Director of Communications

· Sacramento, California
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $65,000-$75,000 DOE

Director of Communications

CORE Districts

  •      Location: California (work from home in California)
  •      Type: Full time

Position Description

CORE Districts is a nonprofit organization focused on raising student achievement through collaboration between eight California school districts. CORE is in an exciting phase of program growth and development, and we are seeking a Director of Communications to support our organization. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Director of Communications will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate the CORE Districts’ theory of action and work areas to educators and to broader audiences. The Director of Communications will ensure that CORE Districts is viewed as a primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information about school and district improvement. The Director of Communications will work closely with the Chief of Staff, and other executives within the organization as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives. Additionally, the Director of Communications will ensure that all CORE materials have consistent messaging, imagery and branding and will support CORE staff to produce aligned content and materials.


Approximately 10-15 days of single day or overnight travel may be required throughout the year.  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the organization’s discrete audiences in collaboration with the CORE District’s program and data teams
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide in partnership with the program and data team to whom, where, and when to disseminate communications materials
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
  • Manage, with the support of the Office Manager, the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, social media, website and presentation and public convening materials
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly, with the support of the Office Manager
  • Track and measure the level of engagement with CORE media and communication platforms
  • Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all forms of media including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, annual report, e-newsletters, and website, press releases and digital campaigns, print materials, social media, audio and video and more. 
  • Manage all media contacts



CORE Districts is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications who has at least 3-5 years of communications experience, ideally in an education or nonprofit role, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, donor communications and production of collateral. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.

Specific requirements include:

  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent skills in a variety of design, communications and presentation platforms, including but not limited to: the full Microsoft Office Suite, Google Slides, In Design, Lucidchart, and more 
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence and invitation"
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively in a context that iterates responsively to shifting conditions and contexts


Equal Opportunity Employment

As an equal opportunity employer, CORE recruits and hires with a commitment to understand systemic oppression and the lived reality of people with marginalized identities. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people of color, including bilingual and multicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We also recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.


Application Process

Interested applicants should submit their resume and a cover letter addressed to the Hiring Committee.


Interview Process

Applicants selected from a first round review of resumes and cover letters will be invited to participate in a virtual interview where they will respond to a set of questions recorded through the Sparkhire virtual platform. Finalists from this round will be invited to participate in a LIVE virtual interview with a panel of 4-5 CORE Districts staff members, who will make a hiring recommendation to CORE’s CEO.



CORE is a non-profit organization. The current salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000 depending on experience and qualifications. CORE will offer a competitive, total compensation package. This position includes health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), as well as a 401k retirement plan, a laptop computer, a professional development allowance, and a cell phone reimbursement program. All relevant and approved travel expenses are covered by the organization. 



CORE Districts is a 501c3 nonprofit collaborative serving as a hub to school districts working together to improve student achievement through highly productive, meaningful partnership and shared learning at the superintendent, central office, school and teacher levels.  Currently, eight school districts serving more than 1 million students participate in the collaborative: Fresno, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Ana Unified.  Together, our districts share a fundamental belief that all students can achieve at high levels.  Powered by data, innovation, research, and continuous learning, the eight CORE districts are collaborating to solve inequities in our education systems to ensure that every student has what they need to thrive. As an organization, CORE exists to operationalize the multidistrict collaboration and seeks to be a catalyst for change, powered by continuous improvement.


CORE believes that if it can support the improvement of specific outcomes by developing continuous improvement structures, mindsets and routines that foster learning at both the district and site levels, then districts and schools will make progress toward producing more reliable, equitable outcomes for their students. 


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  • Location
    Sacramento, California
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $65,000-$75,000 DOE