Title: Communications Director 

Location: California or New York

The Committee of Interns and Residents, the largest resident physicians’ union in the country, is looking for a Communications Director based in California (Los Angeles or Bay Area) or New York (New York City area). The Communications Director is responsible for leading CIR’s communications activities, primarily by building our brand and image as the national voice for interns, residents and fellows and developing communications strategies to support our campaigns.

About Us:
CIR is a nationwide, progressive, member-driven healthcare union representing more than 17,000 resident physicians. Our vision is to be the national voice for interns, residents and fellows and to create better working conditions that allow physicians-in-training the ability to provide the highest quality patient care possible by building power through their union.

Job Summary:

The Communications Director will develop, supervise, and lead a team of Communications Coordinators to:

  • Turn organizing and campaign goals into clear communications strategies with the right frame, message, targeted audiences, tactics and platforms for success;
  • Develop core messages that frame and drive narratives toward progress on our issues, and;
  • Create a culture of effective communication across the organization by providing regular guidance and consultation to other teams/departments.

Job Responsibilities:

Brand Management

  • Manage and evolve CIR’s brand and image as the national voice for interns, residents and fellows.
  • Measure and track effectiveness of communication tools and strategies.

Manage Owned Media

  • Oversee the writing and editing of all content, including articles, press releases/advisories, op-eds, and photo and video.
  • Manage the content schedule and work with the coordinators to develop and execute a content strategy for CIR’s websites, social media presence, and other platforms using content management systems
  • Manage the content schedule and work with the coordinators to develop and use CIR’s email database to promote CIR and to broaden our audience.
  • Develop and train member leaders as spokespeople for CIR and as trusted advocates for their patients and for physicians-in-training.

Earned and paid media strategy

  • Spearhead earned media strategy to generate press coverage.
  • Engage in media outreach, develop relationships with media outlets and journalists.


  • Five or more years of experience in media relations, public affairs or campaign communications.
  • Experience managing staff as a communications director, preferred.
  • Previous communications experience with a labor union or other advocacy group.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to create compelling content for digital and offline uses.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize multiple tasks and think critically.
  •  Ability to build and manage relationships with colleagues, members, media outlets and reporters.
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours.
  • Willingness to travel.

CIR Offers:

  • Competitive starting salary, commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits package: health, dental, vision, disability, 401(k), pension plan and paid sick/vacation time.

A resume and cover letter are required for all applications. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for CIR, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan. Please send your resume and cover letter to: jobs@cirseiu.org with the Subject Line: Communications Director.

CIR is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.