Thursday, March 11, 2010

Job At AFL-CIO Available


Position: Senior Writer
Public Affairs Department
Washington, D.C.


The AFL-CIO is seeking an outstanding writer for print and online projects ranging from speeches, columns and op-eds to blog posts and policy reports. The Senior Writer will be able to craft compelling material that will move the audience to action, basing the writing on policy positions, polling and other data and message templates.

The Senior Writer reports to the Deputy Director.


Technical Skills

*Translate complicated subject matter into compelling and interesting presentations.

*Locate obscure information/details to support facts in speeches and talking points.
*Articulate goals, programs and direction of the AFL-CIO in clear and concise manner.
*Write a variety of advocacy and policy materials, for print and online use, that move the audience to take action.
*Rewrite or over-write additional materials as assigned.
*Use social media tools and contacts with progressive social media community to extend message reach.
*Work with program departments to plan, draft and revise campaign materials.
*Contribute creatively to message framing, audience targeting, campaign planning, etc. and execute print and online products.
*Keep the director fully informed on a regular basis on issues affecting all project work.
*Prepare and submit regular and ad hoc reports on activities as required.
*Performs other duties as assigned.


*Bachelor’s degree in English or related field preferred.
*Minimum of 4 years writing for social advocacy group.
*Strong knowledge of the labor movement and the movement for progressive social change.
*Demonstrated experience integrating messaging in social media outreach such as Twitter and Facebook.
*Involvement in the social media community.
*Ability to exercise excellent political judgment and discretion.
*Strong interpersonal skills.
*Ability to collaborate and work well with staff.
*Excellent research, reporting and writing skills and engaging writing style.
*Demonstrated success in writing a range of advocacy materials including op-eds, speeches, etc.
*Ability to cultivate sources and understand and translate nuances.
*Ability to meet deadlines while juggling several projects simultaneously.
*Ability to adjust tones and capture different voices.
*Ability to work long and extended hours.

Three (3) Writing Samples Required - Must include a speech and an op-ed.

People of color and women are encouraged to apply.

Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume, and the requested writing samples to the contact listed below:

AFL-CIO Human Resources Department
815 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006 FAX: (202)508-6961

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