National Organizer

Website pnhp Physicians for a National Health Program

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) advocates for a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program (also called “improved Medicare for all”). Since 1987, we’ve advocated for this reform in the U.S. health care system, growing into a nationally influential voice on health care reform with chapters and activists across the country, and a strong and growing student movement.

PNHP is a member-led organization that performs groundbreaking research on the health crisis and the need for fundamental reform, and uses a combination of popular education, policy expertise and organizing to move the U.S. closer to single payer health care.

Since its founding in 2012, Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) has been the student arm of PNHP, and serves as the medical student representative in the Medicare for All movement. It has grown to over 100 chapters in medical schools with hundreds of active students.

Position summary

PNHP seeks a National Organizer for its Chicago-based national headquarters to grow its membership and help put single payer health reform at the top of the national and state agendas.

The Organizer is responsible for outreach, recruitment, and retention of individual members through ongoing one-on-one meetings with existing and new leaders and members. This includes building strong working relationships with medical students, residents and doctors.

As the lead organizer for SNaHP, the Organizer will spend their time continuing the success of SNaHP by engaging its leadership, training its members, and leading campaigns to move medicine at large.   Additionally, the Organizer will be responsible for maintaining meaningful engagement with medical students as they transition through residency to become practicing doctors who are active in their local PNHP chapters. The National Organizer will co-lead PNHP organizing campaigns and use those campaigns to engage membership, develop new leadership and build chapter capacity.

Key responsibilities

Medical student and resident organizing (35%)

  • Work with the SNaHP Board and leadership team to develop plans for the organization
  • Integrate SNaHP and PNHP by organizing chapters to engage with PNHP’s national priorities and enabling relationships between local SNaHP and PNHP chapters
  • Identify opportunities for growth and new chapters
  • Lead the SNaHP Board in planning the annual student summit
  • Lead a program that maintains relationships with SNaHP members through residency

Grow the strength of PNHP through its chapters (25%)

  • Implement member-led recruitment drives to increase chapter membership and active participation
  • Mobilize chapters to participate in national campaign priorities
  • Identify opportunities for growth and new chapters
  • Facilitate communication between the national office and chapters

Co-Lead one of PNHP’s national campaigns (20%)

  • Develop plans for and execute meetings with members to create strategies for winning on issues and achieving goals
  • Organize PNHP activists and chapters to take action on the campaign
  • Work with other PNHP staff to implement organizing and communications strategies to support the campaign

Train leaders (15%)

  • Help develop the agenda and execute the PNHP Annual Leadership Training.
  • Develop and implement education and advocacy programs, including speaker’s trainings, grand rounds coordination, and webinars.
  • Mentor students and doctors in developing their organizing and leadership skills

Other duties as assigned (5%)

Key attributes / requirements

  • Belief in people and their ability to make significant change in society through organizing
  • Self starter with the ability to turn goals into strategies and an action plan
  • Demonstrated dedication to the implementation of a national improved Medicare for all health program
  • At least 2 years of experience in political, labor, or community organizing
  • Commitment to leadership development of those from traditionally marginalized groups
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Must be extremely organized, self-motivated, and reliable with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience managing and motivating volunteers or organizing committees
  • Availability to work irregular, evening, and weekend hours
  • Position requires travel several times per year
  • Willingness to develop familiarity with national health policy and various health reform efforts
  • Ability to manage multiple project simultaneously

Salary and benefits

Salary $48,000-50,000, commensurate with experience.

Competitive benefits package including fully employer-paid comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance; PTO.

Submission requirements

Email your resume along with a cover note expressing your specific interest in PNHP to with subject line “Organizer Application First Name Last Name.” No calls please. Persons of color, women, LGBTQ-identifying persons and others from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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