Partnership for Los Angeles Schools,

Manager of Communications & Community Relations

28 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Launched in 2007, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ mission is to transform schools to revolutionize school systems, empowering all students with a high-quality education. The Partnership is a non-profit, in-district partner to LA Unified, not a charter network. As an independent nonprofit organization, the Partnership serves 13,200 students across 20 LA Unified schools in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles. The Partnership works within the LA Unified School District context, which includes honoring all collective bargaining agreements for its teachers and school staff.

About this job

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.

Roles & 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


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



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

To apply

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

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

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