Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, West

Communications Specialist

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 WGAW members, the press, and stakeholders in the entertainment industry, in politics, and in public policy. Become a key member of the team that is helping to achieve the WGAW’s goals in its current Talent Agency campaign and will support all future WGAW initiatives in bargaining, organizing, contract enforcement, inclusion and equity, and public policy. A bachelor’s degree in Communications or related field and a minimum of eight years of relevant experience is required.

Union Overview
The 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 WGAW 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, state, national, and international levels.

Job Description
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Specialist 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 communications needs of union organizing, contract and corporate campaigns; or has worked with non-profits, NGOs, or social justice organizations as a communications professional. Excellent writing and editing skills for a variety of platforms including print, web, video and social media; experience working with digital and traditional media outlets; and a clear understanding of effective organizational communications are prerequisites.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Assists in managing press relations including media pitching; writing talking points for press interviews; drafting and distributing press releases, media advisories, obituaries, and press background materials; fielding media requests; planning press events; and acting as a media coordinator at a variety of events
  • Assists the Director and Assistant Director of Communications in the development of communications plans that support WGAW goals and objectives
  • Works with Communications staff and a variety of internal stakeholders to create content for emails, social media, print, web, video, reports, and presentations for meetings
  • Coordinates organizational presence across social media platforms
  • Supports press outreach and onsite media relations for the annual Writers Guild Awards
  • Assists in planning, organizing and conducting media trainings for WGAW staff and members
  • Works with outside vendors as required
  • Additional duties as required

Email résumé with writing sample to the Human Resources Department of the Writers Guild at: recruitment[at]wga.org.


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