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HOW TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume, and a writing sample (1000 words max) by April 1, 2021 to Steve Smith, Communications Director, at [email protected].

 

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

The CLF provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at hi[email protected] (510) 663-4001, or Fax at (510) 663-4099. Your request will receive an individualized assessment and will be processed in the order it was received.

One of the California Labor Federation’s core values is to provide an inclusive environment to all who are employed here. People of color, bilingual applicants, and women are encouraged to apply. 

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, California Labor Federation AFL-CIO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Communications Specialist supports the development of strategic messaging to our affiliates, policy makers, and the public to elect pro-worker candidates, advance worker rights and protections through the legislature and administration, hold elected officials accountable, and build the capacity and infrastructure of our unions and central labor councils to win. This position reports to the Communications Director and will be based in either the Oakland or Sacramento office (telecommuting until further notice).

Areas of Responsibility: 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Participate in strategic communications planning to advance the Federation’s internal and external communications goals;
  • Manage Federation’s social media presence and provide proactive digital strategy to grow and engage supporters on social media;
  • Create engaging social media content, including video and graphics, to further Federation Digital goals and campaigns;
  • Working with the Director, offer strategic guidance on use of social media and online advertising to advance political and legislative campaigns;
  • Provide social media trainings to affiliates and labor councils;
  • Serve as editor of the Federation blog, write original blog posts, secure posts from unions and allies, cross-post relevant content from other blogs;
  • Manage the Federation’s activist email list and work with consultants to provide strategy to grow and engage online activists;
  • Working with the Director, write and disseminate weekly email update. Coordinate content with legislative, political, policy staff and elected officers;
  • Develop materials for use by affiliated unions in their newsletters and trainings;
  • Provide media outreach support which includes writing press releases, advisories, statements, op-eds and pitching reporters and managing Federation press lists;
  • Write brochures, reports and worksite flyers; produce videos and PowerPoint presentations;
  • Provide technical and advisory assistance to central labor councils, state councils, local unions on digital strategy;
  • Provide communications support for events, conventions, and other convenings;
  • Represent the Federation at various meetings and events;
  • Participate in and organize various Federation sponsored meetings and trainings;
  • Work on political and field campaigns, as needed;
  • Maintain confidentiality and honor the proprietary data and property of the Federation at all times.
Educational Background: 
BA or above in Journalism, Communications, Political Science or related area of study;
Skills/Experience: 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • 3-5 years relevant work experience;
  • BA or above in Journalism, Communications, Political Science or related area of study;
  • Significant experience with digital strategy, social media, internet organizing and presence;
  • Experience with media outreach and earned media strategy;
  • Understanding of labor, economic, political and legislative issues;
  • Campaign experience – as a union member, organizer or representative, or in political, legislative or social justice campaigns;
  • Firm commitment to the goals and ideals of the labor movement;
  • Experience working in fast-paced, high-pressure environments;
  • Attention to detail with ability to balance multiple tasks working both independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong work ethic with ability to work long and irregular hours, including some evenings and weekends;
  • Knowledge of California political and economic climate.
Compensation/Benefits: 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Very competitive salary set by collective bargaining agreement. California Labor Federation employees enjoy excellent benefits including employer-paid health care, dental and vision insurance; a generous leave package; employer-paid defined benefit pension plan and other benefits.

UNION REPRESENTATION

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Media Workers Guild Local 39521, affiliated with the Communications Workers of America. 

How to Apply: 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume, and a writing sample (1000 words max) by April 1, 2021 to Steve Smith, Communications Director, at [email protected].

 

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

The CLF provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at [email protected] (510) 663-4001, or Fax at (510) 663-4099. Your request will receive an individualized assessment and will be processed in the order it was received.

One of the California Labor Federation’s core values is to provide an inclusive environment to all who are employed here. People of color, bilingual applicants, and women are encouraged to apply. 

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, California Labor Federation AFL-CIO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

 

Organization Info

California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Overview
Headquarters: 
Oakland, CA, USA
Annual Budget : 
$5-10M
Size: 
11-50 employees
Founded: 
1901
About Us
Mission: 

The California Labor Federation is the largest state Labor Federation in the United States. It is also among the most progressive. A prominent Sacramento publication recently referred to Labor as the 800 Pound Gorilla at the Capitol.

The Federation is an umbrella organization comprised of more than 1,000 unions, representing 2.1 million union members: in manufacturing, retail, construction, education, transportation, hospitality, the public sector, healthcare, entertainment and other industries across California.

The mission of the Federation is economic justice, shared prosperity and racial equality for workers, their families, and all people. We achieve this by building the power of all working people through organizing, collective bargaining, political action, legislative action and community alliances.

In Sacramento, we advance policies to support quality job creation, ensure community health, promote shared prosperity, and increase justice for working families and all Californians, including all people of color and immigrant workers. We believe that economic justice is first achieved through working people standing together with a voice at work, and then using that power to deliver tangible victories, particularly for disadvantaged communities.

Why Work For Us?: 

Do you want to make a difference in economic and social justice, racial equality and the lives of working families here in California and influence policymaking nationally? This is the place to be.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Mar 1 2021
Active Until: 
Apr 1 2021
Hiring Organization: 
California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
industry: 
Nonprofit