Marketing and Communications Manager

San Francisco, California, United States | Communications | Full-time


Common Sense ( is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Comcast, Apple TV, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, the Marketing & Communications Manager is a key stakeholder in the development and implementation of our speakers bureau and thought leadership program as well as our conference and event strategy. 

LOCATION: San Francisco, California; option to work remotely (TBD) 

REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Marketing & Communications


  • Lead creation, management, marketing, and stewardship of Common Sense's conferences and events with programming support for the organization's subject matter expert leaders. 

Specific duties include:

Speakers Bureau

  • Build and maintain a conference and event target list to support program teams and organizational (strategic) objectives. 
  • Develop, pitch, and track speaking submissions. Oversee and fulfill all conference attendee requirements, such as submitting bios, headshots, speaking abstracts, etc.
  • Intake, route, and manage speaking invitations.
  • Manage conference registration and oversee logistics for speakers, including tech prep. (You are the person who ensures that the final version of the speech/presentation will work at the event.)
  • Prepare spokespeople for events with talking points or speeches.
  • Prepare (or oversee the preparation of) accompanying materials (videos, slide presentations).
  • Coordinate speaker publicity and/or media interviews with the internal PR teams.


  • Develop program abstracts/one-pagers that outline event themes, suggest panel participants.
  • Coordinate guest speaker asks with the executive team. Ghostwrite invitations, manage the ask process and persistently, and consistently follow up to ensure guests and program are locked by deadline.
  • As necessary, be the liaison between the organization and guests, ensuring our guests have all the information they need about our events.
  • Manage speaker prep. Prepare remarks and questions.
  • As necessary, manage technical setup and coordinate on all aspects of event production. 
  • Oversee the creation and use of supplementary event materials, such as a video, presentation, background, sound, etc.
  • Work with the marketing, communications, and development teams to market the event to the appropriate audiences. Handle pre- and post-event marketing.
  • Ensure all event branding is consistent with Common Sense branding.
  • Represent Common Sense with external vendors. As necessary, manage external vendor contracts and relationships.
  • Direct the pre-event prep session and/or run-through.
  • Attend events and troubleshoot as necessary.
  • Create a recap report measuring event KPIs (attendance, message pull-through, etc.).


  • Excellent communication skills. You are a storyteller, a compelling conversationalist. 
  • Excellent organizational skills. You have superb attention to detail.
  • Executive presence. You can collaborate effectively with difficult, time-stressed people. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. You can work cross-functionally with a team, managing multiple moving parts.


  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals.
  • The opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of kids and families!

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Common Sense will consider 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 a denial of employment.