Employment Opportunities


COMMUNITY ORGANIZER – Could be based in Sacramento, Oakland or Central Valley

Position Summary:

Health Access seeks an experienced community, coalition, and/or political organizer to lead our Northern California or our Central Valley advocacy activities—from organizing coalition meetings, delegation visits with policymakers, press conferences, town halls and other events to recruiting individual and organizational support for our goals to expand care and coverage for all Californians, implement and improve health reform, protect health care consumers from unfair practices or inflated costs by insurers or providers, win investments in our health care safety-net and public health, and encourage a healthier California.

Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and passion for health care policy are essential.  Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. The position could be based in either our Oakland, Sacramento or Central Valley offices. Regular travel between and around region offices will be required.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Development, implementation and monitoring of strategies to carry out advocacy campaigns, building a large coalition partner network to support a broader regional and statewide advocacy agenda.
  • Coordinate regional health coalitions, including maintaining relationships with key members and informing them of developments in Sacramento and Washington, DC.
  • Organize press conferences, actions, and events to support statewide issue campaigns.
  • Serve as a regional spokesperson for the organization, including giving presentations to groups, and testimony at public hearings.
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and county policies regarding health care a plus.
  • Ability to foster relationships with elected officials and key stakeholders.
  • Build strategic partnerships and alliances among diverse groups and constituencies in the region.
  • Formulate and execute strategy and tactics in political issue campaigns.
  • Recruit new members and affiliates to the coalition.
  • Identify and work with uninsured families, immigrants, seniors, and patients.
  • Maintain and add content to a health care consumer story bank.
  • Develop grassroots leaders to be active on health care issues.
  • Promote effective communication throughout the region by increasing regional presence in online social networks, sending email blasts, and responding to email and phone inquiries.
  • Record Keeping: Organizers will keep consistent records about meetings, events, contacts, and work schedule.
  • Assist in research, fundraising, and other organizational operations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • General familiarity with health policy issues, California state politics, and nonprofit advocacy.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant community or political organizing/advocacy experience.
  • Excellent speaking and writing, and analytical skills. Able to translate complex policy into clear and actionable language in person and on paper.
  • Experience with social media, online organizing strategies, and content development a plus.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office environment).

Language and Communication Skills:

  • Read and comprehend general instructions, correspondence, and memos.
  • Ability to collaborate and participate in complex decision making processes.
  • Effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations.
  • Analytical approach to problem-solving.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • An independent thinker and problem-solver, who is also self-motivated and a team player.
  • Support the organization’s goal of quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
  • Have strong organizational skills, and ability to stay focused with attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet multiple, shifting deadlines and priorities with nimbleness and flexibilitywhile maintaining a perspective on long-term goals.
  • Bi-lingual skills a plus

Work Environment:

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud, as multiple telephone conversations and normal office equipment continue throughout the day. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is a full-time position that may require work outside of the typical 9-5 workday (i.e. weekend and evening events).

About Health Access:

A nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving quality, affordable health care for all Californians, Health Access is the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition of organizations representing seniors, children, people with disabilities, immigrants, communities of color, health care professionals, people of faith, labor, and working families. For over 25 years, Health Access has been a leader in the state’s health care reform movement, most recently as the lead coalition working to pass, and then implement, the Affordable Care Act in California. Health Access was the leading sponsor of the California HMO Patient Bill of Rights, the Hospital Fair Pricing Act, and worked to expand and preserve Medi-Cal and Healthy Families health coverage.

Health Access offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits including health, life, and disability insurance, 401k savings plan, and a fast-paced but casual work environment.

Promoting diversity is integral to the mission of Health Access. Health Access seeks applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. Health Access embraces equality of opportunity and treatment for all employees in all employment matters. Interested candidates should send all three: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Reference Community Organizer position in the subject line to: jobs@health-access.org or 1127 11th Street, Suite 925, Sacramento, CA 95814


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