Communications Manager

The Women's Foundation of California Oakland, CA We offer competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience.

The Women's Foundation of California is seeking a five-star writer, experienced project manager and proud feminist to lead our storytelling and digital communications work (email marketing, list building, social media, website, blog, advertising and online engagement). The Communications Manager works closely with Policy, Philanthropy and Development Teams to create engaging and effective external communications. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a self-starter and digital media expert who is looking to flex their exceptional skills as a writer in the service of positioning the Women’s Foundation of California as a thought leader in women’s economic security and a critical catalyst of social change in our communities.

Application & Deadline
At the Women’s Foundation of California, we believe outstanding people are the key to our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.

To apply, please submit your resume, two writing samples (a blog post, an opinion editorial, a letter to the editor etc.) and your answers to the below questions, combined in one document, to Please do not submit a cover letter.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the deadline to apply is Friday, July 29, 2016. All documents need to be Microsoft Word or PDF files (PDF files are preferred).

Please answer the below four questions using no more than 150 words per question.

  1. What does the word “feminism” mean to you? Why are you interested in working on issues that affect women and girls?
  2. Please provide an example of an effective online campaign (email, social media, marketing, advocacy or fundraising) that you have done. Please describe it and explain why you think it was successful.
  3. Please provide an example of a social media campaign that you admire but did not work on. Why do you find it effective and compelling?
  4. Describe a time when you successfully managed a project. What was the project, who was involved, and how did you manage it? What did you learn?

Essential Duties


  • Write engaging email blasts, website pages, blog and social media posts; support the CEO in drafting talking points, op-eds and speeches.
  • Produce multimedia stories (videos, infographics, quizzes, PPT presentations) that educate, inspire action and amplify the reach and impact of our campaigns and programs.
  • Collaborate with the Development Team to ideate and design compelling online and print fundraising materials.
  • Collaborate with the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) Team to recruit applicants to the WPI programs and communicate the milestones and successes of WPI teams, fellows, and alumni.
  • Collaborate with the Philanthropy Team to communicate the successes and impact of grant partners, giving circles and allies.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with the media; collect stories to share with the media.


  • Act as lead project manager and writer for the FY17 website redesign; manage all subsequent website refreshes.
  • Design a plan to grow the Foundation’s engagement and visibility on social media.
  • Develop and execute online engagement campaigns, such as our WFC’s People's Momentum Awards campaign:
  • Write and design marketing blasts that consistently educate, engage and inspire our supporters; develop email welcomes series to retain supporters and donors.
  • Develop blog writing guidelines and publish topical blog posts each month.
  • Manage all technical aspects of our blog, website and CRM (Engaging Networks), e.g., make content updates, plugin upgrades and maintain and clean the CRM database.
  • Among other tactics, use Google AdWords to grow traffic to our website.
  • Measure communications activities and make strategic decisions based on data.


  • Help drive overall communications strategy by staying current and knowledgeable on issues related to Foundation’s mission, programs and initiatives.
  • Speak and write confidently about gender equity and justice, women’s economic security, women’s leadership in public policy and philanthropy.
  • Train team and board members as brand advocates, spokespersons and bloggers.
  • Support team members preparing to speak at conferences and other high profile events, e.g., draft or edit talking points, review and edit presentation materials.
  • Build out the Communications internship program and supervise interns.



  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and 5+ years of experience working in communications or marketing, ideally within a nonprofit.
  • Powerful, dynamic writer and storyteller; sophisticated and discerning editor.
  • Passion for and knowledge of issues and challenges women experience in California.
  • Experience with state public policy and advocacy and/or philanthropy landscapes.
  • Experience using HTML, CSS and online analytics tools like Google Analytics.
  • Basic design skills (Photoshop and Illustrator preferred).


  • Possesses a strong commitment to the mission, policies, goals and philosophy of the Women’s Foundation of California.
  • Able to work independently as well as within a team, set and achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Creative thinker, strong project manager, self-starter and detail-oriented communicator with a positive approach, can-do attitude and a sense of humor.
  • Drive to innovate, use new platforms and tools, try new things and learn from failure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to create positive, long-term working relationships; demonstrates tact, dependability, diplomacy and flexibility.
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