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Community Organizer 

About the Organization Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) is one of the largest unions of hospital workers in the western United States, with more than 100,000 members.

Our members are frontline caregivers, including respiratory care practitioners, dietary, environmental services and nursing staff who keep Californians healthy.

We live and work throughout California: from the Bay Area to Sacramento and Los Angeles to the Central Valley.

Our union of healthcare workers is driven to improve the healthcare system. Our mission is to provide quality care for all patients, expand access to excellent, affordable healthcare for all Californians and improve living standards for all workers.

The majority of SEIU-UHW members work in the state's largest private sector health systems' hospitals and clinics, including Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Sutter Health, Tenet, Prime and Daughters of Charity.  

Position Summary:

Are you passionate about social justice and healthcare?

Do you believe that when people act together they have power?

Are you committed to taking action so that change can happen?

Do you understand the value of membership based movement building?

Are you inspired by storytelling and drawing out people's stories?

Do you enjoy having conversations with people in the community about issues that impact them?

Are you ready to empower everyday people by developing their leadership skills?

If so, our Community Organizer position could be a great fit for you!

We are looking for a dynamic and effective Community Organizer to grow the Union of Patients. This job is about fighting to fix large scale healthcare issues that impact the wellness of our communities. This job is about team building and leadership development. This job is about teaching patients how to advocate for their health, engaging them in legislative and political work, and guiding them to lead their communities to participate.

The Community Organizer works directly with people in a diverse range of communities, whether they are insured, underinsured, or uninsured, to build teams of leaders who are actively fighting for healthcare justice by: growing their membership base, recruiting new leaders, cultivating new teams, and directing the energy of our collective power toward achieving meaningful outcomes for everyone.

The ideal candidate has achieved success in grassroots membership based organizing or community organizing.

If this all sounds good, you will love SEIU-UHW's innovative Community Division which focuses on organizing outside of the workplace to build leadership teams in the community of patients and working families. Our Community Division, or Union of Patients as we refer to it, joins forces with healthcare workers to battle major healthcare issues in the interest of improving the quality of health for all. We firmly believe that to do this, it requires prioritizing issues that disproportionately impact people of color and the working class. And because we approach these issues at the largest possible scale to bring about the biggest possible change, you will be part of a dynamic and diverse statewide team.

Position Requirements


  • Individual membership/donor fundraising through membership recruitment and contributor conversations and training their leaders to have membership recruitment/contributor conversations.
  • Identifies, recruits and develops leaders who are passionate about healthcare justice issues.
  • Builds and develops diverse teams of leaders in a wide range of communities.
  • Leads teams of leaders on issue based organizing.
  • Facilitates trainings on leadership development, organizing conversations, leading teams, team building, and issue organizing.
  • Must learn our organizing methodology and exercise leadership in bringing new organizing ideas to the team.
  • Responsibility for having one on one conversations with leaders, weekly committee meetings, area meetings and leadership summits.
  • Organizes rallies, actions and demonstrations.
  • Recruits leaders to participate in lobbying at State, Federal and local levels and educates and mobilizes community leaders around our Union’s healthcare justice political program.
  • Responsible for drafting work plans, meeting agendas and planning union wide campaign work.
  • Responsible for maintaining their data up to date on Salesforce platform.
  • Must use online membership program: Pledge Up.
  • Required to work long and varying hours including weekends, nights and holidays. Regular house visits, blitzes, canvassing and occasional healthcare worksite visits.
  • Driving long distances for extended periods of time is also required. Travel both statewide and out of state with overnights and periods away from home may be required.
Location Los Angeles  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary SEIU-UHW offers a competitive salary based on experience, with generous benefits and a work environment that values team building, diversity and a culture of feedback and development.  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
EOE Statement SEIU-UHW is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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