The Director of Communications is responsible for advancing the brand and messaging of The Miquon School with all of our key constituency groups. This includes current and prospective students and parents, current and prospective faculty, alumni, media, and local community. Primary responsibilities include managing both internal and external school communications, and coordinating production of the school’s digital and print publications. The Director of Communications will be an ambassador for the School and will need to build relationships with the community and the media with a goal of advancing Miquon’s position with relevant constituents as well as driving broader awareness and donor support for Miquon.
The ideal candidate has strong organizational, writing, and computer skills. They are knowledgeable and passionate about the education of young children, adaptable and a quick study, a creative thinker and problem-solver, and comfortable using and exploring technology. The Director of Communications is a part of the Senior Administrative Team that includes the Principal, the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, the Director of Development, the Director of Finance and Operations, and the Director of Curricular and Professional Growth.
Miquon is an environment in which adults and children treat one another with respect, where tradition is important but change is valued, and the natural world outside every classroom door is a place for everyone to learn and play. The workplace atmosphere is informal, energetic, and supportive. Miquon is a community that values racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and social diversity and we seek applicants who represent and broaden that diversity.
This position is a full-time role, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. For the right candidate, an 80% position would be possible. During COVID, some flexibility of work hours and location is also possible. Some non-traditional work hours are required, including occasional nights and weekends for meetings and special events.
Essential responsibilities include:
Develop and maintain external and internal communications, and initiate marketing and fundraising efforts with the Directors of Development and Admissions
Strategize and create all aspects of the school's print and electronic communications, ensuring the continuity of the school's brand and message.
Proactively manage the school website to keep content fresh, timely, and engaging, while monitoring functionality, site performance, and accuracy, analytics and effectiveness of SEO.
Manage the school's social media strategy, content, and presence.
Serve as writer, editor, and producer of all digital communications including weekly email newsletter, quarterly newsletter, annual magazine, parent emails, and other communications.
Oversee the work of graphic designers, print vendors, and other partners in production of printed materials and web visuals.
Manage all advertising, publicity, and public relations efforts with media and affiliate organizations.
Prepare and maintain emergency communications and media relations plans.
Interact as a key school community member to share and document school events and news via text, photography, and videography.
Manage and update the school archives
Provide communications support materials and tools across school departments and program areas (templates, style guide, branding elements, etc.) to streamline communications throughout the year.
Help pioneer new ways for the school to communicate i.e. podcasts, emerging media, etc.
Manage communications for specific projects that periodically arise including but not limited to community surveys, accreditation materials, strategic planning reports, etc.
This position reports to the Principal.
Miquon has a cohesive plan for learning that makes every effort to mitigate risk from COVID-19 to our community members for the 2020-21 academic year available here.
Five to seven years of relevant full-time experience in marketing, public relations, communications, and publications project management, preferably in a school setting.
Excellent writing, editing, design, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
Excellent technical skills (including MS Office, Mac OS X, Google SuiteApps) and comfort with Content Management Software, Customer Relationship Management, databases, and desktop publishing software.
A strong understanding of the uses and mechanics of social media.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, allowing one to work effectively with colleagues, solve problems, and represent Miquon in the community.
A bachelor's degree or higher.
Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter and work independently, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects at once.
Personality and disposition that are characterized by creativity, detail, intellectual curiosity, and a sense of humor.
Additional Salary Information: Miquon offers a benefits package that includes health, dental, and life insurance, retirement plan, tuition remission, and vacation.
About The Miquon School
The Miquon School is a community that is diverse along ethnic, economic, and religious lines and is actively seeking staff members who represent and broaden that diversity.
We are a small progressive elementary school, Nursery - 6th Grade, located on 10 wooded acres in a valley just outside of Philadelphia. Founded in 1932, we remain dedicated to preserving childhood, using innovative student-centered teaching practices, and developing children's knowledge of and appreciation for the environment.
The Miquon School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation in the employment of staff, admission of students, granting of financial aid, or the administration of school policies.