Heal the Bay Communications Manager

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is the most recognized environmental nonprofit group in LA for a reason: we have been keeping Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean for people and marine life since 1985. Using education, science, advocacy, and community action, we raise awareness and make progress with practical solutions to often complex problems. We conduct hundreds of beach and community cleanups each year, informing people about the root causes of pollution along the shorelines and in their neighborhoods. We advocate for strict water quality regulations that protect the health of both humans and the animals that call local creeks, rivers, and the Santa Monica Bay home. We operate the award-winning Heal the Bay Aquarium at the Santa Monica Pier, inspiring visitors to become stewards for the region’s most important natural resource: clean water. We also educate and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, with more than 100,000 students joining us each year for school field trips, science-based classroom presentations, and events. Learn more about us at www.healthebay.org/our-impact

About the Role

Heal the Bay is looking for a communications professional who can amplify our mission in Greater LA. You will oversee our community, campaign, and fundraising communications as well as content management across Heal the Bay’s digital platform. Your goals are to activate donors, mobilize environmental advocates, boost event and volunteer sign-ups, and increase visitors at Heal the Bay Aquarium. If you’re stoked about infusing our local grassroots nonprofit with cutting-edge engagement strategies, this is the job for you. This position reports to the Communications and Marketing Senior Director.

Expectations & Responsibilities


  • Utilize Salesforce for community list building, reporting, and targeting.
  • Oversee posting content on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and managing scheduling tools (Hootsuite, Later) in collaboration with the Communications team.
  • Provide day-to-day monitoring of comments on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Conduct personalized influencer outreach to 20-50 accounts per month.
  • Ideate and solicit partnership opportunities with creators.


  • Develop key messaging, hashtags, campaign assets, and communications calendars for major science, policy, advocacy, education, and outreach campaigns.
  • Work with the Aquarium team to create and implement ongoing promotions for general admission, field trips, camps, special events, private rentals, and other programs.
  • Create campaign toolkits for internal and external use.
  • Make and edit images, graphics, flyers and presentations in Canva.
  • Prepare campaign recap reports and track progress toward goals.


  • Manage the organic and paid social media, email communications, and website content that correspond with quarterly direct mail appeals in collaboration with the Advancement team.
  • Oversee communications for Giving Tuesday digital fundraising campaigns in collaboration with the Advancement team.
  • Support partnerships, retail sales, major fundraising events and programs, and product collaborations with digital communications ideas and plans in collaboration with the Advancement team.


  • Edit Heal the Bay’s website text and images in WordPress.
  • Use a variety of tools (Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Flickr, Change.org, etc.) to create and manage content.
  • Organize campaign assets (photos, videos, files, logos, fonts, style guides, and other creative collateral) on internal and external drives (Egnyte, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.).

Preferred Experience & Skills

  • Candidates must currently live in Los Angeles County, California to be considered for this role.
  • Commitment to collaborative problem-solving with a sense of humor and a generous spirit.
  • Minimum BA/BS degree in communications or equivalent practical experience.
  • Passion for storytelling through multiple media types, both visual, written, auditory and experiential.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills and an attention to detail.
  • Extensive copywriting, proofreading and editing experience in AP Style.
  • Demonstrated ability to  manage projects and meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to set and meet measurable goals.
  • Passionate about telling multicultural stories and engaging diverse communities.
  • Deep appreciation for the environment and clean water.
  • Fluency in Spanish. 

If you don’t meet all the preferred skills above, you are still encouraged to apply and will be considered based on diverse and equivalent skills and experience. 


This is a non-exempt, full-time position, hiring range starts at $21.63/hour (based on experience) with appropriate state and federal taxes withheld. 


Dental, health insurance, and vacation benefits are included as part of employment. In accordance with California Labor Law, employee will be eligible to receive up to 72 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year, after completing 90 days of employment. All Heal the Bay recognized Holidays will be compensated in accordance to time worked.


Position to start ASAP. Full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Must be available for some weekends, evenings. Due to COVID-19, we are currently working remotely, but will transition back to working from our Santa Monica office with some flexibility, once it is safe to do so. Heal the Bay offers a dynamic work environment with highly motivated staff and volunteers. 

Physical Demands

The employee is occasionally required to work in outdoor conditions, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. All Heal the Bay staff are required to be fully vaccinated, as available, for COVID-19. 

How to Apply & Deadline

Please email your resume, cover letter and one writing sample to Talia Walsh, twalsh@healthebay.org with subject line “Communications Manager”. No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2022 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County.

Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the hiring process. Once a conditional job offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking.