Digital Communications Specialist

About SPUR

SPUR is a nonprofit public policy organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR works to create an equitable, sustainable and prosperous region, where all people thrive. We bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems cities face. With offices in San Francisco, San José and Oakland, we are recognized and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues. 

The Opportunity

SPUR seeks creative and highly organized candidates for its Digital Communications Specialist position. The Digital Communications Specialist will work closely with the Communications Director to manage content for our communications channels, including publications, website, social media platforms and mass emails. This position will require a flexible candidate comfortable in performing a range of tasks, from headline writing to deadline management to data analysis. This role will be expected to engage with SPUR staff, board members and external partners. The Digital Communications Specialist plays a key role in helping SPUR realize its mission.

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage Social Media Channels

    • Manage SPUR's social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook), produce and post content
    • Grow SPUR’s social media presence and expand our audience
    • Support staff members in fostering greater social media presence
  • Manage Website

    • Post new content and keep site updated
    • Manage Web Developer to execute software upgrades, resolve bugs and implement new features
  • Manage Publication Deadlines

    • Assist Communications Director in managing Policy Directors and contractors to meet deadlines
    • Format policy briefs using Word or InDesign templates
    • Conduct photo research, copy edit and proofread content
  • Manage Email Newsletters

    • Manage content and production of mass emails
    • Write cover letters, headlines and blurbs
  • Data Reporting and Analysis

    • Analyze and report regularly on website, social media and newsletter data
    • Develop insights to help with key questions about use and impact of our content
  • Write Blog Posts

    • Write occasional blog posts about our public programs and other topics
  • Manage Special Projects

    • Manage and execute special projects such as videos, infographics and other collateral
  • Program and Event Promotion

    • Collaborate across departments to promote and market SPUR events
    • Write copy for event invitations and other materials

Key Qualifications

  • Interest in cities, public policy and the Bay Area
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Eye for design and visual communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Highly organized
  • Proficiency in the following tools or similar: social media scheduling (Content Cal), website content management (Drupal), website metrics (Google Analytics), mass email (Pardot), customer relationship management (Salesforce)
  • Skills in HTML, InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop or Canva a plus
  • Tactful and clear communicator
  • Works cooperatively and effectively as a member of a team


The salary range for this position is $65,000-$72,000 and will be based on experience and commensurate with skills and qualifications. This is a full-time, exempt position. SPUR offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and any professional social media handles. Applicants should apply by submitting their materials to this link

Equal Opportunity Employer

SPUR is an equal opportunity employer with a strong organizational commitment to respecting differences of all kinds. SPUR prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, political orientation or disability or any other basis prohibited by law. In that spirit, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBT applicants and others that will contribute to the diversity of our staff.


Applicants With Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so assigned.