Opportunity: Director of Communications, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (LA Fed)


The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (LA Fed) is a force of worker power, advancing policies that support a progressive vision for Los Angeles that fights for worker and civil rights and addresses workplace and income inequality. Since 1885, the LA Fed has helped expand equality and opportunity in Los Angeles, representing more than 300 affiliated unions and more than 800,000 workers.

The Fed advances social and economic justice every day through organizing, political campaigns, policy advocacy, and community service, addressing income inequality and housing affordability to build a more equitable Los Angeles. The Fed has fought for and won critical victories, from enacting the highest minimum wage in the nation to the battle for more affordable housing and better jobs, workplace safety and immigrant rights.

With our strategic partner, The Miguel Contreras Foundation (MCF), the Fed is fighting for equality and breaking down barriers for workers including women, immigrants, veterans and the previously incarcerated, and in communities like Southeast Los Angeles, building a stronger economy and quality of life for all.

Position Overview:

The LA Fed is seeking a strategic, ambitious and creative Director of Communications, who will advance and drive the agenda of the Fed and the Miguel Contreras Foundation in support of working families, leading internal and external positioning and messaging on behalf of the Fed and its members.

Reporting to the President, the director will implement the organization’s strategic communications plan, supporting the growth of the Fed’s influence and impact by raising its public profile and ensuring message alignment across the Fed’s political, organizing, and community development activities. As a member of the senior leadership team, the director will create and implement communications strategies and tactics that support organizational objectives, both internally with member unions and their employees, and externally with civic and business leaders, policymakers and the public.

The successful candidate for this position will have an entrepreneurial mindset and must be prepared to operate as a one-person function while building it into a powerhouse. The candidate should be familiar with the arc of organizing, political and legislative campaigns.  With this higher bar for success comes increased resources–including the opportunity to hire a communications associate and agency support–but the candidate must operate as a self-starter and collaborative team player.

The director will lead and implement the following activities of the Fed’s communications department:

  • Build and run a world-class communications function to support to the President and leadership team of the Fed, including developing messaging, talking points, speeches, news conferences or other media events, and communications plans to increase awareness of the Fed’s activities
  • Oversee the editorial strategy and content development for the Fed’s social and digital media channels, including the web sites, Twitter, Facebook, and email newsletters
  • Implementation of the Fed’s newly developed strategic communications plan, including launching new strategies and tactics to increase the reach and impact of the Fed’s work
  • In partnership with the Fed’s outside communications agency, lead media relations activities, including generating positive earned media for the Fed’s actions through pitching, media advisories, press releases and building reporter relationships
  • Provide marketing guidance and tools to support Fed staff and members in promoting their programs and events with target audiences
  • Measure the impact of the Fed’s communications function and continuously adjust to improve its effectiveness
  • Coordinate collaborative communications campaigns with key partner organizations

Desired qualifications:

  • Excellent writer and communicator, with ability to recognize and craft compelling stories that inspire audiences to take action
  • 6-8 years leading a communications/policy function, ideally for a progressive cause, philanthropy or political organization
  • Proven track record of success writing and developing key messages and providing tools and training to align messages among organization stakeholders
  • Achievement in creating and managing public relations programs, including writing talking points, media materials, and media outreach
  • Excellence in developing and running successful advocacy campaigns through digital and social media channels and news vehicles
  • Substantial subject matter expertise around Los Angeles policy, the labor movement, and progressive causes
  • Strong relationships and knowledge of Los Angeles civic leaders and media
  • Success building and maintaining coalitions and harnessing their power to influence policy
  • Mindset and core values of service to the greater good, with a bias toward action; someone who thrives on achieving results and building and maintaining solid relationships with internal partners and clients
  • Spanish fluency a plus; expertise and attunement to the diverse experiences and perspectives of people of color a must

This is a full-time position with benefits based at the Fed’s Los Angeles headquarters. Salary starts at $90,000, with some flexibility based on experience and qualifications. While the Fed prioritizes a healthy life-work balance, some weekend and evening work will be required.

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to Marie Condron at Ocean & Mountain Communications, marie@oceanmo.com.