SEIU Local 1000

SEIU Local 1000

Communications Director

Based in Sacramento, CA


SEIU Local 1000 is the largest state worker union in the country, representing 96,000 state employees throughout California. Our mission is to engage, mobilize and represent both our members and our communities to achieve social and economic justice for all. The person selected to join our leadership team will share our goal of fighting for all working people and our vision for the future of the labor movement.

We’re searching for a Communications Director who brings extensive experience in crafting winning messages and strategies in a progressive campaign and or advocacy setting, fluency in 21st century tactics and a record of success directing rapid response and crisis communications efforts.

You’ll lead a team of communications specialists and work closely with the leadership of the union to engage and mobilize key internal and external audiences for organizing, representation, bargaining, and political and legislative campaigns. Local 1000’s Communications Department is a full-service operation responsible for print, design, digital, video and earned media communications, as well as event production.


  • Develop and implement Local 1000’s internal and external strategic communications plans, including in the areas of press, graphic design, mail and digital communications.
  • Produce and supervise the production of newsletters, website, social media content, press releases, public remarks and speeches, fliers, brochures, op-eds, talking points, letters to the editor and other materials.
  • Oversee proactive earned media and digital campaigns that reinforce, protect and expand awareness of the union’s branding and mission.
  • Work closely with Officers and staff to create short-term and long-term campaign plans, in addition to communications strategies for increasing the size, strength, activism and savvy of our union membership.
  • Manage processes, projects and a team of staff to support, meet and exceed deadlines, goals, and expectations.
  • Serve as chief speech writer for union officers.
  • Attend frequent special events, some of which occur in the evenings and/or weekends and require overnight travel.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years’ experience in political campaign and progressive advocacy communications, branding and media relations.
  • Proven record of success directing rapid response and crisis communications efforts.
  • Extensive on the record media experience.
  • Familiarity with social media strategy and digital best practices.
  • Project management experience, the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, and meet established deadlines.
  • Experience in designing and implementing strategic communications plans for organizing and political campaigns, as well as collective bargaining.
  • Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with local and national media.
  • Proficiency with both PC and Mac-based word-processing tools.
  • 3-5 years’ experience supervising people and processes.
  • Degree in media, communications, marketing, writing, or related area.

Who We Represent
SEIU Local 1000 represents 96,000 California state employees in nine different bargaining units. Represented employees include professionals, educators, nurses and administrative and support employees. Local 1000 has approximately 150 employees who work in six offices throughout the state.

Salary ranging from $140,916 to $178,296 annually.

How to Apply:
CLICK BELOW to submit your information including a cover letter and résumé.

Cover letters should describe your qualifications, experience and career goals, as well as a brief description of why you want to work to realize Local 1000’s vision for building a strong union.

Our Commitment to Diversity
We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Our goal is to build a team that represents a variety of talents, skills, and abilities, creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to contribute to our organization's success.

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