NOW HIRING: Communications Director

NOW HIRING: Communications Director

Position Title: Communications Director
FLSA Status: Exempt; Full-time
Location: Hybrid: Remote/Office
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $75,000 – $95,000

The Organization: The Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) is a growing 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization. Our mission is to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer
organizations empowered to pursue social justice. DHF is based in Bakersfield, California. We
organize in the counties of Tulare, Fresno, Kern, and the high desert area of Los Angeles
County. We are seeking Student Success Mentors who are passionate about supporting this
Position Summary:
The Communications Director will guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public
relations messages and oversees the information that is made public, and ensures all
messaging is in alignment with the Foundations Mission Statement.
Position Responsibilities:
 Coordinate and implement frequent communications and updates, such as calls to
action, updates and promotion of DHF’s work to donors and supporters.
 Oversee regular social media and website updates regarding DHF projects, campaigns,
and successes, calls to action and promotion of DHF’s work.
 Write and send media advisories, press releases, make outreach calls to the press to
encourage attendance at DHF events, create press packets, establish relationships with
members of the press, regularly update the DHF press list, and track DHF press hits and
promote on social media.
 Train staff on communications with the press and best practices for messaging; assist
staff members in preparing for press interviews.
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experiences:
 Bachelor’s Degree in creative writing or related field (relevant experience can substitute
for education requirement.
 2+ years’ experience in a management position
 Proficient in measuring and reaching income goals
 A proactive solutions-oriented approach
 Excellent interpersonal skills (one on one and group dynamics), cultural competency,
strong listening skills, and personable
 Patience and flexibility
 Excellent team player
 Written and spoken proficiency in Spanish & English
 Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, Videoconference, google drive, & on-line navigation
 Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative
 Ability to work evenings and weekends
 Strong collaborator, team player, able to adapt quickly to changing situations

 Time management skills
 Self-confidence and self-assurance
Job Specific Competencies:
● Strategic Thinking: Possesses a broad understanding of organizational strategic planning,
implementation and evaluation.
● Leadership: Demonstrates understanding of a variety of leadership and management
principles and practices.
● Mission Focus: Possesses advanced knowledge and understanding of the challenges and
opportunities relating to the mission of the organization.
● Technical Skill: Advanced computer skills, including google suite
● Communication: Communicates clearly, both verbally and in writing. Is an effective public
speaker. Communicates effectively and professionally among all levels of the organization
and the public. Bilingual (Spanish and English) applicants preferred.
● Ethical Practice: Models the highest level of ethics, integrity, DHF values and social
● Relationship Management: Demonstrated experience working with staff at all levels in a
collaborative, environment; commitment and ability to promote and sustain positive
workplace values and relationships
● Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work well under-pressure, remain calm and controlled when
faced with difficult situations. Strives for immediate address.
Organizational Competencies:
Alignment with DHF values: Understanding and appreciation of Dolores Huerta’s legacy and
the farmworker’s movement is foundational to staff’s commitment to working with our BIPOC
children, families and communities. Demonstrates respect for and appreciation of social justice
history, and community organizing culture, understanding its implication in one’s work, in
fostering meaningful relationships, and in embracing the community served.
o Social Justice – We strive to achieve equity of distribution of wealth, opportunities,
and privileges in our society by dismantling systems of oppression, protecting Mother
Earth, and building a true democracy that values human rights including a person’s
right to love whomever they wish to love.
o Self Determination – We believe in the right of people to choose and be empowered
to create their own destiny. 
o Democracy – We believe in political representation, freedom, and equity, everyone
has an equal voice in organizations and governance.
o Collective Action – We believe there is a mighty power in people organizing
together towards a common goal.
o Volunteerism – We believe that giving of your own time, without compensation,
towards the benefit of others and your community serves as its own reward. 
o Non-violence – We believe in the use of peaceful action, without violence, to bring
about political or social change.
o Feminism – We believe in the social, economic and political equality of all genders;
including women’s right to control their own bodies and the right to abortion. 

o Yes We Can! – We always act with hope in the belief that what may seem
unachievable can be accomplished.

Group Benefits
Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
 75% of Medical premiums paid by DHF
 Paid Life Insurance
 401(k), Retirement Plan with Employer Match
Additional Benefits
 Up to 2 weeks paid vacation during the first year of employment
 Internal learning and development programs
To Apply
Send resume, cover letter and 3 references to
Type “Communications Director” in the subject line

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell ft. Dolores Huerta

lCYMI: Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta tells Lawrence O’Donnell that it’s important that states prioritize farmworkers for the Covid-19 vaccines because “these are the people that are putting the food on your table.”

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KGET: Dolores Huerta’s role in farm labor movement featured in virtual exhibit coming to Bakersfield College!

Dolores Huerta’s role in farm labor movement featured in virtual exhibit coming to #BakersfieldCollege — The prominent role played by Dolores Huerta will be featured in a virtual exhibit available to view beginning Feb. 12. read more:

To read the official DHF Media Advisory visit:

University of La Verne presents Dolores Huerta with Honorary Doctorate Degree at 2021 Virtual Commencement

Executive Director Camila Chavez’s closing remarks [15:01] Honorary Degree Recognition for Dolores [23:46]

During these times, education has taken a different approach; we understand that this is not easy. We would like to congratulate graduating classes for their commitment & accomplishments View Exec. Dir. Camila’s remarks for La Verne’s Virtual Commencement.

Dolores Huerta Arrested at Fresno Home Care Workers Union Protest

Dolores Huerta Arrested at Fresno Home Care Workers Union Protest

After nearly a year of recent negotiations with county representatives and 10 years without a wage increase from the county, hundreds of caregivers with the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)  program and SEIU Local 2015, joined by Dolores Huerta, local veterans, faith leaders, and social justice groups, shut down the county’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019.

The demonstrators called on the Board of Supervisors to represent and protect the needs of thousands of caregivers and their constituents. Dolores Huerta was arrested, along with seven other demonstrators, at the Fresno County Board of Supervisors while calling for a living wage for caregivers.

“The next time I hope we get a hundred people arrested, okay?” said Huerta. “I am angry with how homecare workers are treated. That they have gone over a decade without giving a wage increase.”

To learn more, visit the link below.

Image by Craig Kohlruss via The Fresno Bee/Associated Press

Teens 4 Equality in Action: Beyond Our Closets – LGBTQ Youth Speak Out for Family Acceptance

Teens 4 Equality in Action: Beyond Our Closets – LGBTQ Youth Speak Out for Family Acceptance

On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 DHF Teens 4 Equality with support from DHF Equality Organizer, Dean Welliver, hosted Beyond Our Closets: LGBTQ Youth Speak Out for Family Acceptance. The event commemorated National Coming Out Day. Teens 4 Equality leaders  Emily, Chyna, Nena, Dennis, Andrew, and Julian led a panel discussion in which they shared touching, often emotional, but also joyful and hopeful stories about coming out and family acceptance. Through their experiences of coming out as LGBTQ youth in the 2010s, they related what they want parents and the community to know about LGBTQ youth and offered suggestions for how families and the community can be more supportive.

Dennis asked for people to take him seriously and not see his identity as some sort of joke.

Chyna suggested families make this topic a part of normal family discussion.

Julian made a simple but powerful request, “Just hug your kid. A real hug – not a weak side hug! Tell them you love them, and say it like you really mean it!”

There was one overarching message for family and community, “Be openminded. Be willing to change your opinions and learn something new.”

Following the panel there was time for questions and comments between attendees and panelists. The courage and honesty of the youth inspired attendees to open up and share some of their own stories and explore what family acceptance means to them.

See news coverage of the event at this link.

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