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Director of Communications and Community Relations – Lorain City Schools

School District / Comapny
Lorain City Schools


2601 Pole Ave
Lorain, OH


Position Title
Director of Communications and Community Relations


Number of Openings


Position Type
Full Time


Start Date


Directs, coordinates, maintains, and supports the day-to-day operation of the district’s communications and community relations, including, but not limited to the following areas:
• Media Relations:
o Proactively communicates the district’s message to all forms of media (newspaper, radio, television, social) as spokesperson for the superintendent
o Trains and prepares spokespeople as appropriate
o Researches, writes, and distributes information about district events, achievements, goals, challenges, crises, etc.
o Maintains availability to assist the media in story development
o Monitors media coverage and maintains a file on all school district coverage, both positive and negative
o Provides support to the board of education under direction of the superintendent
• Communications:
o Develops and implements an ongoing external communications program using appropriate tactics
o Identifies and develops opportunities for proactive communications and relationship-building
o Builds a third-party network of communications strategies
o Maintains a crisis communications plan with responsibility for enactment
o Develops and implements an ongoing internal communications plan
o Drafts speeches and presentations for the superintendent
o Advises colleagues on presentations
o Provides support to the board of education under direction of the superintendent
• Community Relations:
o Maintains strong, positive, two-way communication between the community and the schools, using a variety of community engagement techniques
o Builds and fosters positive relationships with community leaders including, but not limited to: elected officials, labor groups, organization heads, religious leaders, minority groups, neighborhood groups, school groups, etc.
o Maintains strong relations with private business and organizations, enlisting and engaging their support as necessary to advance the district’s goals and initiatives
o Arranges and facilitates community listening sessions/discussions groups
o Schedules the superintendent or personally represents the district when appropriate by attending relevant public events, meetings, and gatherings
o Schedules the superintendent to speak at or meet with community organizations, to keep communication flowing or to further specific District needs
o Maintains a database of key stakeholders, including business, civic leaders, and parent organizations
o Provides support to the board of education under direction of the superintendent
• Government Relations:
o Maintains strong, positive, two-way communication between the schools and local and state governments (elected officials and employees)
o Ensures elected officials are kept apprised of the district’s successes and challenges
o Recommends district actions to support civic initiatives
o Schedules the superintendent to meet with elected officials on a regular basis and as needed to further specific district goals
o Provides support to the board of education under direction of the superintendent
• Maintains knowledge of, and develops/implements strategies to ensure compliance with, applicable communications-related federal and state regulations, district policies/procedures, and negotiated Agreements relative to areas of responsibility
• Responds in a timely manner to parent and community concerns about communications and related issues upon request and/or as needed
• May participate in the interview/selection process for new staff members
• Supports the superintendent in overall administrative efforts, interprets and communicates ideas and decisions to staff members, parents, and community members, and provides information on strategic initiatives relative to areas of responsibility
• Attends building-level, district-level, and community meetings as needed, and provides information relative to the areas of responsibility
• May serve as a chair, co-chair, or valued member of building-level, district-level, and community teams or committees
• Works cooperatively with administrators to develop, coordinate, and implement meaningful and effective professional development for staff, students, and families relative to areas of responsibility
• Fosters a collaborative and supportive culture of staff communicating with and assisting each other to improve staff, student, family, and community relationships, and creating a positive work environment
• Maintains communication with other departments and the community, working cooperatively to resolve problems and exchange information and ensuring the respectful behavior of staff members toward students, parents, and members of the community
• Performs any and all other tasks assigned by superintendent or designee, including tasks/duties that are not directly related to the Director of Communications and Community Relations’ central purpose

II. Non-Essential Functions / Other Duties:

• Completes all required reports timely
• Physical and/or environmental requirements include, but are not limited to:
o Ability to frequently sit/stand and occasionally climb, kneel, stoop, bend over, crouch, crawl, carry push, balance, reach, and lift (approximately 20 lbs.)
o Ability to see, corrected or uncorrected, and adjust vision for close vision work
o Ability to speak and be understood
o Ability to hear accurately, corrected, or uncorrected
o Ability to perform duties with light to heavy noise
o Potential exposure to human blood, bodily fluids, tissue, or other potentially infectious materials
o Potential exposure to disgruntled or unruly students and/or adults
o Potential exposure to all hazards associated with printing, copying, duplicating, videotaping, and television studio operations


Experience Required
Minimum Requirements / Qualifications:

• Possess a master’s degree or higher in communications/media relations/journalism from an accredited college or university, or commensurate experience
• Leadership experience in public relations, media relations, and/or journalism
• Experience with common communications management software (i.e. website content management systems, e-newsletters, social media platforms, video conferencing, webinars, chat, surveys, video, robo-call & SMS)
• Advanced knowledge of print and electronic media production
• Multidisciplinary; comfortable writing, designing, photographing, building media relationships, and developing campaigns
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
• Willingness to learn new modes of communication which align with stakeholder needs and preferences

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Excellent organizational, leadership, and multi-tasking skills to successfully perform all duties and responsibilities of the position in a timely manner
• Demonstrated knowledge of current literature, research, developments and trends, and current strategies to successfully oversee the essential functions of the position, with the ability to cross-train staff to effectively and efficiently perform these functions
• Comprehensive knowledge of district policies and regulatory standards related to assigned functions, including thorough knowledge of applicable state and federal laws
• A self-starter with an established track record of successful leadership with the ability to coordinate multiple staff groups, work with community members, organizations, staff and students, and to promote a positive work and learning environment for staff and students
• Strong interpersonal and team-building skills to work harmoniously and effectively to establish positive relationships with staff, students, and parents, and to solve problems and resolve conflicts in a tactful, courteous, and respectful manner
• Strong written and verbal communication and listening skills, essential to effectively relate to, and productively work with, all levels of district staff, parents, students, and the community
• Possess computer/technical skills required to effectively oversee, evaluate, and approve departmental records, documents, and reports
• Ability to operate and use office machines
• Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of an urban school district


Wage or Salary
Base $88,800


Approximate Work Hours or Days
8 Hours/Day


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