Katherine Delmar Burke School is looking for a communications professional to help further the work of preparing girls for the 21st century and to help make the world a better place. You would join a dynamic Advancement Office who is passionate about empowering girls to change the world.
The Director of Communications will help Burke’s continue to flourish in the social media and multimedia realm, as well as in its traditional print communications. We are looking for someone who is creative, versatile, comfortable with digital media, willing to learn new skills, and who has excellent verbal and written communications to help document and share the daily life of the school to a broad range of constituents.
Burke’s is in an exciting phase of its 110-year history. The school is finishing up a five-year capital campaign and a major building project and soon looks forward to undergoing a strategic-planning process and brand refresh to provide guidance for the next 110 years.
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Based on a 110-year tradition of educational excellence, Burke’s today is one of California’s leading elementary schools. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher level critical-thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, and academic rigor.
Director of Communications
The Director of Communications (DOC) reports to the Director of Advancement and is responsible for Burke’s overall communications strategy, including the implementation and production of all communication vehicles, both digital and print, as well as ensuring consistency of brand and visual identity.
This position co-supervises an Advancement and Communications Associate and supervises a part-time Communications Intern. The DOC will work with them as well as outside vendors and other members of the Burke’s faculty and staff to accomplish the following:
Create video and multimedia content to document and promote the daily activities of the school online and in print publications, highlighting key school events and activities
Manage the school’s collection of photography and videos
Design graphics for use in email communications, print banners, and digital display
Oversee all aspects of production (concept, design, content, and editorial) of the school’s print publications, including a magazine and annual report
Produce Tuesday Notes, Burke’s weekly parent newsletter
Create regular digital communications to varied constituencies, including grandparents, alumnae, and parents
Work with volunteers and key staff in devising and creating collateral materials for school-wide events
Assist Advancement Office with the writing of direct mail appeals, funding proposals, and stewardship materials
Oversee all digital media outreach to parents, grandparents, alumnae, prospective parents, and the public, including Burke’s web properties and external sites
Ensure that the Burke’s website is up-to-date, reflects our vibrant community, and is easily navigable for a variety of users
Maintain, prioritize, and implement overall project list for website planning, upgrades, and on-going requests
Oversee school accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, consistently creating and posting dynamic content
Provide technical support for the users of the password-protected areas of the Burke’s website, troubleshooting problems and giving guidance on best practices
Organize required forms and documents for important yearly communications to parents and guardians
Assist with school-wide calendaring system and its integration with the website
Provide training to faculty and staff, trustees, and volunteers on website functionality
Marketing and Strategy
Serve as primary staff liaison to the Marketing Committee of the Board of Trustees and work with that group on long-term projects, including an upcoming brand refresh
Work with Head of School and Director of Advancement on crisis communication plan and, if necessary, implement said plan
Review analytical data to assess and improve effectiveness of communication vehicles
Act as primary liaison to the media, producing and distributing press releases as needed and working to place appropriate press coverage
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. The start date for this position is ASAP.
Bachelor’s degree is required
At least two years of experience in marketing and/or communications, journalism, media, technology, or education
Proven strong writing and editorial skills
A strong understanding of the uses and basic mechanics of digital media
Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
Good customer service skills
Photography and/or video skills a plus
Desktop design experience (Adobe Photoshop and InDesign) a plus
Website content management experience a plus, especially for Whipple Hill/Blackbaud K-12 schools
Additional Salary Information: The school offers competitive compensation based on prior experience and position requirements. Comprehensive benefits are provided including healthcare, dental insurance, retirement, life insurance, AFLAC, daily lunch, great vacation schedules and more. In addition, Bay Area transportation options are possible depending on your location. Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Katherine Delmar Burke School
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 all girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 100-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor, and joyful learning.