Communications Manager

14 May, 2021


Communications Manager

San Francisco Rising
San Francisco, CA

Organizational Description:

San Francisco Rising is an alliance of long-standing (10-45 years old) grassroots organizations organizing African-American, Latino, Chinese, and Filipino communities in San Francisco for housing & worker rights, environmental & racial justice, and youth & women’s empowerment. We seek to build the political power of our communities to win lasting change on a broad set of issues including college for all, truly affordable housing for low and middle income families, worker rights, and just immigration policy.

Position Overview:

Are you someone who has an organizing background and wants to break into communications work? Or are you experienced in communications work but want to try program work or organizing? This position is a flexible opportunity for those seeking to expand their experience in a small (4-5 staff) but powerful social justice organization. This position also has the potential to be part time or full time depending on the interests and skills of the applicant.

The Communications Manager (CM) will be responsible for leading communications work related to SF Rising’s campaign and organizational communications. This position will lead the overall communications work in the organization, and has the potential to also be engaged in programmatic or organizing work depending on the skills and interests of the applicant. The CM will also contribute to a communications strategy that refutes “tough on crime” messaging and policies that criminalize communities of color or increase mass incarceration.

We’re looking for someone who is excited to join a dynamic grassroots alliance and coordinate and implement communications work that contributes to our ambitious political goals. We seek a self-directed, driven, team player who is motivated to build and harness grassroots energy to be part of a larger movement through developing a regular and robust communications work plan for the organization, social media, email newsletter, and timely and updated website content.

SF Rising is a collaborative and supportive work environment, committed to developing the leadership of our staff through regular supervision and staff development opportunities. The CM reports to the Executive Director.

The CM may be assigned to work on projects for SF Rising’s sister organization, SF Rising Action Fund.

Primary Job Responsibilities

Communications Strategy:

  • Develop overall communications strategy and workplan with SF Rising leadership; implement and evaluate workplans
  • Identify strategic communications goals, audiences, messaging, and key performance indicators for campaigns and advocacy in collaboration with SF Rising staff and leaders
  • Develop and hold a high-level view of external communications materials (newsletter, website updates, social media updates, etc.)
  • Develop a strategic narrative strategy to combat “tough on crime” narratives that lead to harmful mass incarceration policies and promote narratives about alternative solutions such as restorative justice

Communications Implementation:

  • Create a social media calendar and develop content on weekly basis for our platforms: Twitter, Facebook/Instagram
  • Produce a monthly email newsletter highlighting campaign work and other updates
  • Maintain website and update content on monthly or bimonthly basis (in collaboration with program staff)
  • Organize story bank and collection of audio, video, and photo documentation as needed for campaigns

Secondary Job Responsibilities:

The following roles would be conducted on an “as needed” basis but do not comprise the day-to-day tasks that are the majority of the CM’s work.

Program Management & Organizational Support

  • Pitch reporters, earn media, and build relationships with local, regional, and national journalists towards partnerships and in service of the organization
  • Work with partners or outside comms shops to organize communications trainings for member organizations and SF Rising staff as needed
  • Create comms materials for campaigns, such as voter guides and endorsement announcements
  • Oversee graphic design work by consultants, volunteers, or interns for events, outreach materials, or communications as needed
  • Participate in staff meetings, internal trainings, and retreats.
  • Along with other staff, contribute to fundraising activities including occasional event planning support and implementation, grassroots donor outreach and appreciation, etc.
  • Support SF Rising’s “all hands on deck” culture in which other staff request active participation from all staff during critical moments of work. This may include attending community mobilizations, participating in voter outreach, making grassroots fundraising asks or other activities as needed.


  • Commitment to racial, gender, economic and environmental justice, grassroots organizing, and building social movements
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
  • Ability to lead projects with direction and feedback from your supervisor
  • Well organized and able to manage multiple projects
  • Ability to follow through on tasks in a timely manner
  • Excellent attention to detail; detail-oriented
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish highly desired, but not required
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Graphic design skills highly desired (such as Canva), but not required
  • Experience in decriminalization work desired, but not required
  • Familiarity with San Francisco or the Bay Area

Work Environment:

Like all SF Rising staff, this position will generally work from home during shelter-in-place. In the future, this position will be based out of a San Francisco office.

Salary and Benefits:

Full time with an estimated salary range from $58,000 – 68,000 (DOE), with full medical and dental benefits, plus generous vacation, sick time and holidays. This position also has the potential to be part time or full time depending on the interests and skills of the applicant.

Competitive benefits include

  • Paid vacation and personal leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Medical, Parking, and Dependent Care FSAs with employer contributions available
  • Commuter benefits
  • Subsidized gym membership
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Savings Account

How to Apply:

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Submit an online application and attach a PDF of your resume and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed as received. People of color, LGBTQI people, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submit resume and cover letter, and submit three references. Open until filled.

Chinese Progressive Association is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, veteran status or any other protected status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Job posted: 2021-05-14