• Communications Specialist - Atlanta

    Location US-GA-Atlanta
    Posted Date 2 months ago(09/13/2018 11:29 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
    Communications/Media/Public Relations - Communications Specialist
  • External Description


    Communications Specialist - Atlanta


    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 Communications Specialist for our office in Atlanta, Georga.  This position provides communications support to the Delta MEC and occasionally contributes to ALPA-wide communication initiatives.  The Communications Specialist will apply his or her skills toward the advancement of the Delta MEC’s collective bargaining goals and other communications initiatives and work with leaders of the Delta MEC, providing professional support in all areas of communications.  For the ALPA-wide focus, s/he will occasionally assist the ALPA Communications Department in executing programs and campaigns to advance the interests of all members of the Association and of the piloting profession.


    S/he will serve as a lead writer for Master Executive Council (MEC) communications and will assist in determining the proper development, packaging, placement, and timing of communications that advance specific goals.  The communications specialist will also help manage the MEC’s social media program, providing strategic counsel and executing on various social media campaigns and strategy.  S/he will also work with committee and pilot volunteers, assisting them with their communications efforts in the areas of written and electronic publications and social media.


    This position coordinates closely with the senior communications specialist in the Delta MEC office.  S/he must exercise initiative, build relationships with ALPA’s professional staff and pilot leaders, influence the decision-making process, and ensure that project benchmarks and deadlines are met.  S/he must also exhibit exceptional writing, problem-solving, consensus-building, and interpersonal skills in order to establish credibility with the pilots and staff.


    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: 5 - 10%.


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

    Minimum Requirements:


    • Able to work flexible schedule on short-notice as needed.
    • 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.
    • Three (3) years of prior experience in a communications role at ALPA or in an equivalent advocacy position elsewhere; five (5) or more preferred.
    • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail when reviewing and editing written materials required.
    • Strong social media relations skills required.
    • Advanced organizational, communications, and interpersonal skills required.
    • Exceptional time management skills, able to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment and transition easily between projects a must.
    • Ability to effectively interpret and disseminate complex information about aviation safety, labor contracts and collective bargaining, and communicate for public understanding desired.
    • Possesses 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;
    • Knowledge of desktop publishing, presentation and design, with a willingness to learn new software applications to enhance effectiveness.
    • Software: Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) highly desirable. Familiarity with a web content management system and/or HTML software 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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