Employment Opportunities

ORGANIZING DIRECTOR

Sacramento, Bay Area, Central Valley or Southern California

Position Summary:

Health Access seeks an experienced community, coalition, and/or political organizing director to develop and coordinate our statewide campaigns and 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 policy goals.

We seek a director-level position to take a leadership role in Health Access’ work 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 would be based in either our Sacramento, Oakland, Sanger, or Glendale office and is directly supervised by the Executive Director. Regular travel is required.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Development, implementation and monitoring of strategies to carry out advocacy campaigns.
  • Support and continue to build a large coalition membership and network to support a regional and statewide advocacy agenda.
  • Supervise organizers in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Central Valley, providing direction on specific tactics and overall strategy.
  • Coordinate specific issue campaigns, including maintaining relationships with key members and informing them of developments in Sacramento and Washington, DC.
  • Develop and manage systems to support organizers on story collection, membership development, list building, and coalition building.
  • Help organize press conferences, actions, and other events to support statewide issue campaigns.
  • Serve as a regional spokesperson for the organization, including giving presentations to groups, and testimony at public hearings.
  • Learn and communicate about federal, state, and county policies regarding health care.  
  • 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, including in developing leaders and people who can tell their stories to policymakers and the press.
  • Develop grassroots leaders to be active on health care issues.
  • Working with our Communications Director, promote effective communication by increasing presence in online social networks, sending email blasts, and responding to email and phone inquiries.
  • Keep consistent records about meetings, events, contacts, and work schedule.
  • Assist in research, fundraising, and other organizational operations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • 2-4 organizers throughout the state

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent relevant work experience;
  • General familiarity with health policy issues, California state politics, and nonprofit advocacy required;
  • Previous project management and/or campaign management experience required;
  • A minimum of five years of relevant community or political organizing/advocacy experience required;
  • An independent thinker, self-motivated, problem solver, and team player, with a commitment to excellence;
  • Have strong organizational skills, and ability to stay focused with attention to detail;
  • 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:

  • Strong public speaking, writing, and analytical skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and relational skills;
  • Experience supervising and training organizers strongly preferred;
  • Must be able to meet deadlines, be responsive, stay organized, attention to detail, and demonstrate excellent communication skills;
  • Read, comprehend and write general instructions, professional 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.
  • Bi-lingual a plus but not required.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • An independent thinker and problem-solver, a planner who is also self-motivated and a team player.
  • Support the organization’s goal of quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
  • Ability to meet multiple, shifting deadlines and priorities with nimbleness and flexibility while maintaining a perspective on long-term goals.

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.

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

 

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Sacramento, Bay Area, Central Valley or Southern California

Position Summary:

Health Access Foundation seeks a Communications Associate, with experience in digital media and press communications and knowledge of community organizing and state and/or federal legislative advocacy. The position will assist in developing and coordinating Health Access’ statewide communications strategies and coalition communications with a focus on digital media technologies. This includes targeting, planning, coalition building, working with policy staff and supporting organizers in efforts to build Health Access’ advocacy and organizational capacity via web and email based programs to advance the dynamic Health Access policy agenda. Excellent communication, motivational skills, work ethic, and a passion for health care policy are essential. 

The position can be based in any of Health Access’ office locations in Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, or the Central Valley, and will be directly supervised by our Communications Director based in Sacramento. There will be some travel throughout the state to the various regional offices.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work with Communications Director on communications activities, including drafting content for e-newsletters and blog, update our website and E-mail lists; maintain our social media presence; graphic design projects; coordinating communications campaigns;
  • Edit press and media advisories and conduct outreach to media;
  • Identify and assist in the preparation and development of materials for community education, earned media, and story collection;
  • Draft and edit campaign materials, ex. fact sheets, op-ed, letter to the editor, etc;
  • Conduct outreach to potential statewide coalition partners;
  • Build effective relationships with the organizing and communications staff of coalition partners to create an expanded capacity for grassroots education, outreach, and advocacy;
  • Refer, assist, and publicize individuals with specific stories of experience with our health system;
  • Assist with internal communications;
  • Work with Communications Director to maintain an updated and robust press list;
  • Provide research, writing and analyst support on various topics for papers, publications and reports

 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent relevant work experience;
  • At least 2-5 years of experience in communications, legislative, and/or non-profit management;
  • Familiarity with health care issues in California, state politics, and non-profit advocacy;
  • Background in digital media technologies such as website content management, email/CRM programs, and/or social media optimization;
  • An independent thinker, self-motivated, problem solver, and team player with a commitment to excellence;
  • Have strong organizational skills and ability to stay focused with attention to detail;
  • Experience with graphic design a plus;

Language and Communication Skills:

  • Strong public speaking, writing, and analytical skills and experience;
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills;
  • Ability to understand and communicate complicated health policy to a lay audience;
  • Must be able to meet deadlines, be responsive, and demonstrate excellent communication skills;
  • Read and comprehend general instructions, correspondence, and memos;
  • Write professional correspondence;
  • Spanish language fluency a strong plus but not required

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.

Interested candidates should send all of the following: cover letter, resume and salary requirements, referencing Communications Associate 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 Rachel Linn Gish at rlinngish@health-access.org or 1127 11th Street, Suite 925, Sacramento, CA 95814.

PUPLIC POLICY INTERNSHIP - Now accepting Fall applicants

Health Access interns play an active role in both the groundwork and forefront of health advocacy and legislature, focusing on consumer rights and access. Students will be offered a stipend and parking assistance. 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.

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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 12 hours a week

 

COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP - Now accepting Fall applicants

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. Students will be offered a stipend and parking assistance. 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.

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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 12 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

SACRAMENTO OFFICE
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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