Director of Communications – Job Announcement

Director of Communications – Job Announcement

The Alliance of Health Care Unions seeks an experienced leader to fill the position of Director of Communications. The job is based in California.

The Alliance of Health Care Unions (Alliance) is a labor federation made up of 22 local unions from nine International Unions representing over 50,000 workers at Kaiser Permanente in California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Georgia, and Maryland/Virginia/District of Columbia.

The Alliance has a Labor Management Partnership Agreement with Kaiser Permanente. This partnership has been recognized as the most successful, longest standing labor management partnership in the United States. Under the partnership, principles of mutual respect, collaboration and interest-based problem solving replace traditional union-management labor relationships and tactics in addressing disputes, developing solutions, and fostering multi-union solidarity. The partnership has resulted in industry-leading wages, benefits, and job security, plus a high level of worker empowerment. Applicant must be comfortable and passionate advocating for union members within the framework of a non-traditional union/management environment in which union members have a strong voice and achieve industry-leading outcomes with non-traditional approaches.

Successful candidates for this position are self-directed and strategic with a clear vision and strong leadership skills. They have demonstrated high proficiency in a range of social, visual and print media. They can train and counsel senior leaders as well as frontline workers in basic communication skills. They are successful in a complex, matrixed environment, building relationships with union leaders, other Alliance staff located across the country, Labor Management Partnership staff, and with Kaiser Permanente’s management team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement communication strategies, tactics and messages based on an understanding of strategic campaign needs.
  • Write, report, and edit articles, flyers, op-eds, blog/web posts, and presentations.
  • Create and execute website strategy using content management system.
  • Produce and edit mobile phone photography and video.
  • Tell the union’s story via social media. Design social media, e-mail and web graphics.
  • Interact with media/reporters including framing/pitching stories to online and offline media.
  • Collaborate with Alliance staff, contribute input from a communications perspective on overall strategic advancement of unions in the partnership context.
  • Collaborate with Alliance local union staff to build a communications network.
  • Co-lead joint Labor Management Partnership Communications team; provide vision, strategy, direction, and team building.
  • Develop strong working relationships with managers at all levels of Kaiser Permanente to lead and advance the Labor Management Partnership.
  • Comfortable learning and using “interest-based” approaches to build consensus among unions and between unions and management.


  • Minimum five years of experience in advocacy communications, with track record of increasing responsibility.
  • Demonstrate innovative strategic thinking and ability to drive results.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities.
  • Experience working in a union or progressive advocacy environment where diverse interests are at play.
  • Skilled in collaboration, teamwork, and partnership.
  • Internet and technology proficient, including but not limited to mass email/texting systems and website content management systems. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to learn additional technology as necessary to fulfill job duties.
  • Media relations experience including framing/pitching stories to online and offline media.

Location: This position is based in the Alliance offices in San Dimas or Oakland, California. In addition to Southern California, the Alliance has members in Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, the Mid-Atlantic, Hawaii and Georgia.  This position involves regular travel as needed to other regions in which the Alliance operates. (NOTE: Staff travel is currently on pause due to to COVID-19. As it becomes safe to do so, travel will resume as needed.)

Salary: Based on experience; salary range is $110,000 to $130,000. Comprehensive benefit package including defined benefit pension, health insurance, dental, paid vacation.

Application Information: Interested persons should submit a résumé and a letter of application that describes their qualifications for the position to: [email protected].

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