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Title: Communications Associate

Job Classification: Full-time/exempt

Reports to: Director of Communications

Location: Children’s Institute, downtown Portland

Salary: $50,000 – $55,000 Depending on experience

To apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two work samples to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, open until filled.

Children’s Institute (CI) envisions an Oregon where every child is prepared for success in school and life. To meet this goal, we advocate for strategic investments in high-quality early childhood education and healthy development while highlighting effective strategies to improve outcomes for children. We also develop and implement programs that demonstrate the essential components of an integrated early care and education system, prenatal through third grade.

Our advocacy and implementation efforts strive to connect research, lived experience, and community voice as we work toward accountable advocacy. We work to ensure that more children who experience barriers to opportunity due to poverty, race, disability and/or geography succeed in kindergarten and meet third grade benchmarks.

CI also prioritizes an integrated, team-based work approach and a flexible, collegial work environment while also embracing a sense of urgency in moving our mission forward.


The Communications Associate position is an exciting opportunity for a strong communicator skilled at translating complex content into plain language. This position will be responsible for developing internal and external communications materials across digital, print, and multimedia platforms.

The Communications Associate is an integral part of a three-person team who works to effectively communicate with Children’s Institute’s supporters, partners, and the public. The individual will be responsible for managing the organization’s social media presence, writing articles and website posts, managing the e-update distribution process, and assisting with other general communications functions.

The ideal candidate will have a substantive communications background with strong writing and technical skills, a passion for storytelling, and the ability to dig deep on complex issues related to early care and education.


  • Write and proofread a wide range of communications materials including articles and website content, policy briefs, event documents, and press releases.
  • Develop and manage social media content across multiple platforms to increase audience growth and engagement.
  • Produce the CI Update, the organization’s digital newsletter, and manage production schedule. Maintain e-newsletter list of recipients, oversee distribution, and report results.
  • Maintain website through frequent updates. Generate ideas for both website and e-newsletter content.
  • Build knowledge and expertise of organizational point of view, advocacy efforts, programs, and other content areas.
  • Support staff teams by editing and proofreading memos, reports, and presentations.
  • Event planning assistance, including site coordination, bulk mailing, materials development, registration, and attendee tracking.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • A minimum of three years of communications experience that includes writing and editing, maintaining websites and social media accounts, and/or mass email communications.
  • Strong digital skills including experience using content management systems such as WordPress, mass email tools such as Salsa, project management tools such as Trello, and basic knowledge of HTML.
  • Experience with image creation and manipulation with tools such as Adobe Creative Suite and Canva or other applications to generate images and graphics.
  • Emotional intelligence and excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects, work under pressure, create solutions, and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Demonstrated understanding of early childhood issues, public policy advocacy, or health policy.
  • Team player with ability to collaborate effectively with others.
  • A self-starter who is flexible, motivated, and takes initiative.
  • A commitment to practices of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or any combination of experience and education that ensures the tasks and responsibilities can be completed with quality.


  • Employer fully paid medical/dental coverage
  • Employer fully paid long-term disability coverage
  • Employer fully paid life insurance, accidental death, and employee assistance plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with qualified match and contribution
  • 125 Flexible Benefits Plan
  • Generous paid time off, sick leave, and holidays


Children’s Institute is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of CI to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical ability, source of income, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in all personnel actions. Personnel actions include recruitment, selection, promotion, compensation, training, and termination. Relations between employees shall be based on mutual respect, and regard for the effectiveness and well-being of the organization.


Consistent with applicable disability law, Children’s Institute will provide reasonable accommodations to assist qualified applicants or employees with disabilities to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, and to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment applicable to similarly situated employees without disabilities, provided the accommodation would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of CI.



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