Senior Editorial and Speechwriter – Communications : District of Columbia



Senior Editorial and Speechwriter

Based in Washington, DC

The 12.5 million member, 55 union AFL-CIO is seeking a creative and experienced writer and storyteller to amplify the federation’s vision and mission. Whether it’s crafting a speech for an AFL-CIO officer, researching and preparing a policy op-ed for national publication or communicating with working people both inside and outside of the labor movement, this is a unique opportunity to shape the fight for economic justice.


  • Provide strategic communication support to the officers for major speeches, op-eds, columns, video scripts and other key messages. This requires crafting a wide array of compelling and easily digestible copy on deadline that educates, inspires and moves the audience to action.
  • Create opportunities through written materials and social media venues that help shape public opinion by articulating the officers’ positions on issues.
  • Develop evaluation strategies and assess the effectiveness of officers’ communications.
  • Translate complicated subject matter into compelling and interesting presentations.
  • Research and identify anecdotes and obscure information/details to support facts in speeches and talking points.
  • Articulate goals, programs and direction of the AFL-CIO in clear and concise manner
  • Conceptualize and write a variety of advocacy and policy materials, for print and online use, that move the audience to take action.
  • Use social media tools and established contacts within the traditional and progressive social media community to extend message reach and impact.
  • Work with program departments to conceptualize, create and revise campaign materials.
  • Contribute creatively to message framing, audience targeting, campaign planning, etc. and execute print and online products.
  • Keep the Director of Speechwriting and Publications fully informed on a regular basis on issues affecting all project work.
  • Prepare and submit regular and ad hoc reports on activities as required.
  • Establish and maintain effective/supportive relationships with executive team.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English or related field preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of five years of writing responsibility.
  • Strong knowledge of the labor movement and the broader fight for economic justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust tones and capture diverse voices for varying audiences.
  • Extensive experience integrating messaging in social media outreach such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Established relationships in the traditional and social media communities.
  • Ability to exercise excellent political judgment and complete discretion.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Confidence and ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with staff.
  • Proficient research, reporting and writing skills and engaging writing style.
  • Demonstrated success in writing a range of advocacy materials including speeches, op-eds, columns, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate sources and understand and translate nuances.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, report and write on deadline while juggling several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work long and extended hours.

Please provide a cover letter, references and three writing samples (including at least one speech and one op-ed). Top candidates will receive a writing test.

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