UNITE HERE Local 40 (Vancouver) Job Posting: Communications Specialist (F/T)

UNITE HERE Local 40 is a progressive labour union, dedicated to creating greater equality and opportunity for workers in the hospitality industry. Communications Specialists are embedded in local worker campaigns and play a crucial role in designing comprehensive communications strategies using digital platforms, earned media and multi-media tools to raise the visibility of worker struggles. As a Communications Specialist with UNITE HERE Local 40, you will be part of a team that empowers people in low-wage service sector jobs to achieve better wages and benefits, dignity and basic rights at work.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing, messaging and materials for effective communication with multiple audiences, including news media, the general public, union members and allies
  • Planning and implementing earned media outreach, including pitching news stories, organizing media events, and training union members to be spokespeople
  • Writing materials for public audiences, including leaflets, newsletters, web content, emails, news releases, fact sheets, social media posts, ads, and other content
  • Adapting written and visual materials for effective use on multiple platforms, including social media, digital advertising, email and petition platforms, and other media 
  • Collaborating with union leadership to develop, plan and lead communications strategies that support workers’ organizing and contract campaigns and analyzing effectiveness of strategies to improve campaigns
  • Writing member communications, including regular newsletters, mass texts and emails
  • Managing Local 40’s website and social media accounts and regularly creating engaging content, including documenting events and actions, taking photos and video, and posting content to various platforms

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Organizing and/or campaign experience
  • BA degree or relevant work experience, with a minimum of one-year experience working in communications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the capacity to meaningfully engage with and frame issues for people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences
  • Proven ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities and deadline
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work occasional long or irregular hours during times of critical campaign need
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with creative media production in one more of the following areas: web development, graphic design, photography, and/or video production/editing
  • Experience with Web-based services for mass email (e.g. Action Network, MailChimp, NationBuilder) and mass texting (e.g. EZ Texting, Hustle, Mobile Commons, etc) a plus
  • Experience with social media platforms and advertising on them a plus
  • Valid driver’s license

To apply for this position: please send your resume, cover letter explaining why you are interested in this job and how you are best suited to the position, along with a sample of your work t0 [email protected]