Director of Communications
PICO National Network
 Cleveland, OH

Director of Communications

Who we are:

PICO California is the statewide collaborative effort of the PICO National Network of faith-based community organizations, representing 400 congregations and 450,000 people across the state. Through our member organizations, PICO California unites people of diverse economic, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds around a vision of racial and economic justice. Since 1994, PICO California has been at the forefront of organizing working families to improve schools, increase access to health care, protect immigrants, reduce gun violence, end mass incarceration, and improve the quality of life for our families and our communities. PICO California is the largest community-organizing network in the state. We are seeking individuals to join our growing staff team who are committed to a transformative racial justice movement (that demands reflection, introspection and truth telling) in order to actively dismantle racist structures in our society.

Fueled by deep moral convictions and a close connection to the pain of marginalization that is felt across the state, PICO clergy and leaders have embraced an increasingly ambitious vision for California that places economic dignity and racial equity at the center of our prophetic vision to restore the role of religion as a force for inclusion and equality in public decisions impacting the lives of millions of California residents. The Director of Communications provides leadership around communications including development of public narrative work for our internal and external message projection, while focusing on elevating the stories and prophetic witness of California’s leaders and clergy.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Storytelling (60%)

Direct the organizational, storytelling strategy; focusing on collection and distribution of community/personal stories of leaders and clergy, across the state, developing a consistent narrative of collective liberation in alignment with PICO California’s mission and vision. Responsibilities also include managing all storytelling projects and partnerships, in conjunction with Formation and Political departments while overseeing all contractors working in support of communications strategy, including public relations and earned media.

  • Graphic & Web Design (20%)

Direct and create digital collateral based on weekly/monthly events that challenge the dominant narrative and elevate the vision of PICO California, creating content for federation use. Responsibilities also include managing websites and other digital media, including infographics; putting together disparate elements of a design created by another professional, such as the icons, photographs and other components necessary for a website presence, and consulting with our statewide federations.

  • Management (20%)

Supervise all communications team members, supporting their professional development and directing overall communications strategy.

Qualifications:

5+ years experience in graphic design or digital art-related field.

Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related art degree

Experience working in Faith-based institutions

Experience working in social movement, community-based organizations.

Strong graphic design/digital media portfolio

Strong creative writing skills and the ability to build a cohesive narrative

Disciplined and able to work effectively in independent and team contexts

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

Commitment to social justice and the mission of PICO CA

Cultural competence to work in a multicultural, multi-faith environment

Preferred Qualifications:

Proficiency with MS Office and Apple/MacBook proficiency

Strong interpersonal communication skills, relational

Bridge-building and conflict resolution orientation

This position would be based in Los Angeles, Oakland, or Sacramento offices and report to the Co Director.

PICO California is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its staff, and offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

Application Procedure:

All applicants must apply for this position online via organizingcareers.org . Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:

An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format); including salary history and 3 references ready to be uploaded with your online application.

A cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in this position addressed to Ben McBride, PICO CA Co-Director

If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact careers@faithinaction.org . Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.

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