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Employment Opportunities

California State PTA’s professional employees are proud to help our state’s members, children and families.

Application Deadline and Process:

California State PTA is not‐for‐profit association with more than 750,000 members dedicated to positively impacting the lives of all children and families. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to California State PTA at jobs@capta.org. Open until filled. No phone calls please.

OPEN POSITIONS

 

POSITION TITLE: Communications Specialist

 About the Association

California State PTA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization based in Sacramento, with an annual budget of approximately $3.3 million. The association represents more than 750,000 members across the state and consists of approximately 3,500 local unit, council and district PTAs. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of all children and families. We advance this through advocacy, training and leadership development, and programs and services. The association communicates with various audiences such as volunteer leaders, members, policymakers, community members, educators and the media through a variety of means, including a website, print and electronic communications, social media, videos, press releases and events.

General Description of Position

The Communications Specialist performs professional and administrative work and reports to the Assistant Executive Director. This position carries out daily writing, editorial and social media assignments in alignment with the association’s overall strategic communications plan. The position works in close consultation with other communications staff and the state PTA Communications Commission, as well as with other volunteer leaders, board members, partners and external media.

Classification

This position is classified on the non-exempt salary schedule as a Specialist II.

Salary Range

$43,680 – $52,415

Essential Functions

Essential functions of this position may include:

  • Writes articles, social media posts, press releases, e-publications, marketing materials, talking points and other materials, with attention to advancing strategic objectives, promoting the association’s positions and priorities, and engaging and meeting the needs of multiple key audiences.
  • Edits a wide variety of publications and materials, ensuring accuracy, consistency of tone, style and quality as well as grammatical correctness.
  • Coordinates the approval and distribution of electronic publications and other timely e-publications.
  • Assists in maintaining and updating the website, including content and links.
  • Assists in developing and implementing social media strategies, and coordinates daily social media posts on appropriate platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Periscope.
  • Monitors, makes recommendations and implements strategies as approved for utilizing new technologies to more effectively and efficiently advance the association’s goals.
  • Assists in the evaluation and analysis of communications activities, including preparing monthly reports, media clip summaries, and social media benchmarks and email blasts analytics.
  • Maintains updated database of media contacts
  • Assists in the coordination of media activities, including press conferences.
  • Serves on the editorial team as a writer/editor in producing California State PTA’s newsletter PTA in California.
  • Assists in developing and implementing marketing strategies and tactics that promote the association, membership, and programs and services.
  • Maintains California State PTA on-site marketing materials and displays, and coordinates with board members and staff to promote positive visibility at external events.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Three or more years of experience in a communications-related field
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience with a nonprofit organization and/or member association is preferred

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the organization’s mission, goals and policies
  • Knowledge of strategic communications principles
  • Proven writing skills, including storytelling and experience writing for electronic publications and social media platforms, and successfully tailoring content for specific audiences to achieve objectives.
  • Excellent editing and copy-editing skills, including professional-level grasp of grammar, spelling and AP style
  • Proactive, creative, collaborative and flexible
  • Highly attentive to details and timelines
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to create engaging content and demonstrated achievements related to social media and communications
  • Experience designing compelling visuals for online content and print materials
  • Adept at communicating with diverse communities
  • Strong working knowledge of communications technology, websites, social media and relevant systems and platforms
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with staff, board members, volunteers, vendors, partners and others
  • Team player; Ability to demonstrate overall outlook that is positive, open, and supportive of others
  • Valid California driver’s license

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Position requires extensive sitting, some bending, lifting (up to 25 pounds), stooping and stretching.  Effective eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, a photocopy machine, telephone and other office equipment is also required. Some travel may be required.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please send a cover letter and resume to ibarragan@capta.org.  Please do not call.

 

POSITION TITLE: Program and Grant Specialist

 About the Association

California State PTA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization based in Sacramento, with an annual budget of approximately $3.3 million. The association represents more than 750,000 members across the state and consists of approximately 3,500 local unit, council and district PTAs. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of all children and families. We advance this through advocacy, training and leadership development, and programs and services. The association communicates with various audiences such as volunteer leaders, members, policymakers, community members, educators and the media through a variety of means, including a website, print and electronic communications, social media, videos, press releases and events.

General Description of Position

The Program and Grant Specialist is a full-time, exempt position performing professional and administrative work to advance the goals of California State PTA. The Program and Grant Specialist manages and expands grant work aligned with the purpose of the organization specifically in the areas of arts education, advancing a full curriculum communications and messaging, supporting volunteers in advocacy, family engagement and parent mobilization. The position reports to the Director of Programs and Grant Development and works closely with other staff departments such as the School Smarts program, as well as volunteer-led committees and commissions and partner organizations.

Classification

This position is classified on the exempt salary schedule as a Specialist.

Salary Range

$49,920 – $58,320

Essential Functions

Essential functions of this position may include:

  • Builds relationships and works closely with state and local volunteer PTA leaders and assists them in planning and carrying out activities to advance grant and program objectives, including developing materials, planning and delivering trainings and planning and coordinating other special events.
  • Maintains, compiles and analyzes data to regularly monitor progress towards project indicators and targets; prepares periodic progress reports and summaries.
  • Writes and edits articles, reports, summaries, background papers, key messages and other materials.
  • Works with the Special Committee for Arts Education and other committees, commissions and staff departments to initiate, coordinate and evaluate strategies to advance arts education outreach and advocacy objectives managing day-to-day arts education outreach activities, including content and delivery, timelines and deliverables.
  • Provides direct support to the Director of Legislation, including consulting with the Chair and assisting with meeting preparation, including the annual Legislation Conference.
  • Provides direct support for the legislative advocacy operations of the association, working closely with the Legislation Action Team and Legislative advocates, preparing reports, filing, bill pickup and mailing through the bill service; maintaining and updating the online bill tracking service; preparing the monthly, semi-annual and annual Legislation Report; handling incoming calls from outside sources such as legislative staff and other organizations; coordinating the signing and sending of certain legislative letters and documents; and tracking legislative bill files and updating them as requested.
  • Works closely with the School Smarts program team to implement strategies and activities to advance other association grants and objectives, including those related to family engagement, LCFF-LCAP and “next-level” parent advocacy and mobilization.
  • Develops and strengthens relationships with partners and organizations with shared goals, such as educators, community groups, arts groups, policymakers and others.
  • Effectively utilizes online organizing activities to engage local and statewide supporters; prepares materials for the website and social media.
  • Represents the association at meetings and convening’s, as assigned.
  • Ensures consistency with California State PTA priorities and positions, assists in initiating and developing advocacy strategies and messages, including member and community mobilization.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of progressive project/program management experience, including organizing and implementing activities and strategies, managing budgets and proven results meeting project objectives.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated capacity to develop and implement practical strategies, plans and solutions to advance grant objectives.
  • Ability to grasp complex policy issues and communicate them in a clear, understandable manner.
  • Experience coordinating teams and projects with multiple partners as well as building coalitions; ability to work well with people in a professional environment.
  • Adept at utilizing technology to maximize effectiveness and achieve successful outcomes.
  • Excellent writing skills and strong presentation skills.
  • Strong training and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with public education policy, parent and family engagement and/or arts education.
  • Travel within California is a requirement for this position.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Position requires extensive sitting, some bending, lifting (up to 25 pounds), stooping and stretching. Effective eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, a photocopy machine, telephone and other office equipment is also required. Travel is required.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please send a cover letter and resume to ccadwallader@capta.org. Please do not call.