Communications Manager: Job Ad

Full-time | New York, NY or Oakland, CA

We are seeking a communications superstar to expand our organizational profile and reach, to better connect with key audiences. To transform our democracy, we aim to build broader awareness of and support for participatory budgeting among elected officials and advocacy organizations. As our Communications Manager, you will develop and manage the ways we introduce participatory budgeting (PB) to new audiences. Your work crafting powerful messages and leading our storytelling will be vital for our work to build a movement for real participatory democracy. This position reports to one of PBP’s Co-Executive Directors, works closely with our staff and boards, and is based in either New York City or Oakland.

About PBP

For 10 years, the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered people to participate in democracy through revolutionary civics in action. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over the money that affects their lives. We create and support PB processes in cities, schools, and public agencies across the United States and Canada to address deep community needs, develop new community leaders, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 30 cities, we have engaged over 400,000 people in deciding how to spend $300 million.

Key responsibilities

  • Communications planning and management: Develop and carry out organizational communications plan, including running major communications campaigns to support programmatic and fundraising goals.
  • Mass Communications: Manage curation of newsletters, email blasts, announcements, and other mass communication to contacts and supporters.
  • Publications and materials: Manage production and design of organizational reports, promotional materials, and publications (such as our annual report and policy briefs), ideally including graphic design work.
  • Social media: Manage messaging and content for organizational social media (including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn).
  • Press outreach and engagement: Manage organizational communication with the media and responses to press inquiries. Build relationships with local and national media and manage press releases and events.
  • Website: Manage content production and maintenance for PBP website.
  • CRM: Maintain contacts and lists in PBP’s CRM. Manage mass email communications through the CRM, and analyze CRM data to increase online engagement with contacts.
  • Capacity-building: Build staff capacity to carry out communications work, including design and content for project websites, external materials, training documents, presentation materials, and media requests.


  • Passion for community empowerment and equity.
  • At least three years of relevant work experience, including experience with high level strategy and management of marketing, communications, campaign management, and social media.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to communicate complex information in clear, compelling, and accessible ways.
  • An eye for design. Demonstrated proficiency with G Suite, WordPress, and Adobe Creative Suite. Html/css experience a plus.
  • Experience with CRMs. Comfortable analyzing and acting on data across contact management, Google Analytics, and social media platform.
  • Excellent project management skills, including attention to detail and deadlines, and the ability to organize, prioritize, and effectively delegate large volumes of work.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills, including the ability to contribute effectively to a highly collaborative and democratic organization.
  • Proficiency in English. Proficiency in Spanish or another language is a plus.

We understand that there are a wide variety of paths towards the skills necessary for any position. As such, PBP positions have no formal educational requirements, as long as the applicant can demonstrate mastery of the desired skills. We do, however, value experience gained through educational programs, including credits completed in related subjects.

Values, Compensation, and Location

Our organizational practices embody our values of community, equity, learning, participatory democracy, and transparency. All staff are deeply engaged in the organization’s planning and decision-making. Our office culture is friendly and supportive, with regular potlucks and celebrations, and an emphasis on maintaining healthy work life balance. We invest in the professional growth and personal care of our people, including strong benefits:

  • 4 weeks annual paid vacation and a slew of paid holidays
  • Full coverage for health insurance (including dental and vision), flexible spending account, life insurance
  • Retirement plan with employer match
  • Generous sick day and family leave policy
  • Professional development resources
  • Schedule and work site flexibility to accommodate your life, including families, continuing education and community leadership.

This position is based in either New York City or Oakland, and offers ample flex time to accommodate the requirement of non-traditional hours. Salary range, depending on relevant experience: $54,000-$65,000.

How to Apply

Please email applications to, with Communications Manager in the subject line.

Applications should include the following, if possible compiled in a single pdf:

  1. cover letter explaining your relevant experience and interest in the position,
  2. resume,
  3. list of three professional references with contact information,
  4. writing sample (e.g., an article, blog post),
  5. design sample.

PBP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, strongly committed to building a staff that represents the diversity of communities we work in. We encourage applications from people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, and indigenous people. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received before March 11, 2019.

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