Communications Assistant

North Santa Barbara County, Mid Santa Barbara County, South Santa Barbara County
Part Time

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Community Environmental Council
Job Title: Communications Assistant
Status: Permanent
  20 Hours Per Week
Reports To: Communications & Marketing Director

 About Community Environmental Council

 CEC is a fast-paced nonprofit based in Santa Barbara and serving the California Central Coast, with a reputation for positive social change and community engagement. Since 1970, CEC has been a leader in creative solutions to tough environmental problems.  The CEC team is a highly committed and energetic group, with an internal culture that values collaboration, ongoing learning, and innovation.

With its current focus in the tri-county region to promote rapid and equitable solutions to the climate crisis, CEC is known for organizing the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, advancing 100% renewable energy goals, and developing campaigns to #gosolar, #driveless, #driveclean #ditchplastic, and #rethinkfood. CEC’s primary objectives are to: 1) Achieve Carbon Zero Communities; 2) Promote nature-based solutions to draw down excess carbon emissions; and 3) Protect against unavoidable climate impacts.

The CEC team is a highly committed and energetic group, with an internal culture that values collaboration, ongoing learning, and innovation. CEC seeks to activate people of every age, race, ethnicity, and economic status in community planning, political action, personal behavior change, and climate leadership. Visit www.CECSB.org and www.facebook.com/cecsb to learn more about our work and history.


Position Overview

The Communications Assistant is responsible for supporting the content production process of CEC’s Communications & Marketing team. This position collaborates to effectively achieve CEC’s strategic communications goals with a team that includes a Communications Associate, website administrator, graphic designers, photographers, writers, translators and other consultants or vendors.

Job Function & Responsibilities

  • Support in the active monitoring and updating of website content across all CEC web properties, engaging staff as needed to provide current stats and information.
  • Support graphic design needs, including utilizing templates to design basic graphics for ongoing social media, email marketing and website needs, and coordinating with graphic designers as needed.
  • Support in maintaining clear organization and complete records of past and incoming design files.
  • Support photo management, including developing shot lists for photographers, identifying select pictures to use in promotional materials, and organizing and labeling incoming and archival photos.
  • Support development and maintenance on the website of media kits and archival press, newsletters, webinars, and other CEC press and media..
  • Support social media postings as needed.
  • Provide back up to other facets of content production, such as setting up eblasts, drafting stories, or participating in webinar production.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.
  • A minimum of 1-2 years of professional experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with solid command of writing conventions, grammar, and voice.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, correspond (i.e., via email and text), ask clarifying questions, and collaborate at a fast pace to complete tasks with a deadline and respond to time-sensitive opportunities.
  • Familiarity with and/or comfort in quickly learning online tools/programs. Current systems include Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Dropbox, Slack, Teams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Adobe Creative Suite, content management systems (Mailchimp), project management systems (Trello), and others.
  • Positive, approachable, flexible attitude with ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with co-workers, partners, and community members.
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and self-starting skills.

Job Status and Compensation

  • 20 hours/week
  • Non-exempt position
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • This position will be based in our Santa Barbara office with opportunities to work from home.

To Apply

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume (pdf or link) with an email subject line that indicates Communications Assistant to:  

Natalie McGuire 

Assistant to the Executive Director and Board Liaison


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