Director of Communications
AFL-CIO Technology Institute

Based in Washington, DC


JOB TITLE: Director of Communications
DEPARTMENT: AFL-CIO Technology Institute
REPORTS TO: Director of Technology Institute

The AFL-CIO Technology Institute is a new dynamic organization launched in 2021 to inject the voices of working people and unions into the multi-faceted innovation & technology sectors, to reform innovation policy, and to ensure that technology isn’t just a tool to jettison good jobs and deskill workers. Creation of the Institute was a core recommendation of the 2019 AFL-CIO Commission on the Future of Work and Unions, a multi-sector collaborative of union leaders determined to build a powerful strategy to prepare our movement for the onslaught of change in our work.

The Institute is seeking a creative and experienced communications expert to amplify the Institute’s vision and mission. This is an exciting opportunity, inside a national startup, to help a growing team shape and execute the Institute’s diverse program streams designed around strategies that influence the future of work and the role of technology in our working lives.


  • Manage the Technology Institute’s communications strategy to amplify initiatives to internal stakeholders and external audiences, including media, policymakers, and the public.
  • Collaborate with AFL-CIO Communications team and Technology Institute staff to develop Technology Institute’s internal and external communications strategies and plan.
  • Provide strategic communication support for major speeches, op-eds, columns, video
  • scripts and other key messages. This requires crafting a wide array of compelling and
  • easily digestible copy on deadline that educates, inspires and moves the audience to
  • Action.
  • Work cross-functionally to define key themes, messages, and objectives to drive awareness, engagement, including communications research and stakeholder collaboration.
  • Work with other communications staff to prepare Technology Institute stakeholders for media engagement, including developing talking points, providing up to date research, developing memos, coaching, etc.
  • Create media events and other press opportunities to highlight Technology Institute stakeholders, partners, and allies
  • Manage the development of the Technology Institute’s online presence, including branding, website, and social media streams
  • Build out press lists and cultivate relationships with reporters.
  • Monitor mainstream press, trade press, tech press to develop news & info streams for Technology Institute stakeholders and create distribution architecture.
  • Support the development of educational tools for Technology Institute stakeholders
  • Translate complicated subject matter into compelling and interesting presentations
  • Conceptualize and write a variety of educational and policy materials, for print and online use, that move the audience to take action.
  • Use social media tools and established contacts within the traditional and progressive
  • social media community to extend message reach and impact.
  • Work with program departments to conceptualize, create and revise campaign materials.
  • Contribute creatively to message framing, audience targeting, campaign planning, etc.
  • and execute print and online products.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English or related field preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of five years of writing responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust tones and capture diverse voices for varying audiences.
  • Strong knowledge of the labor movement and the broader fight for economic justice.
  • Extensive experience integrating messaging in social media outreach such as Instagram, Twitter, Linked In, TikTok, Facebook, and elsewhere.
  • Established relationships in the traditional and social media communities.
  • Ability to exercise excellent political judgment and complete discretion.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Confidence and ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with staff.
  • Self-starter, ability to work with teams and solo.
  • Resourceful and creative. Ability to problem solve and offer recommendations and solutions when needed.
  • Proficient research, reporting and writing skills and engaging writing style.
  • Demonstrated success in writing a range of advocacy materials including speeches, op-eds, columns, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate sources and understand and translate nuances.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, report and write on deadline while juggling several
  • projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work long and extended hours.

Based in Washington DC (headquarters)

Salary: $120,000

The AFL-CIO Technology Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Please provide a cover letter, references and writing and work samples to: nsommerkamp@aflcio.org.

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