1625 L Street, NW
This position will be responsible for supporting AFSCME Communications’ executive speechwriting and official correspondence responsibilities. Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Communications, Content Media, and in support of the Executive Communications Strategist, this position will also be responsible for writing, researching, and proofing communications drafted across the union’s platforms, including the blog, social media and email. Collaborates directly with union officers and leaders, capturing their voice and building a relationship of trust and confidence. Drafts short-form and long-form articles and blog posts communicating the internal and external priorities of AFSCME and its affiliates as well as narrative projects, including member profiles, issue explainers, “deep dives” into issues of interest to working people. Authors email and social media content as needed, as well as scripts for video narratives, and remarks and talking points for AFSCME members and leaders.
- With direction from management and senior staff, drafts speeches, talking points, letters, emails, social media and other digital content, proclamations, other executive communications pieces as needed.
- Researches content for speeches and other writing assignments, working closely with staff in Communications and other AFSCME departments, affiliate staff and members.
- Assists in the production of well-written, concise, and error-free copy that supports larger organizational initiatives.
- Develops an executive communications editorial calendar and prepares the articles, op-eds, videos, blogs, and columns.
- Supports senior staff members in the development of multi-dimensional communications strategies and story lines for external and internal audiences. Makes recommendations to develop the public image of the union and its officers.
- Contributes to department’s ongoing initiatives -- through creative thinking, teamwork, and self-motivated execution -- including expansion of our digital outreach to members and our organizational branding efforts.
- Performs other related duties to support communications department objectives as assigned.
Education and Experience Requirement:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with course work in labor relations, communications, political science or liberal arts.
Up to five (5) years of related work experience in labor, political or community organizing; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Scrupulous writing, editing, research, and proofing skills. Demonstrated ability to consistently condense information and convey it clearly and concisely.
- Ability to work independently and to collaborate with staff at all levels and in a team environment.
- Detail oriented with the ability to meet all deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Sound messaging and political instincts.
- Commitment to the values of the labor movement and progressive social change.
- Ability to handle heavy workload, juggle competing priorities, work long hours to meet deadlines.
- Flexibility, positive attitude, superior attention to detail, and critical thinking skills.
- Exposure to labor, political or community organizing, including communications work.
- General knowledge of communications strategy, prior speechwriting experience strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of and experience with electronic forms of communications, including e-mail and websites.
- Ability to travel for AFSCME business, including political and organizing campaigns required.
Extended Hours and Travel:
Some travel, extended work hours and valid driver’s license are required.
Minimum Education Required