Communications Coordinator/Project Assistant Job Description

About Us: Next 10 is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that creates tools and provides research to foster a deeper understanding of the economy, the environment, and quality of life issues for all Californians.

Position Summary: Next 10 is seeking a highly motivated Communications Coordinator/Project Assistant to promote and support our organization’s research and public education tools.

This is the perfect opportunity for someone with a broad set of skills who is passionate about engaging Californians on critical environmental and economic issues. You will be part of a small team with access to a vast network of some of the best research minds in the state, working to expand the reach of our nonpartisan research.

The role encompasses the following essential functions:

1. Assist in project management:

  • Assist Director of Research on online projects, including the Budget Challenge, California Choices, and the California Green Innovation Index website
  • Work with online project content experts, design, and development consultants
  • Manage design and development consultants for all Next 10 programs
  • Work with communications firm to develop launch plans for online tools with continued outreach goals and strategies
  • Event planning including agenda development, outreach, and logistical details for Next 10 convenings

2. Research assistance:

  • Provide edits, feedback, and copy editing for Next 10’s research reports in a timely fashion
  • Analyze and summarize outside research reports
  • Participate in stakeholder meetings to help determine research direction and projects

3. Stakeholder outreach:

  • Conduct ongoing email outreach regarding Next 10’s online tools and research to potential users
  • Manage small-scale mailings of Next 10’s reports
  • Regularly update contact database
  • Research relevant conferences where Next 10 can play a role and exhibit at conferences on behalf of the organization
  • Assist with software licensing efforts
  • Work with consultants on the media release of research

4. Online marketing:

  • Maintain Next 10’s presence on all social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Create online advertisements promoting Next 10’s public outreach tools (including, but not limited to, Google AdWords)
  • Draft and produce email newsletters promoting Next 10’s research

5. Website content:

  • Oversee, edit, and advance Next 10 websites
  • Draft content to promote new research, promote information about future events, add press releases to the site, and document news coverage
  • Provide Analytics reports as needed and research ways to increase web traffic
  • Manage website development team



  • Bachelor’s Degree in marketing or communications. Or degree in related discipline to Next 10’s research, such as economics, political science, environmental studies, or English
  • Minimum 2-4 years work experience in a related field
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, and a willingness to both take initiative and direction in a team environment
  • Superior copyediting skills and attention to detail
  • Interest in California’s future with a commitment to Next 10’s mission and to working in a nonpartisan environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and related office software

Additional Desired Skills:

  • A working knowledge of California’s economy and climate/energy policies.
  • Analytics tools, including Google Analytics
  • Adobe Creative Suite skills (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Knowledge of basic HTML and website content management systems (CMS) — two of our sites use Drupal and one is WordPress
  • Experience public speaking
  • Experience creating online marketing content for email and social media networks

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Medical, Dental, Vision—premiums 100% funded by Next 10
  • Tax deferred 401(k) retirement account with employer contribution
  • Paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave
  • Salary range: $55,000-$75,000

To apply:

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Next 10 at, including “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line.

This full-time position offers competitive compensation and full benefits. Next 10’s office is based in San Francisco.

Next 10 is an equal opportunity employer.