JOB DESCRIPTION Communications Manager 

Duration: Permanent, Full-Time Exempt Position 

Reports To: CPAH’s Executive Director 

Salary Range: $62,000- $68,000 opportunity for bilingual pay differential 

Benefits: Medical, Vision & Dental Insurance for the employee;  Employer Funded 403(b) Pension;  

Vacation, Holidays, Sick Leave, Bereavement;  

Life Insurance, Short Term and Long-Term Disability; 

Two weeks paid Maternity/Paternity Leave; 

Employee Assistance Program; 

Sabbatical (four weeks paid) after seven years;  

Approximate 36-hour Workweek – four hours “wellness” benefit,  

compensation is based on 40 hours. 

About CPAH 

Join us at Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) and be part of a team dedicated  to supporting our growing organization, serving over 500 households in rental housing in  Washington County and SW Portland and another 100 participants who are exiting  homelessness. This position will support CPAH’s ability to develop and maintain high-quality  affordable housing while providing a range of resident services for youth, seniors aging in place,  people exiting homelessness, working families, and some of our most vulnerable neighbors.  CPAH is dedicated not only to ensuring equitable access to housing, but also to building a team  that reflects the diversity of our residents and represents a variety of backgrounds,  perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.  

Position Summary 

The Communications Manager is an important member of the CPAH team, providing strategic  direction, guidance, and management for organizational communications and outreach that  advances CPAH’s mission, impact, and equity approach. This position will be responsible for  developing a communication strategy/framework and infrastructure, both internally and  externally.  

Essential Functions: 

  • Develop all communication planning documents for CPAH. 
  • Plan and produce periodic marketing documents, newsletters, social media updates,  and website management with staff input. Ensure organizational information is up to  date. Help to lead the planning of focused events including ground breakings, openings, and  staff and board gatherings. 
    • Serve as primary contact for members of the press, writing press releases, responding to  inquiries, and maintaining relationships. Maintain press clips file.  
    • Assist with other requests for visits and information from elected officials and interested  community members. 
    • Serve as an advisor to and partner with the Executive Team on internal and external communication initiatives.
    • Serve as an advisor to and partner with the Housing Team as they move forward with outreach as part of the development process.
    • Partner with fundraising staff to design, develop, and implement effective communication strategies and messaging for different audiences; work with agency to successfully tell resident stories. 
    • Establish organizational communication style-guide with an equity focus, including practices that address ‘othering’ language from historical and cultural perspectives. Take ownership for the development and implementation of a cohesive brand identity.


    • Other duties as assigned. 
    • Perform non-routine tasks requiring strong judgment and initiative. 
    • Adhere to current Personnel Policies of the agency. 

    Minimum Qualifications 

    To be successful as our Communication Manager, you will need to meet the minimum  qualifications and commit to building an inclusive work environment. 

    • Proficient project management skillset paired with ability to foster and manage strong relationships, lead collaborative processes, and build infrastructure within a diverse and complex non-profit. 
    • Excellent written, verbal, and digital communication skills.
    • Excellent Knowledge of MS Office and G-Suite (Google) products and platforms. A high level of emotional intelligence, ethical standards, and storytelling acumen. Exposure to graphic design concepts, principles, elements, and applications. Proficiency with digital and non-digital communication technologies and resources. Familiarity with social media content development across various platforms. Familiarity with website management (currently in WordPress).
    • Willingness to stay current with design and communication tools and trends. A background that includes navigation of sensitive content.
    • Experience with designing and disseminating culturally relevant media. Demonstrated passion for CPAH’s mission.Education and/or Experience: Position requires a B.A. or B.S. degree and 3+ years of direct experience in the fields of  communications, public relations, or marketing, preferably in the non-profit sector.  

      CPAH will also accept an equivalent combination of education and experience.  

      Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they  meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best  candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional  background. If you meet key qualifications for the job, and believe you would be the best fit,  we encourage you to apply; please use your cover letter or introductory email to explain how  you will accomplish parts of the job for which you have less experience. If you are unsure  whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us. 

      Unique Job Conditions 

      Requires some (<10%) participation in evening and weekend meetings and events. We offer a  flexible work environment, which will include the opportunity to work from home part-time.  The duties of the job are primarily performed in an office environment.  

      We ask that all our employees receive COVID vaccines and updated boosters.  

      To Apply 

      Email to apply or to request more information or assistance with your  application. 

      To be considered for this role, we require a cover letter and resume. Great cover letters  describe your interest and qualifications for this position, your commitment to diversity, equity,  and inclusion, and your perspective on affordable housing in our community. 

      For more information on CPAH, please visit our website at This position will be open until filled.