Jobs

Manager of Communications
Chamberlin Family Foundation

The Chamberlin Family Foundation is seeking a Manager of Communications to advance the discourse on public education and build a renewed focus on exceptional public schools for all children in West Contra Costa. 

The Chamberlin Family Foundation (CFF) is based in West Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Our mission is to invest in people and ideas to create transformational change in K-12 public education.  Established in 2006, we are expanding the team to bring in focused strategic communications expertise to build a campaign that reaches, resonates with, and activates key audiences – all with an eye to accelerating positive change for students. For the creative thinker with the ability to execute, this new role provides an opportunity to build a program utilizing the most impactful tools, from original content creation and event management to social media marketing, media relations and influencer engagement. 

The Foundation prioritizes investments in Richmond, California and throughout West Contra Costa County, the hometown of Susan and Steve Chamberlin for nearly 20 years. In addition, we partner on educational initiatives in the Chamberlins’ childhood home of Hawaii, and on a number of compelling Bay Area, state and national education initiatives that merit broader participation from the philanthropic community. 

Position Overview
The founding Manager of Communications will play a key role on the CFF team, building and guiding an engagement strategy that clearly conveys our intentions and actions. This person will be responsible for building a long-term communications strategy and implementing short-term tactics, all with the ultimate goal of helping to accelerate access for all children to an excellent education and choice-filled lives. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager must be able to respond quickly in highly political situations, yet continuously act with the 
Foundation’s long-term vision – and the best interests of students and families – in mind. We’re seeking an idea person who is a go-getter, thrives in entrepreneurial environments, and is well-versed in current issues surrounding public education.

Responsibilities:
* Create and execute a strategic communications plan; evaluate and refine CFF’s brand
* Develop and execute a comprehensive press strategy, including building and managing relationships with local media contacts
* Prioritize communications tactics based on key audiences; ensure the right messages are delivered through the right individuals and communications channels
* Conceptualize and create opportunities to engage the community in thoughtful discourse on public education in West Contra Costa County, including key speaking opportunities for the CFF team members
* Manage the development and distribution of all print and electronic collateral, including the website(s)
* Identify when it is appropriate to engage external experts in various communications and special events functions; manage external firms as appropriate and measure outcomes
* Evaluate results and impact of communications activities; pivot as appropriate
* Serve as a communications thought partner for grantees and other local organizations on occasion Pitch in (as always necessary on a small team) on a variety of additional responsibilities

Required Qualifications:
* 5+ years of experience in a fast-paced environment with a demonstrated track record of success in communications, marketing, public relations, politics, or a related field; prior experience with a transformational education organization preferred
* Creative, out-of-the-box strategist focused on results
* Proven capacity to design and implement strategic initiatives and measure impact
* Ability to build strong, trusting relationships/partnerships across diverse populations and organizations, while motivating others to work together toward shared goals
* Truly exceptional writer and storyteller 
* Skilled in the use and value of social media including Twitter, Facebook, and the role of blogs in education policy discourse; some graphic design skills a plus
* Bachelor’s degree required
* Ability to manage a nontraditional work schedule that includes some evening and weekend events

Personal Attributes:
* Highly organized, resilient, goal-oriented self-starter
* Strong team player
* Driven by student outcomes, and healthy families and communities
* Absolute belief that all children can learn and must have access to quality public schools

Applicants should email resume, cover letter and answers to the two questions below to:
jobs@cffoundation.net. For more information, please visit: http://www.cffoundation.net/

Please answer the following questions, keeping your answers to one page or less per question:
1. How would you strengthen the messaging and potential impact of our website, without doing a complete redesign?
2. Let’s assume you were creating a school choice fair to introduce parents in the community to public school options. Describe what the fair might look like (beyond just tables for schools) and how you would publicize the event in West Contra Costa to generate attendance, drive informed choice, and create publicity that advances our broader mission. Please identify how much lead time you would need to launch the event. 


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