Senior Communications Manager

Full-time, Exempt

Chinatown, Washington, D.C.



We're shaping fair and equitable public policy so that all of DC's children and youth grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.   

DC Action for Children was founded in 1992 by six women concerned about the deteriorating conditions for children in the city. Together, they established a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and transformed it into an independent voice for kids, to advance public policies that improve their well-being, especially those most affected by poverty and racism.  

With the support of individuals and private foundations, DC Action for Children uses research, data, and a focus on race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change. 



DC Action for Children is seeking a full-time Senior Communications Manager to lead strategic brand and communications efforts for Under 3 DC, a new grassroots coalition. All children deserve a strong beginning and a limitless future. Under 3 DC harnesses the voice and power of expectant parents and families with very young children (and others) to create social change. Our efforts center on families experiencing racial and economic injustice. We shine a spotlight on the need for more public investments for families with infants and toddlers. Together, we can set the city on a path to create and sustain a high-quality, equitable early childhood system.

The ideal candidate will have experience managing public relations and communications for a child and family issue campaign, steeped in racial equity. The Senior Communications Manager is a strong writer with impeccable people skills who can effectively communicate the goals of the Coalition, internally and externally; develop and deliver compelling messaging; and drive a year-round campaign to compel city leaders to fully fund services and programs for infants and toddlers. The person will help develop communications strategy and coordinate the communications work of campaign members from many other organizations. This position will be an employee of DC Action for Children and work full time on Under 3 DC, reporting to the Coalition Director.


  • Under the direction of the Coalition Director, define the Coalition brand and develop and implement a communications plan for the coming year and long-term

  • With the Coalition Director, prioritize and manage communications budget and in-kind resources

  • Collaborate closely with communications professionals from coalition organizations to align and streamline branding and communications efforts, including media relations, social media, talking points, media pieces, newsletter content, and other constituent engagement

  • Craft and maintain an editorial calendar to include all coalition activities, events, press/media pitches and activities

  • Work closely with Coalition staff to understand, compile and then disseminate campaign committee debates, discussions, and decisions

  • Develop or advise on optimal messages/framing for different constituencies - parents, educators, researchers, civic leaders and businesses 

  • Manage consultants and vendors for copywriting, website, photography, videography, design, event coordination, editing

  • Lead and drive all media relations, including:

    • building relationships with the press

    • coordinating key coalition spokespersons

    • setting up media interviews

    • identifying media opportunities for the campaign

  • Manage process for content creation including, but not limited to, coalition literature, briefing materials, and press releases

  • Draft and deliver talking points for coalition staff and coalition members, assist with media training, as needed

  • With the Coalition Director, manage any “rapid response” decisions and follow-up actions based on emerging opportunities and concerns

  • Other duties, as assigned.



The most competitive candidates will possess the following skills and experiences: 

  • Relevant campaign experience. At least 7-9 years of experience supporting communications for an issue-based campaign focused on children/families, education or health. Understanding of and experience working with multi-disciplinary coalitions preferred.

  • Experience working with diverse coalitions of organizations to achieve a common goal.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage an inclusive process to gather input, reconcile differing points of view and then make decisions. 

  • Existing English and Spanish communications network in DC preferred, but not essential. Understanding of and existing connections with key media outlets in DC that would support and provide exposure for the Coalition.

  • Fluent in Spanish. The ideal candidate is fully fluent in verbal and written Spanish.

  • Proactive thinker and strategist. Ability to break down campaign plans and determine where, how and when to incorporate strategic campaign communications.

  • Commitment to racial equity. You have a strong commitment to anti-racist principles and apply them to your daily work. 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Able to initiate and build relationships with diverse stakeholders and communicate effectively in-person and in writing.

  • Excellent project management skills. You empower others to act and hold yourself and others accountable.

  • Great sense of humor. You complement rigor and high standards with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment. 

  • Flexibility. Ability to pivot and re-prioritize as coalition goals and strategies shift or evolve.

  • In it for the long haul. You are not just looking for a one year engagement, but have a long-term vision for the campaign and looking to stay for a few years to see the fruits of your labor; and see the Campaign through to winning full funding for early childhood systems. 



The salary range for this position is $75,000-$80,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. DC Action for Children offers a generous benefit package, a great team, and a working environment committed to fostering staff growth and leadership. 



To apply, please complete the Senior Communications Manager Job Application.  

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.   

DC Action for Children recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, and volunteers. Further, DC Action for Children seeks to be a multicultural and culturally competent organization that works for equity among all people. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from DC Action for Children.