Office programs and relevant databases;
  • Previous experience in speech writing, media work, and other communication/public relations fields is highly desirable; and,
  • Fluency in a second language is desirable.


SEIU-UHW offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefit package.