The Communications Manager is responsible for raising COFI’s visibility locally and nationally and, more broadly, for raising awareness of the unique value that low-income parent leaders of color bring to strengthening our nation’s communities and public policies. S/he will develop and implement strategic communications (internal and external, print and electronic) that engage current and prospective stakeholders in championing parent leadership.  The Communications Manager is a new position and offers the opportunity to build and evolve the role and team to meet organizational growth needs.



Develop and execute annual strategic communications plan
·        Maintain organizational brand and positioning; ensure clarity and uniformity of messaging throughout communications channels

·        Oversee digital strategy and create content for website, videos, social media and e-mail communications

·        Develop print communications and collateral for internal and external purposes, such as campaign reports, fact sheets, and brochures

·        Lead media relations, including maintaining national and local media lists, building media relationships, writing media materials, and facilitating press conferences and interviews

Support fundraising and event communications
Develop process and systems to track performance; monitor and analyze, adjusting tactics as needed
·        Develop and implement COFI email list growth and e-newsletter strategies

·        Work in collaboration with COFI staff and partners to raise awareness of COFI trainings, programs, and advocacy

·        Support staff projects, as needed, such as media training for parents, etc.

·        Other duties as assigned



·        A minimum of 5 years of experience in communications, marketing, media relations, public affairs, or related field

·        Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent

·        Ability to develop compelling messaging and stories for various audiences, including community activists, partners, donors, and the media

·        Strong writing skills both in short and long form (i.e. for social media, direct mail appeals, press releases, and foundation reports)

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Google Analytics, email campaign platforms (i.e., Constant Contact), and experience using CRM platforms/donor databases (i.e., WordPress, Raiser’s Edge, Donor Snap)

·        Knowledge of media relations, traditional and digital communications

·        Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills, flexibility, self-motivation and comfort working in a small team

·        Have the ability to demonstrate sound judgment and work well under pressure.

·        Demonstrated interest in advocacy and social justice

·        Knowledge of graphic design is a plus

·       Knowledge, understanding of and commitment to the empowerment of low and moderate-income families and experience working with diverse communities

·       English/Spanish bilingual preferred



·       Reports directly to the Executive Director



·       Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, as a professional position

·       Regular full time

·       Starting salary range is between $51,000 to $60,000 annually, depending upon experience (with generous benefits)



Send cover letter, resume and completed COFI Application Form to applications@cofionline.org.  Forms available at www.cofionline.org/jobs.

About Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)


COFI was founded 25 years ago to build the full participation of low-income parents of color in the public decisions – policy, program, practice – that affect them.  To do this, COFI created an innovative, evidence-based leadership development and community organizing model, The COFI Way of Family Focused Organizing, and brought it to low-income communities in Chicago, across Illinois and beyond. Results to date: nearly 5,000 low-income parents of color engaged in a wide range of racial, gender and economic equity campaigns, gaining significant advances for children and families:  winning 100+ new afterschool programs, restoring recess in Chicago,  eliminating zero tolerance discipline in public schools, increasing enrollments in quality early learning across the state and battling exorbitant municipal fees and fines that mire families in poverty.