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Director of Communications


Position Type Administrator
Start 03/28/2019
School Name Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
City, State Bellevue, WA 
Posted 03/14/2019

Title: Director of Communications

Reports to: Director of Institutional Advancement

FTE: Full-Time, Regular, Year-Round

Who We Are:

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart provides a diverse and rigorous college preparatory environment that inspires young women to become confident, compassionate leaders. As a member of a global network of more than 150 schools, we educate to the core of our 200-year tradition through the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels one to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart educates young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress. Our graduates change the world.

Job Summary:

Forest Ridge is looking for a dynamic leader to direct its communications department. The Director of Communications at Forest Ridge School is responsible for facilitating and communicating the identity and mission of the School to external and internal constituencies especially those targeted for Admissions and Development. The Director of Communications is responsible for creating and overseeing all print and electronic communications to parents, alumnae, donors and the public. S/he will provide the written content for the school magazine, advertising, marketing and website materials, in addition to written support for the Head of School, Development and Admission teams and other school departments. S/he will work closely with the Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications and is comfortable communicating with all Forest Ridge constituents, including the Board of Trustees, Head of School, Faculty & Staff, parents, students and alumnae.

The Director of Communications reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develops strategic school-wide communications plan, including a messaging framework, to ensure a cohesive, streamlined process
  • Embraces the school’s culture and proactively seeks opportunities to advance the school’s mission with regular announcements of accomplishments, articles of interest and events in the local and wider community
  • Works collaboratively with Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications on digital and social media programs to ensure consistency of Forest Ridge voice and message
  • Maintains the school’s publication calendar (publication dates, deadlines leading to production, specific themes)
  • Produces communications and publications for internal and external communities: parents, faculty and staff, alumnae, friends, benefactors, the media, prospective families, etc.
  • Writes and advises in the development and production of all school publications, including but not limited to; the school magazine, Mes Amis, Admission’s collateral, Forest Ridge’s website, Post-It, Annual Report, e-communications, school blog, etc.
  • Reviews and proofreads written communications from the school community including letters, newsletters and print publications
  • Acts as a resource to all departments and Parent Association (PA) volunteers on written content for printed communications and materials, including but not limited to flyers, brochures, programs, signs, announcements, invitations, etc.
  • Advises other offices on their internal and external communications efforts
  • Writes press releases
  • Spearheads communications with the Director of Institutional Advancement in the wake of any crisis and in response to decisions of the Crisis Team
  • Attends major school events and captures their essence for communication purposes
  • Represents Forest Ridge in a professional manner
  • Performs other duties as required

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in marketing, communications, journalism or English
  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant communications experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Impeccable writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter with ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • An eagerness to learn new approaches and a positive attitude
  • Interpersonal skills, including the desire to work in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent diplomacy skills with respect to enforcing quality standards with school constituencies
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Work under tight deadlines with high attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic
  • Proficient in InDesign
  • General digital literacy (use of a laptop, connecting to the network, internet safety, operating a network phone system and copier system, etc.), intermediate to advanced skills in MS Office Suite products (Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, etc.), web applications such as Google Suite, video conferencing software, etc. as appropriate to job duties; ability to master common automated systems, and confidently learn new technology
  • Ability to sit and keyboard up to 8 hours per day
  • Ability to talk on the phone
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to walk around campus
  • Ability to successfully pass both initial and periodic federal, state and local background checks
  • Some local travel required
  • Flexibility, maturity, and a good sense of humor

Salary/Benefits: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Application Process: Applicants should email cover letter and resume to Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Attn: Casey O’Rourke, Director of Institutional Advancement, corourke@forestridge.org. This position is open until filled.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart does not discriminate in its employment decisions or practices on the basis of gender, age, race, color, marital status, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any disability that can be reasonably accommodated in the administration of its educational policies and school-administered programs.

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