Communications Associate

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The Catalyst Group
San Francisco, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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The Catalyst Group—a company of program strategists fostering intelligent and perceptive solutions to complex business, environmental, and infrastructure challenges—is looking to expand its roster of associates.

Deputy Project Manager, Communications and Facilitation

We are looking for a skilled communicator with a strong background in natural resources management, planning, infrastructure, and government policy. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to understand and communicate complex science and planning issues to varied audiences. The ideal candidate will also have skills and experience building relationships with and among diverse interests, supporting teams, and facilitating dialogue among disparate groups. You must be a good listener with the ability to read a room and have a strong curiosity about people, policies, and technical issues. You also must be organized, with excellent attention to detail to organize, manage, and implement communications and engagement strategies, tasks, teams, and schedules.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the definition of project scope and goals.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan for clients, including budgets, timelines, etc.
  • Plan and organize online and in-person meetings with clients, partners, stakeholders, and community members.
  • Assist with meeting process design, facilitation, and documentation.
  • Conduct research and analyze project information.
  • Write copy that synthesizes information to inform decision makers, stakeholders, and community members.
  • Oversee design and production for reports, information materials, websites, presentations, and social media.
  • Coordinate with clients and partners concerning project tasks and deliverables.
  • Perform quality control on the project to maintain high quality results and relationships.
  • Conduct administrative duties, such as setting up meetings, managing contact lists, and preparing project status reports.

Skills and Qualifications:

Highly qualified candidates will have demonstrated work experience with most, if not all, of the following:

  • Five to eight years of experience in public communications, collaboration, and facilitation.
  • Understanding of California policies and priorities in water, natural resources, transportation, and climate change.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Collaboration, meeting planning, facilitation, and documentation.
  • Principles and strategies in public outreach and engagement.
  • Managing clients and projects; planning, scheduling, and coordination.
  • Interviews, surveys, and opinion analysis.
  • Issues and policy research, analysis, synthesis, and messaging.
  • Writing and editing for varied audiences.
  • Graphic concepts and visual communications.
  • Media relations and social media.
  • Business development and proposal writing.
  • Microsoft Office; Zoom, Teams, and other online meeting platforms.
  • Spanish language fluency desirable.

Education and Certifications: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in communications, public policy, engineering, natural sciences, or other relevant field from an accredited college or university is required. Multidisciplinary academic experience is desirable.

Current valid driver license and ability to remain insurable under Catalyst’s vehicle liability policy.

Work Hours and Location: This is a part-time position, with potential to grow to full-time. Your location: California - San Francisco Bay Area or Central Valley preferred.

About Catalyst

Catalyst specializes in collaborative strategies and communications to advance solutions for California’s complex natural resources, infrastructure, and public policy challenges. We work with and for public agencies, non-profits, and businesses to support clear communication, multi-organization partnerships, and effective problem solving. Our current focus is on water, natural resource, transportation, and climate change issues. We are a small team, so every team member must think strategically, work collaboratively, and manage project details. Our recent work has included the following:

  • Community engagement and decision-making for groundwater sustainability planning.
  • Strategic planning and community engagement for multi-benefit water storage projects.
  • Stakeholder engagement and collaboration for ecosystem restoration planning.
  • Outreach, education, and facilitation for collaborative water quality regulatory programs.
  • Policy development and regional facilitation for integrated water resources planning.
  • Messaging and communications for sea level rise adaptation.
  • Strategic planning for public agencies and joint powers authorities.
  • Stakeholder and community engagement for a regional highway connector.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $30.00 - $45.00 per hour


  • Flexible schedule


  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Writing Skills: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Task and Project Management: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Environmental/Natural Resources: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • Fully Remote

This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused
  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture
  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative

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