Senior Editor and Center Communications Manager, PPIC Water Policy Center

Location: San Francisco or Sacramento
Job #: 202112
# of openings: 1


The Public Policy Institute of California helps state leaders and other decision makers better understand policy issues—and make informed choices—by providing them with objective, high-quality, nonpartisan policy research. PPIC is seeking an experienced communications professional to join its Water Policy Center, which spurs innovative water management solutions that support a healthy economy, environment, and society. The center communications manager plays an essential role by working with center research staff in all stages of a project to develop and edit useful, effective, and influential publications and products that bring our messages to key audiences around the state. PPIC is currently working virtually. When PPIC’s offices reopen, this position could be based in either PPIC’s San Francisco or Sacramento office. The position reports jointly to the director of the PPIC Water Policy Center and PPIC’s vice president of communications.


  • Translate high-level, often technical water policy research into well-constructed, compelling, high-quality reports and other products.
  • Manage the editorial and production processes for all research products.
  • Work effectively in web and print formats, across a wide range of product lengths and types.
  • Manage the center’s weekly blog, including editorial planning, interviewing outside experts, writing posts, and providing editorial support on other team members’ contributions.
  • Develop and update written and visual content for water center web pages. Collaborate on digital marketing efforts, including email campaigns and video projects.  Manage the center’s Twitter account.
  • Identify opportunities for constructive data visualization. Develop and revise data-driven graphics for reports, briefings, blog posts, and other products.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong media contacts across California and at major national outlets. Respond to inquiries and proactively promote products and experts to traditional, new, and diverse media. 
  • Contribute to the planning of the center’s in-person and virtual briefings and conferences. Work with center researchers on briefings and presentations for public events.
  • Collaborate with center leadership on developing creative strategies to expand the audience and reach of the center’s research.
  • Work collaboratively with PPIC communications staff to ensure consistency with PPIC’s overall approach, including quality, messaging, and timing.


  • Advanced degree in English or related field, or commensurate combination of education and professional experience. Minimum seven years of experience with similar responsibilities in a research, government, nonprofit, or corporate setting.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills in both print and digital formats. Proficiency in all levels of editing, from developmental to proofreading. Keen attention to detail a must.
  • Experience with environmental, natural resource, or climate policy.
  • Ability to synthesize complex research ideas and communicate them effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to collaborate in data visualization projects. Background in developing and editing figures, charts, maps, and other data-driven graphics. 
  • Strong interpersonal, project management, and organizational skills, with the ability to work both independently and with a variety of teams.
  • Ability to think creatively, look at things from different perspectives, and come up with new ideas and solutions.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office, including Excel. Familiarity with HTML, Illustrator and Tableau or Infogram desired.
  • Experience in planning or managing events (press conferences, forums) and working with the media a plus.

PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our research staff, and key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with the institute’s mission, values, and goals.

To Apply

Applications will be considered as they are received, and the position will remain posted until filled. Please tailor your cover letter to highlight how your credentials meet the qualifications listed above.

PPIC is committed to excellence through diversity. Our work is rooted in objective, data-driven policy analysis. We welcome and encourage applicants who reflect the full diversity of California. The expertise of our staff members is essential to the success of PPIC’s mission, and we assist career and personal growth through robust support of skill development at all levels of the organization. We also provide a competitive package of benefits and financial compensation.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.

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