1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

United Healthcare Workers East


Communication Specialist

Based in Quincy, MA


POSITION TITLE:    Communication Specialist
CLASSIFICATION:    Permanent/Full time
YEARLY SALARY RANGE:    $74,000 to $77,000
BENEFITS:    Competitive Benefit Package Offered

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.

Supporting the communications staff and union leadership

  • Work with communications staff, union leadership and organizers to accommodate their campaign communications needs quickly and efficiently.

Literature production

  • Write, edit, and produce direct mail, flyers, brochures, and other literature.
  • Follow through with vendors to ensure purchase process is followed and bills are paid in a timely manner.
  • Help organizers create one-page flyers for facility distribution

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 effective media spokespeople.

Paid media

  • Write, edit and produce newspaper, radio and online ads and other paid media.
  • Coordinate the placement and payment process for ads.

Video production

  • Conceptualize, shoot and edit videos or coordinate with outside video vendors to produce campaign videos.

New media

  • Work with designers to create and maintain websites, text messaging campaigns, social and other new media.

Signage and promotional materials

  • Create effective messaging, design and concepts for signage and promotional materials.
  • Coordinate the ordering and payment process for promotional items.


  • Coordinate logistics and purchasing for events and press conferences.


  • Help maintain our media database and communications file system.


  • Excellent ability to work closely with a team, accommodate requests from team members, and assimilate input from multiple sources.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, an enthusiastic attitude and a commitment to contribute to a positive work environment.
  • An ability and commitment to modeling pro-active leadership behavior and skills.
  • Deep commitment to the labor movement and progressive causes.
  • Excellent visual, written and verbal communications skills.
  • BA or higher.
  • At least 2-3 years’ experience working in communications for a progressive political campaign, non-profit organization or union.
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel and ability to learn media database technology required.
  • Experience with design programs, shooting and editing video and taking good quality photos preferred.
  • Must thrive in an environment with tight deadlines, changing priorities, high-pressure and irregular hours.
  • 1199SEIU is an affirmative action employer- women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

General Information:
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.

To Apply:
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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