California College Guidance Initiative

Senior Communications Specialist

Employment type
Full Time
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Senior Communications Specialist
California College Guidance Initiative
Remote/Virtual within California — Full-Time

The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) is looking for a Senior Communications Specialist. As part of the CCGI team, you will help to shape the strategic communications, collateral and branding of an innovative education organization dedicated to smoothing the pathway to college for California K-12 students.

The ideal person for this team is a strong project manager with excellent communication and storytelling skills, an eye for detail, experience with design tools like Adobe Creative Suite, and a passion for expanding opportunity, supporting systems change and empowering California students.

The Senior Communications Specialist is responsible for managing day-to-day organizational communications needs while supporting the Deputy Director of Communications in developing, implementing and evaluating strategies across the full range of CCGI communications, from print and digital collateral to web development, traditional and social media, video and photography and constituent engagement.

We work to solve large scale, system-level problems. You must be comfortable working with unknowns and ambiguous solutions, as well as passionate about promoting public education and advancing educational equity.

What Will You Be Doing?
— Performing white-glove review of documents for proper grammar, style, formatting, and brand consistency.
— Drafting and managing updates to marketing web content, collateral, presentations, media materials, news releases and other documents.
— Supporting the social media strategy for CCGI to best engage its constituents across a range of social networking platforms.
— Identifying, researching and crafting compelling stories that advance CCGI strategic goals.
— Leading the day-to-day management of a variety of departmental projects and initiatives.
— Providing administrative support and assisting the Deputy Director of Communications with project management, reporting, content review, editing, and the development of strategies, protocols and procedures.

What Skills Do You Need?
— At least three (3) years of experience in nonprofit, advocacy and/or cause communications.
— Bachelor’s degree or higher in communications, English, journalism, design or a related field of study is required. A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience may be considered as a substitute for a degree.
— Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a CRM or related tool (Salesforce preferred).
— Experience with web content management systems, Google Apps, Slack and other collaboration tools preferred.
— Spanish language proficiency is preferred.

What Intangibles Do You Need?
— Proven project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
— Strong proofreading skills and meticulous attention to detail.
— Excellent writing with a commitment to empathetic, ethical storytelling and the ability to simply communicate complex ideas.
— Able to advance projects without detailed supervision, balancing competing responsibilities, and providing colleagues with actionable proposals for advancing collective efforts.
— Able to collaborate and thrive in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and deadlines.
— Able to juggle multiple projects of various scopes with ease and grace.
— Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate with various levels of professionals and constituents.
— Strong organizational and time-management skills.

More about the Communications Team
CCGI’s communications team is focused on advancing the organizational identity and strategic goals of the organization as is evolves its messaging, branding, and strategic communications. This is a new and growing team that offers an excellent opportunity to make a lasting impact on the organization.
We are keen for you to bring experience that you can impart to the rest of us, but we also want someone who is interested in learning and developing new skills as the team and CCGI grow over time.

The role reports to the Deputy Director of Communications.

More about CCGI
The California College Guidance Initiative works to ensure that all 6th-12th grade students in California have access to a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and pay for postsecondary education and training. We partner with K-12 school districts to support students, counselors, and parents with the systematic use of, the State of California’s official college and career training platform. also houses, audits, and transmits student data to help ensure more accurate and efficient decisions regarding admissions, financial aid,
and course placement.

CCGI is a positive, diverse, and supportive culture. At our core, we prioritize the needs of students above all else.

Everyone at CCGI works remotely. We are all located in various parts of California. We rarely meet in person. Instead, we make use of tools, such as ZOOM, Slack, and Salesforce to communicate and document our work.

CCGI is housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges, but is an autonomous initiative with its own mission, goals, and leadership team.


To apply

For immediate consideration, please submit a letter of interest and resume saved as Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf) documents to [email protected] Please include in the subject line: “Senior Communications Specialist, California College Guidance Initiative.” The application process will be open until the position is filled.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,national origin, age, veteran status, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Foundation for California Community Colleges complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.