Job Posting: We’re Hiring a Communications Specialist!

UNITE HERE Local 40 Job Posting: Communications Specialist/Campaigner (FT)

UNITE HERE 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/Campaigner 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:

  • 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.
  • Creating messaging and designing materials for effective communication with multiple audiences, including union members, allies, news media, and the general public.
  • Designing leaflets, materials, and social media content.
  • Planning and implementing earned media outreach, including pitching news stories, organizing media events, and training union members to be spokespersons.
  • Writing, editing and/or producing member communications, newsletters, websites, videos, news releases, opinion editorials, fact sheets, and social media posts.
  • Adapting written and visual materials for effective use on multiple platforms, including social media, digital advertising, email and petition platforms, and other media.
  • Managing Local 40’s website and social media accounts and regularly creating engaging content and posting to various platforms.
  • Documenting member events and actions, including taking photos and video, and using content in engagement tools and social media platforms.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the fight for workers’ rights.
  • Relevant experience in organizing campaigns, campaign communications, graphic design, and/or media relations.
  • 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 deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work long or irregular hours during times of critical campaign need.
  • Proactive, self-starter who enjoys working cooperatively with staff and members.
  • Experience with digital engagement and creatively using social media platforms and other engagement tools for campaigns.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite or other graphic design software.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office or Google Business Suite.
  • Experience with creative media production in one more of the following areas: web development, photography, and/or video production/editing, a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Salary starts at $60,000 but commensurate with experience and skills. 

To apply for this position: please email your resume, cover letter and a sample of your work (or a link to a website portfolio of your work) to mtravis@unitehere.org.