Program Assistant : Maryland

CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training

The Center for Construction Research and Training

Program Assistant

Based in Silver Springs, MD

CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training ( is the non-profit 501(c)3 research, development and training arm of the North America’s Building Trades Unions. This position will support two CPWR programs.

Program 1: Building Trades National Medical Screening Program (BTMed)
The Building Trades National Medical Screening Program (BTMed) provides free medical screening for workers who performed construction work on Department of Energy (DOE/AEC) nuclear weapons sites.

Operations at these nuclear weapons facilities began during the Second World War and continued for decades. Workers on these sites daily – and often unknowingly – found themselves exposed to hazardous substances like asbestos, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, radiation, silica, and toxic solvents. As a result, many would battle unforeseen illnesses years down the road. BTMed can help identify these health problems in time for intervention.

In addition to this, CPWR also manages the BTComp online database that helps the Department of Labor (DOL) verify past contractual relationship between subcontractors and DOE sites. This assists DOL in processing claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), which compensates workers for health conditions related to their work on DOE sites.

Job Description:
The Program Assistant serves as an integral part of BTMed. This position involves the coordination of program outreach while also supporting the Program Director in overseeing BTMed and its nationwide offices. While the Program Assistant’s position is very multifaceted, the majority of its work focuses on communications and informing potential participants about BTMed through a variety of channels.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate program mailings to potential participants. Responsible for the design/production of mailing material, maintaining worker rosters, utilizing SSN match services, tracking activity and progress, and maintaining strict confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  • Develop program outreach that includes the design/production of brochures, fact sheets, promotional items, etc.
  • Produce bi-annual BTMed newsletter; responsible for the design/layout, article-writing, and worker interviews
  • Write feature and program articles to be published in national magazines/journals and local newspapers
  • Maintain an online BTMed presence using Facebook and Constant Contact
  • Organize BTMed Annual Meeting that hosts 35+ attendees; responsible for budget management and coordination of meeting logistics, reservations and meals/banquets
  • Develop relationships with community based organizations whose jurisdiction encompasses a BTMed covered site

Job Description: is an online database housing information used directly by the Department of Labor to verify construction subcontractors’ contractual relationship with Department of Energy nuclear weapons facilities. The Program Assistant works with DOL District Offices who make requests either for documentation already in the database or documentation that needs to be researched. This position is solely responsible for researching requests for subcontractor information and maintaining the program database.

Job Duties:

  • Manage and maintain
  • Interpret and log evidence that can be used to support subcontractor entries in the database
  • Receive DOL District Office requests for specific contractual relationship yet to be verified, research such requests, and respond accordingly
  • Develop relationships with community based organizations and subcontractors who may be able to provide evidence of contractual relationship
  • Generate monthly progress reports
  • Oversee quality assurance reviews

Qualifications and Skills:

  • BA or BS in labor studies, communications, public health or related field
  • Excellent writing ability and verbal communication skills
  • Skilled at conducting online and archival research
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, Adobe Creative Suites, particularly InDesign and Photoshop
  • Experience in online marketing tools, particularly Facebook and Constant Contact
  • Willingness to travel a few times throughout the year
  • Ability to work well without direct supervision
  • Highly reliable, and has a positive influence on the surrounding environment

Compensation Package:
Salary commensurate with experience. Exceptional benefits package including employer paid health/dental/vision insurance for employee and dependents and a defined benefit pension. Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. 401K Plan. Relaxed work environment located in downtown Silver Spring, MD near the red-line metro station and public parking. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Instructions
A CV and cover letter addressed to CPWR’s Executive Director (Chris Cain) should be emailed only to The cover letter should describe your experiences relevant to the job description outlined above and any previous construction-related research experience.

Due to volume, no phone calls please. CPWR will contact eligible applicants.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.

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