• Sr. Communications Specialist - Chicago

    Location US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 5 months ago(06/29/2018 11:21 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
    Communications/Media/Public Relations - Sr. Communications Specialist
  • External Description

    Sr. Communications Specialist - Chicago


    The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the largest airline pilot union in the world and the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world (representing over 60,000 pilots at 34 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Sr. Communications Specialist for our office in Rosemont, Illinois.  This position provides strategic and tactical communications support for the United Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) to build effective pilot communications plans and provide professional support in all areas of communications.  Day-to-day, s/he will provide leadership and strategic counsel in helping the United pilot group determine the proper development, packaging, placement, and timing of communications that advance their MEC goals; execute programs and campaigns to support collective bargaining and advocacy priorities for the pilot group; and, handle general communications, including media relations, social media, community/stakeholder relations, and other outreach support.


    Overall, s/he will provide strategic communications counsel, exercise leadership and initiative, influence the decision-making process, and ensure that project benchmarks and deadlines are met.  S/he must exhibit exceptional writing, problem-solving, consensus-building, and interpersonal skills to establish credibility with pilot leaders and ALPA’s professional staff and be a skilled media and social media tactician, able to take complex issues and transform them into clear communications for multiple audiences


    Interested applicants are requested to submit online portfolio link(s) showing previous work.


    Local and national travel required with the possibility of some international travel: 10 - 20%.


    Minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


     Minimum Requirements:


    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area, e.g., Communications, English, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, or related field, from an accredited college or university is required, master’s degree or completion of post-graduate courses preferred; or, the equivalent combination of education and practical experience.
    • Five (5) years of experience in a communications role at ALPA or in an equivalent advocacy and/or communications position elsewhere required, six (6) or more years preferred. Aviation and/or labor union experience and/or knowledge strongly preferred.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff, external contacts, and pilots and attention to detail when reviewing and editing written materials.
    • Must possess exceptional time management skills; be able to work independently in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment; and, transition easily between projects.
    • Ability to effectively interpret and disseminate complex information about aviation safety and security, labor contracts and collective bargaining, and communicate for public understanding strongly preferred.
    • Possesses the professional demeanor necessary to address issues of the most complex nature, to establish credibility in often-contentious circumstances, and to positively affect members, the media, and other audiences.
    • Experience planning and implementing media and PR/education campaigns; proven track record in pitching media and securing story placements.
    • Track record in developing, executing, and evolving comprehensive and proactive communications plans, as well as specific programs and campaigns a definite plus.
    • Must be a self-starter with professional maturity and sound judgment, capable of independent decision-making.
    • Able to develop and execute social media strategies that build awareness and support for key pilot group initiatives.
    • Knowledge of ALPA policies, processes, structure, and strategic plans strongly preferred.
    • Knowledge of desktop publishing, presentation, design, and web content management preferred, with a willingness to learn new software applications to enhance effectiveness.
    • Software:  Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required; Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, and InDesign desirable. Sitecore and/or HTML a plus. Basic audio/video editing also a plus.


    Physical Demands:


    Note: The physical demands described herein are characteristic of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential physical activities of this position described below.


    Constantly operates a computer/smartphone/tablet. Regularly required to maintain a stationary position, move about the office and the local metropolitan area, determine what others have said or written, and converse with others and exchange accurate information.


    Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, and move about the office and travel (locally, nationally, and internationally). Also includes occasional bending, stooping, squatting, and/or pushing and pulling or moving, e.g., to pack, unpack, and/or move cases.


    Occasionally required to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve binders, books, boxes, and files up to ten (10) pounds (lbs.). While on travel, could be responsible to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve luggage weighing as much as 50 lbs. (Assistance may not always be available.)    

    Relocation not provided.




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