Nov 16, 2022

Director of Communications

$95,000 - $125,000 yearly
  • California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)
  • Hybrid (Sacramento, CA, USA)
Full-Time Marketing/Communications Strategic Planning

Job Description



We are a nonpartisan group delivering independent science and technology advice to policymakers so they can make more fiscally-sound and science-based laws that improve the lives of all Californians-- especially those who are underserved and underrepresented. We translate and communicate policy-relevant science through our expert briefings, workshops, and peer reviewed reports. We also bring scientists and engineers for a year of government service and leadership training through our fellowship program and place them at the Capitol to work alongside lawmakers.


Our team is collaborative and inclusive.  We believe more minds, with different perspectives and lived experiences, lead to greater impact. We are entrepreneurial and pursue opportunities that meet the greatest needs. Agile, flexible, and responsive, we thrive in the rapidly changing landscape in which we operate. We have a growth mindset and are continuously improving our approach. We care about each other as people.


The Director of Communications will lead the strategy, team, and processes that drive all messaging within our organization as well as marketing and messaging to our constituents including universities, government, partner nonprofits, donors, and the media. They will refine and further develop our brand identity, messaging and voice and will be an experienced storyteller. This leader will have exceptional personal communications skills and be able to represent CCST as a strong spokesperson. They will also work behind the scenes to prepare the CEO and other CCST leaders to represent as powerful advocates for the organization. They will have a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves approach and the ability to create and implement strategy, drive activation through marketing initiatives, and build departmental capabilities and provide exceptional team leadership.


The successful candidate will be an inclusive leader and mentor, team player, skilled communicator, and hard worker who is eager to learn and grow with us.  They will be comfortable challenging the status quo and discussing creative ideas or changes to existing processes.  They will also possess the political savvy and professional skills to manage relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. 




Strategy design and implementation

  • Develop and implement strategic communications plan and framework.
  • Work with the CCST leadership team to develop processes and enhance integration of communications strategy into long-range planning for CCST programs and fundraising campaigns.
  • Lead development and implementation of communications and outreach metrics.
  • Build a communications culture and processes that reflect the principles of DEI.
  • Guide the development of a social media strategy in collaboration with the Senior Communication Officer that increases targeted social media activity.


Brand cultivation and elevation

  • Work closely with the CEO, leadership team and Board Members to prepare and position them for media and storytelling opportunities.
  • Lead brand refresh and update of outreach products.
  • Capture and articulate CCST’s impact stories.
  • Build a public relations strategy that includes press releases, talking points, and story pitches.
  • Identify and cultivate opportunities for original publications from CCST staff and Board Members demonstrating CCST’s thought leadership.
  • Develop public engagement opportunities including participation in conferences, panels, and receptions.
  • Create and maintain a media kit.
  • Develop meaningful and effective media relationships

Outreach and partnership development

  • In collaboration with the CEO and the leadership team, develop and maintain relationships with communications staff in the California State legislature, executive branch agencies, the Governor’s office, CCST Partner Institutions.
  • Manage and expand CCST’s media relationships.
  • Leverage CCST’s CEO, Board members, and others to introduce CCST to new audiences and spark new relationships and partnership through rich content and first-hand storytelling.
  • Ensure CCST partners have the assets they need to represent their partnership with CCST.
  • Work with CCST team members to gather insights, stories, and impact data to share with partner organizations.

Team development and mentorship

  • Lead and develop a small but mighty communications team including a Senior Communications Officer and a Program Assistant.
  • Regularly connect with the communications team, individually and collectively, to ensure they have the support they need to succeed.
  • Work with the communications team to allocate time and focus for professional development opportunities.
  • Collaborate with CEO and the leadership team to uplift and expand a diverse, equitable and just culture where people feel like they belong and can be their best selves.


Hiring Organization

California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)



  • 7+ years’ experience in a communications-related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and leading diverse, inclusive, and high-performing teams.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and ability to synthesize technical information for diverse and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated agility and adaptability to work in a rapidly changing landscape with a proactive, collaborative, entrepreneurial, can-do approach that is solutions focused.
  • Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, and collaboration skills with ability to work as a team member both remotely and within a shared office space.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex workflows and drive results to timelines.
  • Passion for the mission of CCST and commitment to upholding our core values.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.

CCST has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective October 1, 2021 requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees. As of June 17, 2022 staff are also required to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination booster. In accordance with CCST’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our partners and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations. Employees seeking an exemption from this requirement for medical or religious reasons may submit an accommodation request, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.



  • Graduate degree.
  • Experience developing communications strategies for fundraising campaigns.
  • Demonstrated political savvy and ability to build coalitions.
  • Experience working with the California State Legislature or executive branch.
  • Experience working in a science- and/or policy-based organization.
  • Experience leading organizational change to integrate the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into culture, process, and communications.

Industry/Service Area

Public Policy, Science/Technology





  • Competitive salary and 403b match
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Hybrid work schedule based in Sacramento, CA

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter and resume at our application portal at


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Application review will begin November 21, 2022.


The California Council on Science and Technology is an equal opportunity employer. We make hiring decisions based on qualifications, merit, and our organization’s business needs. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy, or any such status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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