Deputy Communications Director

Job Type

Full Time




815 16th Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


With 3 million members, Working America mobilizes working people who don't have the benefit of a union at work to fight for good jobs and a fair economy. As the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, we unite working people in urban and suburban communities around a shared economic agenda.

The Deputy Communications Director assists the Communications Director in overseeing a high-performing communications team and executing the overall messaging strategy for Working America and the Working America Education Fund. The Deputy Communications Director will work closely with the Communications Director to set strategic communications goals for the organization and to raise Working America's public profile.

Reports to: Communications Director


  • In consultation with Communications Director, assists in developing and implementing over-arching communications strategy for Working America;
  • Manages production of internal and external materials such as press releases, brochures, digital copy, newsletters and executive presentations and reviews all content for message consistency and accuracy;
  • Develops and implements systems for effective coordination of content development and production;
  • Ensures message continuity across all areas of communications program;
  • Drives the development and execution of public relations strategy, translating Working America's mission into strategic and tactical communications plans;
  • Oversees all media relations activities including press materials, tours, interviews and speaking engagements
  • Cultivates cooperation, cross-training and skills development among Communications staff and the team at large;
  • Develops professional relationships and maintain regular contact with communications leaders within the AFL-CIO, the progressive community, and the media;
  • Effectively recommends hiring, promoting, demoting, disciplining and termination of Communications staff;
  • Assists in supervision, execution and promotion of special events as needed;
  • Serves as media spokesperson as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.


The Deputy Communications Director should have a demonstrated ability to create and implement effective systems and work flows to help manage a dynamic communications team in a fast-paced and rapidly evolving campaign work environment. Fluency in the realm of political ideas and public intellectual discourse with particular insight to issues related to the labor movement is strongly preferred. She/he must be an independent thinker who is able to manage both departmental staff and individual responsibilities, often under tight deadlines.

Additional qualifications include:

  • At least 5 years of experience as a communications professional with demonstrated ability to successfully oversee large-scale, multi-faceted communications projects;
  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience managing two or more staff
  • Ability to message to varied audiences;
  • Experience in various communications platforms, including traditional press and social media;
  • Ability to build, motivate and work within a team to accomplish project goals;
  • Outstanding staff supervision, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated understanding of planning and executing print and online campaigns for labor unions or similar organizations (e.g. think tank, political organization, academic institution, etc.);
  • Demonstrated commitment to social change, with a background in, or strong familiarity with the labor movement, movements for progressive change and/or political/issue campaigns;
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate and work well with internal and external staff at all levels;
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and able to adapt quickly to meet project needs;
  • Ability to work with grassroots and community movements to plan, develop and implement messaging and other related projects;
  • Experience with or understanding of content management systems (CMS) preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to travel as necessary;
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours as necessary;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Washington, DC

Position Type:

  • Full-time/Regular
  • FLSA Classification: Exempt


Competitive salary and benefits package includes health insurance and 401(k) with employer contribution.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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