Full Time Position
Senior Communications Associate
Los Angeles, California
The Campaign for College Opportunity (the Campaign) is seeking a highly proactive, energetic, creative, and experienced Senior Communications Associate to support the mission and work of the organization. Reporting to the Senior Vice President, the Senior Communications Associate will lead communications activities that strengthen the visibility of the Campaign and the issues the organization addresses by developing and delivering timely strategic communications including but not limited to print, online, and multimedia platforms and by supporting the research, development, outreach, and policy teams in their messaging.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education, and civil rights leaders, that is dedicated to ensuring all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy. Our mission is focused on substantially increasing the number of students attending two- and four-year colleges in the state and who complete their college education. Every day, the Campaign fights to make public policy changes that will help more California students enter and complete college. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
The Senior Communications Associate implements the Campaign’s mission by developing and promoting the Campaign’s key messages through publications, web platforms, videos, slide decks, social media, events, and campaigns. The Senior Communications Associate works across a host of disciplines and platforms and is responsible for producing, editing and curating content, providing basic website design and management, assisting with publication layout and design, and leading a sophisticated social media plan.
The Senior Communications Associate constantly monitors and analyzes the effectiveness of all communications efforts to improve and maximize the Campaign’s brand.
The Senior Communications Associate will work closely with the Campaign’s Graphic Design consultant and communications consulting firm.
- Develop appropriate communications tools for specific projects, such as a report release, that could include developing a report title, release strategy, collateral, products, social media strategy, social media toolkit for external stakeholders, writing a press advisory, researching and compiling a media list (through Meltwater media database), writing compelling student stories or best practices, creating social media campaigns.
- Coach and support the messaging of the Research, Outreach, and Policy teams.
- Keep current on higher education news and advise Campaign team on breaking news and trends through the use of the Meltwater media database daily media alerts.
- Periodically review and suggest updates to Campaign’s style guide, that outlines our guidelines for the writing and design of documents, reports, and online content.
- Provide media and communications update reports to the Executive Team and Board as needed.
- Develop digital communications, design, and project management protocols as needed.
- Create and manage all content on the Campaign’s website. Keep website up to date and work with website consultant to improve functionality and ensure stability and security of website. Oversee any future web consultant redesign contracts and changes as appropriate.
- Create and curate daily engaging content on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter) that will resonate with target audience. Develop a social media plan that grows the Campaign’s follower base and engagement that evolves based on constant monitoring of analytics.
- Engage and train appropriate staff to support social media efforts. Keep a social media editorial calendar that can be shared with all staff and suggests a posting cadence. Current social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
- Write and/or curate content for e-blasts, newsletters, and the Campaign blog. Act as primary editor for written content by other staff members and outside contributors.
- Maintain a blog calendar, periodically brainstorming fresh ideas for new content.
- Lead the graphic design of policy infographics, memes, shareable online copy, videos, slide decks, images and other visuals and guide/advise Graphic Design, Video, or Website consultants on Campaign style.
- Manage the Campaign’s online (Meltwater) and static media databases. Develop media list for press statements, report releases and other outreach as appropriate through the Meltwater media database.
- Through the Meltwater Database, track the Campaign’s media coverage and prepare updates for the Campaign’s board and the News Roundup – a Campaign newsletter featuring higher education news.
- Provide support to the Los Angeles office team including but not limited to event management and administrative support, as assigned.
- Minimum three years of related communications and some design work experience within an organization;
- Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, Graphic Design or Public Affairs or related field;
- Outstanding communication skills including verbal, written, and graphic design, with a deep knowledge of effective storytelling and reaching across a wide range of audiences;
- Creative thinker and demonstrated ability to bring innovation to organizational brand;
- Demonstrated ability to describe complex issues in simple ways clearly and accurately;
- Passion for social media and fluency in a range of social media platforms, including: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.;
- Impeccable attention to detail;
- Excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-moving, intellectually intense, team oriented environment;
- Experience and drive necessary to coordinate with senior members of the Campaign with maturity while engendering respect and trust from others;
- Good judgement, can-do resourceful attitude, and high integrity that is both a leader and a do-er;
- Quick study with flexibility and comfort in ambiguity, open to new ideas and approaches i.e. willingness to experiment and learn;
- Experience with Constant Contact – Email Marketing database or similar platform;
- Experience with CRM – Contact database or similar platform;
- Experience with Meltwater – Media contact database or similar platform;
- Experience with Hootsuite- Social Media Scheduler and Tracker database or similar platform;
- Excellent eye for design, typography, color, visual composition and layout;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint with advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat);
- Experience with CSS, CSS3, HTML, and HTLM5, google analytics, and social media metrics;
- Experience creating short videos preferred.
The successful candidate will:
- Be aware of social media trends;
- Be passionate about the Campaign’s mission with a strong interest in higher education advocacy and have some knowledge of the governance and workings of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and University of California.
