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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 7, 2020
The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment promotes better understanding of the conditions, policies, and institutions that affect the well-being of workers and their families and communities. We inform public debate with hard evidence about inequality, the economy, and the nature of work.
What IRLE does:
We partner with faculty and researchers at UC Berkeley and beyond to foster innovative analysis and research that improves workers' lives.
Through this research, we bring work and workers into academic and policy conversations and show how labor issues affect communities and institutionsand vice versa.
We activate and support young scholars at Berkeley, as well as established academics, providing funding and an intellectual center for debate.
The IRLE, Center for Labor Research and Education (CLRE) seeks an experienced Communications Director to develop and oversee a comprehensive, strategic and multidisciplinary communications program to raise the profile of CLRE as a hub for policy relevant research and education on issues related to labor and employment, and trainings for unions and worker organizations to develop a diverse new generation of leaders.
Strategic Communications Planning:
Works with the Chair and program leads to develop comprehensive long and short-term strategic communications plans for the Center and its programs, including goals, measures of success, action items, and resources.
Identifies specific communications needs and develops methods for evaluating the effectiveness of the Center's communications.
Identifies approaches to expanding the audience and new communication tools for CLRE's work.
Works with CLRE leadership to build an institutional identity that represents CLRE's mission and activities to key stakeholders and audiences.
General Communications Oversight:
Develops and oversees a complex comprehensive communications program, including written, visual, and electronic communications for CLRE and its programs.
Sample projects include media release plan for new research publications, event publicity, and developing video and blog features.
Provides oversight and improves effectiveness of CLRE's web and social media presence and email communications, in coordination with relevant CLRE staff.
Oversees the production of printed materials, such as annual reports and brochures, coordinating with external consultants as needed.
Advises CLRE staff about effective communications practices and techniques, and ensures that consistent messaging is communicated to key audiences and partners.
Oversees the development and maintenance of targeted media relationships relating to CLRE's research areas, provides oversight on press releases and other media outreach.
As assigned, handles breaking news situations, including developing strategies for dealing with sensitive and/or controversial issues.
Ensures that proactive media placements are consistent with strategic messaging goals.
Communications Leadership and Training:
Occasionally called upon to act as spokesperson for CLRE, and to represent CLRE to campus, professional and community organizations.
Provides communications trainings to CLRE staff.
Supervises CLRE communications team.
Other responsibilities as assigned.
Advanced knowledge and understanding of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
Experience creating, developing, and implementing long and short term strategic communication plans.
Experience directing and working with organizational leadership on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.
Advanced skill in creating clear and effective communications materials, including websites, promotional materials, newsletters, and press releases.
Strong ability to creatively identify newsworthy stories and events.
Experience raising the profile of an organization to a range of stakeholder audiences.
Familiarity with graphic design applications and web-based technologies (Adobe products, wordpress, and contact management systems) to effectively direct staff who perform technical work.
Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
Excellent analytical and critical thinking, project management, and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills.
Experience supervising the work of communications, publications, or other staff.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Familiarity with academic research settings.
Familiarity with or ability to learn UC Berkeley communications protocols.
Ability to learn or knowledge of and interest in CLRE's research areas (e.g. unions, labor standards, climate policy, health care).
At least 5 years relevant experience and/or equivalent years experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time, Career position.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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