Work with a cutting-edge organization fighting for racial justice in California!

Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities. Led by students, we organize to advance educational justice and improve our social, economic, and political conditions.

CFJ is a unique and exciting organization. We are the only grassroots organization in California that organizes youth to have a voice in both local and statewide education policy. Our campaign and policy reform goals at the local and statewide levels include adequate and equitable school funding, increased access and success in K-12 and higher education, and ending the “school-to-prison pipeline.” We lead the Student Voice Campaign, a statewide alliance of organizations working to ensure the voices of students are heard, valued, and reflected in decisions that affect them. Our recent statewide victories include a requirement for districts to include student input in school budgeting through our Student Voice Campaign in 2014 and the passage of the historic Local Control Funding Formula in 2013. Our local offices have won several key changes in their school districts, from expanding a “Race and Social Justice” ethnic studies course to the elimination of discriminatory discipline policies and securing more college preparatory classes. CFJ currently has four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland and San Jose, 15 full-time equivalent staff and a budget of $1.5 million.

Communications Manager

Communications Manager

Position Overview

The Communications Manager works with CFJ’s statewide team to create perception-shifting messages and media strategies for local and statewide campaigns that advance racial and educational justice while elevating the organization’s brand. The Communications Manager will 1) plan, create, and manage content; 2) create and execute media strategies; 3) lead assigned strategic communication projects that include staff and youth leader trainings, and 4) manage communication protocols and processes to ensure overall communications consistency and effectiveness.


The Communications Manager reports to the Communications Director and works closely with other CFJ staff. The position is full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, this position exercises discretion and independent judgment.



  1. Lead Content Planning, Creation, and Management (50%)
  • Create and manage the communications department’s editorial calendar.
  • Draft weekly content for Californians for Justice’s blog, social media & newsletter.
  • Monitor news and research education issues to generate leads for producing related content.
  • Collaborate with communications and organizing teams across the state to create content.
  • Ensure communications are high quality, relevant, timely and brand consistent.


  1. Create And Execute Media Strategies (20%)
  • Create and execute earned media strategies.
  • Develop and manage relationships with reporters for statewide and local campaigns.
  • Write and edit press releases, media materials, and other collateral.
  • Draft talking points and messaging for program staff and youth.
  • Prepare program staff and youth for events, public testimonies and media interviews.


  1. Lead Strategic Communication Projects (15%)
  • Support strategic communications planning and implementation.
  • Develop the internal capacity of our staff and youth leaders in strategic communications.
  • Participate in developing social media strategies to elevate the organization’s brand & work.


  1. Manage Communications Protocols And Processes (10%)
  • Track, evaluate, and report on monthly communications goals and progress.
  • Support Communications Director in managing weekly communication team meetings.


  1. Organizational Responsibilities (5%)
  • Participate in all grassroots fundraising campaigns.
  • Participate in cross-department committees and teams.
  • Provide support and participation for organization-wide and regional campaigns and events.

Essential Qualifications

  • Exemplary writing and editing skills, with experience simplifying complex information for different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to media sources.
  • 2-3 or more years of experience using strategic communications as a campaign strategy at a nonprofit, preferably related to racial and education justice issues or youth organizing.
  • Experience managing and growing email lists and social media platforms.
  • Ability to be resourceful and take initiative.
  • Ability to deliver high quality work quickly.
  • Thrives in a team player environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to racial, education, and economic justice.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graphic design skills.
  • Familiarity with visual branding & experience in design programs like Photoshop & Canva.
  • Knowledge of narrative or story-based strategy.
  • Experience working in and supporting on-the-ground organizing.


Work Environment

The position will be located in one of CFJ’s four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, or San Jose.

Physical Demands

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time. Able to read a computer screen. Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to speak clearly in English on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.


$47,500-$57,000, depending on experience and qualifications. CFJ provides a generous benefits package including substantial vacation and full medical, vision, and dental coverage.

How to Apply:

Send a brief writing sample (preferably a blog post), your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to with the subject line “Communications Manager – Your Name.”

CFJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. People of color, women, people who identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.