1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

United Healthcare Workers East


Senior Communications Coordinator
Communications Department

Based in New York City, NY


POSITION TITLE: Senior Communications Coordinator
ASSIGNMENT: Communications Department
AREA: New York
REPORTS TO: Communication Director


  • Fulfilling Communication Requests:
    • Work with New Organizing staff to accommodate their campaign communications needs.
  • Strategy, Planning and Follow-through:
    • Create communications strategies, timelines and plans;
    • Track those plans and ensure campaign communications needs and deadlines are being met,
  • Staff Development and Supervision:
    • Oversee the daily work of other New Organizing Communications staff,
    • Work with the New Organizing Communication Director to regularly evaluate communications staff and ensure they are getting the tools, training and opportunities they need to grow,
    • Fill in and run the Communications Department in the absence of the Director.
  • Literature Production:
    • Write, edit, and design one-page flyers, brochures and other literature.
    • Follow through with vendors to ensure purchase order process is followed and bills are paid in a timely manner,
  • Media Outreach:
    • Write, edit and distribute press releases, letters to the editor, and op-eds.
    • When needed, make outreach calls to reporters and cultivate relationships with media,
    • Train workers and staff to be media spokespeople,
  • Paid Media:
    • Write, edit and produce newspaper and radio ads and other paid media,
  • Video Production:
    • Conceptualize, shoot and edit videos or coordinate with outside video vendors to produce campaign videos.
  • New Media.:
    • Work with designer and other team members to produce websites, text messaging campaigns and other new media.

Excellent ability to work closely with a team, accommodate request from team members, and assimilate input from multiple sources; Excellent inter-personal skills, a positive, enthusiastic attitude and a commitment to contribute to a positive work environment; An ability and commitment to modeling pro-active leadership behavior and skills; Ability and enthusiasm to take responsibility for whole communications campaigns and see each component through to a successful conclusion; Deep commitment to the labor movement and progressive causes; Excellent visual, written and verbal communications skills; BA or higher; At least 2 years’ experience working in communications for a progressive political campaign, non-profit organization or Union; Proficiency in word required, experience with design programs such as Quark preferred, proficiency shooting and editing video strongly preferred, ability and willingness to learn media database technology required; Ability to take good quality photos preferred; Must thrive in an environment with tight deadlines, 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 résumé and cover letter to: jobs@1199.org.

1199/SEIU is an equal opportunity employer.

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