Communications Associate
Blue Shield of California
 San Francisco, CA

The Communications Associate is responsible for effectively communicating the impact of the Foundation's activities across California, under the supervision of Communications Manager. Working closely with program staff, key grantees and the organization's external consultants, the Communications Associate will identify and communicate the impact and lessons learned from the Foundation's grant making and programmatic activities. This position will use both traditional communications methods and social media channels to disseminate information about the work of the Foundation, its partners and its grantees.

Principal duties and responsibilities

Provide day-to-day management of the strategic dissemination of the impact and lessons learned from the Foundation's grant making, initiatives, and other programmatic activates. This includes dissemination of the Foundation reports, grantee news, and other resources and critical information to grantees, stakeholders, and other key audiences.

Document the community impact of the Foundation's grantmaking investments and programmatic activities in regions and communities across the State, working in collaboration with key grantees, consultants and program staff.

In collaboration with program staff, develop new media activities, stories, and other communication tools to promote the impact of the Foundation's grant making investments and programmatic activities in regions and communities across the State

Coordinate Foundation public education efforts focused on a range of external audiences (media, policymakers, stakeholders and grantees), including policy briefings, speaking engagements, and social media campaigns. Support CEO's communication and policy engagements.

Work with program staff, consultants, and key grantees to support their efforts to communicate more effectively with key stakeholders through traditional and new media.

In collaboration with program staff, regularly generate program-related content for the Foundation's website and related new media activities.

Write, edit and/or review materials to ensure alignment with Foundation's communication standards.

In collaboration with program staff, identify and share important information with grantees and local other stakeholders regularly to inform their activities related to the Foundation's mission.

Manage communications consultants and other vendors, including writers, designers, and video/photographers.

Perform department administrative tasks, such as data entry and event coordination, as needed.

Works collaboratively and participates in cross-disciplinary teams with colleagues at the Foundation.

Bachelors degree and three years of related work experience, or combination of education and experience. Strongly prefer five years of related experience in communications, public policy, and/or health policy, preferably in the nonprofit or government sector; experience with or knowledge of philanthropy desirable.

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Strong analytic skills and ability to conduct secondary research

Fluency in the new media tools and approaches, as well as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator, Photo Shop, and/or HTML is a plus.

Demonstrated ability to balance multiple complex projects and priorities

Action-oriented with exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail

Creativity, enthusiasm, and independence; a high degree of initiative; productive and results-oriented

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and in a team-oriented environment

Willingness to travel extensively, primarily within California

Ability to work with groups from diverse backgrounds, skills and experiences