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SEIU Local 32BJ


Communications Specialist

Based in Newark, NJ

 

At the forefront of building the nation’s labor movement, 32BJ SEIU is changing the narrative around important social and economic issues facing working families. Founded in 1934, 32BJ is the largest union of property service workers in the nation. We have a powerful and important mission: to build and grow a diverse, effective, politically independent and democratic organization of workers to change our lives for the better, improve our communities, and build a more just society for present and future generations.

With a commitment to building power for low-wage workers, 32BJ is engaged in winning strong contracts for members, organizing workers, supporting progressive candidates for elected office and moving a broad policy agenda, such as paid sick days, expanding access to health care and raising the minimum wage.

The union has approximately 425 staff in sixteen offices from Boston to Miami. 32BJ SEIU represents over 175,000 property service workers including janitors, security officers, airport workers, and food service employees in 11 states and Washington, D.C. 32BJ is an affiliate of SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, which has 2 million members dedicated to raising industry standards and making life better for all working families and communities.

32BJ SEIU’s headquarters are in New York City.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Communications Specialist is a key member of the Union’s communications team, responsible for communications in New Jersey. Candidates should have a deep knowledge of and relationships with New Jersey media and local reporters. Candidates should be creative thinkers, capable and skilled multi-taskers, who can utilize a range of communications tools to help advance our strategic organizing, political and contract campaigns. Candidates should also be capable of working independently in the 32BJ Newark office and work well with the New Jersey district office team. Spanish-speaking candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Communications Specialist reports to the Deputy Communications Director.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Deputy Communications Director to drive and execute communications plans throughout the New Jersey region, including media relations, and new media;
  • Initiating contact with and responding to inquiries from print, radio, and television journalists; pitching story ideas and providing information to generate positive media coverage in the region;
  • Building relationships with labor, immigration, political and other key media in the New Jersey region;
  • Writing news advisories, news releases, background pieces, message documents and other press materials for campaigns;
  • Managing social media sites and producing content, including memes, copy for posts, and short videos for Twitter, Instagramm, and Facebook campaigns;
  • Strategizing and implementing new media components into campaigns, including concepts for microsites, Twitter, Facebook and email outreach;
  • Training and developing members for public speaking;
  • Other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Two to three years of experience in the field of journalism, or communications in labor, politics or advocacy organizations;
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Outstanding writer, able to create strong press releases, message documents and media strategy memos;
  • Familiarity with digital media tools and openness to expanding skills in this area;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice, especially work with union members, low-wage and immigrant communities;
  • Experience creating communications for union or organizational members on advocacy campaigns preferred;
  • Ability to work independently, handle multiple priority projects and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in approach to project assignments and planning

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • This position is a full time position that may require hours outside normal business hours, including some nights, weekends and holidays.
  • This position is based in the Newark, New Jersey office.
  • This position requires travel to worksites, events and occasional member meetings.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • This position is largely computer/office based, with many in-person and Zoom meetings as well as events.
  • This position requires traveling to worksites/events and participating in events, marches and demonstrations.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
The salary for this role is $80,000 – $84,000. 32BJ offers a generous benefits package that includes a fully employer-paid medical, dental and vision plan (for full-time employees and their qualified dependents) and retirement benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan and 401K. 32BJ offers paid time off including three weeks’ vacation, eleven holidays, twelve sick days, and, after the first year of service, four personal days.

APPLICATION:
Please send a résumé and letter of interest to: HR@seiu32bj.org. Please use “Communications Specialist – NJ” in the subject line of your email.

Please note 32BJ has implemented a vaccine mandate. Bona fide religious and ADA exemptions are permitted with additional safety measures.

32BJ is an inclusive and diverse organization, committed to advocating for social, racial and economic justice. We promote diversity and strongly encourage applications from people who believe in our mission. We strongly encourage women and people of color to apply.

For more information on 32BJ SEIU, visit: www.seiu32bj.org.

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