Details: Salary commensurate with experience.
The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is a non-partisan, non-profit statewide organization founded in 1996, as California reeled from the ugly aftermath of Proposition 187 and harsh federal copycats. A multi-ethnic hub for statewide advocacy, CIPC has worked hand-in-hand with community partners across the state for two decades to create a national blueprint for pro-immigrant policy. CIPC also provides technical assistance, training and education on immigrant issues to various stakeholders.
A core component of CIPC’s social change approach is to support emerging coalitions of local and regional groups who organize with the state’s diverse immigrant communities or provide services.
The Communications Trainer will nurture the capacity of these local partners to shape and advance values-based, pro-immigrant narratives and to effectively engage with local media outlets in order to reach key audiences. The Trainer will serve as a mentor to 3-4 regional hubs, developing the communications leadership of on-the-ground organizations.
The Trainer will conduct workshops for partner organizations and groups that sharpen framing, story-telling, and media engagement skills. The Trainer will be responsible for leading trainings and identifying and coordinating new training opportunities as they enable groups to participate in policy change campaigns in a visible, more meaningful way. The Trainer will be responsible for maintaining some online training materials and information as well as responding to online questions and inquiries. This position will involve significant travel within the state.
The Statewide Communications Trainer reports to the Communications Director based in Oakland and will work closely with others to support communications needs for various campaigns.
In-depth mentoring in key regions (60%)
• Work with the CIPC Communications Team to map communications infrastructure.
• Build relationships with key organizations.
• Provide on-going strategic communications mentorship and technical assistance to partners in 3-4 key regions, including developing strategy, nurturing spokes-leaders, creating effective messaging, event planning, and media engagement.
Statewide training (35%)
• Lead stand-alone communications trainings across the state and conduct communications trainings at regional and issue-based convenings with partner organizations.
• Coordinate scheduling and logistics of trainings in collaboration with other project and policy staff and coalition partners.
• In coordination with the Communications Director, update training materials as needed, utilizing popular education tools.
• Collect and analyze feedback on trainings from attendees to improve training materials as needed.
• Maintain contact with trainees to track and assess outcomes.
• Institutional memory: support the documentation of key CIPC events; build photo and video library from each event if appropriate.
• Minimum 3 years of experience in communications; prior experience in social change communications desired
• At least 1 year of experience leading trainings.
• Creative and analytical thinking skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and social justice.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Knowledge of Spanish or another language other than English is strongly preferred.
• Self-initiated, motivated, and well-organized.
• Ability to facilitate and engage broad coalitions and experience working with diverse communities and audiences is required.
• Ability to travel frequently and on short notice is required.
• Valid driver’s license, and access to a vehicle or alternate transportation required.
CIPC provides a comprehensive benefits package to its employees, including paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, and retirement contributions.
CIPC staff begin with up to 18 paid holidays and 10 additional days of vacation. Staff accrue vacation at the rate of 15 days (3 weeks) a year after their first year of service.
Level of Language Proficiency
Knowledge of Spanish or another language other than English is strongly preferred.
Minimum Education Required