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Communication Specialist 

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.  

SEIU-UHW members have an ambitious plan that includes committing our union to improving healthcare quality and outcomes, lowering cost and expanding access and providing a platform for healthcare providers to advocate for a more just healthcare system. We are looking for either experienced, senior-level or entry-level communications staff to work on exciting campaigns.

Position Summary:

The Communications Department of SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West handles all aspects of communications in support of our organizing, legislative and contract bargaining campaigns.

Position Requirements

The SEIU-UHW Communications Specialist functions include the following:

  • Work with team and independently to develop and execute on communications strategies, messaging, plans, and timelines.
  • Develop creative ways to communicate with members and the public, including but not limited to social media, effective email, and text messaging.
  • Develop our identity and brand for SEIU-UHW and SEIU-UHW-associated projects or campaigns.
  • Conceptualize, shoot, and edit video projects for quick use in social media and longer videos for presentations.
  • Train SEIU-UHW members and staff to be effective spokespeople and storytellers.
  • Write, edit, and design effective direct mail, leaflets, and other printed materials.
  • Write, edit, and design advertising for use online and in print.
  • Write, edit, and design content for social media accounts and websites.
  • Create effective concepts and messaging for events including signage and promotional materials.
  • Write, edit, and distribute press releases; contact reporters to pitch stories or events.
  • Analyze and report on communications outcomes and apply that learning to future communications. (ex: social media engagement and effectiveness, or tracking snail mail program performance.)


  • Ability to work closely with a team, accommodate requests from team members, and assimilate input from multiple sources.
  • At least 2 years of experience working in communications for non-profit organizations, progressive political campaigns, or unions.
  • Excellent visual, written, and verbal communications skills.
  • Design experience and proficiency in Adobe InDesign or Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Experience shooting and editing video using Adobe Premiere or similar program.
  • Experience developing content for and executing on social media plans.
  • Works collaboratively with campaigns and departments at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills, and an ability to deliver high-quality results with minimal instruction and a short turn-around time.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, an 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;
  • Must thrive in an environment with tight deadlines; changing priorities, high-pressure and irregular hours.
  • Spanish language fluency preferred.

Written placement test required of all applicants.

Location Oakland  
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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