California State Council of SEIU

California State Council of SEIU

Communications Organizer

Statewide in California


Job Title: Communications Organizer
Reports to: Director of Public Affairs

Purpose: SEIU California is an organization dedicated to making concrete progress to racial and economic justice for working people in California through state policy and electoral work. We represent 700,000 working people in California, including janitors, healthcare workers, long-term caregivers, nurses, social workers, librarians, childcare providers, and many more.

The Communications Organizer, working in close concert with SEIU CA staff and SEIU local unions, is responsible for ongoing communications work to amplify SEIU members’ voices, values, and vision. The Communications Organizer supports member participation in grassroots, legislative, and electoral programs. This individual will co-create and execute communications plans, strategies, and written materials for electoral and legislative campaigns and is responsible for driving member communications, member training, and digital content and outreach. Ultimately, this individual’s primary goal is to advance SEIU members’ collective vision by amplifying the voice and journey of workers and community partners.

Essential Functions include:

  • Work with state council and local union staff to produce written communications for legislative and electoral campaigns including worksite-based communications and targeted mail programs.
  • Draft and edit communications copy (e.g., blogs, social media posts, member stories, lobby materials, flyers, etc.)
  • Organize, plan, and produce materials for press events. Prepare members to speak with the press.
  • Collect communication assets (video and photo) and maintain story collection spreadsheet
  • Coordinate with consultants and vendors to manage production and distribution of campaign communications.
  • Provide communications support to and represent SEIU CA in various coalitions that advance our goals.
  • Develop regular social media/web content and execute digital campaigns on social media channels.
  • Participate in and analyze opinion research to develop campaign strategies and message materials.
  • Carry out methods of listening to and capturing the voices and insights of SEIU members, including informal focus groups, online conversations, interviews, etc.
  • Prepare presentations, reports, and weekly work plan
  • Use the latest website technologies and technology-related campaign tools as needed.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Supervisory responsibilities: None

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Strong personal commitment to the labor movement and the mission of the California State Council of SEIU
  • 1 - 2 years of experience working in a Labor Union or Grassroots organization or a demonstrable commitment to and involvement in economic and racial justice movement work
  • Educational background in communications, journalism, rhetoric, liberal arts, political science, or history
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Bilingual in any of California’s major languages a plus
  • Familiarity with copywriting, print layout, and using digital platforms
  • Ability to communicate a visual idea with designers and other creative partners
  • Ability to estimate and provide realistic work plans around multiple projects and adjust as necessary until completion
  • Ability to effectively work with numerous issue teams to create communications strategies and written materials
  • Knowledge of legislative and political processes to be able to produce effective communications strategies for campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize multiple campaigns and projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment requiring rapid adjustment to changing priorities, strategies, and deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences including union leaders, staff, members, policymakers, community-based organizations, and the media
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive and easy-to-understand training materials for staff and members
  • Professional demeanor and ability to work with different cultures and individuals in a training capacity
  • 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
  • Commitment to continuous learning

Extent of Public Contact: Medium

Fiscal Responsibilities: None

Working Conditions and Environment: Some statewide travel. Willingness to work long hours including weekends. Ability to maintain professionalism and productivity in a high-pressure environment.

Salary and Benefits:
Competitive salary. Benefits include vacation leave, fully paid health, dental, vision, and pension.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to jobs@seiucal.org

SEIU California is an Equal Opportunity employer that highly values all forms of diversity and intersectional experience, including race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and age.

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