Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, West

Assistant Communications Director

Based in Los Angeles, CA

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is looking for a self-motivated, creative Communicator who is highly skilled in using social media as well as traditional communications platforms to reach Guild members, the press, and stakeholders in the entertainment industry, in politics, and in public policy. Become a key member of the team that is working on a historic campaign to rid talent agencies of conflicts of interest when representing writers, and facilitate communications to support future Guild initiatives in bargaining, organizing, contract enforcement, inclusion and equity, and public policy.

Union Overview
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a dynamic, democratic, progressive labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels.

To learn more about us and our current fight with talent agencies visit: www.wga.org.

Job Description
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Assistant Director will work as part of the WGAW’s Communications Department team to help plan, execute, and participate collaboratively on a full range of external and internal communications projects. The ideal candidate will have experience supporting the communication needs of union bargaining, organizing and corporate campaigns; or has worked with social justice organizations as a communications professional. Excellent writing and editing skills for a variety of platforms with an emphasis on social media; experience working with digital and traditional media outlets; and a clear understanding of effective organizational communications are prerequisites. A minimum of eight-years’ of relevant experience is required for this position including 2 years as a project team leader or in a director-level position.

Areas of Responsibility
Assists in managing press relations including media pitching, writing talking points for press interviews, crafting press releases and background materials, speaking with reporters, planning press events, and acts as a Guild media representative at a variety of events
Works with other staff and members to create material for social media, print, web, video
Works with the Director of Communications and Executive staff to develop communications plans in support of Guild goals and objectives.
Assists the Communications Director in departmental decision making and staff leadership
Supports the production of the annual Writers Guild Awards event

Must have the ability to: create and develop written materials for a variety of platforms; interact with others courteously and professionally; maintain regular attendance and punctuality; initiate and complete a variety of tasks, often requiring tight deadlines, while remaining calm under pressure; be able to drive a car and attend meetings and events off-site.

This a Los-Angeles-based full-time, exempt position with full benefits. The WGAW offers competitive salary commensurate with experience. Our recruiters will be able to describe in further detail the benefit package and the work climate actively promoted by our union.

To Apply
To be considered as an applicant, please submit the following:

  • A current résumé reflecting qualifications for this position
  • A Letter of Application which addresses how your career accomplishments have prepared you to assume the duties and responsibilities of this position
  • Work samples and/or links to your work including press releases, video productions (include the role you played in production), communications campaign documents
  • Relevant social media links
  • Three professional references (names and phone numbers)

All materials must be sent electronically to the following:

Margolies and Potterton
WGAW Search Consultants

jpotterton@sbcglobal.net and Kam47@cornell.edu

For further information including a confidential discussion about your interest please contact:

Ken Margolies (East Coast)   |   Jim Potterton (West Coast)
          Kam47@cornell.edu   |   jpotterton@sbcglobal.net
  (845) 499-663   |   (831) 332-9324

WGAW is committed to Equal Opportunity, and to considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

This position open until filled.

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