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Summary of Position
In this newly created position, the Campaign Communications Director will strengthen the Solidarity Center’s work on one of our organizational priorities—maximizing strategic impact for workers through campaigns. This position, housed within the growing Communications Department, will work closely with the Campaigns Director, Regional Program Directors, Country Program Directors, and the Trade Union Strengthening, Strategic Research, and Rule of Law departments. In collaboration with these colleagues, the Campaign Communications Director will develop and implement effective communications strategies for comprehensive worker rights campaigns, often across multiple countries and regions, to gain greater voice and create sustainable union structures to advance economic and social justice.
The Campaigns Communications Director will work under the leadership of the Executive Communications Director in close coordination with Communications colleagues in the U.S. and abroad and the Program Coordination department. The Campaign Communications Director will build a campaign communications team, coordinating closely with the organization’s Communications department, with dedicated support from the Media Relations and Digital Strategy Officers. The position, while based in Washington, DC, supports field-based campaigns with regular international travel to connect with global partners, Solidarity Center Country Program Directors and other staff.
In collaboration with Solidarity Center’s campaign team, field offices, and thematic departments, the Campaign Communications Director will be responsible for the development and execution of communications strategies for global, integrated, creative campaigns designed to win economic justice, strengthen democracy, and support union activists and leaders who are persecuted for asserting their rights. Some of these campaigns will focus on advancing a broad social justice objective, such as eradicating gender-based violence or elevating the status of the care economy and its workers.
Critical to success in this role will be relevant campaign and international experience, deep knowledge of the media landscape and the ability to build a shared understanding of how communications can bolster campaigns to support the organization’s strategic priorities.
Supervisor: Executive Communications Director
Experience developing and implementing comprehensive communications plans and narratives on significant, multidimensional campaigns, with a strong preference for experience in worker rights and union-building campaigns.
Ability to create and execute strategies that anticipate opposition and challenges.
A command of communications best practices and current and emerging tools, technologies, trends and approaches—particularly as related to media relations and digital strategy—to reach myriad target audiences.
Exceptional writing, editing, critical thinking and analytical skills.
Experience managing and working with staff and partners operating in diverse cultures and languages.
Previous campaign communications experience with unions, community, electoral and/or political organizations or other labor-related organizations.
Experience with union organizing campaigns and deep understanding of labor movement dynamics globally and in the United States.
A degree in communications, journalism, labor relations, political science or international affairs, or a minimum of 10 years equivalent work experience.
Excellent listening, communication and problem-solving skills.
Experience working effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments using good judgment and discretion.
Commitment to the Solidarity Center’s mission and the ability to understand and effectively articulate programs to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to make professional and persuasive presentations.
Excellent interpersonal skills, specifically the ability to relate to and communicate effectively with Solidarity Center staff, journalists, U.S. and foreign trade union leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations and worker leaders.
Fluency in English required; fluency in a foreign language desirable, but not required.
This position entails occasional and, at times, frequent travel outside the U.S.
Create and lead a team implementing a strategic communications plans with measurable outcomes to support campaign priorities.
Develop campaign narratives in coordination with the Executive Communications Director and the campaign leadership team.
Conceptualize, develop and implement ally recruitment and media strategies in coordination with the media relations officer to elevate worker and coalition partner voices, move decision makers to take action, and support workers’ efforts to win economic and social justice.
Direct digital strategies that support worker organizing, including overseeing content and planning for the website, digital advertising email fundraising/activism and social media.
Coordinate spokesperson training and develop communications assets for partners, allies and worker leaders to amplify the campaign narrative.
Promote an atmosphere of cooperation, coordination and respect among staff at all levels and across departmental/regional lines.
Promote equity and equality of opportunity for all staff, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or other protected identities.
Know and follow Solidarity Center policies and procedures and ensure staff awareness and compliance.
Support timely financial and program reporting and comply with Solidarity Center policies and donor policies.
Perform other tasks as assigned.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
This is a management position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $168,658 a year, USD based on experience. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, a retirement plan and pension, life insurance, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave. Pre-tax deduction programs are also available for commuting, dependent care, and health care expenses. In addition, we offer opportunities and funds for professional development.
The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are a candidate with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to apply for this position, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Solidarity Center works in partnership with the AFL-CIO on recruiting and filling positions. Our policy is to notify the AFL-CIO prior to interviewing any of its current employees.
The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job, widespread democracy and greater equity at work and in their community. Allied with the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center assists workers across the globe as, together, they fight discrimination, exploitation and the systems that entrench poverty—to achieve shared prosperity in the global economy.
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