Learning and Communications Associate

Date Posted: 
Thu, November 21, 2019
Job Type: 
Job Category: 
1900 Point West Way, Ste. 261
Company Name: 
Central Valley Foundation
Company Information: 

The Central Valley Foundation - Founded by Susan and the late James B. McClatchy in 1994, the Central Valley Foundation (CVF) is organized to advance English Learner students, promote First Amendment awareness, especially in the freedoms of speech and the press, and to improve life in one of the country’s most diverse, culturally rich, and economically viable regions, California’s Central Valley. Despite these assets, the Central Valley faces many critical challenges requiring significant resources. The pressing nature of these challenges is compelling: they should be addressed
sooner rather than later. In response to this reality, the Board of Directors has decided to increase its annual grantmaking, with plans to invest all CVF’s assets in the next decade or so.
This decision reflects a commitment to English Learners in our communities and to the First Amendment. As such, CVF is entering an exciting time in its life-cycle and is looking for dedicated and qualified people with integrity to honor this vision and join the Foundation on this journey.

Job Description: 

The Learning and Communications Associate (LCA) is responsible for coordinating the systems that facilitate CVF’s grantmaking and communicating their impact. As a key backbone position
for the Foundation, the LCA will be instrumental in building two main areas:
1. Administering the grants management system that aggregates the Foundation’s grants information and produces valuable data and information to help drive stories about theFoundation’s reach in
the Central Valley; and
2. Chronicling the Foundation’s impact to help build CVF’s brand across print, video, and digital platforms

The Foundation is seeking a dynamic team player and resourceful implementer who has bridged relevant information with a communications strategy, helping to plan and coordinate information and data to drive unique stories, work collaboratively with staff, key community stakeholders, and influencers to raise awareness about the communities, individuals, and systems CVF impacts.

The ideal candidate will have similar experiences working in communications and marketing at a foundation or at a community-based or like organization. The candidate will:
• uphold the utmost of professionalism
• respect community ownership, organizational, and interpersonal transactions, decisions,and communications

Through its work, CVF lifts community voices by honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion, improves education access, and ensures all people, especially children, have pathways to a fulfilling life in California’s Central Valley - these institutional qualities are core to the Foundation. This position will represent the Foundation and will reflect the diverse backgrounds and talents of the people and communities CVF serves. A successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for CVF’s work; a spirit of accountability and collaboration; and, a commitment to creating – and communicating - powerful stories of the impact of this work that is grounded in rigor and data.

CVF is an equal opportunity employer and fosters a workplace without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic.


- Experience building and managing comprehensive strategic communications efforts, media relations, and marketing to advance an organization’s mission and goals with creativity and rigor
- Strong project management experience, with excellent writing and verbal communications skills
- Demonstrated ability to act as a critical resource to others by providing guidance, sharing information, and possessing high standards in program rigor and quality
- Proven track record of success in understanding community impact and communicating it to external audiences
- Comprehension of and facility with data and numbers
- Thoughtful understanding of diverse community communications needs and access
- Understands the value of diversity and equity with proven capacity to respectfully work in a multicultural and inclusive workforce and environment
- Possesses a continual, fearless, and team-oriented growth mindset
- Works productively in a fast-paced environment with multiple tasks and projects, with great attention to detail and completion deadlines
- Values collaboration and partnership but also is self-directed and can work without supervision
- Shares information, provides and receives feedback and guidance to and from others respectfully and skillfully
- Has excellent and clear writing and editing experience for diverse audiences in a variety of platforms - from traditional newswriting for press releases to radio/video to current digital online formats
- Able to adapt quickly in changing digital environments and be an early adopter to experiment with emerging media

- A minimum of 3-5 years’ work and communications experience in an equivalent position for a foundation or similar setting and familiarity with the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors is required
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited university or college
- Familiarity with technology and online platforms
- Fluent in using a computer and a variety of applications (MSOffice suite, Mac/Apple products, Googlesuite)
- Familiarity with cloud-based Content Management Systems(CMS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Capability to travel within California’s Central Valley, including occasional overnight site visits, state, and national conferences, and evening meetings
- Possess a valid California Driver’s License

How to apply: 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@centralvalleyfoundation.org