The position is based in Los Angeles and some travel will be required. The Senior Communications Associate will report directly to the Senior Vice President.
Annual salary range will be $43,000 – $48,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Campaign offers generous medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. The Campaign provides three weeks paid vacation and annual professional development opportunities as approved by your Supervisor.
The Campaign for College Opportunity will accept applications for the position beginning June 16, 2017. Interested parties should forward a cover letter and resume indicating “Senior Communications Associate” in the subject line by email to:
Stacey Holderbach, Development and Administrative Manager
All candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit original writing, design, and work samples. A salary history will be requested along with three professional references.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified persons of every background. All applicants should visit our website to learn more about the Campaign at www.collegecampaign.org before submitting a cover letter and resume.
No phone calls please.
Higher Education Policy Research Fellows
Los Angeles, CA
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education and civil rights leaders, that is dedicated to ensuring the next generation of Californians has the opportunity to go to college and succeed. Our mission is focused on substantially increasing the number of students attending two- and four-year colleges in the state and who complete their college education. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
The Campaign for College Opportunity seeks outstanding Higher Education Policy Research Fellows to work on research and policy work specific to California higher education in summer 2017. Students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education are invited to apply. This opportunity is intended to expose promising graduate students to career opportunities in the nonprofit higher education sector while gaining experience that complements a program of study.
The Fellows will conduct research, analyze data, and prepare research briefs that will inform public discourse and advance policy reforms. The successful candidates will have excellent research and data analysis skills and related experience, as well as a demonstrated ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences. This position is based in Los Angeles, California and some travel may be required. The Fellow will report directly to the Director of Policy Research and work closely with staff across the organization.
Depending on the number of Fellows selected and your own specific areas of interest, research and secondary data analyses may focus on two specific publications: the Campaign’s The State of Higher Education in California report to be released in fall 2017 and Leadership Diversity in California’s Public Systems of Higher Education to be released in late fall 2017. In addition, Fellows may have the opportunity to contribute to the development of original research on remedial education and placement testing, transfer reform, college affordability, along with additional opportunities to utilize individual interviews, focus groups and survey data to identify promising policies and practices. As with all of the Campaign’s work, the research will center on expanding college opportunity and student success rates, especially for low-income and underrepresented students. Other responsibilities are described below.
- Support original and secondary research and analysis to identify and disseminate relevant and reliable information on California public higher education and the experiences of low income and underrepresented students;
- Perform quantitative and qualitative research and prepare analysis on issues including but not limited to: college access, retention, completion, financial aid, transfer, remedial education, leadership diversity, and equity;
- Monitor federal, state, and local higher education policies and programs, and prepare briefing materials that convey the impact of these developments;
- Conduct literature and policy scans, design and perform data analyses;
- Write reports, memos, briefs, and other content to communicate findings and recommendations;
- Carry out communications activities on social media to build support for the Campaign’s education priorities;
- Attend meetings to provide regular, timely updates and respond to time-sensitive requests by staff;
- Other duties as assigned by Campaign staff.
- We seek candidates who are flexible, adaptable, detail-oriented, responsive to changing priorities, and committed to being problem-solvers.
- Must have knowledge of higher education policy and research issues, as well as an interest in public policy.
- Demonstrated ability to clearly and accurately describe complex issues in ways that different audiences can understand.
- Must demonstrate ability to work independently and manage multiple projects with strong interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team environment.
- Knowledge and experience with both quantitative and qualitative research required.
- Experience with postsecondary datasets such as IPEDS, ACS (PUMS), BPS, survey research and working with statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata) is highly preferred.
The fellowship will begin on July 1, 2017 with a flexible end date. Preference will be given to candidates who can commit to working through September 1, 2017. Given the availability of fellows, the fellowship opportunity may be extended to December 30, 2017. Fellows are expected to work 30 hours a week for a monthly stipend of $2,000 and will be reimbursed for parking and/or public transportation to our office in downtown Los Angeles.
The Campaign for College Opportunity will accept applications for the position beginning on June 5, 2017. Interested parties should forward a letter of interest, resume and 2-3 page writing sample indicating “Higher Education Policy Research Fellow” in the subject line by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those applying should preview the Campaign’s website http://www. collegecampaign.org/ to become familiar with our research and publications. Letters of interest should include why you are interested in working with the Campaign and the project you are most interested in working on during the fellowship. Or, you may wish to propose new research ideas that the Campaign might consider given our focus on increasing access and improving student outcomes.
Please include all application materials in one Microsoft Word document or PDF file. Submissions with multiple email attachments will not be accepted. All candidates selected for an interview will be required to complete a short task aimed at assessing their policy research skills as they progress through the interview process. The Campaign for College Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified persons of every background.