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Californians Together aims for an educational system that is funded and structured so every child will have full access to a high quality 21st century education and will graduate from our public schools fully prepared for success in college and career and full civic participation.
Californians Together – Championing the Success of English Learners — www.californianstogether.org Championing the Success of English Learners
Position: Communications Manager
Location flexible within California
Exempt, Full-Time, Regular Position
Californians Together is a statewide advocacy coalition with the goal of better educating 1.2 million English learners by improving California's schools and promoting equitable educational policy.
The Communications Manager is the sole communications staffer within Californians Together and reports directly to the Executive Director. The Communications Manager is responsible for implementing all communications activities in collaboration with senior leadership and the policy team and is heavily focused on developing strategic narrative building and storytelling through content. The essential duties for this position include framing all communications through a narrative building lens; creating different types of high-quality content; translating research and policy content into easy-to-understand versions for different audiences; developing and implementing the organization’s communications plan, brand and narrative; and collaborating with the organization’s staff to support organizational-wide, advocacy and project communications efforts.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Develop and implement a comprehensive communications program grounded in narrative building with specific strategies and action plans to effectively communicate with and influence internal and external stakeholders
Manage media opportunities, including responding to reporters, writing talking points and writing and pitching op-eds
Develop and monitor communication measurements and analytics to gauge effectiveness and interest level of key audiences.
Brief staff, leadership and board on communications efforts
Create high-quality printed and digital materials per the communications plan
Drive ongoing brand integration and updates, including narrative and design consistency, and clarity across the organization
Update brand and style guidelines and train staff on how to use them when they develop their own materials; and to share with outside consultants on related projects
Translate research and policy papers into briefs, executive summaries and other accessible written formats to share with a broad audience
Write monthly newsletter and topical blasts to highlight organizational news, updates, milestones and needed advocacy
Manage organizational website and social media accounts to keep content updated and strategically aligned with organization’s goals and priorities
Build communication/advocacy campaigns, including:
Work with colleagues to vet stories
Conduct interviews with coalition members, educators and parents and others, and write their stories
Promote stories on organizational platforms and share with partners to disseminate
Build a bank of freelance photographers to capture visuals from multiple locations across the state
Build a list of education journalists, reporters and editors
Draft white papers with support from senior staff
Manage the production of photo and video shoots, usage and distribution of photo and video story content for general Californians Together work and specific to social media campaign for Spanish speaking parents
Additional duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of experience in a communications capacity, and relevant experience including a mix of the following qualifications
Commitment to the mission and work of Californians Together with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others
Bachelor’s degree preferably in journalism, public relations, communications, public policy, marketing or related field required.
Bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish preferred.
Experience with strategic communications practices and techniques and/or minimum three years communications experience in education, non-profit, government or related field required.
Exceptional written and verbal communications skills with a strong focus on creating high-quality content such as briefs, executive summaries, press and social media announcements and other organizational documents
Excellent organizational abilities
Ability to design and implement communications ideas
Experience in editorial work including the planning, development and distribution of communications materials in multiple formats.
Experience with digital communications, including websites, newsletters and social media
Experience with policy and research
Experience with data storytelling
Collaborative leadership; Able to contribute to a high functioning team environment
Graphic design skills preferred
Equal Employment Opportunity: Californians Together is an equal opportunity employer, welcomes a diverse pool of applicants, and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Californians Together policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, military service, legally protected medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.
The preferred location for the role is to be based out of the Long Beach, CA office however anyone based in CA is invited to apply with limited travel for key staff meetings, events, etc.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Includes full health, dental and vision benefits, retirement plan with employer contribution, holidays, vacation and sick days. Office closed between Christmas Eve and New Year’s.
Please send cover letter, resume and two writing samples (e.g. press release, blog post, etc.) to: