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The Chicago Federation of Labor is accepting applications for the following position:

Communications Associate

About the Chicago Federation of Labor:
The Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) is the nation’s third largest central labor council of the AFL-CIO representing approximately 300 local unions comprised of half a million members in the Chicagoland area.

The CFL is seeking a forward-thinking individual with a background in communications, including graphic design and social media with an understanding of organized labor in the Chicago area.

Job Description:

The Communications Associate will provide communications support on various projects and campaigns. The qualified candidate will work closely with the Chief of Staff and other CFL staff, affiliates, union members, unorganized workers, print shops, mail houses and other vendors, as necessary.


  • Coordinates the design, printing, mailing and archiving of various print and online materials, including brochures, leaflets, direct mail pieces, quarterly newsletter, solicited advertisements, invitations and other media, as assigned.
  • Responds to field requests for logos, photographic images and archived files. Electronically transmits files to both internal and external contacts.
  • Write and edit organizational publications including a quarterly newsletter and annual progress report; direct creative design, content and production of publications and other materials.
  • Designs, edits and proofs copy and graphics for review and approval by the Chief of Staff.
  • Maintaining and improving website, including but not limited to adding, removing, and editing content.
  • Produce multimedia content, including videos/photographs/infographics, for Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.
  • Assist in managing the bulk email platform including drafting advocacy action alerts and campaigns.
  • Tracks and coordinates activities to ensure that projects are completed within stated timelines.
  • Occasional travel as required.
  • Other duties as assigned and necessary.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years of related work experience.
  • Demonstrated writing skills required; design and layout skills a plus.
  • Ability to maximize effectiveness of digital communications, including e-mail and websites.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and content management systems for website maintenance.

Skills Requirements:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong understanding of and experience with electronic forms of communications, including email and websites. Ability to implement basic campaign communications strategies.
  • Exposure to labor, political or community organizing, including communications work.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines;
  • Knowledge of media relations and communications strategy.
  • Photography skills preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work weekend and evening hours when necessary.


In addition to a competitive salary, this position will also include an employer paid health insurance plan.

The Chicago Federation of Labor is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

Interested persons should email a resume, cover letter and two writing/layout samples to: apply@chicagolabor.org. Subject line should read: Communications Associate Position.