AFSCME Local 3299

AFSCME Local 3299

Communications Associate

 Based in Oakland, CA

AFSCME Local 3299 is a dynamic labor union representing over 25,000 Service and Patient Care workers at the University of California. We are a member-driven union with rank-and-file leadership dedicated to building a strong union to fight for our jobs, families, patients, and students.

Position Description:
The Communications Associate will support the earned media, online media, internal, and external communications needs of the largest union at the University of California. Under the supervision of the Communications Director and with the input of other Local staff, she/he will work to support a fast growing and dynamic communications operation—including developing content, pitching stories, conducting research, training member leader spokespeople, and coordinating media events across the State of California. This is a great opportunity for a hungry communications professional with a commitment to social justice and working families.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Execute overall campaign communication strategies to meet the political, contract, and member mobilization goals of the local.
  • Assist the Communications Director in developing and distributing a range of written communications content for the local—including press releases, Op-Eds, LTEs, e-mail blasts, social media posts, blogs, member leaflets, talking points, and fact sheets.
  • Build and maintain internal member communications structure and content.
  • Build and maintain media contact databases.
  • Identify, pitch, and place stories to local, regional, and statewide media.
  • Build and manage relationships with reporters and media professionals.
  • Manage member leader spokesperson trainings and development.
  • Serve as Local 3299 Archivist—photos, video, and press clips.
  • Conduct research.
  • Advance and staff events, rallies, hearings, and other public events for the Local.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The Communications Associate will report to the Communications Director.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 1-3 years of experience as a campaign, political, or media professional.
  • Knowledge of the labor movement, including principles of union organizing and collective bargaining.
  • Sound political judgement.
  • Ability to quickly synthesize and distill large quantities of complex policy and/or issue related information.
  • Experience with online organizing and social media technology.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to use initiative to execute projects that may be vaguely defined.
  • Bi-lingual, Spanish/Cantonese/Tagalog/English is preferred.
  • Photography, video editing, and/or graphic design skills are a plus.
  • Veterans, Women, LGBTQ, and People of Color are encouraged to apply.

AFSCME Local 3299’s members are a diverse group of workers reflecting all of California, and are mostly people of color and women. We are an equal opportunity employer, and encourage people of color and women to apply.

Competitive salary, benefits, and field package included.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should send cover letter, résumé, writing samples, and 3 references with Communications Associate in the subject line to: jobs@afscme3299.org.

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