Communications Manager

Texas Housers, Austin, Texas

Date PostedJanuary 16, 2019
Job StatusFull-time

Position: Full-time communications manager

Location: Central or South Texas (preferably Austin, TX)

Salary: $40,000-$47,000, dependent on qualifications and experience

Reports to: Christina Rosales, communications director

Target start date:  Feb. 18, 2019

Travel:  <20 percent, includes possible overnight travel and attending after hours  meetings


Texas Housers is the state’s foremost affordable housing policy research and advocacy organization. We believe that all people should have a decent, safe home in a neighborhood that suits their needs, and that the voices of communities of color and low-income residents should be at the center of any policy decisions that impact them. Our research and community engagement staff translate these ideals by working directly with low-income people across the state. We help people understand the historical context for inequality they experience daily and help people develop policy knowledge to make change that is meaningful to their lives and their homes. In short, we use housing and community development as a vehicle for civic engagement for people who have historically been neglected or silenced by government.


We are looking for a communications manager who can:

  • Share the stories of Texas low-income communities and people advocating change;
  • Translate complicated policy issues into accessible graphics, blogs, media pitches, and popular educational materials;
  • Craft campaign and media messaging centered around equity and justice;
  • Help staff and community leaders develop communications skills.

***Note: This is a one-year grant-funded position that may be renewed depending on performance and available funds.


You might be the right fit if:

  • You have an education or career background in journalism, media or communications;
  • You are a great writer and storyteller;
  • You are comfortable shooting and editing video and audio;
  • You are knowledgeable about social justice, housing policy, community organizing, or racial equity campaign work.
  • It’s a bonus if you have experience planning events such as press conferences, community actions, or training sessions.


On a day-to-day basis, you’ll likely be doing the following for us:

  • When housing policy news breaks, write a blog or collect audio for a podcast explaining how the news affects the communities in which we work.
  • Use relationships with reporters to answer inquiries, refer them to staff and community interview subjects and advise them about Texas Housers activities.
  • Every other week or so, work on a long-form piece for our website or to pitch to state and national news outlets about housing issues.
  • Keep up with work of researchers on staff and help them translate their findings into media stories and blogs for our website.
  • Edit staff- and community resident-written op-eds, blogs, or reports.
  • Write a monthly newsletter and keep our website up to date.
  • Help plan and edit our bi-weekly podcast.
  • Shoot, edit and distribute one-minute videos via Twitter.
  • As needed, help staff and community leaders plan and execute public events.
  • Help write grant reports and fundraising materials as needed.
  • Manage social media accounts and track media hits.


What we’ll do for you:

  • Paid sick time and two weeks of vacation.
  • We offer 9 paid holidays.
  • Employer-paid health insurance.
  • Support and regular guidance and supervision.
  • The opportunity to learn and grow with and from a group of committed people with research, data, community planning and community organizing expertise.


We are an inclusive workplace and we strive to practice the ideals of equity and justice in our day-to-day work and our employment practices. Texas Housers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its recruitment or employment practices.


So, do you want to be a Houser?

If so, please send a resume, cover letter, three writing and/or media samples and three references to Christina Rosales at

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at

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