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Design Manager, Communications
California College Guidance Initiative
Remote within California with occasional travel — Full-Time — All Candidates Must Currently Live Full Time in California
Overview of Role
The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) is looking for a graphic, web, and/or video design professional to support our Communications Team with creating visually and aesthetically engaging content for external and internal audiences.
CCGI streamlines the college planning and application process for California students and helps colleges access the information they need to inform key decisions about admission, first-year academic placement, financial aid, advising, and supportive services. The Design Manager’s primary responsibilities are to support CCGI’s Communications team by designing, developing, and ensuring quality control of branded communications, with a particular emphasis on helping develop interactive instructional content.
The ideal candidate will be able to support the design and development of external- and internal-facing materials including, but not limited to, PDFs, slide decks, graphics, social media posts, and videos. They are also responsible for ensuring the brand consistency and organization of design materials and files.
The Design Manager will work closely with the Communications team and CCGI staff at large to ensure communications materials meet organizational needs. They will not only ensure that all communications are aligned to internal design and brand standards, but work with the Deputy Communications Director to ensure materials are aligned with organizational messaging and meet regulatory compliance (i.e., ADA compliance).
We work to solve large scale, system-level problems. You must be comfortable working with unknowns and ambiguous solutions, as well as passionate about promoting public education and advancing educational equity. This role reports to the Director of Communications and Community Engagement.
What Will You Be Doing?
— Designing both marketing and instructional materials and other communications as needed (e.g., PDFs, slide decks, graphics/infographics, social media content, webpages, and print collateral)
— Designing and editing of both marketing and instructional videos
— Supporting the Deputy Director of Communications in carrying out high-impact projects and internal communications requests to completion
— Collaborating with CCGI staff to determine project scope and design needs, as well as align needs to maintain brand consistency
— Developing and documenting processes and protocols related to graphic design and video production
— Ensuring alignment across graphic and video assets with company style guides
— Identifying opportunities for cross-functional collaboration on communications needs
— Modeling CCGI’s values both in action and in how decisions are made
— Other duties as assigned
What Technical Skills Do You Need?
— Experience and/or proficiency in working with tools such Google Workplace Apps, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator), CMS platforms, Canva, YouTube, and Vimeo
— Strong graphic design skills, with attention to accuracy, audience, and aesthetics
— Ability to effectively translate text into engaging visuals and graphics
— Experience designing graphics and creating videos for a wide range of audiences, with specific experience communicating to students, parents, and educators
— Bachelor’s degree or higher in Communications, Graphic Design, Video Production, or a related field of study and/or a minimum of two years of experience in related roles
- Minimum of four years of relevant experience may be considered as a substitute for a degree
- Experience in K-12 and/or higher education communications is a plus
— Experience with Salesforce preferred, or similar Customer Relationship Management tool
What Intangibles Do You Need?
— Strong decision-making skills and collaborative spirit, with the ability to take abstract brainstorming and generate concrete proposals for action
— Advance projects without detailed supervision, balancing multiple responsibilities and providing colleagues with actionable proposals for advancing collective efforts
— Commitment to coaching and mentoring a team by providing and receiving direct feedback, modeling vulnerability, and leading with professionalism and kindness
— Thrive in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and deadlines
— Juggle multiple projects of various scopes with ease and grace
— Meticulous attention to detail
— Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate with various levels of professionals
More about the Communications Team
The team is composed of individuals, working remotely across California, who create content that brings awareness to audiences statewide about CaliforniaColleges.edu and how to use it. Not all of us have a background in teaching or education, but we believe in continuous learning, are deeply self-motivated, and have a personal connection to the organizational mission around student equity. Those who thrive here exhibit a growth mindset, are interested in improving and/or building their skill sets and are willing to take initiative to learn more.
More about CCGI
The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) works to ensure that all 6th-12th grade students in California have access to a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and pay for postsecondary education and training.
This baseline is provided by CaliforniaColleges.edu, which provides California students and educators with a wide range of college and career planning information and tools. The site also houses, audits, and transmits student data to help ensure more accurate and efficient decisions regarding admissions, financial aid, and course placement. CCGI provides technical assistance, support, and training to K-12 school districts in order to support students, counselors, and parents with the systematic use of CaliforniaColleges.edu, including its transcript-informed tools.
CCGI forms the core of the college planning and application tools in California's newly-launched Cradle-to-Career System. Over the next few years, the Cradle-to-Career System will scale CCGI so that all California 6th-12th grade students can have free access to our transcript-informed tools.
CCGI is a positive, diverse, and supportive culture. At our core, we prioritize the needs of students above all else. Everyone at CCGI works remotely from home offices. We are all located in various parts of California and make use of tools, such as ZOOM, Slack, and Salesforce, to communicate and document our work. While some people regularly travel locally and/or statewide for required business meetings, we only occasionally conduct internal meetings in person.
CCGI is housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges but is an autonomous initiative with its own mission, goals, and executive leadership team.
The salary range for this position is: $65,000 – $95,000 (commensurate with experience). Final salary and rates are based on education, experience, skills relevant to the role, and internal equity.
The Foundation’s benefit package currently includes paid holidays, sick and vacation leave; medical, dental, and vision insurance, Employee Assistance Program, a defined benefit retirement plan (CalPERS), and 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans. Our excellent benefit package also provides $50,000 Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance coverage for eligible employees, Flexible Spending Accounts, Tuition Reimbursement, Voluntary Life Insurance, Pet insurance and more.
— Go to https://www.cacollegeguidance.org/who-we-are/careers-opportunities/
— Find Design Manager, Communications and follow the directions to apply.
The application process will be open until the position is filled.
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities (EEO) are available to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, genetic characteristics, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, political affiliation, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, the Foundation for California Community Colleges complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.
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