Communications Manager

Job Type

Full Time






San Francisco
United States



United Ways of California seeks a Communications Manager to lead all internal and external communications concerning United Ways of California (UWCA). In this newly created position, the successful candidate will make recommendations for the most effective use of communications resources, manage the editorial calendar and social media channels, secure earned media, and support the day-to-day communications activities for the organization.

This position will elevate and promote United Ways of California and its programs including Cal-Savers, VITA/EITC, public policy initiatives, annual Capitol Day and state conference and other program areas as assigned through clear, concise and informative content which is delivered through our website, newsletters and other promotional materials. 

United Ways of California is a virtual organization and the position will report to the President & CEO with a high level of autonomy.

Major Responsibilities and Duties: 

1. Set overall communications, marketing and branding strategy goals and priorities to inform messaging and tactics for UWCA programs and initiatives

2. Draft press releases and advisories, op-eds, CEO statements and other content for a variety of internal and external audiences, including donor communications in clear and accessible language

3. Oversee website, newsletters, email marketing, social media strategy, video production, editorial calendar, member communications and graphic design of collaterals such as flyers, brochures and toolkits 

4. Craft strategy for public engagement, messaging and storytelling related to UWCA’s programs

5. Manage media relations and cultivate relationships with journalists and influencers in local, state and national media outlets; create and maintain press lists; track media coverage

6. Pitch coverage of UWCA’s work and impact and prep staff interviews

7. Serve as first point of contact for members of the media

8. Write materials on tight deadlines to meet diverse messaging needs

9. Edit all mass communications created by staff for clarity, consistency, voice, and message

10. Measure communications efforts in order to evaluate return on investment and develop ongoing improvement methodology

11. Stay informed about best practices in nonprofit communications and marketing


Full-time, 40 hours a week. 


Virtual office; Candidates based in a major media market in California such as Los Angeles, Sacramento or Bay Area preferred


A competitive salary commensurate with experience and education will be offered to the successful candidate. Benefits include health dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, vacation and sick leave.

About UWCA

United Ways of California improves health, education and financial results for low income children and families by enhancing and coordinating the community impact and advocacy work of the local United Ways throughout California.

California’s United Ways pursue increased opportunities for low and moderate income people through focusing on three priority areas – Health, Education and Financial Sustainability. These are the building blocks to a successful life; people must be healthy in order to learn, people at all ages must learn in order to prepare to sustain themselves and their families, and people must have pathways for building financial sustainability for their families. Together, California’s United Ways marshal over 200 million dollars and tens of thousands of volunteer hours a year in charitable support for community initiatives that address these vital areas. 

UWCA’s Purposes and Activities:

• Engage the public for the common good: Advance the health, education and financial sustainability goals of California United Ways through public education and policy advocacy

• Leverage program impact: Help California United Ways increase their community impact by sharing innovations and lessons learned, improving practices and building organizational capacity

• Resource development: Help bring resources and funding to United Ways through regional and statewide collaboratives, leveraging the work of the many to achieve the goals of all, and also provide a central point of contact for donors wishing to support United Ways at a regional and state level


A competitive salary commensurate with experience and education will be offered to the successful candidate. Benefits include health dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, vacation and sick leave.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply

Submit three writing samples, a signed cover letter and resume by email detailing your skills and experience. Please include a list of three professional references, individuals who have immediate knowledge of your work. Please include name, title, organization, address, telephone number, and state the capacity in which the individual knows your work. References will not be contacted until after interviews with the selected applicants. 

Email: (Word or .PDF format only)


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. Finalists will be required to complete a timed writing assignment. Position to start immediately.