1199 SEIU - United Healthcare Workers East

United Healthcare Workers East

Political Director

Based in the Washington, DC / Maryland area

The Political Director is responsible for working with the Unionwide Political Director to plan and implement the Union’s Political and Legislative Program for the Maryland DC Division. The primary goals of the Political and Legislative Program include building the political power of the members of 1199SEIU and advancing the New Organizing program to expand the membership of the Union. The Political Director assists with contract and political campaigns both internally and externally. The Political Director will work with the Unionwide Political Director, Division Directors, Officers, and Organizers and the Union’s Political Action Department to carry out his/her responsibilities and develop his/her skills.


  • Plans and implements political field campaigns for the Union, including legislative and electoral campaigns, PAC and voter registration drives, and member activist building on a chapter level.
  • Supervises Political Organizers and Members Political Organizers in all field and chapter work.
  • Helps plan and build an on-going activist program that enables leadership development and year-round, comprehensive member engagement in political and legislative work within the larger community and member chapters.
  • Works closely with Area Directors and Division Directors to integrate chapter work and chapter hallmarks into the political action program. Works with political action team to assist and assess contract campaign support and specific chapter programs to build strong, readily mobilized worksites.
  • Assists New Organizing with campaigns, events, and gaining support from elected officials and allies.
  • Assists Political Director in building and maintaining relationships with like-minded allies to win legislative and electoral campaigns.
  • Helps execute major union mobilization efforts and events.
  • Helps shape the overall press messaging and directs political communications in conjunction with the communication coordinators.

Candidates must have experience in managing legislative, electoral and/or organizing campaigns. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Candidates must have experience writing and executing a plan of work, while holding staff and colleagues accountable. Candidates must have experience managing staff and diverse teams of people. Candidates are strongly preferred to have a background in the labor movement and/or progressive politics. Experience with the healthcare community a plus. Excellent computer, written and verbal communications skills required. College degree or equivalent professional experience required. Candidates must maintain a current driver’s license and be willing to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends.

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:
If you meet the minimum requirements in this posting, please submit a cover letter and résumé to: jobs@1199.org, with the Title in the subject line, or via fax at 212.399.0096.

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