Communications Specialist

14 Nov, 2022


Communications Specialist

First 5 Alameda
Alameda, CA

First 5 Alameda County helps young children grow up healthy and ready to learn during the most important time in their development. We have more than two decades of experience funding innovative programs and advocating for policies that produce better futures for our children. Our Vision is that every child in Alameda County will have optimal health, development and wellbeing to reach their greatest potential.

Join our amazing mission-driven team that in partnership with the community, supports a county-wide continuous prevention and early intervention system that promotes optimal health and development, narrows disparities and improves the lives of children 0 to 5 and their families.

The Communications Specialist is responsible for planning, developing, overseeing and coordinating public information and communications efforts for First 5 Alameda County (F5AC).

  • In collaboration with Communications Leadership, Develops and implements an external communication plan to increase the awareness of the importance of the first 5 years of life and F5ACs programs, successes and accomplishments among stakeholders, partners and policy makers

  • Crafts communications strategies, messages and materials to support F5ACs work on early childhood policy and advocacy

  • Designs and implements strategies to utilize social media and other emerging technology to carry out communication plan

  • Monitors and analyzes changes and trends in communications or media coverage of relevant early childhood policies or platforms, recommends strategies to address emerging issues

  • Prepares and/or edits pamphlets, articles, speeches, scripts, films, and other material for public information purposes

  • Plans, writes, and supervises production of the F5AC FYI Newsletter

  • Identifies and pursues opportunities to generate positive media coverage of F5AC programs and services

  • Works closely with colleagues from other First 5 Commissions in the region and state on crafting common messages, communication strategies, and responses

  • Plans and executes internal communications efforts, including collaborating with staff to identify relevant information to share, and formulation and development of messages and talking points for employees to use with partners and community members

  • Assists staff in preparing for media opportunities

  • Plans and provides training to staff on messaging, branding and materials, and/or specific campaigns and public relations strategies

  • Collaborates on the development and maintenance of the F5AC website to ensure consistent messaging

  • Collaborates with Evaluation and Technology staff to evaluate communication strategies and to translate and showcase data about F5AC programs into broadly accessible and compelling products

  • Maintains and synthesizes information and data to evaluate and report on the effectiveness of current communications plans and strategies, and uses this information to inform and recommend modification and/or changes to strategies

  • Collaborates on design and production of communications materials

  • Acts as a staff writer available to assist with writing proposals and grant applications, and to support other general agency written communications needs

  • Participates in agency strategic and/or strategy level planning processes, including recommending future communications directions and priorities

  • Other projects and duties as assigned


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • A minimum of eight years of full-time progressively responsible experience in a public or private organization

  • A Bachelors degree may be substituted for four years required experience. A Masters degree may be substituted for an additional year of required experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Communications, public relations, and marketing principles and strategies

  • Best practices in communications campaign planning, development, and evaluation

  • Strategies for communicating effectively with ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse communities

  • Principles and practices of effective public speaking and written communications, including English grammar and syntax

  • Various social media or other new/emerging communications technologies

  • Website content development and web-based communications practices

  • Project management principles and practices

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, use of the internet for research

  • Some knowledge of early childhood development and systems preferred

  • Basic budgetary and financial record keeping techniques preferred

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with a wide range of professionals and paraprofessionals including but not limited to, F5AC staff, partnering agencies, community partners, providers, and the media

  • Demonstrate experience and leadership in creating effective communications strategies and tactics, including ability to process and translate complex content and data into language understandable by members of the public and policy and decision makers

  • Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, to staff, the Commission, media, partners, and the public, including ability to write and produce a variety of materials and reports; strong writing skills are required

  • Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of communications strategies and tactics, utilizing and applying data to identify and resolve issues

  • Contribute to strategic and strategy level planning

  • Plan and organize work to ensure organizational and communications goals are achieved

  • Develop and provide trainings and presentations to diverse audiences

  • Plan, facilitate, and contribute to group meetings effectively

  • Effectively represent the program and agency in meetings and public forums

  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in a variety of contexts

  • Work in a multidisciplinary team setting

  • Define and address complex problems requiring the analysis of multiple variables or situations; collect, synthesize, and analyze information; consider alternatives; and draw valid conclusions

  • Exercise sound judgment within broadly defined practices and procedures to create and select appropriate strategies and make and carry out effective decisions

  • Read, analyze and interpret common professional publications, policy documents, financial reports and related business documents and information

  • Meet attendance requirements of the position, be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements for work performance

  • Adapt, with minimal or no advance notice, to changes in agency operations and work assignments or procedures


  • Please note that we are currently working remotely but will return to office on a hybrid or full-time basis. The date for in-person work has not been determined.
  • All First 5 employees must live and work in California.

First 5 Alameda County Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package with health care options to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. These benefits include but are not limited to Medical, Dental, & Vision Coverage, $1,500 credit per year to spend on benefits, Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Employer Paid & Voluntary Life & AD&D Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Retirement Plans including the ACERA Pension Plan, Commuter Benefits, Employee Assistance Plan and more.

We also offer paid vacation, paid time off and sick time. We have 17 paid holidays including the week between Christmas Day and New Years Day as paid time off.

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Job posted: 2022-11-14