Arizona AFL-CIO

Arizona AFL-CIO

Communications & Operations Director

Based in Phoenix, AZ


Introduction: The Arizona AFL-CIO is a non-profit federation of labor unions that represents over 150,000 working people across Arizona and is seeking to hire a Communications & Operations Director. This position will report to the Executive Director and Executive Council of the Arizona AFL-CIO.

The Communications & Operations Director will be responsible for managing all internal and external communications from the State Federation, Maricopa Area Labor Federation, Pima Area Labor Federation, Arizona AFL-CIO Constituency Groups, and Labor-Oriented Coalitions; developing and implementing a strategic communications plan; engaging with the press and scheduling any interviews for State Federation or Local Union leadership; developing written communications and managing social media platforms for multiple entities of the federation, including: the Arizona AFL-CIO, Maricopa Area Labor Federation, Pima Area Labor Federation, and Constituency Groups; facilitating the quarterly meetings of the Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Council and General Board; and planning and executing annual State Federation events and fundraisers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute overall communications strategies for the federation and additional organizations
  • Draft written materials, such as press releases, op-eds, speeches, and letters to the editor
  • Serve as a press liaison and schedule and help prep State Federation and labor officers for news interviews
  • Manage the state federation’s digital media presence, including the website, email list, and social media accounts
  • Work with the National AFL-CIO team to manage and help execute any paid media campaigns when applicable – which includes direct mail and digital advertising
  • Plan and execute earned media activities with labor officers and rank-and-file members in key media markets across Arizona
  • Develop messaging materials for campaign staff and volunteers, including message boxes, message triangles, and talking points
  • Participate in communications table meetings with fellow labor and progressive communicators to coordinate issue-based messaging and strategy
  • Facilitate the quarterly meetings of the Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Council & General Board
  • Plan and execute annual State Federation events and fundraisers, including: Annual Labor Day Breakfast Fundraiser, Day of Action at the Capitol, COPE and Constitutional Conventions, and any special meetings as they occur.

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required in public relations, marketing, journalism, English, creative writing, public policy, or a closely related field
  • Strong writing and verbal skills
  • At least three years or two election cycles worth of experience working in political communications preferred
  • Understanding and experience working with the labor movement
  • Experience in branding and marketing is a plus
  • Graphic design and/or video production experience is a plus

Other requirements:
Work is generally in an office setting, however some travel may be required. The applicant must be willing to work in a fast-paced environment. Periodically long work hours are required.

How to Apply:
Please submit a résumé, brief cover letter, and three writing samples from previous communications campaigns, and three references to: fyamashita@azaflcio.org and jmurphy@azaflcio.org by 5:00 p.m. by August 15th, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Starting Salary: Starting at $60,000, negotiable commensurate with experience, plus benefits package.

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