Position Description: The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) seeks a dynamic communications professional to serve as our Communications Manager (CM). LPPI champions nonpartisan, evidence-based domestic policy solutions that improve the economic, political, and social landscape for Latinos and other communities of color in states and localities across the U.S. LPPI leverages UCLA's cross-disciplinary strengths to create an enterprise-wide home for Latino social policy with expertise in over a dozen issue areas including civil rights, criminal justice, educational equity, health access, housing, and voting and civic participation. LPPI fosters innovative research, leverages policy-relevant expertise, drives civic engagement, and nurtures a leadership pipeline to propel viable policy reforms that expand opportunity for all Americans.
The CM will support communications functions for LPPI, both pro-active and reactive. Substantive responsibilities include digital and print messaging, supporting press relations, and identifying and managing public speaking and media opportunities for LPPI staff, faculty, and other researchers. The CM will help to strengthen LPPI's brand and stakeholder rapport and connect our research and programmatic functions with our stakeholders, both on and off campus, through a monthly e-newsletter and regular social media management. The CM is 'on' at all times?carefully watching developments in the press and prepared to craft rapid response social content that aligns LPPI's work with the news cycle. That means anticipating news events, building out a social media calendar, working closely with staff to time rollouts on digital platform, and growing LPPI's audiences across digital channels.
Reporting to the Deputy Director, the CM will be a key player in LPPI's communication activities and targeted dissemination efforts. They will be responsible for editing and releasing digital content - policy briefs, e-newsletters, web stories and actively managing the organization's social media accounts. They will serve as the first contact for press related inquires and is responsible for directing requests to appropriate researchers. They will also be responsible for coordinating press responses, including talking points, briefings, and other duties, for LPPI executive staff members in their interactions with the media and external stakeholders. This position will ensure that newsworthy activities from LPPI affiliated staff, faculty, and students connect to communications guidelines and strategic goals. The CM will ensure targeted outreach strategies are used and developed to increase external engagement with LPPI.
We expect the CM to remain abreast of industry best practices as they evolve to incorporate them into their work. The CM will support the production of digital and print publications that connect academic content with decision-makers, namely elected and appointed officials, funders, the media, and other policy decision-makers. The CM is also responsible for tracking, recording, and publishing LPPI media coverage, including press clips, on the LPPI website, social media channels, and in conversations with external partners. Lastly, the CM will be a member of the LPPI events team, responsible for creating visual, marketing, and communications elements to promote events and provide attendees with a high-quality experience. They will also lead the production of online-only events, such as webinars or web chats, which will showcase research and other LPPI activities. The CM will integrate data from MailChimp, Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, Eventbrite, and other programs/applications to assess the performance of communications activities.
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UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.