Communications Manager – Partnership for Children and Youth – Oakland, CA

About The Partnership for Children & Youth: The Partnership for Children & Youth helps schools, government agencies and community-based organizations expand educational opportunities for under-served children and youth. Our goal is to ensure that each child has access to the learning, health and social supports needed to succeed in school and life. Based in Oakland, California, the organization facilitates partnerships, fosters systems for continuous learning, and has helped to develop standards, policies, and best practices that impact young people throughout California and across the country. We focus on supporting and strengthening expanded learning programs, championing the use of community schools strategies, and advocating for young people through our policy and communications efforts.

About the Job: The Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) is seeking a full-time Communications Manager to work with the Development Director. The position will involve a wide variety of tasks related to communications content development and direction; management of vendor and consultant relationships; media relations and outreach; editorial responsibilities in ensuring clear, consistent, and compelling creative direction for all PCY communications; and participation in organizational management and planning as needed.

The Communications Manager will assume lead production responsibility, and/or a supervisory role with additional staff and vendors, for all PCY’s organization-wide and project-specific written, graphic, and video materials for distribution in print, online, and through broadcast media. The Communications Manager will report to PCY’s Development Director, but will also work closely with other project leads and team members across the organization.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Leading, supervising, or assisting in preparation and production of, including but not limited to: handbooks, guides, fact sheets, project overviews, promotional announcements (flyers/postcards), videos, web pages, and conference/meeting presentations.
Supervising the work of the Communications Coordinator, and helping to develop that position’s work plan in coordination with the Senior Director of Community Schools.
Working with a team in developing and planning PCY’s overall communications strategy, and providing ongoing editorial and creative direction to ensure consistent implementation of this strategy across multiple projects and initiatives.
Drafting and pitching blog posts, op-eds, and various social media platforms
Managing the monitoring and maintenance of PCY’s web presence across several projects and platforms
Compiling and drafting bi-weekly newsletter
Drafting and pitching promotional items for partner newsletters
Managing the design and creation of written and visual materials
Photography and videography as needed at sites/events/conferences

Essential Functions:

Ability to travel (some local and occasional out of town); Valid driver’s license
Ability to transport materials and set-up for meetings and conferences

Minimum Qualifications:

A minimum of two years of relevant work experience in communications, including both production and supervisory responsibilities
Bachelor’s degree or comparable additional work experience
Experience managing multiple overlapping tasks and ongoing projects
Very strong writing/editing skills
Experience with deadlines
Basic graphic design skills
Experience managing design and communications consultants
Experience working with the media
Experience working in teams
Attention to detail
Familiarity with WordPress, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter
Familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite and the Adobe Creative Suite

Preferred Qualifications:

Basic knowledge of California’s public education landscape and/or experience working in a youth development or family support organization
Background in communications directly supporting policy and advocacy

Job Type: Full-time

Classification: Exempt

How to apply

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to: Please include Communications Manager in the subject line of your email.

E-mail applications with attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. We do not accept phone inquiries regarding the position. Please do not call. Position is open until filled.