Packer is looking for a Communications Specialist to join the Communications Office. Our three-person communications team works to convey the mission and programs of the School through engaging, informative, and timely content, consistent with the school’s strategic communications goals. The Communications Specialist is a full-time, non-exempt, year-round staff position, and reports to the Director of Communications.
Photography and Videography: Shoot, edit, and produce high-quality photos and video. Identify and document compelling events, classes, and the Packer environment. Conduct video interviews of Packer community members. Develop concepts and scripts for freelance photographers and videographers, as needed.
Writing: Write and edit magazine and website stories about school events, classes, and curriculum, and community members. Conduct interviews and develop written profiles of community members. Write and edit letters, announcements and invitations, promotional copy, and other content for Development, Admissions, and other departments and programs.
Social Media: Create fresh, engaging content for Packer’s social media feeds, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Collaborate with and guide other departments’ and programs’ use of social media, including Athletics, Arts, and Alumni.
Digital Asset Management: Edit and maintain a growing database of photo and video assets.
Email Communications: Edit, produce, and send newsletters, and create newsletter templates. Support other departments and programs in creating and sending email newsletters.
Website Management: Create, curate, upload, maintain, and manage editorial and operational content for the Packer website. Provide website support to other departments. Knowledge of Finalsite’s Composer 2 module helpful.
Emergency Communications Management: Support Director of Communications with emergency communications as needed.
Skills and Qualifications
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field (digital media, video editing and/or video production, marketing/communications, journalism, public relations) or commensurate work-related experience, preferably in an educational or nonprofit setting. Candidates must have demonstrated abilities to produce and edit high-quality writing, digital photography, and videography. The successful candidate will have demonstrated attention to detail, a strong work ethic, excellent verbal and visual communication skills, and an eagerness to develop new skills and refine existing ones, as well as be able to balance independent self-management with collaboration.
Other requirements include: proficiency with Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro; Adobe Creative Cloud (particularly Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign); content management and digital asset management systems; Hootsuite; Google Analytics; and Google Suite or Microsoft Office. HTML, Finalsite, and/or Veracross proficiency are helpful.
Travel Requirements: The ability to cover afternoon and evening events as well as occasional off-campus day trips is also required.
Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to hr@Packer.edu with “Job Posting 48004” in the subject line of the email. To be considered, materials submitted should be titled: “Last Name First Name - [Document Title].”
Interviewed candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio containing: three to five examples of pertinent photo/video work; two or three writing samples; and three to five references. References should address the candidate’s standard of work and work ethic, ability to meet deadlines, and ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and harmoniously with other adults.
Compensation and Benefits
The Packer Collegiate Institute offers competitive salaries and benefits, as well as resources for professional development.
Packer is seeking to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive professional community. We actively encourage applications from individuals with broad and diverse backgrounds.
Packer is an independent coeducational day school located in Brooklyn Heights. The oldest independent school in Brooklyn, Packer was founded in 1845 and enrolls 1000+ students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade. We are committed to our mission of developing young people who “think deeply, speak confidently, [and] act with purpose and heart.”
About The Packer Collegiate Institute
Grounded in rich traditions while embracing the future, Packer is a diverse community that balances the value of scholarship and the intellect with the importance of meaningful and sustained relationships. Guided by dedicated adults, Packer students are challenged to develop talents, pursue aspirations, and become empathetic, responsible, globally-minded women and men.
We educate students to:
Act with Purpose and Heart