1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

United Healthcare Workers East


Communication Specialist

Based in New York City, NY


About 1199SEIU UHWE
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: Communication Specialist
ASSIGNMENT: New Organizing
AREA: New York, NY
REPORTS TO: Senior Communications Coordinator New Organizing

Job Functions:

  • Support the planning and implementation of communications strategies for New Organizing campaigns.
  • Work collaboratively to adapt and/or create digital and social media content for New Organizing campaigns.
  • Work collaboratively to develop leaflets, mailers, and other materials for New Organizing campaigns.
  • Assist in the execution of earned and paid media efforts, including drafting press releases and op-eds, outreach calls to reporters, and spokesperson preparation.
  • The specialist will be expected to assist with communication assignments as needed for the Union


  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • At least one (1) year working experience in communications for a progressive political campaign, union or non-profit organization.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Internet/Intranet and Email).
  • Experience with design programs such as Adobe preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to learn media database technology.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to take good quality photos preferred.
  • Must thrive in an environment with tight deadlines and high pressure.
  • Ability to organize work assignments.
  • Excellent team player with the ability to assimilate input for materials from multiple team members.
  • Understanding of and commitment to social justice and the Labor Movement.
  • Ability to work long hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Familiarity with all forms of social media and experience in designing and maintaining social media accounts

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: erin.rojas@1199.org.

1199/SEIU is an equal opportunity employer.

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