Deputy Director of Communications

The Deputy Director of Communications is responsible for executing communications programs and strategies for CPF and its affiliated organizations – the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) and the California Fire Foundation. This individual will also have a primary role in interacting with (and creating opportunities with) news media.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage communications projects and operations across all California Professional Firefighters platforms and brands;
  • Publications Editor: in collaboration with senior staff, direct the planning, content development and delivery of organizational publications, including annual reports, brochures, conference materials and internal membership communications – printed and online.
  • Digital Content Editor: Supervise development and implementation of digital content, including CPF and affiliate websites, social media pages and internal member outreach.
  • Assistant Editor, The California Professional Firefighter(CPF quarterly membership magazine – print and digital): Conduct editorial meetings, write and report articles and columns, tracking articles from other contributing writers, and oversee production in coordination with in-house print and design shop.
  • External communications: In collaboration with the Director of Communications, develop materials for news media and earned media campaigns, execute external outreach/campaigns and, as needed, act as spokesperson for CPF and or/its affiliate organizations.
  • Additional duties: as required, in collaboration with other staff – develop social media calendars for all platforms, write and create online and print content, monitor websites, enterprise and create multimedia content for online platforms.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Exceptional writing ability, emphasizing precision and flair, as well as strong proofreading and editing skills;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects on tight deadlines;
  • Understanding of state government and the legislative process, state and local politics; the union movement
  • Work cooperatively in a team-oriented environment that emphasizes collaboration and shared responsibility.
  • Function well under pressure and be a creative problem solver.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Writing, Journalism or related;
  • At least seven years of experience in public relations, communications or news media, including demonstrated experience managing a communications shop/newsroom;
  • Proficiency with office and photo editing tools, as well as an understanding of/experience with project management tools, website content management systems, online advertising platforms, social media distribution platforms and grassroots organizing tools.
  • Familiarity with/understanding of organized labor, state and local politics, and the legislative process. Understanding of and familiarity with the California fire service is a plus.

To Apply

For immediate confidential consideration, please email your resume to along with a writing samples and a cover letter. Candidates contacted for interviews will be asked to complete a written assessment.

Salary Range: 75-95k