Hopkins School, an independent, co-educational, college-preparatory day school in New Haven, Connecticut, with more than 700 students in grades 7-12, is seeking a Director of Communications. The successful candidate will manage the development, implementation, and maintenance of communications that reflect the mission of Hopkins School. This position will report to the Head of School and be responsible for school-wide publications, public and media relations, crisis communication plan and management, advancement activities, and the overall strategic direction for internal and external school communications. Roles and Responsibilities include:
Working closely with the Head of School and other members of the leadership team to develop and implement internal and external communications strategies that supports the School’s mission and institutional priorities.
Partnering with departments across the School to identify communication opportunities that will inform and build positive and productive relationships with key audiences, including students, parents, faculty, staff, prospective families, alumni, and the broader community.
Collaborate with the leadership team to help manage and deliver the School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion mission and plan.
Leading the creative process around content creation and production from concept to completion.
Managing on campus staff coordinating outside vendors and contractors.
Working closely with the Director of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing and the Chief Advancement Officer, as appropriate, to develop and execute efforts that attract prospective families, engage current families and alumni, and increase the School’s visibility--locally and nationally.
Working closely with members of the Advancement Office to oversee the development and implementation of communications for fundraising efforts and upcoming campaigns.
Building and fostering relationships with media outlets and managing public relations and media responses.
Partnering with senior administrators on crisis and emergency communications to ensure proper messaging is delivered across all platforms.
Coordinating publications and community-wide correspondence, including collaborating with the Head of School’s office on executive communications.
Capitalizing on the best uses of the website, digital technology, and social media.
Bachelor's degree and 7+ years of experience required. Experience with independent schools or higher education is preferred.
The faculty and staff at Hopkins are motivated by working with young people to instill the love of learning not only in their respective fields but also in the broader community. Hopkins strives to create and foster an equitable, inclusive learning environment that leans into diverse perspectives to create a supportive environment for all to learn. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts that develop a community where all can thrive.
Hopkins School believes that all persons are entitled to equal opportunity for employment and strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital or civil union status, sexual orientation and/or other protected classes. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.
If you would like to apply for this position, please send a cover letter, current resume, contact information for three references or three reference letters, and transcript(s) to: