United Healthcare Workers East

Communication Director

New York City, NY

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest, fastest-growing, most progressive healthcare Union in the country, and we are looking for a Communication Director to work out of our main office.

The members of 1199SEIU are driven by a mission to achieve quality healthcare and good jobs for all. This position oversees, directs, and implements all aspects of 1199SEIU UHWE integrated communications and new media operation to support the Union’s priorities. If you want to work in a fast-paced, action-oriented environment, using the latest communications strategies and principles to win social justice for working families, this job is for you.


  • Advises and works with 1199SEIU UHWE President, officers and staff leaders to develop union communications strategies and plans.
  • Monitors the communications work of all staff to ensure high quality standards, best practices, and consistency of message throughout 1199SEIU UHWE.
  • Evaluates the objectives, promotional policies, and/or needs of the organization to develop and implement messaging strategies that will influence both internally and externally.
  • Plans, directs, and oversees work to develop 1199SEIU UHWE’s brand, and implementation of public messages through earned and paid media, social media, allies and public forums.
  • Directs the design, preparation and editing of organizational publications for internal and external audiences, including magazines, newsletters, flyers, brochures, radio ads, paid media and other communication vehicles for the union.
  • Evaluates, recommends, and implements changes to departmental structure as needed in order to deliver excellence in communications support to 1199SEIU UHWE and the said structure is aligned with the goals of the union.
  • Oversees and regularly evaluates the communications staff and their developmental needs. In some instances staff will be co-supervised with other division/department directors.
  • Recommends the hiring of communications consultants, pollsters, freelancers, video and multi-media producers, design and production companies and advertising outlets and directs and monitors their work.
  • Prepares, manages, and monitors departmental, communications programs, and communications portion of campaign budgets.
  • Performs other duties as needed to support 1199SEIU UHWE’s goals and mission.


  • A high level of judgment; ability to take initiative and work independently; ability to collaboratively work with elected 1199SEIU UHWE’s leaders, members, and staff in complex and sometimes sensitive political situations, always exercising a high level of professionalism.
  • Must have a minimum of six (6) years of experience in communications for a progressive political campaign, non-profit organization or Union.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Social Justice and Labor Movement.
  • Proficiency in desktop publishing software, graphics or photo imaging software, Web page creation and editing software, and evaluates and recommends new and improved products.
  • Experience in video creation and editing software and Web platform development software.
  • Must thrive in an environment with tight deadlines, changeling priorities, high-pressure and irregular hours.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this title. They do not include all job duties performed by employees in the title and every position does not necessarily require the same duties.

All interested persons meeting the minimum qualifications are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to JOBS@1199.ORG.

1199/SEIU is an equal opportunity employer.

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