The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is a global union federation representing transport workers worldwide.

Deputy Director of Communications

Job Description

Applications closed: 
May 8, 2023
Posted on: 
May 13, 2023

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is at the forefront of building power for transport workers globally. The affiliate-led global union federation is recognised as the world’s leading transport authority. It is the collective voice for 20 million transport workers across the world.

We work for a world where workers are treated equally – with dignity and respect. We fight passionately to improve working lives, connecting approximately 700 trade unions from 147 countries to secure rights, equality and justice for our members.

The ITF is head-quartered in London, with offices in Abidjan, Amman, Geneva, Hong Kong, Montreal, Nairobi, New Delhi, Panama, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.


The Deputy Director of Communications will help enhance the ITF’s position as the global voice of transport workers by leading on strategic thinking and delivering integrated organisation-wide communications strategies that have clear and measurable priorities and objectives.

The role will support and deputise for the Director of Communications to build high-impact communications in support of ITF’s key areas of focus including sustainability, safety, digitalisation and the future of work, supply chain accountability, equality and rights. The Deputy Director will be a linchpin in the team, with extensive skills for matrix-team working and experience driving a culture of collaboration and respect, which will be fundamental to working across the ITF’s industrial, regional and departmental teams.

The Deputy Director will be critical in supporting the identification and further development of cross-sectoral communications opportunities for ITF’s existing global focus areas, as well as identifying emerging opportunities to build proactive communications strategies around.

Your role will lead on engagement with the Women and Youth transport workers departments, ensuring that their priorities are fed into sectoral work and vice versa. Your role will also lead engagement and capacity building with regional communications staff. Critical to the role, will be working with direct reports to shape coherent, high-impact global communications strategies, that are informed by and inform sectoral, departmental and regional priorities.

This role will be responsible for developing coherent, high-impact communications strategies that bring together the diverse work delivered by teams across the organisation. It will require strong leadership skills that enhance collaboration within the communications team, and across the wider ITF.

Job Requirements

We are looking for a Deputy Director of Communications who is natural leader, passionate about changing workers’ lives. We are looking for someone who has a growth mindset, thinks globally, works with a relational approach, is receptive to feedback, actively values diversity, and who acts with integrity and transparency.

If you are someone ready to jump headfirst into this job, with extensive communications experience in the trade union movement or not-for-profit sector, we invite you to apply.

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