CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training

The Center for Construction Research and Training

Communications Specialist

Based in Silver Spring, MD

CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training (www.cpwr.com) is the non-profit 501(c)(3) research, development and training arm of the North America’s Building Trades Unions. Located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, close to Metro and public parking, CPWR focuses on promoting safe and healthy working conditions in the construction industry.

CPWR is seeking a full-time Communications Specialist. The successful candidate will become part of the team leading the organization’s external communications, including website management, email marketing, media relations, content creation, publications development, and branding.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing strategic ideas to create and distribute content across a range of communications vehicles, with the goal of increasing engagement with stakeholders.
  • Working effectively with staff and academic researchers to develop materials for publication and to create campaigns that raise stakeholders’ knowledge of safety and health risks and of solutions.
  • Assisting with research for and development of content for reports, educational materials, articles, news items, and press releases.
  • Identifying photographs and graphics for use in print and online media and helping maintain a library of these images.
  • Contributing to website management, especially content development.
  • Contributing to email marketing, including creating messages and managing lists.
  • Supporting media relations efforts, including developing background materials and identifying opportunities.
  • Supporting social media efforts.
  • Providing support on design projects for print materials, social media, and websites.
  • Proofing materials to ensure they are accurate, use correct spelling and grammar, maintain a consistent tone, and communicate core messages and values.
  • Promoting the organization’s resources at industry events and conferences.


  • At least 5 years of work experience in communications.
  • B.A./B.S. or advanced degree in Communications, Journalism, Health Communications, or related field.
  • Experience using social media, blogs, website content management tools, CRMs, InDesign, Google Analytics, and email marketing services.
  • Strong analytical, writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with staff at all levels, interact with external partners and to represent the organization to the public.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to conduct and coordinate multiple tasks under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability both to take direction and to work independently, taking initiative within areas of responsibility.
  • Positive attitude and ability to adjust to changing priorities and growing responsibilities.
  • Spanish highly valued.
  • Limited national and local travel may be necessary.

Compensation Package:
Salary is based on qualifications and prior experience. Exceptional benefits package, including employer paid health/dental/vision insurance for employee and dependents, and a defined benefit pension. Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. 401K Plan. Relaxed work environment.

Equal Employment Opportunity.

To Apply:
Email résumé, cover letter, two recent writing samples to: jobpostings@cpwr.com. Include Communications Specialist and applicant name in the subject line. The cover letter should describe your experiences relevant to the job description outlined above and any previous construction-related research experience. No phone calls please. CPWR will contact eligible applicants.

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