Political Capacity Organizer

Oakland or Sacramento, CA

Position: Political Capacity Organizer
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Los Angeles

Position Summary:
The Political Capacity Organizer is responsible for a range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box.

Location: This is a CA statewide position; base of operations negotiable. Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles offices preferred

Areas of Responsibility

  • Provide support to representational staff for the recruitment, training, leadership development and coordination of member political activists for political fundraising, electoral campaigns, issue campaign and legislative meetings and other union activities;
  • Develop progress reports & analysis on local progress to fundraising and political capacity building goals using various database functions;
  • Work in close collaboration with multiple levels of staff and members to develop goals and execute plans for members participation in all areas of the political program and hard dollar fundraising;
  • Provide staff support to our Political Action Advisory Committee, in collaboration with representational staff, train and mentor COPE chairs and member activists to help them achieve political goals with a particular focus on hard dollar fundraising;
  • Work with staff and members to integrate political capacity building into the day-to-day work of the divisions.
  • Prepare and/or support the creation of member education materials that support political capacity building;
  • Plan and manage multiple campaigns and projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment requiring rapid adjustment to changing priorities and strategies;
  • Represent UHW publically with potential hard dollar large contributor funders;
  • Liaison with the International Union Political Capacity dept.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Superior oral and written communication skills;
  • Minimum of three years experience in planning and implementing strategic, legislative, electoral, or community support campaigns with a labor union, state or local agency or association, non-profit community organization or progressive elected official;
  • Ability to develop and implement a field plan measuring hard dollar fundraising and political engagement;
  • Proven presentation and training skills;
  • Ability to analyze complex numerical data sets;
  • 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, 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;
  • Basic knowledge of Voter Activation Network (VAN) and other political databases helpful;
  • Fluency in a second language is desirable.

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

SEIU is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, martial status, religion, or disability. Please submit cover letter,
résumé and at least 3 references to our candidate portal at http://seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com/.

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