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Communications Associate

Rape Trauma Services (RTS) of San Mateo County strives to eliminate all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assault and abuse. Our scope of services includes a 24-hour crisis line, counseling, advocacy, accompaniments, and rape and other violence prevention education in schools.  We strive to bring all of our services to populations who are underserved. 

It is our strong belief that violence must be examined on an individual level, a collective level and in the context of societal inequities. We also believe that violent behaviors by individuals as well as societal inequities perpetrated on a collective level are, at their core, about unhealed effects of trauma and ensuing cycles of violence. We seek candidates who share our vision and philosophy.

Communications Associate Job Description
Working with the Content and Communications Manager and the Executive Director, the Communications Associate will be responsible for: 

  • drafting, editing and proofreading documents, social media and blog posts, reports, op-ed pieces, etc.

  • coordinating the development of print and other promotional materials including liaising with external vendors

  • writing and designing brochures and informational materials

  • updating and improving the website content

  • planning and executing social media campaigns, creating content and building engagement

  • providing logistical support to media engagement activities and special events

  • supporting executive and internal communications activities, including drafting content, and testing and development of communications tools


  • Experience writing on behalf of an organization for social media

  • Passion for social justice/anti-violence work 

  • Prior experience working full-time remotely with similar job responsibilities 

  • Outstanding writing skills including drafting, editing, and proofreading

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to listen, interview others, clearly state needs, etc.

  • Ability to develop and communicate a project plan effectively

  • Ability to work under pressure, manage and meet deadlines

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple priorities, track projects and timelines, and follow-through

  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including some weekend and evening hours to finish projects on time

  • Professionalism and reliability

  • Biliteracy in Spanish desired

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent informal experience

$50,000-$55,000 DOE yearly salary plus benefits, includes 20 days PTO accrued/year, retirement plan, healthcare, vision and dental.  RTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application and Hiring Process
Send your resume, cover letter, answers to supplemental questions and three writing samples to with the subject line “Attn: Communications Associate – (Your Name).” 
Writing samples to send: 1) a blog or extended social media post, 2) an excerpt from an essay or research paper, and 3) a journalistic style article or press release. 

Candidates who meet our requirements will be contacted for a virtual interview. 

We strongly encourage individuals who can represent one or more underserved populations in San Mateo County (e.g., people of color, people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, people with disabilities, immigrants) to apply.  Position open until filled.