1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

United Healthcare Workers East


Communications Coordinator

Assignment in New Jersey


With over 450,000 members throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, and Washington, DC, 1199SEIU is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in the nation. Since our founding in 1932, our mission has been to stand up for quality healthcare, good jobs and social justice for all. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called 1199 his favorite union and referred to us as “the authentic conscience of the labor movement." Over the years 1199 has won some of the highest standards for healthcare workers in the country, including good wages and benefits, safe staffing, paid time off, secure retirement, model childcare and education benefits and a real voice work in the workplace. Our members are highly politically engaged and active, so we have the strength to advocate with government and elected officials for our patients, families and communities. We are affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) which has over 2 million members and is the largest labor union in North America.

POSITION TITLE: Communications Coordinator


  • 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 via email to: erin.rojas@1199.org.
1199SEIU is an equal opportunity employer.

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