Director of Communications

Los Angeles Conservancy | Los Angeles, California


Founded in 1978, the Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize historic places throughout Los Angeles County. With approximately 6,000 member households, the Conservancy has the largest membership of any local historic preservation organization in the U.S. We have a staff of eighteen and a budget of almost $2.8 million.

Our work is grounded in the belief that historic preservation empowers and nourishes communities by creating meaningful connections between people. We strive to preserve places that matter to all Angelenos.

Job Summary

The Los Angeles Conservancy seeks a strong leader to oversee the organization’s strategic communications. The Communications Department advances the Conservancy’s mission by cultivating awareness of, engagement in, and support for our work. The Director leads the communications team in working with all departments to enhance specific efforts while fostering a strong, cohesive voice and image for the Conservancy as a whole. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Communications also helps guide the organization’s overall strategy and operations. This full-time, exempt position reports to the President and CEO, and oversees two staff members.

We are looking for someone who, in addition to having the skills below, loves historic places and values their role in contributing to our communities.


Writing and Editorial Direction

  • Set, convey, and maintain the public voice of the organization
  • Write strategic materials on tight deadlines to meet diverse messaging needs, from advocacy position statements to public remarks and think pieces
  • Edit all mass communications created by staff for clarity, consistency, voice, and message
  • Oversee the use and acquisition of photography and video
  • Create the visual presentation for our annual Preservation Awards Luncheon, including writing the script and overseeing image acquisition


  • Set overall communications strategy, including goals, priorities, calendars, and measurement
  • Craft strategy for public engagement, messaging, and storytelling related to preservation issues, educational programs, outreach in diverse communities, and donor cultivation
  • Oversee marketing strategy, implementation, and evaluation
  • Oversee website, email marketing, and social media strategy, including major enhancements
  • Oversee member communications, including newsletter
  • Manage media relations: cultivate relationships with journalists and influencers, pitch coverage of the Conservancy’s work and impact, field requests, arrange and prep staff interviews, and serve as spokesperson if needed
  • Manage the Conservancy’s brand identity across programs and platforms
  • Produce the annual Preservation Awards Luncheon program: create the visual presentation, coordinate remarks by project representatives, and manage the program on-site
  • Ensure that communications strategy and decisions include a broad range of perspectives and experiences
  • Ensure that communications reflect the vast diversity of Greater Los Angeles
  • Measure communications efforts in order to evaluate return on investment and plan ongoing improvement
  • Keep up with best practices in nonprofit communications and marketing


  • Hire, train, manage, and coach/mentor communications staff; translate organizational and departmental goals into staff goals; provide direction, supervision, evaluation, and support
  • Lead the communications team in working with other departments (Advocacy, Education, and Membership/Development) to use strategic communications to meet their goals
  • Inform and involve the communications team regarding strategic decisions
  • Ensure quality, timely, and effective communications through supervision, review, and hands-on effort
  • Create, manage, and/or oversee departmental budgets
  • Work with administrative staff to ensure the effective use and integration of communications technology (website, constituent relationship management system, and email marketing system)
  • Report on communications efforts to the Board of Directors; engage board members by helping them understand and communicate our work
  • Contribute to organizational strategic planning


Minimum Qualifications

  • Five or more years of experience in strategic communications, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Two or more years of experience supervising staff
  • Track record of successfully driving projects to completion
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three or more years of experience managing communications teams
  • Experience managing web-based projects and systems, particularly Drupal sites


Excellent benefits including health, dental, and life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with 5% match (after one year of continuous employment); paid holidays and vacation.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and writing samples to Cindy Olnick, Director of Communications ([email protected]), with “Director of Communications” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Los Angeles Conservancy


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations