Nov 08, 2019

Communications Officer, Los Angeles Nonprofit

  • California Community Foundation
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Marketing / PR Economic / Development

Job Description

The California Community Foundation (CCF) is a public, charitable organization serving Los Angeles County in multiple capacities since 1915. We encourage philanthropy by individuals, families, companies and organizations, and serve as a trusted steward of their charitable funds and legacies. We make grants and collaborate with nonprofits in specific areas and concentrate attention and resources on the needs of the most vulnerable individuals and groups in the community. CCF convenes and engages nonprofit, private and public sector partners to increase philanthropy and incorporate philanthropists into community problem solving in Los Angeles.

CCF is a dynamic environment that values individuals who want a purpose more than a position. We have a diverse and talented team of experienced and passionate advocates for our community. We are a learning organization driven by the idea that continuous improvement furthers professional development and increases our ability to effect positive change. We seek individuals who thrive in a fast-paced setting highly focused on results and impact.

CCF is hiring a Communications Officer (CO). The Communications Officer plays a key role on a dynamic team that is harnessing strategic communications to expand the influence and impact of the California Community Foundation.

 Major Responsibilities:

·       Content Development: Play a leading role in the development of content to be used across all CCF communications platforms.

o  Create and identify content that is tied to CCF’s four strategic goals, drives key foundation messages and engages and informs our target audiences.

o   Will help curate compelling stories that speak to the work and impact of grantees, demonstrate how change happens, and inspire others to partner with CCF

o  Researches, produces and edits key communication materials, including messaging, fact sheets, opinion pieces, press releases, speeches, and other marketing material that communicates the foundation’s work

·       Media Relations: Prep and support for media interviews, speaking engagements, and more

o  Create and manage a customized database of news and social media serving the L.A. market and relevant to the community foundation and its target audiences.

o   Coordinate internal and external media events including media training, news conferences, roundtables, editorial board meetings, tours, etc., as appropriate. 

·       Social Media Management: Leads the social media strategy for CCF to best engage its constituents across a range of social networking platforms.

o  Curate editorial content for the social media platforms CCF uses such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter which includes sharing and developing new content.

o   Implement and evaluate social media communications by tracking and analyzing data and providing updates to ensure CCF network growth (e.g., “Likes”) and engagement.

o  Work with communications team to freshen graphic elements of social media platforms

·       Project Management: Lead the day-to-day management on a variety of projects

o  Create task lists and timelines to manage projects with a keen eye for detail and organization.

o  Ensure that project tasks are being executed with the level of expected quality and on deadline. 

o  Work with marketing and communications department to identify and trouble shoot issues that could impact progress on projects.

  • General: As appropriate, assists other departments and works as a member of interdepartmental teams to ensure the effective and efficient operations of CCF. At all times, demonstrates cooperative behavior with supervisors and coworkers. Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

·       Experience: Minimum of three years of public interest communications, with experience in fields related to the foundation's mission and grant making experience with an emphasis on strong writing skills.

·       Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent certification from    technical or trade school with a          focus on journalism, communications, marketing, writing, new media, or equivalent level of experience required. 

·       Communication Skills: Superior written, verbal and presentation skills required. Ability to write, edit and copyedit creatively and persuasively, distilling complex concepts into easy-to-understand information. Ability to integrate film, video, audio and photography into compelling communications. Strong knowledge of strategic communications and media. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

·       Technology Skills: Basic familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. Familiarity with open and closed-source web content management systems with understanding of and experience in user-centered design is desired, including strong familiarity with Word Press.

·       Problem-Solving Skills: Must be an efficient, well organized, detail-oriented, creative, energetic, flexible, problem-solver who can handle multiple requests and tasks. Proven analytical, research and project management skills.

  • Team Work & General Skills:  Ability to work well independently and as team member. Ability to take initiative and follow tasks through to completion. Ability to lead a team toward CCF's goals, leveraging each team member's skill set. Excellent time management and organizational skills, particularly Working on a fast-paced team

Working Conditions:

  • Requires the ability to sit and work at a desk for several hours at a time.
  • Requires the ability to travel and attend meetings, presentations and events outside the office, which may require occasional use of a motor vehicle for transportation to other locations. 
  • This position is required to be available to speak with clients and/or others while away from the office and/or with clients and/or others located in other time zones outside foundation business hours.
  • Work may require occasional weekends and/or extended work day.
  • Punctuality and satisfactory attendance are essential functions of the job.


This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. A generous benefit package is provided to all full-time staff, including medical, dental, vision, LTD, life, FSAs and retirement benefits.

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