POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Manager of Communications & Community Relations is a new and unique role at the Partnership. Supporting the Vice President (VP) of Communications & Community relations, the Manager will develop an integrated strategy for building strong relationships in our three communities of Watts, South LA, and Boyle Heights, all in service of our mission. The Manager will work closely with policy and advocacy teams to advance campaign goals through communication strategies and developing narrative change, and their work will focus on communications for systems change efforts and advocacy through publications, events, and social media. The ideal candidate will bring experience in communications, a passion for uplifting the voices and stories of our communities, and comfort juggling multiple priorities. This is a full-time, year-round position.

The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The Manager of Communications & Community Relations will be someone who is committed to implementing these values in creative ways when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.
 

RESPONSIBILITIES
Communication & Advocacy Work (40%)

  • Work across teams to move campaign goals forward through narrative change and strategic communication plans

  • Craft high-quality communications for diverse audiences, including the media, school communities, partners, funders, and other stakeholders. 

  • Support disseminating materials through various methods, including traditional media, social media, events, blogs, etc.

  • Coordinate and lead influence webinars and in-person convenings in partnership with team members across the organization with teams across the organization

  • Create, or coordinate the creation of, graphics in support of policy and system change work, ensuring brand alignment and quality of design
     

Community Relations (40%)

  • Support the development of impactful communication strategies and best practices for internal and external stakeholders the Partnership’s mission

  • Build relationships in school communities to inform and support a broader community relations strategy through a communications lens

  • With the VP of Communications & Community Relations, develop and execute community relations events and campaigns

  • With Educator Engagement team members, develop and lead a strategy for educator-specific communications and events, including regular newsletters and other touchpoints

 

Communications Team Support (20%)

  • Support the communications team with coordinating video projects, including identifying and scheduling interviews, working with videographers, release coordination, and editing

  • Develop and edit mobile videos for Instagram and other social media platforms

  • Develop mission-driven content for social media with a highlight on our policy and advocacy work

  • Coordinate with and support 20 Partnership schools’ social media contacts to ensure high quality content is being shared across all schools

  • In partnership with the communications team, co-lead the expansion and maintenance of Partnership social media channels through coordinated social media strategy and contributing content regularly

  • Curate, update, and maintain media distribution lists

 

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES

All Partnership team members are expected to learn, grow, and model the following organizational competencies:

  • Anti-racism: Acknowledges and actively seeks to disrupt the systemic racism that exists within educational systems and society which oppress the students and communities we serve

  • Root Cause Analysis: Proactively makes time to examine the underlying causes of challenges, and identifies and addresses their root causes

  • Long-Term Thinking: Focuses on long-term strategies and goals as the key to realizing the Partnership’s mission of empowering all students with a high-quality education

  • Teaming & Collaboration: Builds and contributes to a strong team culture that promotes a sense of belonging for all team members

  • Psychological Safety: Feels freedom to express oneself openly and honestly, and to be one’s authentic self

  • Learning & Growth: Continually seeks to learn, grow, and improve in order to best serve our students and communities

 

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • A deep belief in the power of our communities, the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values

  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment for all team members

  • Strong writing, communication, and presentation skills in multiple areas, including news, social media, press releases, and creative writing

  • At least 4 years professional communications experience with increasing responsibility, independence, and results

  • A combination of creative and strategic thinking with a standard for high-quality execution

  • Ability to prioritize and work under multiple deadlines

  • Strong team player and active collaborator

  • Strong project management skills, effectively managing many moving pieces at once

  • Proficient in Microsoft, Google Drive, Outlook, Canva, Constant Contact, Hootsuite or Sprout Social, Meltwater, Adobe Creative Suite

  • The ability to travel between school sites

  • Spanish language fluency (spoken and written), preferred

  • Working understanding of K-12 public education sector, preferred


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members who hold many intersectional identities, both considering the market and pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. Compensation range will be shared early in the interview process, and we aim to be as transparent as possible. The Partnership also offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program.

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

Partnership for LA Schools is a contractor with Los Angeles Unified School District and has implemented a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy. All new employees are required to be fully vaccinated a week before their start date unless they are approved for an accommodation due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief. 

For more information about this policy, please email the Manager of Home Office Talent & Organizational Culture at Melanie.Liu@PartnershipLA.org.

 

TO APPLY

Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system.

For technical assistance, assistance for applying with a disability, or questions, please email Melanie Liu, Senior Manager of Home Office Talent & Org Culture, at melanie.liu@partnershipla.org.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to – and actively pursues – diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. The Partnership prohibits discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race such as hairstyle), creed, color, religion, registered domestic partner status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, age, military and veteran status, medical condition, genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy or childbirth, physical disability or mental disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance or regulation. The Partnership also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, training, transfer, wages, benefits, termination, and all other privileges, terms, and conditions of employment.

Department: Transform Schools
This is a management position
This is a full time position

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