Communication and Design Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




1060 Howard Street
San Francisco
United States


About Swords to Plowshares

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities. Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, our mission is to heal the wounds of war and to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to end homelessness and poverty among those we serve. To learn more about Swords to Plowshares, please visit our website at


As a member of the communication team, the Communications and Design Coordinator will assist with marketing and visual communications, content development to support Swords to Plowshares social media channels, copywriting, editorial support, and other administrative duties as assigned


  • Works with the Communications Manager and other departmental staff to establish marketing collateral needs
  • Designs marketing collateral (flyers, brochures, fact sheets, event invitations, social media graphics) and other communications materials (newsletters, reports, guides, infographics) as needed
  • Adhere to production timelines, budget confines and deadlines set forth by the Communications Manager
  • Assist less experienced staff members with minor template-based design projects
  • Act as a brand identity steward both internally and externally
  • Photograph internal and external program events, retouching and resizing images for media output
  • Collaborate with staff across departments and external partners to collect powerful stories to share across social platforms
  • Supports Communications Manager with overall social media strategy
  • With Communications Manager, drafts mailings, blog posts, press releases and other documents
  • Provides departmental editing support as assigned
  • Distributes weekly updates to staff during weekly and bi-weekly meetings
  • Supports Communications Manager and other departments as needed
  • Ability to fulfill essential responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodations



  • Undergraduate degree in communications, marketing, graphic design, advertising or related field in combination with a minimum of 2-3 years corporate and/or nonprofit experience


  • Two (2) to three (3) years of experience on a communications team, either as a designer part of an agency, freelance designer, or other relevant communications experience
  • You have a portfolio of visually consistent and relevant brand work, across various channels including email, web, mobile, and print


  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with internal and external stakeholders
  • Meticulous attention to detail; takes pride in quality of work
  • Outstanding organizational skills and demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Cultural Humility Initiative
  • Ability to fulfill essential responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodations


  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Products
  • Proficiency with various social media platforms
  • Proficiency with DSLR photography and photo retouching


Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

  • Excellent medical and dental packages
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • 17 vacation days in the first year
  • 12 holidays every year
  • Wellness program

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

(No calls please)

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in Swords to Plowshares, where/how you found out about this career opportunity, and your salary requirement. Email the cover letter along with your resume to (Please include a link or instruction on how view your portfolio to be considered for this role)

Please include the exact title for this position in the subject line of your email: Communications and Design Coordinator

Swords to Plowshares is an inclusive employer and we are proud of the rich diversity among our staff. Please join us!