SEIU UHW West, United Healthcare Workers West

United Healthcare Workers West

Government Relations Organizer/Advocate

Based in Sacramento, CA


Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Position Summary:
The Government Relations Organizer/Advocate in the Political Department reports to the Assistant Director for Government Relations and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to advance SEIU-UHW’s strategic goals by navigating the regulatory process, legislative advocacy, and coalition building.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Advocate for SEIU-UHW’s legislative, budget, and administrative priorities;
  • Track and analyze legislation, with particular focus on healthcare, labor, and workforce development;
  • Draft legislative language with support from legal team and Legislative Counsel;
  • Cultivate and maintain organizational relationships with state legislators and their staff;
  • Recruit coalition partners for legislation and to support SEIU-UHW’s other political priorities;
  • Work with SEIU-UHW staff and members to integrate legislative, budget, and administrative strategies into SEIU-UHW’s priorities;
  • Plan and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment;
  • Prepare and/or support the creation of materials related to SEIU-UHW’s legislative priorities for diverse audiences including legislators, SEIU-UHW members, coalition partners, and the public;
  • Represent and testify on behalf of SEIU-UHW in legislative and informational hearings,
  • Collaborate with other departments, including Research and Communications, within SEIU-UHW
  • Represent SEIU-UHW’s interests at stakeholder tables;
  • Empower SEIU-UHW’s membership to build effective advocacy relationships with elected officials, community partners, and other stakeholders; and,
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Minimum of three years legislative, advocacy, political organizing, or campaign experience with an elected official, labor union, state or local agency or association, or non-profit community organization;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to travel and willing to work long hours and weekends, as needed;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to motivate, lead, build strong working relationships and hold others accountable;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to creating a positive work environment that encourages personal responsibility, initiative and innovation;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work independently, great attitude and strong team player;
  • Strong sense of professionalism and integrity;
  • Proven ability to work with diverse group of people, from union members to union staff and leaders to elected officials to other community and issue stakeholders;
  • Thorough knowledge of MS Office programs;
  • Relationships with legislators, legislative staffers, and advocates desirable;
  • Knowledge of California’s healthcare industry is desirable; and
  • Previous experience in speech writing, media work, and other communication/public relations fields is desirable.

Salary is on a scale that starts at $91k and includes a generous benefit package.

SEIU is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability.

To Apply
Please go to our jobs page at: https://www.seiu-uhw.org/about-seiu-uhw/jobs/.

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