SEIU UHW West, United Healthcare Workers West

United Healthcare Workers West

Meetings and Travel Coordinator

Based in Oakland or Los Angeles, CA


Position: Meetings and Travel Coordinator
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Oakland or LA

SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW) is one of the largest healthcare unions in California. We are caregivers from every sector of the industry. United to win better care for our patients and better lives for our families and ourselves. For further information about UHW, please visit our website: www.seiu-uhw.org.

Position Summary:
We are seeking an individual to join the Meetings & Travel Department of this dynamic and fast-paced organization. We're looking for an organized, detail-oriented professional who enjoys planning events and takes pride in every detail. We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running in providing daily travel oversight and, as well as overseeing union-wide meetings and events, including conventions, meetings, conferences, summits, trainings, and other activities requiring meeting logistics and travel. Under the supervision of the Division Director or Assistant Division Director, the Coordinator collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the department’s strategic organizational plan.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Manages multiple systems and databases such as Salesforce, Concur, Zendesk and Cvent.
  • Works with UHW divisions/departments in coordinating and implementing meetings and travel for staff and members.
  • Act as main contact for event venues and vendors; actively prospect new event venues and contacts.
  • Plan and implement large-scale special events.
  • Review, negotiate and execute all event contracts including but not limited to talent, venue, catering services, staffing needs, etc; ensure contract and payment completion.
  • Identify innovative ideas, technology, and best practices to improve operational excellence to drive traveler satisfaction and safety, policy compliance, cost reduction, and program efficiency.
  • Support the day-to-day travel operations of the organization and provide solutions with follow through travel related issues for employees and members.
  • Ensure and track compliance with all configured travel policies and procedures and provide analysis and reports as needed.
  • Train/walk travelers and travel arrangers through the use of travel-related technology components including but not limited to the online booking tool
  • Leads the team of dedicated admin in booking and securing travel for members and staff.
  • Performs other duties as required to support the department and its mission.


  • Strong passion for and commitment to the labor movement and other social justice movements.
  • Hunger to be successful, humility to learn and willingness to take risks.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relations with diverse membership and staff.
  • Ability to take initiative, to work collaboratively with a team, and manage evolving needs of the event and ensure successful execution.
  • Three years of meeting and event planning in a fast paced /short lead time environment.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Bilingual is a plus.
  • Excellent planning, execution, organization, and multitasking skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently.
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (including Office 365, SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Qualified applicants must be able to balance multiple demands, be comfortable with aggressive timelines, and quickly change directions when priorities shift
  • Knowledge of meeting planning policies and procedures with the ability to create and update travel and event documentation and procedures
  • Knowledge of budget management and preparation.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of travel industry systems such as SAP Concur Travel.
  • Ability to effectively manage and prioritize a high volume of demands, concurrent projects and meet established timelines with quick turnaround time
  • Experience in union or other non-profit is a plus.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to make presentations.


  • The Coordinator works closely with and interacts with employees, Union members, unorganized workers, employers, government officials, the Executive Board members, officers, other staff, staff from other labor organizations, hotels, vendors, and grassroots organizations.


  • The coordinator is required to have a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a working automobile.
  • Vehicles purchased must be union made as approved by the United Auto Workers Union as a condition to receive the auto allowance.

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting at a computer workstation for extended periods (up to four hours at a time) typing; Ability to bend and stoop; Ability to lift up to 10lbs.
  • Employees must recognize that working in the labor movement is tough, demanding work, which sometimes requires working long irregular hours including weekends, nights and holidays that may necessitate over time;
  • Driving /Travel both statewide and out of state with overnights and periods away from home may be required.

SEIU-UHW offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefit package.

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

To apply for this position or to search other openings, please go to our jobs page at: https://www.seiu-uhw.org/about-seiu-uhw/jobs/.

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