Vice President, Communications

699 8th Street, Suite C150, San Francisco, CA 94103 | Communications | Full-time | Allows remote


 Vice President, Communications

Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world filled with media and technology.

Reporting to the chief marketing officer and serving as an integral member of the senior leadership team, the vice president (VP), communications, develops and oversees a world-class communications plan for Common Sense, directly managing communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization's brand and reputation. The VP, communications, will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. The goal is to advance the organization's position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness of, and support for, the organization. 

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA (allows remote work)

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time (40 hours per week)

REPORTS TO: Chief Marketing Officer


Communications & Media Relations

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance Common Sense Media's brand identity, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, including our mission to serve all families, and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences.
  • Manage the communications team and outside consultants to support the development and execution of the communications strategy. 
  • Actively engage, cultivate, and manage press relationships within diverse media outlets to ensure coverage surrounding Common Sense programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or that impact the organization. When it's culturally relevant, train existing staff members to become spokespeople.
  • Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities; prepare talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting material, using inclusive language and addressing diverse audiences, as needed. 

Internal Communications

  • Develop an internal communications program that engages and informs internal stakeholders throughout the organization. Coordinate with the staff-led DEI team to create inclusive communications. 

Conferences & Events

  • Manage a speakers' bureau program that places Common Sense executives at key conferences around the globe and extends the organization's thought leadership.
  • Work with internal stakeholders to build, execute, and promote thought leadership events and activities that advance organizational objectives and impact. 

Organizational Communications

  • Develop and draft numerous communications on behalf of the organization, including the annual report, website copy, executive correspondence, editorials and letters to the editor, and more.


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or a related field. 
  • Minimum 10 years' experience in a senior management communications role, either in house or with an agency.
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort with proactively building relationships with top-tier reporters and editors, including at diverse publications, and in successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placements.
  • Extensive successful writing and editing experience with a variety of print and online communications media. 
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and content program to advance an organization's mission and goals.
  • Creative and thoughtful use of new media technologies.
  • Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a diverse team of communications specialists.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.
  • Superior written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills. 


  • You are a persuasive communicator, a skilled collaborator, and an innovative thinker, with a track record of translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
  • You are self-motivated and self-reliant, driven to perform; you serve as a role model of productivity for your team.
  • You have demonstrated an ability to leverage your creativity and vision to get results.
  • You are known for being calm, flexible, and able to manage challenging situations with aplomb. 
  • Spanish-language proficiency is a plus.
  • You are inspired by Common Sense's mission! 


  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals.
  • Great health and welfare benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and a matching 401(k) plan.
  • An organization that offers work/life balance.
  • The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids!

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer.

Common Sense will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.