Communications Manager University of California Los Angeles
Requisition Number: 31666 Salary: 4842-9591
Position Description: The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) seeks a dynamic communications professional to serve as our Communications Manager (CM). LPPI champions nonpartisan, evidence-based domestic policy solutions that improve the economic, political, and social landscape for Latinos and other communities of color in states and localities across the U.S. LPPI leverages UCLA's cross-disciplinary strengths to create an enterprise-wide home for Latino social policy with expertise in over a dozen issue areas including civil rights, criminal justice, educational equity, health access, housing, and voting and civic participation. LPPI fosters innovative research, leverages policy-relevant expertise, drives civic engagement, and nurtures a leadership pipeline to propel viable policy reforms that expand opportunity for all Americans.
The CM will oversee communications strategy and execution for LPPI, both pro-active and reactive. Substantive responsibilities include messaging, press relations, and identifying and managing public speaking and media opportunities for LPPI staff, faculty, and other researchers. The CM will help to strengthen LPPI's brand and stakeholder rapport and connect our research and programmatic functions with our stakeholders, both on and off campus. Reporting to the Executive Director, the CM will be a key player in LPPI's communication activities and targeted dissemination efforts. S/he will have responsibility for creating guidelines, editing and releasing digital content - policy briefs, e-newsletters, web stories and social media accounts. S/he will also serve as the first contact for press related inquires and is responsible for directing requests to appropriate researchers. She/he will also be responsible for coordinating press responses, including talking points, briefings, and other duties, for LPPI executive staff members in their interactions with the media and external stakeholders. This position will ensure that newsworthy activities from LPPI affiliated staff, faculty, and students connect to communications guidelines and strategic goals. The CM will ensure targeted outreach strategies are used and developed to increase external engagement with LPPI.
We expect the CM to remain abreast of industry best practices as they evolve to incorporate them into his/her work. The CM will manage the production of digital and print publications that connect academic content with decision-makers, namely elected and appointed officials, funders, the media, and other policy decision-makers. The CM will coordinate the publication process with the LPPI's faculty and staff researchers, and the CM's role will be to shepherd publications through the editing process, coordinate graphic production, and oversee digital and print production. With a team of qualified undergraduate and graduate student assistants to write stories and to draft policy briefs, the CM will edit and revise these pieces to meet communication guidelines to promote LPPI's research and programmatic functions. The CM is responsible for disseminating these stories and briefs to cross-sector stakeholders on and off campus. The CM is also responsible for tracking, recording, and publishing LPPI media coverage, including press clips, on the LPPI website, social media channels, and in conversations with external partners. CM metrics for success will include the consistent, widespread, and successful amplification of LPPI's mission and initiatives, the successful identification of communications opportunities in addition to successful management of reactive comms; and the consistent coordination of core messaging across LPPI staff, faculty, consultants, and external partners.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.