Campaign Communications Specialist - CPI

The Center on Policy Initiatives is seeking a skilled, flexible communications professional to join our team. If you are a perfectionist writer/editor with a flair for social media, website proficiency, and a deep commitment to economic justice and racial justice for working people and diverse communities, please apply!

We need a communicator who has a demonstrated ability to create powerful, clear, and strategic messages and disseminate them effectively using a wide range of communications tools and technology. It’s crucial that you be self-motivated to do great work, able to take initiative, work independently, and also skillful at working collaboratively. You need a cool head under pressure and the ability to meet regular and frequently competing deadlines.

If all this sounds like you, you’re going to love working at CPI. The Center on Policy Initiatives is an independent nonprofit that has been at the forefront of the fight for economic justice in San Diego since 1997. We provide research, policy solutions, leadership development, and alliances to win policies that benefit working families and diverse communities. Our three-person communications team is essential to everything we do.

Job Description

The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) is seeking a fulltime Communications Specialist. The Specialist will work with the team of communicators and help lead CPI’s strategic communications work, under the supervision of the Deputy Director.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing communications strategies for CPI campaigns and programs.

  • Developing and writing strategic messages and communications for campaigns and programs, including web content, email messages, social media posts, speeches, and press statements.

  • Creating materials for internal and external use by campaign/program teams, such as talking points, fact sheets, brochures, flyers, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

  • Planning, managing, and creating social media and website content, including memes, design elements, interactive data presentations, and other content.

  • Shooting and curating photos and videos for websites and social media pages.

  • Writing and editing press releases, opinion pieces, and other materials for news media/public dissemination.

  • Responding to news media inquiries and requests.

  • Helping write, edit, and produce research reports, issue briefs, and other CPI publications.

As needed, responsibilities also may include:

  • Planning and executing press conferences and other media events.

  • Developing and pitching stories to mainstream and independent news media.

  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with key reporters, editors, and producers locally and nationally.

  • Training spokespeople for public hearings, press conferences, and interviews.

Qualifications for the job are:

  • At least 3-4 years of experience doing communications and media work for advocacy campaigns or other organizations.

  • Excellent written communication skills and good spoken communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic communications plans, craft messages, and produce clear, compelling communications materials.

  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to the needs and concerns of working people and diverse communities.

  • Experience with websites, social media, and emerging media platforms, and understanding of communications technology trends. Experience with these programs is preferred: Word Press, Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photo Shop, Premiere)

  • Experience with photography and filmmaking preferred, especially experience with DSLR cameras.

  • Familiarity with media outreach and the news industry overall.

  • Ability to problem-solve and generate ideas, and to do so under deadline pressure while maintaining good humor.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and also to work independently, with the self-motivation to produce excellent work on time.

  • Ability to anticipate needs and plan accordingly, coordinate complex activities, prioritize conflicting demands, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

  • Preferred: Written and spoken proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

This is a full-time, salaried position. Some irregular hours are required, including occasional nights and weekends. Starting salary depends on qualifications. The job has full benefits, including family healthcare, a 401(k) plan, and generous holidays/time off.

The Center on Policy Initiatives is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates to apply.

To apply, email a cover letter, a detailed resume, and a short sample of your own writing to No phone calls, please.