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Director of Marketing and Communications

We are seeking an experienced Marketing and Communications Director to lead our marketing and communication efforts at SJDA (San Jose Downtown Association). The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successfully developing and implementing marketing and communication strategies that drive engagement, increase brand awareness, and build strong relationships with key stakeholders. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and communication strategies that support the SJDA’s goals and objectives. 
  • Lead and manage a small team of marketing and communication professionals, ensuring that they are motivated, engaged and working towards achieving their objectives. 
  • Responsible for communications to, for and about the San Jose Downtown Association (Including its subsidiaries – PBID, Foundation and DCDC) to its various constituencies, including members, downtown employees, residents, media, local government officials, and SJDA staff. 
  • Analyze data to assure most effective communications to each audience. 
  • Develop and implement public relations/communications strategy and plan as it relates to overall SJDA organizational strategies and advocacy efforts. 
  • Lead media contact and coordinate responses with CEO, Deputy Director and staff most qualified to respond to media inquiries. Craft and oversee distribution of SJDA communications to the public, including press releases, editorials, and op/ed pieces, letters to the editor and photo opportunities. 
  • Responsible for the timely creation and distribution of all SJDA communications, including newsletters, events calendar and website content. 
  • Oversee the development and execution of marketing campaigns, activations, and initiatives that build brand awareness, drive engagement, and increase revenue through sponsorship. 
  • Monitor and analyze market trends, competitor activity, and customer feedback to identify new opportunities for growth. 
  • Collaborate with internal teams to ensure that all marketing and communication efforts are coordinated and aligned with overall business objectives. 
  • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders, such as media, influencers, and community leaders, to amplify the SJDA’s message and increase brand visibility. 
  • Develop and manage the departmental budget, ensuring that resources are allocated efficiently and effectively. 
  • Ensure that all marketing and communication efforts are in compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or a related field. 
  • 5+ years of experience in marketing and communication, with a minimum of 2 years in a management position. 
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing successful marketing strategies that drive engagement, increase brand awareness, and build strong relationships with key stakeholders. 
  • Experience managing a team of marketing and communication professionals, with a focus on motivating, coaching and developing team members. 
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data to inform marketing and communication decisions. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively communicate with internal teams, stakeholders, and external partners. 
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Strong understanding of marketing and communication principles, including branding, messaging, and customer segmentation. 
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and make strategic decisions that align with business objectives. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates. 

We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package, which includes PTO, health insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance and a matching 401K plan. The salary range is between $90-120k/year, depending on experience. 

If you are passionate about marketing and communications, have a proven track record of success, and are looking for an exciting new challenge, we encourage you to apply for this position. 

Please send your resume and cover to 

Become a DTSJ Champion

Are you looking for seasonal employment that gets you out into the community? The San Jose Downtown Association is looking to create a DTSJ Champions team that markets downtown San Jose, its events and the work of the San Jose Downtown Association across Santa Clara County. Please look at our website before applying, to better understand our mission, programs and services.
Details on the position are below:

Job Description:

A candidate for the position of a DTSJ Champion is an outgoing, dynamic person with exceptional written and oral communication skills. They are self-motivated individuals who will be responsible for engaging with others on a personal basis in order to promote downtown San Jose, SJDA’s events, promotions and members.

Key Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

  • Spreading brand awareness through word-of-mouth marketing techniques
  • Distributing posters, stickers, and flyers throughout assigned Santa Clara County communities
  • Evangelizing SJDA’s promotions, events and programming to downtown businesses, SJSU students and residents
  • Operating as the “face” of downtown activation
  • Attending relevant events to promote downtown San Jose
  • Transporting promotional materials to and from various locations
  • This individual must develop a comprehensive understanding of downtown San Jose, the San Jose Downtown Association, and its programs.
  • This position works closely with the DTSJ Champions Manager and the Team members to organize and coordinate tabling events.


  • The position will require approximately 5-20 hours per week (hours are flexible), October – December and January – June
  • Passionate, engaged and energetic with strong presentation and oral communication skills
  • A Social Media presence as an influencer is preferred
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish or Vietnamese are a plus.
  • Willing to learn about and become well-versed in all things downtown San Jose
  • Some customer service or public speaking experience is preferred
  • Able to transport event materials to various locations on in Santa Clara County
  • Must be punctual and dependable
  • Organized and responsible
  • Ability to self-motivate with little or no supervision
  • Must be able to work some night and weekend hours
  • Must complete SJDA outreach training
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds

The position pays between $20 and $22/ hour, depending on experience and role within the team.
Please send a letter of interest, explaining why you are interested in becoming a DTSJ Champion and what qualifies you for the position (experience, skills, accomplishments) together with you resume to Human Resources at
Attn: Brenda Zendejas, DTSJ Champions Manager


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