Public Relations Manager II

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30+ days ago

CALSTART seeks an experienced Manager of Communications and/or Public Relations to join our communications and publications team. We are looking for someone with public relations campaign-building expertise, experience managing communications staff and excellent project management skills. Reporting to the Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, you will be responsible for working with CALSTART initiative and program leads on a variety of activities that are driving the transition of cars, buses, and other transportation technologies to zero-emissions. This role focuses on leading a team to develop and deliver public relations support to some of the global, national and state-level premier incentive and engagement programs including workplace charging campaigns, infrastructure equity programs, transit and school bus programs and innovative mobility initiatives.
Additionally, the Public Relations Manager II will:

  • Develop and execute communications plans to support the light-duty, bus, and innovative mobility initiatives in CALSTART
  • Be responsible for overseeing and managing members within the Light-Duty and Mobility communications team, while tracking results, job design, performance appraisals, and other related supervisory duties
  • Lead public relations, media relations and other communications activities related to the key programs and initiatives
  • Track effectiveness of various campaigns and course correcting as required
  • Manage communications spend and works with vendors and agencies
  • Model communications and project management skills, work well in a team, and create a supportive and positive environment for the team
  • Support CALSTART initiatives and activities including internal communications, employee retreats/events, annual conference and policy summit

We are a nationally and internationally recognized clean transportation industry organization with offices in multiple states. With more than 29 years of experience, we work with both public and private sectors to break down barriers to innovation and drive the transportation industry to a clean and prosperous future.
We work with these member companies and the broader industry, including fleets, manufacturers, public agencies, and fuel providers, to advance the clean transportation industry. Our work is organized into the major initiative areas; cars, buses, trucks (and off-road vehicles), fuels, and mobility. We advance each of these sectors by supporting technology development, assessing, and validating new technologies and products, accelerating market growth by supporting clean vehicle incentive programs, providing policy guidance and implementation, and giving value-added services to our member organizations. We believe now is our time, and we are planning for growth. If you want a career where you are making a real impact and benefiting both society and the environment, you should consider coming to work with us!

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Business Administration, or related field
  • Five to seven years of experience in public relations and communication campaign development and execution
  • Five years of experience leading multiple, simultaneous communications campaigns of assorted sizes and geographies
  • Proficiency in developing, executing, and measuring outreach and engagement campaigns using metric-based reporting
  • Strong knowledge of outreach tactics including public relations, media relations, etc., including in hard to reach and disadvantaged communities
  • Experience developing scopes of work as well as communications plans and budgets
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills (AP style), and the ability to edit and coach others in their writing
  • High level of attention to detail including proven ability to manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and adept at building relationships with different stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong network of PR and media contacts in clean transportation and climate would be highly advantageous

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive annual salary based upon experience
  • Performance-based growth opportunities
  • Competitive company-paid health plan that includes dental and vision care
  • Retirement plan with a generous company contribution
  • Employee Incentive Program (bonus) yearly based on performance
  • Telecommuting and flexible work hours as appropriate
  • Rewards for alternative commuting to and from work
  • Committed to employee growth and development

If you are up to this challenge, we invite you to apply. Qualified candidates, please apply online with your resume and cover letter at (
CALSTART, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, affirmative action employer and one that celebrates diversity in all forms. Our inclusive environment focuses on making decisions based on merit without regard to race, color, hair texture, gender, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, LGBTQIA+ status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, genetics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law or not. This applies to any terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including recruiting, hiring, transferring, training, pay, incentives, benefits, discipline, promotion, lay-offs, and termination. Underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Full-time