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Organizing Field Communications Assistant

OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Organizing Department supports workers seeking to form their own unions. The department assists unions as they dedicate resources to organizing and helps unions build organizing capacity.
The Department collaborates with national unions on strategic organizing campaigns and employs media, community, legislative, political, regulatory, legal, bargaining and other lawful forms of pressure to support worker organizing efforts. The Organizing Field Communications Assistant works on strategic organizing campaigns under the supervision of the Director or Deputy Director and works day to day with project lead(s) to accomplish assignments. Additional mentorship and training may be provided by the AFL-CIO Digital Strategies and other communications staff.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Under the direction and supervision of the project lead and supervisory staff, the Organizing Field Communications Assistant duties fall into seven main categories:
A. Overall campaign communications strategy
Assists in the development of communications strategy for a campaign for both internal and external audiences, and assists in the design of campaign materials and campaign website/internet applications.
B. Leadership communications
Assists in the development, preparation, writing, editing and distribution of internal campaign materials and outreach with affiliate leadership, local union leaders and activists, and affiliate newsletters and publications.
C. Membership communications
Assists in the development, preparation, writing, editing and distribution of internal campaign materials & outreach to existing membership, including volunteer-organizers, stewards, and rank & file activists to help mobilize members for campaign activities and build membership support for campaign goals.
D. Unorganized workers communications
Assists in worker message research and development, and the development, preparation, writing, editing and distribution of campaign materials and outreach to workers seeking to form a union at targeted worksites, including leaflets and other campaign and materials.
E. Community & allies communications
Assists in the development, preparation, writing, editing and distribution of campaign materials and outreach to community organizations, religious groups, civic and elected political leaders, other local unions and labor bodies, and other potential campaign allies.
F. Media
Monitors industry, area, and company press coverage, develops media contacts lists, and assists in the development, preparation, writing, editing and distribution of campaign press materials (press advisories and press releases, talking points, backgrounders) & outreach to media.
G. General Duties
Makes weekly plans reflecting broader goals and balances conflicting demands.
Stays informed of campaign developments and goals.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience
• Education: B.A. or B.S. preferred.
• Communications-related field experience preferred.
• Previous work experiences(s): At least one year relevant work experience and demonstrated success in communications-related areas.

Skills
• Strong computer skills, including word processing, and desktop publishing software. Website and internet skills.
• Very strong writing and editing skills, especially for lay and mass audience.
• Experience in broad array of digital strategies (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
• Ability to work long and extended hours when needed.
• Ability to travel frequently

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