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The 1.3-million-member United Food Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), a powerful voice for working men and women, is seeking a Press Assistant to contribute to the implementation of comprehensive and diversified strategic media and messaging programs to support UFCW organizing objectives and enhance UFCW identity through local, regional and national news exposure.
The Press Assistant is a professional position that involves the support of field activities, that can involve travel with little notice, and requires the exercise of discretion in the support of strategic media campaigns.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Supports the pitching of stories to national and regional papers, magazines and long-form media outlets, TV and radio stations, and to online outlets.
Takes incoming inquiries from reporters and work with press team to coordinate response.
Analyzes print, broadcast and online media coverage for trends that would influence our strategies and use that analysis in our communications vehicles.
Prepares press releases, op-eds, newsletters, briefings, earned media plans, website and social media content.
Distributes statements and materials to media and contributes to pitching, booking, and placing op-eds.
Helps maintain UFCW’s press lists and reporter relationships.
Conducts research projects to support Communications Department strategic goals.
Speaks, reads, and writes fluently in Spanish and English.
Provides communications support for the development and implementation of strategic messaging and press plans on behalf of the Communications Department in support of the Organizing Department’s campaigns.
Work involves frequent and last-minute travel, temporary relocation and irregular and/or unpredictable hours.
Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Communications, Political Science, or Marketing preferred. Spanish language fluency is required. Experience pitching media and has relationships with producers and reporters. Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish.
Ability to write, prepare and edit in a creative and clear manner under limited supervision, at a level acquired with 1 - 2 years of professional working experience.
Experience with social media and integrated digital communications. Good oral communication skills.
Capitol Hill experience and/or internship with a political campaign or national advocacy organization preferred, but not required.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits. Duration: Fulltime position; posting closes when position is filled.
UFCW is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).