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Communications Manager – Position Open

Position Open

Communications Manager

REPORTS TO:                                 Director of Advancement

POSITIONS SUPERVISED:       Potential for Communications Intern

HOURS & FLSA STATUS:           Full Time, non-exempt

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW:

Catholic Central High School is rich in both history and tradition. Founded in 1906 by Bishop Henry Richter and the Dominican Sisters, it is the oldest Catholic, coeducational diocesan high school in the U.S. It draws and benefits from a culturally diverse student body. And, since being established, over 20,000 students have graduated, many of whom still serve our community today.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Communications Manager will ensure that all Catholic Central communications—including social media channels, print publications, marketing materials, email marketing, website, press releases, graphic design etc.—properly support and reflect our strategic mission and goals for recruitment, fundraising initiatives, alumni, parent and community relations essential to sustaining our school’s competitive position and continued strength.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Act as Project Manager working with freelance graphic and website designers – and video production companies – to create captivating pieces for school events and marketing purposes. Communications Manager’s leadership pushes all projects forward by creating timelines, following up, and seeing project through from start to finish.
  • Editor-In-Chief of Inside Catholic Central magazine—the school’s bi-yearly publication sent to 16,000 readers. Responsibilities include: brainstorming story ideas, creating a publication timeline, writing/editing stories, coordinating interviews, taking photos, organizing electronic files, sending files to designer, asking for print quotes, coordinating aesthetic layout and seeing the project through to publication.
  • Primary administrator of Social Media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Communications Manager, along with the assistance of a communications intern, must create, curate, research, find and schedule all content. Communications Manager should track analytics and effectiveness of all social mediums.
  • Creator of all email marketing pieces, including but not limited to, bi-weekly “Cougar Parent News” parent emails, alumni emails, event promotion/invitations, holiday blasts, and Athletic Booster Blasts.
  • Serve as Communications Strategist. Create when necessary and implement current communications strategy across all departments and communications mediums to advance the mission of the school over the next 3-5 years.
  • Act as Building Webmaster (primary publisher and editor) of school website. This includes ensuring continuity of the school’s message across all pages of the site, updating featured photography, posting news stories and creating online forms.
  • Write and distribute all media releases. Responsible for collecting stories, responding to inquiries, and creating feature articles for news media. Monitor and track effectiveness of media efforts.
  • Responsible for the design, layout and production of various communications and give-a-ways throughout the year; including but not limited to brochures, reports, programs, posters, direct mail, invitations, signage, etc. as requested.
  • Coordinate with Advancement and Admissions staff the planning and scheduling of all marketing and communications requests to various constituents – parents, alumni, prospective families, internal, etc. Assist in the planning/staffing of major events.
  • Manage school photography – identify photo opportunities, coordinate photography (professional or in-house) for various events; file and store all school photographs with the appropriate labels for ease of use in the future.
  • Maintain the school’s identity and brand guidelines by enforcing visual standards, accurate messaging and style throughout all school communications and branded merchandise.
  • Assist in creating, writing, and/or reformatting documents created by or for various administrative departments. Direct, coordinate and write school communication pieces—focusing heavily on advancement.
  • When asked, serve on Strategic Planning committee and committees for fundraising campaigns.
  • Occasional night and weekend work required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, English or related field
  • 2-3 years’ experience executing internal and external communications for large organizations; non-profit experience a plus
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills and strong attention to detail
  • Copy editing and professional writing experience
  • Proficient in common social media platforms for businesses: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Experience producing both print and online communications
  • Graphic design skills in the Adobe Creative Suite and/or Canva
  • Skilled in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint); experience in mail merging a plus
  • High degree of respect and confidentiality for private donor and internal personal information —abiding by AFP’s donor bill of rights
  • Ability to prioritize among competing goals to execute on tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, as well as on a team

Preferred:

  • Working knowledge of website content management systems; knowledge of basic HTML a plus.
  • Media relations experience—identifying story ideas, writing press releases, pitching stories to news outlets, distributing information—preferred.
  • The Raiser’s Edge donor database software experience a plus.
  • Previous work in nonprofit advancement/fundraising.

SALARY:

Commensurate with experience

TO APPLY:

Please submit a letter of introduction, current resume, three professional references, and four-five samples of professional writing to Beth Banta, Director of Advancement, at bethbanta@grcatholiccentral.org.  Applications will be held in confidence at this time.

Review of applicants will begin immediately.