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Communications Manager


Founded in 2010, California Competes is an independent, non-partisan project aimed at bolstering the state’s postsecondary outcomes to foster robust regional economies, vibrant communities, and an engaged citizenry. California Competes is committed to advancing policies and practices that can vastly accelerate and promote degree attainment in our state. We pursue our goals by conducting timely research, developing policy options, and spotlighting promising practices that can improve California’s higher education system. We do this work with the ultimate beneficiaries at the forefront of our strategy: improving the educational, social and economic outcomes for low-income and underrepresented Californians. Read more about our policy priorities, staff, and esteemed Leadership Council at californiacompetes.org.


  • Reporting to our Deputy Director, the Communications Manager is responsible for implementing California Competes’ communication and outreach activities. 
  • Develop communication and outreach plans to support our overall strategic objectives as well as its specific policy priorities
  • Coordinate communications for the organization, including planning, messaging, digital media, and engagement with key audiences and constituencies
  • Maintain the organization’s digital presence, including the website and social media, and ensure the consistent translation of the organization’s brand identity
  • Cultivate relationships with the traditional, trade, and digital press and respond to requests from media.
  • Write content that clearly communicates the organization’s work and voice. This includes opinion pieces, PowerPoint presentations, reports, messaging, talking points, blog posts, social media copy, and print media copy
  • Copyedit and proofread reports and provide quality control through all stages of the production process, including providing feedback to and communications with graphic and web designers.
  • Support staff in their capacity as spokespeople and messengers for the organization
  • Plan periodic briefings and other events for legislators and other key influencers.
  • Manage the organization’s marketing collateral and assemble printed material for meetings with stakeholders and presentations      


The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented self-starter with the ability to handle several activities simultaneously. The successful candidate will be a talented and versatile writer and communicator who demonstrates curiosity by asking questions and taking initiative around communications responsibilities.

  • Bachelor’s degree, plus 3-5 years of communications work experience required. Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred.
  • Creative, intellectually-curious self-starter with a strong work ethic, high standards, and integrity
  • Outstanding writer with demonstrable experience writing original content on both online and offline platforms
  • Strong editor and copyeditor
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills
  • Highly skilled in social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and social media platforms
  • Working knowledge of public policy in California, especially related to higher education, preferred
  • A team player with an entrepreneurial spirit, a diplomatic, professional manner, and a sense of humor
  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits; voluntary 403(b) plan


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits; voluntary 403(b) plan

Application Process

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to calcompetesjobs@gmail.com, with “Communications Manager” in the subject line. Position opened until filled.

California Competes, a project of Community Partners, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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