Organizing Director

Job Type

Full Time




1127 - 11th Street
Suite 925
United States


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 and advocacy, 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 and strategic campaign planning 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 could be based in one of our four locations (Sacramento, Oakland, Central Valley, or Los Angeles) and is directly supervised by the Executive Director. Regular travel is required between our offices and throughout the state.

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.
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and county policies regarding health care a plus. 
  • 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 six 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);


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

Level of Language Proficiency

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:

·     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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

.Interested candidates should send all three: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Reference Organizing Director position in the subject line to: or 1127 11th Street, Suite 925, Sacramento, CA 95814.