Communications Manager

California, United States
$55,000.00 - $65,000.00
Jun 24, 2021
Jul 23, 2021
Arts, Education, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time

Position: Communications Manager

Location: Candidacy is open to all 826 chapter cities:

Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC


826 National amplifies the impact of our national network of youth writing and publishing centers, and the words of young authors. We serve as an international proof point for writing as a tool for young people to ignite and channel their creativity, explore identity, advocate for themselves and their community, and achieve academic and professional success.

Our National team is a group of highly collaborative, passionate professionals dedicated to supporting our growing network of chapters, championing our online curriculum resource (826 Digital), and bringing the words of young writers  and the importance of writing education to a national stage.

826  has been voted one of the top 30 companies to work for by GOOD Magazine and our chapters are frequently recognized as the best places to volunteer by local media. There are nearly 200 employees working across the 826 Network.


The Communications Manager reports directly to the Director of Development, and works closely with the entire 826 National team to envision and execute strategy regarding 826 National and the 826 Network’s external and internal messaging.  

This is a full-time, remote position.  At times, this position requires travel and out-of-hours work.  


  • Develop and execute the strategy to share 826 National’s mission and impact with targeted and mass audiences, utilizing print, digital, media, and in-person opportunities.
    • Develop, manage, and execute the 826 National editorial calendar that accomplishes our strategic communications and fundraising goals.
    • Monitor, analyze, and report on across media channels and set KPIs to track and build engagement.
    • Monitor digital and social media trends, making recommendations to leadership when new platform opportunities present themselves.
  • Play a leading role in the promotion of 826 Digital, our new online resource platform for educators.
  • Support the 826 Network by providing leadership via ongoing digital and social media coordination, strategies, and tactics.
  • Monitor and engage in the national media conversation surrounding education and, specifically, the teaching of writing.
  • Create, modify, and manage content on, ensuring relevant and engaging content is user-friendly and front and center.
  • Serve as the main protector and champion of the 826 National brand, and ensure consistent branding across all 826 National outward-facing materials.
  • Support 826 National interns to produce communication content.
  • Serve as staff liaison on 826 National’s Board Communications Committee. 


  • A creative and productive spirit with a passion for the mission, vision, and values of 826 National and the 826 Network
  • Exceptional and proven written and oral communication skills
  • 4+ years of relevant, professional communications experience
  • Excellent design skills
  • Ability to plan, manage, and execute communications campaigns across multiple platforms
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • Demonstrated mastery of social media platform management, including developing tactics for user engagement and experience with analytics
  • A solutions-based thinker, who approaches new ideas or challenges openly and positively
  • Awareness of current trends and events as they relate to the role and the organization
  • Experience working and communicating with diverse constituents, teams, and colleagues
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to take ownership and drive activities to completion
  • Proven organizational and project management skills
  • Familiarity with MailChimp and WordPress a plus

Application close date is July 15, 2021. Salary range is $55,000 - $65,000, commensurate with experience and skills.


Comprehensive benefits, including: medical, dental, vision care, and retirement, paid holidays, 15 days of annual vacation for the first two years of employment, with increases thereafter.

How to Apply

Please visit to complete an online application and submit a resume and detailed cover letter highlighting your interest and relevant experience.

826​ National​ is​ an​ equal​ opportunity​ employer​ that​ seeks​ to​ hire​ those​ representative​ of​ the​ diverse communities​ we ​serve.​ 826 National hires without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.


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