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Communications Director
Researcher (Temporary)


Communications Director

The Communications Director works collaboratively with senior leadership to develop and implement communication and messaging strategies that advance TICAS’ mission and policy goals. The Communications Director reports to the President and manages one staff position and outside contractors. The position could be based in our Oakland, CA headquarters or Washington, DC office, with Oakland preferred.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage national and California media and public relations strategies designed to increase TICAS’ effectiveness.
  • Identify efficient and appropriate ways to raise the profile of TICAS findings, recommendations, and/or spokespeople.
  • Oversee TICAS’ websites, social media presence, publication design and production, subscriber engagement, and online fundraising.
  • Take project plans from start to finish in a high-input, fast-paced, and fluid environment. 
  • Write and/or edit press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, and other public-facing content such as blog posts, fact sheets, and testimony.
  • Monitor the news environment for proactive and reactive opportunities.
  • Ensure that all media and promotional materials meet high standards and effectively and accurately represent TICAS’ mission, policy positions, and findings.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key media outlets and representatives, including ethnic and online outlets.
  • Work in partnership with communications staff at other organizations to advance shared policy goals.
  • Assist with online and in-person events and presentations, and serve as a media representative as required.
     

Qualifications

  • At least six years of directly relevant experience, including some experience in a policy-oriented environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with proven ability to describe complex policy issues clearly and accurately for different audiences.
  • Experience supervising and developing staff, collaborating with content experts, and supporting senior spokespeople.
  • Skilled at both setting and adjusting priorities while managing multiple projects and responding to changing needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with people at all levels, inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Highly detail oriented and at ease with both data and text.
  • Comfort with asking and answering questions, flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor.
  • Highly interested in higher education policy and financial aid, with direct experience in the field preferred.
  • Pluses: Spanish speaker; experience with Salesforce, CQ Engage, InDesign, and/or Drupal.
     

Application Process

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to admin@ticas.org with "Communications Director" in the subject line. No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled. 

TICAS is an equal opportunity and at-will employer.
 

Researcher (Temporary)

We are hiring a temporary, full-time researcher to work on one or more projects for the organization. This position is based on our Oakland, California office and is for the months of August through December 2016.  TICAS expects to post one or more permanent job positions in the coming months, and the successful candidate will be considered for relevant permanent positions. 

Qualifications

  • Experience with cleaning, merging, and processing large data files.
  • Experience developing analytical reports, databases, and/or other products.
  • Proficiency with both Stata and Excel.
  • Extremely detail oriented and responsible.
  • Excellent project and time management skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience with higher education data and policy preferred.

Application Process

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to admin@ticas.org with "Researcher Position" in the subject line.  No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled.

TICAS is an equal opportunity and at-will employer.