Northern California Communications Lead

This position is permanent and full-time. 

Location: Oakland, Contra Costa, or Sacramento area strongly preferred, Los Angeles or San Diego area optional. 

Wage: Lead I positions at ACCE start at $64,415 and increase depending on years of credited experience. 

The Position: ACCE is looking for a highly motivated, creative and digital savvy Northern California Communications Lead to help drive ACCE’s mission,  values and campaigns! Reporting to the Communications Director, the Norcal Communications Lead is a communications strategist broadly responsible for helping set and implement a strategy to consistently articulate ACCE’s mission, vision, values, and campaign demands in our communications, website, and public relations messages and materials. The Norcal Communications Lead will work to ensure that ACCE is seen as a democratic progressive organizing space focused on centering the voices of deeply impacted community members as well as a trusted and informed source of information and ideas. The Norcal Communications Lead will work closely with Office and Department Directors as a communications partner on local and statewide efforts. 

This position is to be located in Oakland, Contra Costa, or Sacramento.

The lists of Key Duties and Responsibilities below are not all-encompassing of job responsibilities related to this position. Occasionally, you may be asked to perform additional duties as directed by your supervisor.

Key Duties and Responsibilities – 

  • Work with the Communications Director to develop, implement, and evaluate communications plans across the organization 
  • Help lead in the generation of digital content that engages members/allies/stakeholders and moves them into action including social media on facebook, X (twitter), Youtube, and Instagram, mass emails, mass texting, online petitions and action pages, videos, and online graphics. 
  • Support management in the development, distribution, and maintenance of organization materials, social media pages, and websites
  • Support organizer trainings to facilitate in the contemporaneous documentation and sharing of organization activities/campaigns
  • Create or assist in the creation of press advisories and execute press relations for organizational actions and events
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media contacts including reporters, editorial boards, and show producers
  • Compile and help maintain up to date media lists
  • Ensure legal and ethical compliance on all ACCE materials and sites/pages

Key Qualifications – 

  • Minimum 1 year experience in communications strategy and/or implementation work required in the areas of
    • Messaging and narrative development on economic and racial justice issues
    • Driving press relations - writing press advisories, pitching press, maintaining relations with reporters, running press conferences, and broadly driving earned media
    • Maintaining web pages, social media sites and writing mass emails and texts
  • Commitment to racial, economic, and social justice work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities and deadlines

Big Pluses (not requirements) -

  • Experience working within community organizing models, utilizing campaign strategies, and movement tactics
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in Spanish 
  • Skill and experience in using Nationbuilder or similar CRMs
  • Knowledge of ladder of engagement and list segmentation best practices 
  • Familiarity with graphic design principles for campaigning and online engagement
  • Experience making or editing videos
  • Experience using texting platforms like Hustle or Strive
  • Experience running online ad campaigns (including facebook and google ads)
  • Experience with online fundraising (through emails and social media)
  • Experience in the issue areas of housing justice and tax equity

Working at ACCE:  

ACCE Institute is a POC-led organization with a powerful multi-racial team, made stronger by our ability to collaborate and leverage our diversity across gender, age, upbringing, education, talent, and life experience. We are committed to high standards, high impact, and working with deep respect for one another, our members, and our partners. 

  • Employees at ACCE Institute have a fire for building the grassroots power needed to create structural change that will result in true liberation and justice for all. The innovative and persistent ACCE team is spread across our 5 offices (located in Oakland, Richmond, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego).
  • If you believe in social, economic, and racial justice, and community organizing from the ground up, you may be a good fit with ACCE. If you are as passionate as we are about ground up base building, membership recruitment, door to door outreach, grassroots fundraising, issue and corporate campaigning, earned media and storytelling, technology and organizational growth - and you have the skills, experience, and/or drive to make a difference, we want to hear from you. Let us know who you are and what you can bring to this work.

Compensation and Benefits: 

  • Compensation - Lead I positions at ACCE start at $64,415 and increase depending on years of credited experience.  
  • FSA – Tax free accounts to offset childcare, transportation, and medical costs.
  • 401K Plan – ACCE contributes 3% of employee salary (regardless of employee contribution) to help save for retirement.
  • Life Insurance – To protect you and your family in case of tragedy.
  • Generous PTO – 1-4 weeks of vacation (seniority-based), 3 discretionary days, 9 accrued sick days, 13 holidays, and an end of year paid shut down annually.
  • Paid Parental Leave – New parents get this time to spend bonding with their new child/children. Up to 12 weeks if you've been here a year or more.
  • Sabbatical – After 5 years employment, take up to 3 months (on us!) to recharge and pursue personal projects.
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance – Full coverage of employee health and dental benefits, access to a quality vision plan, and generous family coverage.

How to Apply:

Please send an email to Anya Svanoe at [email protected] and cc: [email protected]. Your email should include 2 writing samples, a resume, and 3 references (including at least one for a current or former supervisor).

ACCE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

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