CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training

The Center for Construction Research and Training

Communications/Health Specialist

Based in Silver Spring, MD

CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training (www.cpwr.com) is the non-profit 501(c) 3 research, development and training arm of the North America’s Building Trades Unions, located in downtown Silver Spring, MD by metro and public parking. We are seeking a full time Communications/Health Specialist.

The successful candidate will be part of the CPWR team responsible for all of the organization’s external communication efforts including website maintenance, content creation, social media strategy and execution, public relations and branding.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with researching and developing content for reports, educational materials, articles, news items, and press releases.
  • Identify photographs and graphics for use in print and online media.
  • Implement strategic and forward-thinking ideas to create and distribute content to increase engagement with media outlets and followers across all social channels.
  • Work effectively with staff and academic researchers to develop materials for publications, and to develop print materials and campaigns to raise construction industry stakeholders’ knowledge and awareness of safety and health risks and solutions.
  • Broaden the organization’s relationships with media, including creating and maintaining contacts with trade press and pitching stories to media outlets.
  • Assist with the execution of the organization’s communications program.
  • Assist with all pre and post publication phases.
  • Assist with the translation of materials to Spanish and other languages.
  • Contribute to social media activities, content development, and distribution.
  • Contribute to website content and development.
  • Proof written materials to ensure accuracy, correct spelling and grammar, maintain a consistent tone, and clearly communicate core messages and values.
  • Provide support on design projects for print materials, social media, and websites.
  • Promote the organization’s resources at industry events and conferences.

Limited national and local travel may be necessary.


  • At least 5 years of working experience required in communications, content development, and social media.
  • BA/BS or advanced degree in Communications, Journalism or Health Communications or related field.
  • Proactive, innovative self-starter including writing promotional materials.
  • Experience using social media, blogs, website content management tools, CRMs, InDesign, Google Analytics, and email marketing services.
  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical, writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with staff at all levels, interact with external partners and to represent the organization to the public.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to conduct and coordinate multiple tasks under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to take direction and work independently, taking initiative within areas of responsibility.
  • Positive attitude and ability to adjust to changing priorities and growing responsibilities.

Compensation Package:
Salary is based on qualifications and prior 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. Equal Employment Opportunity.

To Apply:
Email résumé, cover letter, two recent writing samples to jobpostings@cpwr.com. Include Communications/Health Specialist and applicant name in the subject line. The cover letter should describe your experiences relevant to the job description outlined above and any previous construction-related research experience.

No phone calls please. CPWR will contact eligible applicants.

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