Manager, Communications Accelerator Fund

Reports to: Director, Communications
Full-time; Exempt

What We Do

In the United States, too few students have access to effective, high-performing public schools. At City Fund (CF), we work to increase educational opportunities for students and families by partnering with city and state leaders to create innovative public school systems. We believe that public schools do best when educators have the power to make decisions that meet the diverse needs of their students, families are provided the information and access to choose the best schools for their children, and schools are held accountable for helping all students succeed.

City Fund provides financial support and expertise to local leaders seeking to improve educational opportunities in their cities. We support 15 cities across the country and hope to eventually reach most American cities. We focus on supporting:

  • High quality, innovative schools with nonprofit governing structures and diverse leadership
  • City leaders, including civic leaders and nonprofits that are working to build innovative public education systems
  • Teacher talent organizations that recruit, train and support teachers with an emphasis on teachers of color

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe that the work in cities will only succeed if it is led by leaders who reflect the students and families they serve. We are investing in diverse leaders to increase the number of Black and LatinX leaders who hold roles as superintendents, non-profit executives, and other city-level positions.

Our Communications Work

We believe that the success of City Fund’s mission will largely be determined by our ability to use differentiated and targeted communications strategies to help elevate the voices of parents, educators, and local leaders. We also know that amid a third year of learning interrupted by a pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to support our local partners in advocating for greater equity in their educational systems.   

For these reasons, City Fund is launching a Communications Accelerator Fund to work with local and national education leaders to elevate new voices, increase collaboration and extend our reach to key community stakeholders. The Communications Accelerator Fund supports city and state leaders with communications efforts, increasing communications coordination across the country, and conducting message research and development.

What You’ll Do 

As the Manager, Communications Accelerator Fund, you will report to the Director of Communications and will be responsible for the following:

Managing operations and growth for the new fund
  • Create systems for city and state performance management and reporting
  • Develop and maintain procedures for grant management, including grantee metrics and reporting 
  • Work with CF finance team to maintain up-to-date financial records and budget
  • Oversee vendors and consultants as needed
Coordinating communications support efforts for 20+ local partners from across the country
  • Manage communities of practice among communications professionals nationally 
  • Develop and maintain a resource bank of best practices and examples 
  • Identify areas of need and connect with appropriate supports (consultants, vendors, tools, etc.)
  • Help to coordinate rapid-response efforts as needed
Supporting City Fund’s branding and fundraising efforts 
  • Write, edit and publish content and collateral 
  • Manage website strategy and updates 


What We’re Looking For

To be successful in this role, you will need:
  • A track record of success in project, operations, or program management in a complex environment that requires juggling many different priorities and stakeholder groups
  • A demonstrated commitment to community-driven change, advancing racial equity, and centering the perspectives of those most impacted in decision-making
  • A belief in educational equity and innovative school models with professional experience in either education or another equity-related issue area preferred (affordable housing, public health, criminal justice reform, etc.)
  • A self-starting, entrepreneurial, adaptable and actionable orientation, with experience in a startup-like environment
  • Exceptional relationship and trust building skills across a wide array of stakeholder groups (national system leaders, internal team members at all levels, local partners, parents/communities members)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with grant funding and grant relationships a plus

What We Offer

The salary range for this position is $80,000-$100,000, commensurate with experience. City Fund provides a comprehensive benefits package.

How To Apply
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City Fund is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

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