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Director of Communications
AFL-CIO Technology Institute

Based in Washington, DC
[Headquarters]

 

JOB TITLE: Director of Communications
DEPARTMENT: AFL-CIO Technology Institute
REPORTS TO: Director of Technology Institute

OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The AFL-CIO Technology Institute is a new dynamic organization launched in 2021 to inject the voices of working people and unions into the multi-faceted innovation & technology sectors, to reform innovation policy, and to ensure that technology isn’t just a tool to jettison good jobs and deskill workers. Creation of the Institute was a core recommendation of the 2019 AFL-CIO Commission on the Future of Work and Unions, a multi-sector collaborative of union leaders determined to build a powerful strategy to prepare our movement for the onslaught of change in our work.

The Institute is seeking a creative and experienced communications expert to amplify the Institute’s vision and mission. This is an exciting opportunity, inside a national startup, to help a growing team shape and execute the Institute’s diverse program streams designed around strategies that influence the future of work and the role of technology in our working lives.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  • Manage the Technology Institute’s communications strategy to amplify initiatives to internal stakeholders and external audiences, including media, policymakers, and the public.
  • Collaborate with AFL-CIO Communications team and Technology Institute staff to develop Technology Institute’s internal and external communications strategies and plan.
  • Provide strategic communication support for major speeches, op-eds, columns, video
  • scripts and other key messages. This requires crafting a wide array of compelling and
  • easily digestible copy on deadline that educates, inspires and moves the audience to
  • Action.
  • Work cross-functionally to define key themes, messages, and objectives to drive awareness, engagement, including communications research and stakeholder collaboration.
  • Work with other communications staff to prepare Technology Institute stakeholders for media engagement, including developing talking points, providing up to date research, developing memos, coaching, etc.
  • Create media events and other press opportunities to highlight Technology Institute stakeholders, partners, and allies
  • Manage the development of the Technology Institute’s online presence, including branding, website, and social media streams
  • Build out press lists and cultivate relationships with reporters.
  • Monitor mainstream press, trade press, tech press to develop news & info streams for Technology Institute stakeholders and create distribution architecture.
  • Support the development of educational tools for Technology Institute stakeholders
  • Translate complicated subject matter into compelling and interesting presentations
  • Conceptualize and write a variety of educational and policy materials, for print and online use, that move the audience to take action.
  • Use social media tools and established contacts within the traditional and progressive
  • social media community to extend message reach and impact.
  • Work with program departments to conceptualize, create and revise campaign materials.
  • Contribute creatively to message framing, audience targeting, campaign planning, etc.
  • and execute print and online products.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English or related field preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of five years of writing responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust tones and capture diverse voices for varying audiences.
  • Strong knowledge of the labor movement and the broader fight for economic justice.
  • Extensive experience integrating messaging in social media outreach such as Instagram, Twitter, Linked In, TikTok, Facebook, and elsewhere.
  • Established relationships in the traditional and social media communities.
  • Ability to exercise excellent political judgment and complete discretion.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Confidence and ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with staff.
  • Self-starter, ability to work with teams and solo.
  • Resourceful and creative. Ability to problem solve and offer recommendations and solutions when needed.
  • Proficient research, reporting and writing skills and engaging writing style.
  • Demonstrated success in writing a range of advocacy materials including speeches, op-eds, columns, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate sources and understand and translate nuances.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, report and write on deadline while juggling several
  • projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work long and extended hours.

Based in Washington DC (headquarters)

Salary: $120,000

The AFL-CIO Technology Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY:
Please provide a cover letter, references and writing and work samples to: nsommerkamp@aflcio.org.

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