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Director of Communications Highland Local Schools – Medina County

Duties:

  • Develops, implements, and/or updates the district’s communication plan.
  • Plans, develops and creates written and visual content for the district’s website, publications, annual reports and social media (from content to completion).
  • Creates content, maintains, updates and ensures equitable access to the district’s website.
  • Oversees district social media presence and uses social media as a tool to promote the district. Monitors channels and platforms, daily.
  • Organizes and delivers district mass notifications to key stakeholders.
  • Serves as editor and graphic designer of district publications.
  • Provides leadership for district marketing initiatives.
  • Assists with districtwide/school-specific crisis and/or emergency response communications or other mass communications for public consumption.
  • Ensures oversight of district brand standards/identity guidelines.
  • Assists with district events, as needed.
  • Helps develop and implement the district’s strategic plan. Develop and implement communications plans supporting each initiative. Translate strategy into clear communications that are relevant and meaningful for a variety of audiences (staff, students, community).
  • Photographs activities of students, staff and programs for purposes of publicity for the schools or use in district publications.
  • Serves as the point of contact for all media outlets. Builds and maintains excellent relationships with news media and provides them with needed information that communicates Highland programs and activities and the policies and viewpoints of the superintendent and Board of Education.
  • Collaborates with District personnel for the purpose of developing public communication, including press releases, email items or videos.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with students, parents and other professionals.
  • Responds to inquiries from a variety of internal and external parties (e.g. staff, parents, public agencies, etc.) for the purpose of providing information and facilitating communication among parties.
  • Monitor public opinion to gauge a school’s communication effectiveness.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned by the Superintendent.

 

Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Marketing, Journalism or related field, required.
  • At least five years of relevant experience in communications, public relations, media relations or related fields. Experience in a K-12 education setting, preferred.
  • Highly knowledgeable in using Adobe Creative Suite for print/digital design.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite.
  • Ability to follow established branding guidelines.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with photography.
  • Ability to create short videos for social media.
  • Knowledge of AP Style.
  • Demonstrates initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Experience developing written publications, reports, brochures, newsletters, email notices, web pages, social media content, press releases, speeches, etc.
  • Experience in website design and management.
  • Experience working effectively and navigating relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, such as board members, administrators, colleagues and community members.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to operate in high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to influence and lead others.
  • Experience in public and external relations, including crisis communications.
  • Ability to demonstrate strategic thinking and leadership skills.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of communications technologies, social media and emerging trends in communications technology.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality work within tight time constraints.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use good judgment and discretion.
  • Knowledge of print processes.

 

Wage or Salary: $85,000 to $105,000 (based upon experience & qualifications) Approximate Work Hours or Days: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., some evening hours required

 

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and references to:

 

Laura Denomme, Administrative Assistant

ldenomme@highlandschools.org

Subject Line:  Communications Director Application – (Your First and Last Name)

 

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS:

  • Letter of introduction, outlining relevant work experience • Current resume • Three (3) current references

 

PORTFOLIO:

Candidates will be asked to provide a portfolio showcasing content they developed. This must include written pieces and multimedia projects that demonstrate graphic design ability and photography components.

 

Posting End Date: 2022-08-15

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