Communications Specialist

04 Sep, 2023


Communications Specialist

International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)
Washington, DC

The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) is

seeking to fill the position of Communications Specialist for the

Communications Department. This position is based at

SMART Headquarters in Washington, DC. This position is onsite.

SMART is a broad-based labor union representing over 200,000 sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus

operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees,

and more across the United States and Canada.

Our members ensure the quality of the air we breathe, promote energy

efficiency, and produce and provide vital services that move products to market

and passengers to their destinations. With members in scores of different

occupations, we advocate for fairness in the workplace, excellence at work, and

opportunity for all working families.

Joining our

Communications Department offers a unique and exciting opportunity to

contribute to the organization’s success and be a pivotal support figure for

this dynamic team of highly competent communication professionals. If you

possess the required skills and are passionate about making a positive

contribution to the organization’s mission, we encourage you to apply and be

part of our organization.

General Duties & Responsibilities

The Communications Specialist is

responsible for helping to develop and implement strategic communications

campaigns and projects in support of SMART’s organizing, legislative, and

member mobilization priorities. This includes:

·       Content Creation:

Assist in the development and creation of engaging content for a variety of

platforms, including social media, podcasts, videos, print, and website

updates. This includes drafting email and text message updates, newsletters and

articles, speeches, videos, scripts, and other written materials. This includes

performing research as necessary.  Collaborate

with the communications team to maintain a consistent and cohesive brand voice.

·       Social Media

Management: Monitor, schedule, and curate content for our social media

channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and other relevant


·       Media Relations:

Support the communications team in building and maintaining relationships with

media outlets, journalists, and influencers. Assist in preparing press

releases, media kits, and responding to media inquiries.

·       Analytics and

Reporting: Assist in utilizing analytics tools to measure the performance of

communications efforts across different channels. Prepare regular reports to

track key performance indicators and provide insights for improvement.

·       Graphic Design: Create

visually appealing graphics, infographics, and promotional materials for social

media and print.

·       Internal Communications: Assist in developing and distributing internal communications

materials, including internal newsletters and announcements.

·       Representing SMART: Functioning as an ambassador for SMART with union members, the public and the media.

·       Administrative Tasks: Provide general administrative support to the communications team,

including the maintenance of audio-visual media content, organizing our photo

library, and updating contact lists.

·       Other duties as assigned.


Experience, and Qualifications:

Ideal candidates

will have the following qualifications:

·      A commitment to the labor movement

and the organization’s mission.

·      A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations,

or a related field.

·      Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential, with the ability to

convey messages clearly and concisely.

·      Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Suite software and advanced computer and technical

skills. Functional experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook,

Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Suite

along with an understanding of WordPress.

·      Familiarity with various social media platforms and an understanding of social media

trends. Comfortable using communication tools and analytics software.

·      A creative mindset with the ability to generate innovative ideas and solutions.

·      A demonstrated track record of success in fast-paced work environments with the ability to work efficiently, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet tight deadlines.

·      Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills, and able to work effectively with

diverse teams.

·      Enthusiastic, proactive, and eager to learn and grow.

·      Outstanding organizational skills

with strong attention to detail and the ability to exercise a high level of

discretion, confidentiality, and professional integrity.

·      Ability to think strategically with an end goal in mind.

·    Writes factually and with rigorous accuracy.

·      Works efficiently and meets all deadlines.

·      Ability to interact and work effectively with union members and staff.

Additional Information and How to Apply:

The compensation for this position is competitive and based on experience. Benefits include excellent health care, dental, and vision; a

defined benefit pension plan; 401(k); and generous paid time off.

Please submit a

resume and cover letter to Paul Pimentel, at with the

subject line: Communications Specialist. Resumes should contain your

background, accomplishments, skills, relevant experience, and

education/training. The deadline to apply is September 8.  

SMART is an Equal

Opportunity Employer. SMART encourages applications from all qualified individuals

without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age,

marital, parental, or family status, personal appearance, sexual orientation,

gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or any other

characteristic protected by applicable law.

Job posted: 2023-09-04