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Government Relations Advocate 

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:

The Government Relations Organizer in the Political Department reports to the Assistant Director for Government Relations and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to advance SEIU-UHW's strategic goals through legislative advocacy, coalition building, and regulatory advocacy.

Position Requirements

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Advocate for SEIU-UHW’s legislative, budget, and administrative priorities;
  • Track and analyze legislation, with particular focus on healthcare, labor, and workforce development;
  • Draft legislative language with support from legal team and Legislative Counsel;
  • Cultivate and maintain organizational relationships with state legislators and their staff;
  • Recruit coalition partners for legislation and to support SEIU-UHW’s other political priorities;
  • Work with SEIU-UHW staff and members to integrate legislative, budget, and administrative strategies into SEIU-UHW’s priorities;
  • Plan and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment;
  • Prepare and/or support the creation of materials related to SEIU-UHW’s legislative priorities for diverse audiences including legislators, SEIU-UHW members, coalition partners, and the public;
  • Represent and testify on behalf of SEIU-UHW in legislative and informational hearings,
  • Collaborate with other departments, including Research and Communications, within SEIU-UHW
  • Represent SEIU-UHW’s interests at stakeholder tables;
  • Empower SEIU-UHW’s membership to build effective advocacy relationships with elected officials, community partners, and other stakeholders; and,
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Minimum of three years legislative, advocacy, political organizing, or campaign experience with an elected official, labor union, state or local agency or association, or non-profit community organization;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to travel and willing 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, ability to work independently, great attitude and strong team player;
  • Strong sense of professionalism and integrity;
  • Proven ability to work with 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;
  • Relationships with legislators, legislative staffers, and advocates desirable;
  • Knowledge of California’s healthcare industry is desirable; and
  • Previous experience in speech writing, media work, and other communication/public relations fields is desirable.
Location Sacramento  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary SEIU-UHW offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefit package.  
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.  

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