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Marketing & Communications Manager

On a Mission to Achieve Educational Equity

10,000 Degrees® is the leading, equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit in California. Since 1981, we’ve helped more than 20,000 students from low-income backgrounds achieve their college dreams, and today, we reach more than 12,000 students and families each year.

Our mission is to achieve educational equity and to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to realize their full potential and positively impact their communities and the world.

Never has this mission been more critical. The pandemic has multiplied the obstacles and uncertainty our students face. The opportunity gap has not narrowed but grown. Educational inequities and racial injustices continue to prevail. The demand for our support and resources has never been greater.

Through it all, our commitment to our students has never wavered. 10,000 Degrees won’t stop until all of our students get the support and resources they need to realize their full potential, and earn their degree.

Join us on our mission to achieve educational equity. Apply to work with our passionate team to make a difference and give back to your community.

Our Core Values

At 10,000 Degrees, our core values guide everything we do, from the way we deliver student support to how we structure our organizational systems to be mission-aligned.

We believe:

  • In the great potential of all students.
  • Every student should have equitable opportunities to a quality education and to graduate from college.
  • All our students and alumni are changemakers.
  • Students and their families, schools and communities each play a critical role in educating our youth and strengthening our communities’ economic and social health
  • Educating all students to achieve their full potential is an urgent moral, social and economic imperative.
  • Education is the foundation of a just and equitable society.

Our Culture & Investment in You

We want you to feel proud being a part of the 10,000 Degrees team, because of the work that you do and the community we strive to be.

At 10,000 Degrees, we are creating a more equitable, inclusive, anti-racist organization and a community where everyone belongs. We provide a comprehensive and generous benefits package, work schedule flexibility and a culture of care to promote job satisfaction, professional growth, and wellbeing. 10,000 Degrees also supports you on your career journey by providing ongoing professional development opportunities, and giving you a clear path toward leadership pathways pipelines and advancement.

How You’ll Help Us Achieve Our Mission

One of 10,000 Degrees strategic goals is to significantly grow and sustain financial support. Broadening our impact across the Bay Area will depend on increasing the effectiveness of our fundraising and communication efforts. The Marketing & Communications Manager will play a key role in helping to achieve this vision. They will work closely with Marketing and Development to develop tactical and strategic marketing communication campaigns that raise our visibility among target audiences.

Bringing strong writing and communications skills and experience to the role, the Marketing & Communications Manager will understand how to write everything from a persuasive development appeal to attention-grabbing advertising copy to a compelling social media post, all in alignment with the 10,000 Degrees brand identity. As Brand Officer, the Marketing & Communications Manager will make sure that all public-facing materials and communications are aligned with our brand. The Marketing & Communications Manager will also support occasional initiatives by the virtual engagement, program, and scholarship teams.

The Opportunity

Marketing & Communications

  • Under the guidance of the Director of Marketing & Communications, develop ongoing marketing strategies and communication campaigns that raise brand awareness, increase engagement, further fundraising efforts, and are differentiated to appeal to targeted audience segments and user journeys.
  • Own strategy, execution, and implementation of communications campaigns.
  • Write compelling communications that inspire support of 10,000 Degrees by showing our mission in practice—through the achievements of our students and alumni, and the impact of our programs and staff.
  • Proofread all communications for accuracy, brand messaging, clarity, grammar, and spelling.
  • Identify and report on KPIs, creating dashboards, and reporting for the team and senior leadership.
  • As primary Brand Officer, ensure that all communications (social media, videos, emails, program team flyers, etc.) align with brand messaging and look and feel.
  • Manage and disseminate all brand and communication assets for staff to use in their own materials.
  • Assist in procuring vendors and managing advertising.

Stories & Story Telling

  • Collect, capture, and catalog stories of impact from our students, alumni, supporters, and partners to weave into all communications.
  • Collaborate with the program teams to identify, develop and train students and alumni to act as media spokespeople in a way that honors their backgrounds and experiences.

Graphic Design

  • Manage Marketing Coordinator on creation of graphics and materials (e.g., flyers, social media, invites, eblasts) to support your communications initiatives.
  • Oversee strategy, design, distribution, and adherence to the use of of branded Canva and Google slide templates used by teams across 10,000 Degrees.

Social Media Management

  • Oversee social media strategy for all 10,000 Degrees accounts.
  • Utilize Later and Hootsuite to manage writing and posting on all 10,000 Degrees global social media accounts.
  • Plan social media calendar of posts, campaigns, collections, and series that include key 10,000 Degrees programs, events, deadlines, plus trending news.
  • Monitor and report social media engagement data.
  • Work with Virtual Engagement team on social media best practices and training.
  • Develop and deliver content specifically designed for social media

College Access, College Success & Scholarship Teams

  • Collaborate with teams across the organization to assess marketing needs


First, all 10,000 Degrees employees must embrace our vision of a world where all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background will have the full range of educational opportunities, support, and resources to realize their full potential.

For this position, we believe that you will be the most successful if you have the following:

Professional Experiences:

  • Minimum 2 years professional experience working in marketing or communications, ideally at a non-profit or educational organization.
  • Experience working in and/or managing graphic design.
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Skills & Characteristics:

  • Excellent marketing skills, and an understanding of how to create marketing campaigns that appeal to multiple audiences.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write effectively and persuasively.
  • Able to project manage, by prioritizing multiple projects and tasks and creating work plans and timelines.
  • Excellent administrative and organization skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft suite, Google suite, email and social media platforms.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Canva a plus.
  • High level of professionalism: promptness, preparedness, professional appearance
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and initiative and the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple teams and people.
  • First-generation college graduates from low-income backgrounds a plus.
  • Spanish speaker a plus.


This position is currently a hybrid role and you will be expected to come into our San Rafael office on occasion. However, the majority of this position will be remote.

Compensation Package:

  • This is a full-time position: 40 hours /week, 52 weeks /year
  • Competitive Salary
  • Excellent health, dental, and vision benefits
  • Life and disability insurance
  • 15 days paid vacation plus holidays and paid sick leave
  • 401(k) with employer contribution
  • Professional development, including conferences, seminars, webinars, and trainings


For immediate consideration please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to jobs@10000degrees.org.

Note: all applicants are required to submit a clear TB test and fingerprints as part of the background check, and Employment with 10,000 Degrees requires full vaccination and proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 before starting work. Exemptions to the mandatory vaccination policy may be available for a medical condition, disability, or sincerely held religious belief and must be approved before starting work.