The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), SEIU (Service Employees International Union)
Job Title: Communications Director
Location: This position can be based in New York, NY , Oakland, CA or Los Angeles, CA
The Committee of Interns and Residents, the largest resident physicians’ union in the country, is looking for a Communications Director based in California (Los Angeles or Bay Area) or New York. The Communications Director is responsible for leading CIR’s communication activities, primarily by building our brand and image as the national voice for interns, residents and fellows and developing communications strategies to support our campaigns.
CIR is a nationwide, progressive, member-driven healthcare union representing 15,000 resident physicians. Our vision is to be the national voice for interns, residents and fellows and to create better working conditions that allow physicians-in-training the ability to provide the highest quality patient care possible by building power through their union.
● Manage and evolve CIR’s brand and image as the national voice for interns, residents and fellows.
Manage Owned Media
● Oversee the writing and editing of all content, including articles, press releases/advisories, op-eds, and photo and video.
● Oversee CIR’s multiple websites, social media presence and other platforms using CMS (content management system).
● Manage email database to promote CIR and to broaden audience.
● Develop and train member leaders as spokespeople for CIR and as trusted advocates for their patients and for physicians in training.
Earned and paid media strategy
● Spearhead earned media strategy to get press mentions, and reposts of owned media.
● Engage in media outreach, develop relationships with media outlets and journalists.
● Oversee all paid media and communications works.
Strategic communications campaigns
● Turn organizing and campaign goals into clear communications strategies with the right frame, message, targeted audiences, tactics and platforms for success.
● Develop core messages that frame and drive narratives toward progress on our issues.
● Create a culture of effective communication across the organization by providing regular guidance and consultation to other teams/departments.
● Develop and supervise a team of communication coordinators to achieve departmental goals, deliver daily results and grow professionally.
● Measure and track effectiveness of communication tools and strategies.
● Five or more years of experience in media relations, public affairs or campaign communications.
● Preferred candidate who has experience managing staff as a communications director
● Previous communications experience with a labor union or other advocacy group.
● Relevant technical experience and/or education in video and web-based communication (HTML, Dreamweaver, CSS)
● Excellent writing and photography skills
● Ability to work independently, prioritize multiple tasks and think critically
● Ability to independently develop and acquire relevant job knowledge
● Ability to build and manage relationships with colleagues, members, media outlets and reporters
● Ability to work long and irregular hours
● Willing to travel
· Competitive starting salary, commensurate with experience
· Excellent benefits package: health, dental, vision, disability, 401(k), pension plan and paid sick/vacation time.
A resume and cover letter are required for all applications. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for CIR, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan.
CIR is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants. Please visit our website for more information: www.cirseiu.org