SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR)
SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR)


Political Coordinator

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles, CA

The Committee of Interns and Residents, the largest resident physicians’ union in the country, is looking for a Political Coordinator based in California. The Political Coordinator is responsible for helping with the implementation of a political program that focuses on member participation and advocacy in political campaigns, issues campaigns, initiatives and events that support the growth of the Union and strengthens representation of our members’ legislative and member priorities.

The Political Coordinator also helps implement the Political Education (COPE) program and works closely with the Political Director to ensure an understanding from field staff and members in order to have active participation in the political process. The Political Coordinator reports to the Political Director in NY in coordination with the California Area Directors.

About Us:
CIR is a nationwide, progressive, member-driven healthcare union representing 16,000 resident physicians. Our vision is to be the national voice for interns, residents and fellows and to create better working conditions that allow physicians-in-training the ability to provide the highest quality patient care possible by building power through their union.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Help implement the local's political and legislative agenda
  • Provide support to staff for the recruitment, training, leadership development and coordination of member political activists for political fundraising, electoral campaigns,
  • Provide support to issue campaigns and legislative meetings and other political union activities;
  • In conjunction with the Political Director and Field Staff, engaging and mobilizing members into political/community action.
  • Help build and maintain relationships with elected and other public officials to support the Local’s legislative and other member priorities.
  • Assist in mobilization of elected and other public officials in support of member actions, events, issues, etc.
  • Empower the membership to build effective advocacy relationships with elected officials, community partners, and other stakeholders
  • Implements political activities such as voter registration drives, vote-by-mail and GOTV activities;
  • Work with the Political Director, field and organizing staff to integrate political strategy into planning for contract and organizing campaigns.
  • Provide staff support to our COPE Board, present at leadership meetings, staff and/or member trainings and member meetings, train staff and members to help them achieve political goals;
  • Represents Local at Central Labor Councils (LA Fed; Bay area federation of labor; and any new CLC’s based on growth and per caps.)
  • Assigned to State Council committees based on the recommendation of the CIR State Council E-board member.
  • Participate in community, political and other events.
  • Excellent follow-up is a must.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of two (2) year’s legislative, political organizing, or campaign experience with a labor union, state or local agency or association, non-profit community organization or progressive elected official.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to listen actively and frame issues for members, elected and other public officials.
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze information and deal with conflicting/changing priorities.
  • Ability to think strategically and exercise a high level of judgment.
  • Self-motivated, great attitude and strong team player.
  • 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.
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook and membership databases.
  • Ability and willingness to work long and irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required.
  • Travel will be required.

CIR Offers:

  • Competitive starting salary, commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits package: health, dental, vision, disability, 401(k), pension plan and paid sick/vacation time.

To Apply
A résumé and cover letter are required for all applications. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for CIR, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan. Please send your resume and cover letter to: jobs@cirseiu.org with the Subject Line: Political Coordinator.

CIR is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

Please visit our website for more information: www.cirseiu.org.

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