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JOB TITLE: Communications Manager

REPORTS TO: Development Director


  • Applications accepted starting 08/03/2020

  • Hiring immediately, position open until filled. 


  • Full Time, Salaried, Exempt Position

  • Some nights or weekends may be required in support of key Ed Fund events.


  • The salary for this position will range from $70,000 - $78,000 dependent upon experience and qualifications.


  • Generous Vacation and Sick Time Accrual

  • Average of 13-15 Paid Holidays

  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance

  • Sponsored 401K Plan (non-matched)

  • Staff Development Budget


Please read the following in order to avoid application delays:**

  • Applications will be reviewed immediately and candidates with the best fit will be contacted for interviews.

  • Unfortunately, the volume of applications will prevent us from responding to all applications received.

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Oakland Public Education Fund leads the investment of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive. Therefore, our work is to connect public schools with tools, funds, and volunteers. Learn more about our work at . 


  • A fun & fast-paced environment;

  • Great mentorship and opportunities for both personal development and professional growth;

  • Flexible work schedule;

  • The opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on Oakland public schools and programs serving our youth; and,

Amazing networking opportunities with local leaders and businesses.


The Communications Manager is responsible for strengthening and sustaining the Oakland Public Education Fund’s reputation as the leading organization creating high-impact volunteer, funder, and client partnerships that serve Oakland public schools and students.Reporting to the Director of Development, and supervising the Communications Coordinator, the Communications Manager is one of the Ed Fund’s chief storytellers. The person in this role will lead the creation and distribution of messages and materials that show why the Ed Fund’s work matters and give current or potential partners information that inspires them to invest time, money, or other resources in Oakland public schools. The Communications Manager collaborates with all Ed Fund departments to ensure communications needs for different organizational audiences are met, from a one-time volunteer shift to a monthly personal donation to a multi-year corporate investment or ongoing fiscal sponsorship. This is an especially critical moment for the Communications Manager given our active campaigns supporting COVID-19 relief efforts for Oakland students and schools, and our role as a key partner to the school district, city of Oakland, and community leaders.


Strategy & Leadership

  • Create and lead implementation of annual communications and marketing strategies and workplan(s), including development of content and managing multi-stakeholder projects with others in the organization

  • Participate in high-level strategy sessions with Ed Fund leadership, Board of Directors, and key organizational partners

External Communications 

  • Produce content for monthly newsletters, website and blog, annual report, and other digital and print campaigns

  • Maintain organizational website (recently relaunched in Spring 2020)

  • Manage all social media accounts, including production of content and establishing guidelines for other Ed Fund staff to produce and post content

  • Produce and distribute press releases and other content for various media outlets

  • Manage relationships and production timelines with external vendors, including graphic and web designers, photographers, and videographers

Internal Communications

  • Maintain brand assets and style guide for staff use

  • Train staff on use of brand assets including logos, talking points, and more.


  • Support and supervise the Communications Coordinator

  • Attend Leadership Team meetings and help make strategic decisions about internal and external matters


  • 5+ years of communications experience, ideally in education and/or nonprofit sector

  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communications skills

  • Ability to turn data or technical knowledge into exciting and useful content that connects with target audiences and motivates them to action

  • Ability to effectively juggle multiple projects and competing priorities in a fast-paced, high-volume environment

  • Graphic design / Adobe Creative Suite, photography, videography, and/or WordPress skills are strongly preferred

  • Highly collaborative work style and skill with building relationships across constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters


Experience With: 

  • Campaign Monitor or similar email marketing platforms

  • Salesforce or similar constituent database

  • Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube

  • Google Analytics and social media platform analytics

  • Google Docs, Sheets, Drive

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong familiarity with Oakland schools and the city’s public education landscape, history, and current political dynamics;

  • An understanding of broader issues impacting educational opportunities in California / nationally


The Oakland Public Education Fund is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We also know that great candidates can bring skills to The Ed Fund that we haven't thought of just yet, and who won't fit everything we've described above. If this is you, don't hesitate to apply. Tell us what unique contributions you can offer. We are dedicated to improving our organization and know that part of it means to better reflect the people we serve. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages and we especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

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Elle Communications is seeking a passionate senior associate/account lead with a minimum of seven years of PR experience based in New York for our growing agency with headquarters in both New York City and LA, and a satellite office in San Francisco.

At Elle, we represent an array of businesses and distinctive individuals working hard and smart to make the world a better place, and our strength in work comes from our team of diverse backgrounds and experience who can help deserving causes break through the noise and into the mainstream conversation. For this position specifically, our new team member would be leading client projects that elevate immigrants, that celebrate Black joy and resilience, and that fight for innovative policies and national legislation that tackle issues including, but not limited to, eliminating poverty, advancing worker’s rights, overhauling the criminal justice system, protecting Indigenous communities and lands, increasing civic engagement, accelerating climate justice, and elevating diverse stories that aim to further basic human rights. 

Candidates must have at least seven years of experience working inside of a public relations agency, and will need to be able to showcase specific strategic results you have driven for non-profits, foundations, and/or social and racial justice initiatives. Experience in the literary space is a bonus. The ideal candidate has a strong work ethic, a passion for driving positive change in the world, is results-driven, has experience managing top issues-oriented political, business and lifestyle accounts, can provide examples of top-tier media results, maintains close relationships with journalists in New York, as well as in the national landscape. Displayed interest in the social impact space is required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring an effective and creative strategy is always in place and being proactively implemented on for each client you oversee

  • Keep a laser focus on top tier targets for each client, ensuring we’re thoughtfully pursuing opportunities most likely to move the needle forward for the important organizations we represent

  • Work thoughtfully with our clients to understand how PR will be most effective in supporting their organizational priorities, and guide our internal project teams to reach - and surpass - the goals we set forward 

  • Ensure that  members of your project teams are set up for success, and work closely between them and agency leadership to identify ways they can grow and succeed

  • Serve as quality control for each account, ensuring that everything presented to clients and the media is of the highest caliber and has our agency seal of approval on it

  • Ensure a professional, respectful, optimistic, and proactive dynamic in all client and colleague relationships and interactions. 

  • Demonstrate passion for and understanding of Elle Communications’ mission, culture and values.

  • Regularly develop and maintain new relationships on behalf of clients and agency

  • Regularly secure premier results for all clients under your purview 

  • Participate in creating a positive, results-driven, collaborative, fun and respectful company culture 

  • Regularly report back to the CEO and Vice President on progress and impact

ABOUT ELLE:   We believe there is a lot of good in the world and that we can use PR to elevate pioneers who are driving positive change. Through our LA and NYC headquarters, we offer a team of seasoned experts to support you in media, talent, and influencer relations, communications strategy, media training, and thought leadership. Our clients are non-profits, social enterprises, CSR teams, ethical brands, political activists and leaders making the world a better place each and every day. We offer great benefits, company culture, learning, a commitment to diversity, and growth opportunities.

HOW TO APPLY: To expedite the hiring process, please send your cover letter and resume to for consideration. We will get back to you if we feel it is a great fit. Please do not apply if you do not meet all of the requirements, including experience. Resumes will be accepted only via email. Please, no phone calls, tweets, Facebook messages, pokes, prods or messenger pigeons. Thank you in advance for your interest.

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