Senior Communications Manager

Kansas Action for Children is seeking a full-time Senior Communications Manager to implement an integrated, culturally competent strategic communications plan to help shape policy decisions and broaden awareness of KAC's mission, work, and equitable policy solutions among stakeholder audiences. This position requires a strong writer who can effectively develop and deliver compelling messaging across multiple platforms, including press releases, grant reports, fundraising materials, email, social media, feature stories, website copy, and visual presentations.

KAC works to improve the lives of Kansas children through advocacy, partnership, and information-sharing on key issues including education, health care, and economic well-being for families. This position will help ensure that the diverse voices representing Kansas kids and families reach leaders in Topeka.

The ideal candidate should have a proven record of effective communication, especially in nonprofit and/or a legislative capacity. This position will oversee the creation of marketing and communications materials, develop key messages, write and edit communications, and consult with colleagues to share messages with key audiences such as policymakers, legislators, partners and funders, and the public.

This person in this position will bring excellent strategic, analytical, communications, advocacy, and interpersonal competencies to the role.

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, the Sr. Communications Manager will work from our office located in downtown Topeka, Kansas.


  • Create and implement communications strategies and tactics across a variety of channels that can amplify and maximize exposure of KAC's core policy areas and build demand for our policy recommendations.
  • Ensure all public-facing materials align with the communications and marketing plan, and are adapted to incorporate a Kansas perspective, overseeing the editorial direction, design, production, and distribution of external communications.
  • Along with KAC policy advisors and senior leaders, coordinate media requests, manage web and social media assets, and curate content for increased digital engagement. Assist in the development of overall messaging, writing, and editing of press releases, op-eds, and other appropriate materials.
  • Manage the development and implementation of digital communications strategies, including KAC’s website, signature project websites, e-newsletters, media engagement and legislative updates.
  • Work with staff to edit for clarity, tone, and consistency in all messaging (press releases, op-eds, email alerts, web or social media content, flyers, fundraising materials, and other relevant materials). Provide coaching and professional development for the team on communications opportunities, challenges, and solutions.
  • Research, identify, and manage current and emerging trends in non-profit communications and the channels we work in.



  • Prior experience in strategic communications, marketing, journalism, public affairs, or a similar field. We hire from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and are seeking someone who has either a Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of volunteer or work experience, or 5 years work experience.
  • Writing, editing, and public speaking skills with a proven ability to convey complex issues in a clear, direct, and engaging style. Verbal and/or written communication skills in a language other than English are a plus.
  • Proactive self-starter able to independently move projects forward, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines while also working collaboratively with team members.
  • Willingness to work in an adaptive, engaged, collaborative work environment.
  • Working knowledge of state government, especially legislative and administrative processes that shape policy. If none exists, a strong commitment to learning about it and the issues that affect children and families.
  • Deep commitment to race, equity, and inclusion evident through efforts to improve the health, education and economic opportunity for Kansas children and families of color.


The starting salary range for this position is $53,000 - $57,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Kansas Action for Children offers a competitive salary and benefits program, including comprehensive, affordable health care; life and disability insurance; retirement benefits; along with a supportive and flexible work environment.


Kansas Action for Children is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Kansas State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Kansas Action for Children does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or parental status and veteran’s status.

Kansas Action for Children recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Proof of vaccination will be required upon hire.


To apply for this opportunity, please email Jami Jones, Director of Strategic Initiatives at [email protected]. Please include a resume and three writing samples to demonstrate proficiency in writing, preferably using different communication methods such as op-eds, email, social media, or print.

The initial review of applicants will take place beginning the week of September 13, 2021, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain posted until filled.