Director of Communications

Development/Communications · Palm Desert, California
Department Development/Communications
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation 100K - 120K

Job Title:            Director of Communications

Reports to:        CEO

Location:            Coachella Valley (Palm Desert, CA)

Supervises:        Interim Communications Associate

Salary Range:    $100K - $120K annually (with generous benefits)

Details:               Full-Time, on-site only

Date Posted:     August 2, 2022


Lift to Rise works to achieve a future where all Coachella Valley families are healthy, stable and thriving. To this end, Lift to Rise catalyzes both institutional and grassroots leaders to effectively collaborate and shift their attention and activities toward mutually reinforced interventions that address the underlying causes of poverty in the region. To learn more, please visit:


The Director of Communications will both lead development and execution of Lift to Rise’s communications, public relations, social media, branding, and external messaging. This is a critical role in a fast-growing nonprofit and is best suited for a leader who is a hardworking self-starter. The position requires a seasoned professional who is an engaging and powerful storyteller, a results-oriented strategist, and meticulous writer with the proven ability to design communications that draw in diverse constituencies and stakeholders to advance our mission. The Director of Communications will lead Lift to Rise’s communications priorities by creatively advancing our organization’s annual work plan through traditional and digital media and public relations.


Partnerships/Stakeholder Management

  • Develop and lead creative approaches to communicate Lift to Rise’s mission and impact with key constituencies including grantmakers, donors, and community partners, as well as a broader audience, as appropriate, building buy-in from additional stakeholders
  • Synergize with community-based organizations and partners to ensure continuity of narrative and targeted outreach among partner organizations and incorporating or responding to requests for information
  • Build strong relationships with the Board and staff of Lift to Rise to identify and partner on storytelling opportunities at events and through campaigns
  • Draft thought pieces, remarks and other communication from the president and CEO
  • Collaborate with data partners to coordinate public relations and community outreach in the Coachella Valley, including dissemination of important findings and press releases
  • Manage outside contractors to develop outstanding assets (images, video, etc.) as needed
  • Manage cross-organizational teams and multiple vendors on a project-by-project basis
  • Utilize experience to manage multiple projects successfully and simultaneously

Communications Strategy

  • Lead communications strategy and content development to proactively and creatively drive visibility for Lift To Rise, our Collaborative Action Networks (CANs), events, and initiatives, including branding and messaging in both printed and digital materials
  • Routinely translate complex policies, data and related concepts into clear, engaging, and actionable content to resonate with various audiences (e.g., stories, presentations, online articles)
  • Follow larger storytelling trends and creatively leverage this knowledge to outline new ideas and lead the team to new and effective strategies
  • Drive thought partnership with senior leadership
  • Uphold the visual narrative and creative identity of Lift to Rise in all media
  • Drive engagement strategy and amplify presence on key social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter) as well as through blogs and email newsletters
  • Establish and monitor benchmarks to measure growth and engagement of communications priorities, analyzing the effectiveness and adjusting as needed
  • Develop a results-focused environment that includes clear goals, regular feedback and transparent accountability
  • Foster media relationships to further organizational policy goals and community outreach
  • Translate complex ideas into compelling copy and visuals for articles, press releases, speeches, email, website, case studies, and print collateral


  • 5-8 years of demonstrated experience as an effective mission-driven communications professional with ability to synthesize complex information into impactful stories: proactive, organized and seasoned in leading with shifting priorities from start to finish; able to produce tight copy on deadline; and exceptional editing and proofreading skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required in related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Proven experience handling complex project management and community stakeholders while maintaining a learning posture
  • Adaptive leadership skills with excellent interpersonal relationship dynamics; approachable, inspiring, inclusive and able to collaborate with other team members and outside contacts with maturity and optimism in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, social networking tools and content management
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite applications preferred
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries, discretion, and confidentiality at all times
  • Bilingual Spanish fluency a plus


  • Proven ability to build authentic relationships with cross-sector stakeholders or consortiums
  • Experience working in and/or with communities of color
  • Able to work full-time, in-person, including some weekends and evenings as needed
  • Adaptive leadership skills
  • Willing and able to travel as needed across the Coachella Valley and other locales: must have transportation resources available, valid state ID, and maintain a clean driving record
  • A passion and authentic commitment to justice and equity for people of all ethnicities, races, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances, physical and mental abilities and characteristics, and philosophies
  • Genuine commitment to resident and community issues, as well as to maintaining the integrity of the vision, mission, and values of Lift to Rise


To apply for this position, please upload your resume and a cover letter that specifically details how your background qualifies you for this position, along with two professional writing samples relevant to this role:

We encourage you to be detailed, thorough and direct in your cover letter (more than one page is completely acceptable if necessary). Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.

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  • Location
    Palm Desert, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    100K - 120K