Reports To: President & CEO
Supervises: The work of communications
The Communications Manager’s primary duty is to develop
strategic and measurable communications plans; create and maintain
effective and positive community and media relations through print,
digital, and social media efforts; and is responsible for the
day-to-day marketing of California Humanities in alignment with its
strategic goals and activities and the advancement of its
The ideal candidate will have:
- A successful track record and 5 or more years of experience in
developing and implementing a successful communications plan and
managing a nonprofit communications function.
- Excellent and engaging writing and editing skills.
- Knowledge of and familiarity with social media and website
- Ability to communicate effectively in different circumstances
and through different means with a wide variety of stakeholders,
both within and outside of the organization.
- A creative and innovative approach to raising the visibility of
California Humanities and its partners and grantees.
- A strong interest and aptitude in developing and maintaining
relationships with the media and a familiarity with the California
- A willingness to see the big picture while paying close
attention to details.
- A flexible, supportive, independent and collaborative work
style, and a good sense of humor.
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
In concert with the President & CEO and other appropriate
staff (particularly Program and Development), develop, implement,
and execute an annual communications plan to raise the visibility
of California Humanities, support its programs and interests,
center equity within the communications function, and create
communication strategies to meet the established objectives. An
Administrative Associate dedicates 30% of their time to assisting
the Communications Manager.
Marketing (website, digital, print
- Collaborate with the Programs and Development staff to support
the implementation of program-related communications and fund
development activities, including web-based program content
development, key messaging content development, and dissemination
of key messages.
- Create email, web-based and broadcast messages, digital media,
articles, op-eds, and press materials relating to California
Humanities programs, policies, and initiatives for multiple
internal and external audiences.
- Oversee the development, production, and maintenance of the
California Humanities website; create the editorial content for all
online efforts and internet-based communications; leverage social
media outlets to increase awareness, recognition and participation
in California Humanities programs and initiatives;
- Monitor California Humanities’ presence on external sites,
blogs, and news outlets. In collaboration with the Administrative
Associate, track website and social media analytics.
- Manage the creation and content of California Humanities’
publications that may include its monthly e-newsletter, annual
report, brochures, special event materials, and other specialized
- Maintain a steady social media presence, including its blog,
Facebook account, Twitter feed, Instagram, and other social media
- Supervise the graphic design, layout, and creation of
collateral materials and publications, and manage the print
production and distribution of the materials with input from the
President & CEO.
- Create graphics and/or update images for print media as
- Maintain and update image library.
- Work with project partners and grantees to provide PR/Marketing
promotional assistance and strategic support and brand management
guidance on co-branded collateral materials, and manage
informational requests for publicity materials, images, and
- Act as brand manager to monitor internal and external adherence
to brand guidelines, providing guidance and support to maintain
PR and Communications
- Pitch story angles, arrange and conduct media events, including
news conferences, editorial board visits, taped and live
interviews, personal appearances, and other opportunities; track
and analyze media hits.
- Maintain and cultivate professional and positive relations with
news media and respond to their requests for information or for
comments from an official source, where appropriate.
- Work with staff to raise organizational visibility and name
recognition of California Humanities locally, regionally, and
- Assist President & CEO in preparing public remarks as
requested, either for publication or speaking at events or with the
- In collaboration with the President & CEO, the Programs
department, and the Development department, help to plan, organize,
and implement programs and/or events for external and internal
audiences that communicate California Humanities’ policies,
programs and initiatives; promote community and internal
understanding of California Humanities’ programs and initiatives;
and work to improve the public perception of California
- Participate in meetings, work sessions, conferences, retreats,
or other official California Humanities sessions and/or make
presentations to individuals and groups to increase awareness of
California Humanities, as necessary.
- Develop and manage the California Humanities communications
- Manage relationships with, and oversee the work of vendors,
contractors, consultants, and other freelance talent, as related to
the marketing and PR functions.
- Assign and supervise tasks and projects to the Administrative
- Work with the President & CEO and Finance staff to develop
budgets and manage day-to-day expenses of line items directly
related to areas of oversight.
- Work with the President & CEO to develop informational
documents and presentations for the Board, and support Board
committees and full Board meetings when requested.
- Conduct research on areas for outreach.
- Build upon and maintain current media lists.
- Generate communications-related reports as needed.
- In collaboration with the President & CEO, supervise the
work of contracted employees and communications consultants, as
- Maintain a flexible work schedule and be available for travel,
- Other duties as assigned by the President & CEO.
Please send resume and cover letter to
September 25, 2022.
California Humanities is an equal opportunity employer
and believes in a diverse work force, and applicants from
all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES
California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National
Endowment for the Humanities, promotes the humanities – focused on
ideas, conversation and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to
understand the human condition and connect us to each other in
order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has
provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn
more visit www.calhum.org, or follow us
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