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Community Organizer, Northern CA or Central Valley CA

Position Summary:
Health Access seeks an experienced community, coalition, and/or political organizer to lead either our Northern California or 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 is based in either the Oakland or Sacramento office (possible Central Valley location) and directly supervised by our Organizing Director. Some travel is 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 required.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant community or political organizing/advocacy experience required.
  • Experience with social media, online organizing strategies, and content development a plus.
  • Excellent speaking and writing, and analytical skills. Able to translate complex policy into clear and actionable language in person and on paper.
  • 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 flexibility
  • while 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).

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume with salary requirements referencing Community Organizer position in the subject line to: jobs@health-access.org or 1127 11th Street, Suite 925, Sacramento, CA 95814.


Internship Opportunities

We are currently looking for interns! We have opportunites in both policy and communications. A general description is below. If you would like more information or to apply, please send a resume to Jose Tapia at jtapia@health-access.org or 1127 11th Street, Suite 925, Sacramento, CA 95814.



Health Access interns play an active role in both the groundwork and forefront of health advocacy and legislature, focusing on consumer rights and access. This unique internship allows interns to gain a broad experience in the legislative and non-profit aspect of healthcare policy, including:

  • Attending committees hearing in the Capitol Building
  • Attending local conferences on issues you are interested in
  • Shadowing one of Health Access’ Lobbyists, when possible
  • Conducting and presenting substantive research
  • Meeting with members of the Legislature and their staff
  • Learning how a non-profit organization is structured and how it functions
  • Assist with additional projects as assigned

This internship is an excellent opportunity in gaining insight into the world of public health, non-profit organization, and excellent mentorship and networking opportunities.


  • Must be a current or recent undergraduate student
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • All majors welcome to apply with strong preference given to political science majors.
  • Must include a resume
  • Must be available to dedicate 10 hours a week



Health Access communications interns will be at the forefront of a broad and impactful campaign to expand access to quality, affordable health care in California. Communications interns will work directly with the Director of Communications to:

  • Draft and edit press releases
  • Outreach to statewide media 
  • Attend press conferences
  • Contribute to the Health Access blog
  • Develop content for social media
  • Update organization's website
  • Maintain email listserv
  • Assist with additional projects as assigned

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the world of political communication, public health, non-profit organization, and provides excellent mentorship and networking opportunities.


  • Must be a current or recent undergraduate student
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • All majors welcome to apply with strong preference given to communications majors
  • Must include a resume
  • Must be available to dedicate 10 hours a week 

About Health Access: Health Access is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving quality, affordable health care for all Californians, and a statewide coalition of member organizations representing seniors, children, people with disabilities, immigrants, communities of color, LGBT communities, health care professionals, people of faith, labor, and working families. For more than twenty-seven years, Health Access has been a leader in the state's health reform movement and in ongoing implementation efforts.

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.


Our Mission

Founded in 1987, Health Access is the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition advocating for quality, affordable health care for all Californians. Our agenda includes:

  • Expanding Coverage: Implementing and improving upon health reform.
  • Fighting for a Fair Budget for the Future: Protecting public investments to preserve access to care.
  • Protecting Consumers: Ensuring consumer representation and protection.

Contact Us

1127 11th Street, Suite 925   map
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-497-0923
Fax: 916-497-0921
Email: info@health-access.org
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