Deputy Director – Communications

Kansas City, Kansas (headquarters)
with strong possibility of a paid relocation to offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

About the Boilermakers
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO, CLC, represents workers across North America in diverse industries: field construction, shipbuilding, cement making, railroads, mining, manufacturing and allied areas. Founded in 1880, the Boilermakers union has developed superb Taft-Hartley trust programs for apprentice training, labor-management problem-solving, and pension, healthcare and annuity benefits.

The Position
The Deputy Communications Director, under the day-to-day supervision of the Communications Director (but reporting directly to the International President), will work with a small team of communications professionals at the union’s Kansas City, Kansas, headquarters. There is a strong possibility of a paid relocation to offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, within a year of accepting this position. Substantial travel is required to provide news/photographic/video coverage of organizational events and projects.

We are seeking a stand-out union communicator with exceptional writing and editing skills. Must be capable of quickly identifying a storyline and writing compelling copy and headlines, with proven experience writing hard news, features, editorials, speeches, press releases, and promotional/advertising copy. Experience publishing newspapers or magazines and working closely with graphic designers and other creatives is essential. Strong photography skills are highly desirable.


  • Write, edit and oversee production of the union’s flagship magazine — the Boilermaker Reporter — published quarterly and distributed to active and retired members.
  • Contribute content for and oversee development and maintenance of the union’s various websites.
  • Support the union’s International officers, staff, departments, affiliate organizations and local lodges with communications needs, including collateral materials, websites, correspondence and various other written materials.
  • Working with the Communications Director and International President, assist in conceptualizing and drafting editorials, speeches and position statements.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications or a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant work experience in journalism, public relations, advertising or publishing.
  • Preference given to candidates with proven work history with labor unions, especially with construction trades.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/experience with labor issues, organizing and political action.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple ongoing projects and supervise work of creative staff.

Skill Requirements:

  • Superb writing and editing skills
  • Excellent grammar and proofreading skills
  • Capable in news photography
  • Working knowledge of social media
  • Deadline oriented
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-starter
  • Experience in managing creative group

Highly competitive salary with paid vacation, sick leave and comprehensive pension, healthcare (including dental and vision) and annuity benefits.

Equal opportunity statement
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO, CLC is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please send a digital cover letter and resume to:
Mike Linderer, Communications Director

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.