Senior Communications and Public Relations Manager, Learners at the Center
Jobs for the Future

About JFF

Jobs for the Future is a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the United States. JFF develops innovative programs and public policies that increase college readiness and career success, and build a more highly skilled, competitive workforce. With over 30 years of experience, JFF is a recognized national leader in bridging education and work to increase economic mobility and strengthen our economy.

About the Team

Our team currently known as Students at the Center is a leading national voice for the knowledge, skills, and dispositions all youth need to succeed in college, career, and civic readiness. Our work synthesizes—and adapts for practice—current research on key components of student-centered approaches to learning that lead to deeper learning outcomes. Our goal is to strengthen the ability of practitioners and policymakers to engage each student—and especially low-income and marginalized youth—in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and expertise they need to succeed in the economies of today and tomorrow, and be lifelong learners. This fall, we will be transitioning to the identity and branding of Learners at the Center, to better capture our increasing presence beyond high schools and across learning environments out of schools, in the workplace, and in community colleges. Additional resources related to our work can be found at

About the Position

The senior communications and public relations manager is a dedicated position for JFF’s Learners at the Center work. This role will lead communications for the Learners at the Center initiative. We are looking for an experienced, energetic, and creative communications professional to support the exciting rebrand, ongoing messaging work, and outcomes of Learners at the Center. The senior communications and public relations manager must be adept at conceptualizing and implementing strategic communications and able to shape compelling content for multiple channels, increase traffic to our communications channels, and further highlight our staff as leading experts in the field. The position requires working in close collaboration and coordination with a highly focused, high-functioning team of professionals. Responsibility, flexibility, excellent judgment, attention to detail, a strong sense of initiative, and the ability to act independently are required for this role. This position reports to the vice president of communications.


The principal duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the JFF Communications team, develop and execute a communications and PR plan for the Learners at the Center initiative
  • Work with the Learners at the Center associate vice president to create and maintain a compelling voice for the team’s thought leadership in the field (including presentation and speaking engagements and preparation, and writing blog posts, op-eds, and social media content)
  • Develop and implement earned and owned media strategies and campaigns for, and oversee the promotion of, Learners at the Center products, including via available channels such as email marketing, web, social media, live and virtual events, and media outreach; use data analytics to assess plans and make course corrections as necessary
  • Closely coordinate communications activities across the Learners at the Center initiative to minimize overlaps and leverage opportunities
  • Manage external communications firms in a high-visibility, multiyear, statewide initiative
  • Manage expectations for deliverables and foster clear communication between Learners at the Center and JFF Communications teams, and external partners such as funders and vendors


  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in public/media relations and communications in education or related fields, including evidence of success in developing and executing communications plans and media strategies
  • Strong writing and editing skills; journalism experience a plus
  • Existing network of relevant media and influencer contacts and connections
  • Marketing communications experience; project management desired
  • Attention to detail
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Adobe experience is a plus
  • Proficiency with customer relationship management software (e.g., Salesforce) and mass email platforms strongly preferred
  • Solid Internet skills, including at least a basic knowledge of content management systems (CMS); basic WordPress and HTML knowledge is a plus
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on multiple programs and tasks
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly, concisely, and with impact
  • Ability to be part of a complex, highly collaborative team that calls for creativity, flexibility, agility attention to detail, a fast pace, and a sense of humor
  • A strong interest in the education of low-income students, or previous related nonprofit experience
  • Willingness to travel up to 15 percent of the  time


Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

“Senior (program, fiscal, communications, etc.) Manager” is entry to upper management, as indicated by “at least 8 years experience”.

JFF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce: diverse candidates, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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