Open Position: Communications Specialist

Open Position: Communications Specialist

Position Title:             Communications Specialist

ACCOUNTABLE TO:        Director of Governmental and Community Relations                       

Available:                    Immediately


Works to promote and achieve the goals and priorities of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) by providing professional and technical guidance and strategic recommendations in the development and maintenance of cohesive, effective communications.  The Communications Specialist will work with a team to plan, implement, and evaluate the communications of the Association, with a focus on internal communications.  Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Primary Job Duties:

  • Establishing best practices for MNA’s internal member communications;
  • Creating content for all MNA’s communications channels, with a strong emphasis on written content and storytelling;
  • Create and implement internal communication plans for MNA’s contract and organizing campaigns;
  • Create and implement internal communication plans for MNA’s legislative and electoral campaigns;
  • Create and implement internal communications plans for MNA’s internal events including, but not limited to MNA’s annual convention and MNA member elections.
  • W• Writing, editing and copy-editing MNA’s quarterly Accent magazine, weekly member e-newsletter, weekly member e-legislative update, publications related to the MNA annual convention and other ongoing internal publications of the association;
  • Write and/or edit speeches and testimony for officers, members and staff for internal union events;
  • Develop ideas for and writing of feature articles, interviews, and presentations;
  • Implement programs that build member knowledge;
  • Update and adhere to MNA Communication Style Guide and branding.

Secondary Job Duties:

    • Developing and maintaining contacts with community and media representatives;
    • Taking photographs and video of MNA events as needed;
    • Implement programs that build internal brand recognition;
    • Serve as backup for the External Communications and Public Relations Specialist, as well as the Production and Graphics Specialist;
    • Working in collaboration with other departments during contract negotiations, elections and on other key organizational goals;
    • Other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or other relevant area of study and
• 5 years of experience in strategic, organizational, or nonprofit communications, some of which must be related to public policy or advocacy.
• a combination of education and experience that demonstrates an applicant’s knowledge of internal communications.

AND a combination of the following.
• Knowledge of Unions, the Labor Movement, and their mission
• Knowledge of union organizing, political, and advocacy campaigns
• Knowledge of healthcare and nursing issues
• Proven dedication to furthering social justice issues important to nurses
• Ability to educate and train members to understand issues and translate their experiences into content
• Effective written and oral communication skills
• Excellent writing and editing skills
• Advanced ability to communicate with diverse audiences through written and oral communications
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Excellent communication skills and ability to develop constructive relationships
• Ability to accept feedback and move ideas you disagree with
• Capacity to prioritize tasks, work independently and be part of a team

MNA is invested in providing education and training in the above areas to ensure that the future employee gains the necessary skills to become successful in this position.

Work/life balance is prioritized, but ability to work occasional weekends, irregular hours, and travel periodically may be required. Transportation required.

SALARY: Per MNASO Local 1, Unit 2 Contract Agreement. Starting salary of $76,128 with generous benefits. MNA is an EEO/AA Employer.

Contact: Send letter of application, resume, references and salary requirements to Wesley DeBerry, HR Manager, at