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Communications Manager


Position Type Staff
Start 07/15/2019
School Name Bush School, The
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 07/10/2019

The Bush School is dedicated to valuing different perspectives and backgrounds, inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, and encouraging compassion and kindness. Our employees enjoy an environment that inspires creativity and being part of a collaborative community.

Communications Manager Seattle, WA

Full Time (40 hours per week)

Salary based upon experience

This position is eligible for health and retirement benefits (details available during hiring process).

The Bush School is in search of an individual to join our Communications Department as the Communications Manager. We are seeking a candidate who will support the school’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who has a background that displays and demonstrates an understanding of cultural fluency.

The Communications Manager position reports to the Director of Enrollment Management and Communications and is a key member of a highly collaborative Communications Team. In addition, the Communications Manager contributes to an integrated internal and external communications program that supports the school’s mission and strategic goals, and works closely with members of the administrative group, faculty, staff, student, and parent community.

The Communications Manager is responsible for three primary areas, which include:

  • 1.Project Management: manage projects relating to internal and external communications while working with the Communications Associate
  • 2.Writer and Copy Editor: create and publish weekly and strategic online and printed publications while supporting general communication, marketing and public relations
  • 3.Production Artist: support technical and creative in-house projects

The Communications Manager serves as the primary project manager for the Communications Team. Together, the Communications Team supports four key constituencies:

  • 1.Head of School and Board of Trustees
  • 2. Development and Alumni Relations
  • 3. Admissions and Enrollment Management
  • 4. Internal Affairs (Administrative Group, Divisions, Departments, Families Association, and Athletics)

The Communications Manager is a critical member of The Bush School’s Advancement Team, which is comprised of Communications, Development, and Admissions staff. Together, they serve to advance The Bush School’s mission through an integrated method of managing relationships and communications among The Bush School’s key constituents. In addition, the Communications Manager works closely with the Communications Associate, Director of Technology, Staff of the Technology Department and Database Manager.

While other duties may be assigned, a qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities and tasks as listed below by focus area:

Project Management

  • Create and implement effective project management systems that successfully plan, monitor and execute the work of the Communications Team
  • Lead project management efforts for various Communications projects, e.g. Divisional projects, constituent surveys, admissions and development publications, web content, families association events
  • Develop and coordinate an effective and reliable system for setting priorities and communicating expectations and timelines for shared projects, while also focusing on exemplary customer service, effective communication and clear project goals
  • Coordinate printing and the work of vendors who serve the school’s communications, marketing, and public relations needs, such as graphic designers, photographers, copywriters and printers
  • Respond promptly to all inquiries related to communications and public relations
  • Build relationships with key parent partners and volunteers
  • Ensure open and fluid communication between Communications Team, parents and school leadership

Writing and Editing

  • Write, edit, market and publish content for school’s online and print publications as well as internal communications, e.g. Experience Magazine, Divisional communications, letters, memos, reports, discussion documents, proposals, presentations, Admissions materials (i.e. view book, Open House handouts, etc.), Development materials (i.e. Annual Report, Campaign materials, etc.), written content of school website, back to school information, booster club
  • Serve as school’s lead copy editor for weekly Communication Team needs
  • Coordinate written and visual communication needs with Communications Associate for print and online materials
  • Support critical messaging and communications needs of Head of School and school leadership as identified by supervisor, to include crisis communications
  • Oversee the ongoing use of an all-school style guide for visual and written communication in partnership with supervisor

Production Artist

  • Coordinate graphic design needs for communications projects
  • Serve as in-house production artist
  • Create new graphics for on-line communications, posters, invitations, and other needs and/or engage freelance graphic designer
  • Update existing design files in InDesign for publication, as needed
  • Work with print vendors and installers to ensure quality and accuracy

Essential Skills

  • The successful candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or a related field
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in the execution of marketing, communication and public relations activities
  • Two (2) or more years of leadership and/or management experience preferred
  • Exemplary communications skills; e.g. writing, editing, publishing
  • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously with the ability to initiate, plan, monitor and execute a project
  • Highly motivated for success with an attention to details
  • Willing to work longer hours during peak times in order to complete a project, as well as nights and weekends, as needed
  • Strong interpersonal skills that are conducive to working with a collaborative team and instrumental in establishing and sustaining effective working relationships
  • Ability to effectively work independently, as a leader, and as part of a team
  • Computer skills: Working knowledge of MS Office suite is required; knowledge of WhippleHill or other web based CMS is highly desirable
  • Knowledge and experience in using social media as a communications and marketing vehicle
  • Willingness to assume additional responsibilities as required.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants interested in applying for this opportunity should visit our website at www.bush.eduand navigate to the employment section of the website (found under the “About Bush” tab) for additional information/instructions.

If you are interested in working at The Bush School, but this position does not fit your talents, please visit the employment section of our website noted above.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information. In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.

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