Communications Specialist

Detroit, MI

Department: Communications
Location: Detroit
Bargaining Unit:   UUHS


UNITE HERE is a progressive labor union, dedicated to creating greater equality and opportunity for workers in the North American hospitality industry. Communications Specialists play a crucial role in designing comprehensive communications strategies using digital platforms, earned media, and multi-media tools to raise the visibility of worker struggles.  As a communications specialist with UNITE HERE, you can be part of a team that empowers people in low-wage service sector jobs to achieve better wages and benefits, dignity, and basic rights at work.

Job Responsibilities (include but are not limited to:)

  • Developing, in collaboration with union leadership and members, messaging and materials for effective communication with news media, the general public, worker members, and allies.
  • Developing  and leading strategic communications plans for organizing-, contract- and other advocacy campaigns.
  • Planning and implementing earned media outreach, including pitching news articles, organizing media events such as press conferences, meet-and-greets, etc.
  • Writing leaflets, bulletins, website- and e-advocacy content, social media posts, news releases, fact sheets, talking points, speeches, paid ads, and other materials.
  • Managing the production of internal member communications in print and on digital platforms, such as mass texting and emailing.
  • Working closely with union members in spokesperson trainings, interviews, photo- and video shoots, and participating in events and actions.
  • Documenting events and actions, including taking photos and video, and posting real-time content to social media platforms.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the fight for workers’ rights.
  • BA degree or relevant work experience, with a minimum of one year in media relations, public affairs, or campaign communications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the capacity to meaningfully engage with and frame issues for people of different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, income levels, life experiences, etc.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work occasional long- or irregular hours during times of critical campaign need.
  • Ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • Experience using with Action Network, Mobile Commons, Hustle, Slack and/or other mobile communications software/platforms a plus.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing samples via email to hr@unitehere.org with "Communications Specialist - Detroit” in the subject line.

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