Communications Manager

Communications Manager

DCPNI, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located in the Kenilworth/Parkside Community in Ward 7 of Washington, DC, has an exciting opportunity for a mid-level Communications Manager. DCPNI is one of 57 Promise Neighborhoods across the United States selected by the Department of Education to develop a cradle to college pipeline for children to ensure that they obtain a quality education, graduate from college, and grow up to have successful careers and communities.  If you are self-motivated, forward thinking, innovative, and committed to social change, this may be the opportunity for you!

The Communications Manager will work closely with and report to the Director of Communications & Community Affairs, with primary responsibility to develop strategic communications plans, produce collateral materials, coordinate special events, conduct media outreach, write publications, speeches, and other materials, manage web and social media sites and vendors. This position also will work with a Program Associate.

Success in this role depends in part, on developing creative approaches to communicate effectively and increase DCPNI’s visibility in the Kenilworth/Parkside community.  Doing so will help establish DCPNI’s local, regional, and national presence as a successful Promise Neighborhood.

In addition to managing DCPNI’s day-to-day communications tactics and tools with a variety of audiences, including the community, media, partners, funders, and staff, the Communications Manager will:

Organizational Leadership & Management:

  • Coordinate and collaborate with colleagues on program needs;
  • Manage projects and vendors;
  • Represent DCPNI, its mission and core values at events and to the public at large;
  • Set program benchmarks and ensure the timely development and implementation of communications strategies;

Planning and Implementation:

  • Manage development and implementation of DCPNI’s communications strategy;
  • Organize trainings and provide support for community engagement team and staff
  • Provide team leadership based on communications best-practices;
  • Increase DCPNI’s visibility with key identified audiences;
  • Identify emerging issues and trends around education and community development;
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with strategic partners and funders;
  • Plan and execute public relations events;
  • Develop relationships with local, regional and national media in the education and community development sectors;
  • Write various collateral materials, including speeches, on-line communications, and marketing materials;
  • Build alliances with school representatives, community organizations, and peers in those agencies;
  • Develop and implement innovative strategies to further the DCPNI brand with multiple audiences;
  • Build relationships with community leaders and residents.

Administration & Operations:

  • Answer community questions about DCPNI services and supports;
  • Prepare monthly reports to be submitted to the Senior Director for Communications & Community Affairs;
  • Prepare materials and timely distribution of organizational newsletter.

Qualified candidates will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or public relations and five (5) years of experience in related local or national programs.
  • Public relations agency experience highly desired;
  • Prior experience developing and implementing strategic communications plans;
  • Proven track record in implementing communications strategies that help to expand fundraising, volunteer, and partnership bases;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the principles and best practices of communications, public affairs/relations, and marketing;
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage projects; strong organizational and administrative skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage multiple priorities;
  • Ability to think creatively and independently;
  • Prior experience working closely with senior staff;
  • The ability to work flexibly in a rapidly changing environment with competing demands and deadlines;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills; excellent editing skills;
  • Proficiency in computer technology primarily Apple MAC, Microsoft Office Suite, social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) and web tools such as video and voice over the Internet (VOIP), Intranets, and web conferencing;
  • Strong desire to support the mission of Promise Neighborhoods;
  • Previous non-profit and/or education experience preferred.

As a DCPNI employee, you will have an opportunity to contribute to the enrichment of the Kenilworth/ Parkside community. DCPNI employees enjoy working in a fast-paced and challenging environment, where teamwork is essential. We offer free on-site parking and robust employee benefits that include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays, and 403(b) deferred compensation.

To apply

Qualified candidates should submit cover letter with salary preferences and resume to Human Resources, at  Please include “Communications Manager” in the email subject line.   We will review all qualifications and contact qualified candidates by telephone or email.  Phone calls and emails to staff will not be accepted.  This position is open until filled.

Qualified candidates who reside in the Kenilworth/Parkside community or greater Ward 7 are strongly encouraged to apply.