Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Job Opportunities at the District Council

Please read about two job openings at the District Council below.

Director of Communications

We are a non-profit organization located in downtown Manhattan.
We are seeking a Director of Communications to report to our Director of Operations.  The Director of Communications will design and direct our external and internal communications strategy.  This position is a hands-on role which involves extensive interaction with our members as well as our staff.

  • Creating, leading, and implementing the communications strategym targeting current, future and lapsed members
    • Ensuring effective and consistent messaging and branding
    • Improving member outreach and information sharing through more effective use of our web site, newsletter, social networking, and public relations
  • Writing executive communications, video and presentation scripts, and new updates to members and potential members as well as internal parties
  • Coordinating and directing work of contractors handling different aspects of our communications activities
  • Responding to member inquiries.
  • Seasoned communications professional with at least 8 years experience in communications.  Previous communications management experience at a non-profit and/or membership-based organization is preferred.  Experience handling communications at more than one organization preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing successful client-focused messages required, membership-focused messages preferred.
  • Experience supporting all levels of management, including executives.
  • Strong knowledge and application of online communications strategies and tactics, latest web technologies, tools and best practices.
  • Previous experience enhancing and maintaining a corporate website.
  • Previous experience managing news content.
  • Demonstrated passion for customer service.
  • Strong work ethic and positive, team-oriented attitude.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Bachelor’s in Communications, Marketing, Business or a related field.
  • Stellar oral and written communication skills.  Bi-lingual a plus.
  • Fluent in Microsoft office applications

Our organization offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including a fully funded annuity.

Interested candidates:  Please submit your resume and cover letter by Tuesday, February 14, 2012 to Dana Brownstein, Human Resources Director at:

Deputy Political Director

The New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters is seeking to hire an Assistant Political Director to provide support to the Political Action Director.  This is an excellent growth opportunity for a motivated, ambitious, pro-active individual seeking to further establish his or her career in politics.  This position will provide the selected candidate with exposure to various aspects of managing the political needs of a dynamic non-profit organization.

The selected candidate will:
  • Assist the Political Director in implementing political strategy and integrate politics with all the work of the Union;
  • Assist the Political Director in managing a successful program to create effective advocacy relationships between the membership and elected officials, community and industry partners, and other stakeholders;
  • Help train members for political electoral campaigns, and legislative meetings and other community based activities;
  • Assist the Political Director in coordinating political field activities, lobby visits, phone banking and events for our policy, legislative and electoral participation campaigns at the city, state and federal level;
  • Help mobilize and train new member leaders and activist for legislative and electoral activity;
  • Support organizing campaigns, including rallies, press events and targeted employer activity;
  • Assist with coordinating the Union's work with local labor and community allies
  • Assist the Political Director in establishing and maintaining relationship with elected officials and key elected staff.
  • Create, maintain and update a membership interactive e-activist web presence.

To be considered for this position, candidates must demonstrate that they have:
  • At least three years experience in City, State or Federal politics.  Relevant background in economic development preferred.
  • A Bachelors degree in Political Science or a related field.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong Microsoft Word and Excel skills required. Power Point preferred.
  • A working knowledge of VAN (Voter Activation Network) software, and utilize it improve and manage voter registration preferred.
  • An outgoing, assertive, sociable and energetic personality.

Interested candidates:  Please submit your resume and cover letter by February 20, 2012 to Dana Brownstein, Human Resources Director at:



  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCfVFxRsKQc

    "Welcome To The Machine" Pink Floyd

    Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
    Where have you been? It's alright we know where you've been.
    You've been in the pipeline, filling in time,
    provided with toys and Scouting for Boys.
    You bought a guitar to punish your ma,
    And you didn't like school, and you know you're nobody's fool,
    So welcome to the machine.
    Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
    What did you dream? It's alright we told you what to dream.
    You dreamed of a big star, he played a mean guitar,
    He always ate in the Steak Bar. He loved to drive in his Jaguar.
    So welcome to the machine.

  3. NO CARPENTERS NEED APPLY! Quite obviously they are phasing that out via discriminatory Hiring Policies which all but eliminate any chance for a Rank & File Carpenter to move up through the ranks. This is a disgrace. Wonderful, eliminate the Union Carpenter from the Carpenters union, less a few positions. The well paid positions are all going to outsiders and the HR Policies are being intentionally written to serve that end. Time for a Consent Decree to monitor the Consent Decree as those playing everyone for fools are now the ones rigging the game and stealing all the Money!


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