Communications Specialist

Posted On: April 12, 2021

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: Massachusetts Teacher Association

Company Description

The MTA represents 110,000 members in close to 400 local associations throughout Massachusetts. We are teachers, faculty, professional staff and education support professionals working at public schools, colleges and universities across Massachusetts.

Job Description

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) is a union, dedicated to improving the workplace and the quality of life for all education employees and to protecting their hard-won rights. Equally important, we are an association of highly qualified professionals, committed to establishing and maintaining optimal conditions for student learning from preschool through graduate school.

The Communications Division is looking for a Communications Specialist who will a) work closely with locals and other MTA divisions to develop communication strategies that connect members to the life of the union, b) assist local campaigns with media and public relations activities, c) partner with MTA leadership on internal and external communications, and d) help develop and implement effective communication strategies for the Association. This position will report to the Director of Communications and is conveniently located in our North Quincy headquarters.

Some of the responsibilities of this job include but are not exhaustive are the following:

*Proactively identifies potential issues and events of significance to members, elected leaders, and staff, and recommends effective communications activities and programs to the Director.
*Identifies and responds to the communications needs of locals; assists and trains locals in the development and implementation of communications strategies that connect members to the life of the union, including cutting-edge social media and digital platforms.
*Assists MTA leadership in writing and producing internal and external communications, including news releases, statements, member emails, social media posts, and articles for MTA publications.
*Assists the Director in coordinating relations with the media, including radio, television, cable television, digital publications, and newspapers.
*Collaborates with Field and Organizing to establish media “street teams”, engaging and training rank and file members on social media, writing letters to the editor, and other tasks.
*Produces material for MTA web and social media posting, and provides advice, guidance, and recommendations to staff.
*Writes and edits articles and other materials for internal publications, external media purposes, and websites and social media pages.
*Covers and reports on events and activities.
*Writes press releases and coordinates interviews and public appearances.
*Coordinates press conferences, news briefings, and other events.
*Takes photographs for MTA publications and websites.
*Writes public statements and speeches, helps develop position papers, and conducts related research in support of assigned tasks.
*Other duties as assigned.

To be successful in this role you will need:

*Commitment to the mission and strategic goals of the MTA and the organized education profession.
*Bachelor's degree or master’s degree related to communications, public relations or journalism preferred, or equivalent professional experience.
*Excellent writing and speaking skills.
*Demonstrated experience with media relations, social media, copy editing, desktop publishing, and design and production of promotional materials.
*Personal transportation and license (or alternative driving option) required; willingness to travel (generally, statewide) and work nights and weekends.

MTA has a competitive compensation program with a robust benefits package that includes: a defined benefit plan, 401k, medical, dental, STD, LTD, paid holidays and a generous time off program.

MTA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all staff.



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