Township High School District 214
Township High School District 214 offers an opportunity to join a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon District. We are comprised of six exemplary high schools, and three innovative specialized learning schools. We are the largest high school district in Illinois and are located 25 miles northwest of Chicago. Five of our high schools were awarded the Silver Medal of Recognition by US News & World Report. Township High School District 214 is the recipient of the 2010 Lincoln Bronze Award for “Commitment to Excellence” by the Lincoln Foundation and the leader behind Redefining Ready!, a national initiative re-defining how students are ready to succeed beyond high school.
The Communications Coordinator develops all content and strategic campaigns to help build the District’s brand locally, regionally, and nationally. Possessing strong writing and editing skills and serving as the main point of contact for media, this individual secures strategic media placements to help shape the narrative about public education and District 214’s role in developing innovative solutions to help students discover their future. Manages department projects and leads storytelling content development and distribution through all digital platforms including websites, social media, video, podcast and emerging platforms and executes all marketing and community engagement initiatives, events and campaigns for the District, Community Education and Education Foundation.
- Bachelor’s degree and experience in journalism, media, marketing, public relations or related fields.
- Strong writing and editing skills.
- Bilingual and able to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently preferred.
- Ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines.
- Excellent people and communications skills.
- Experience managing direct reports and/or coordinating the work of others.
- Demonstrated social media and marketing savvy.
- Growth and collaboration mindset.
- Customer service focused.
- Demonstrated expertise in team development.
- Excellent knowledge of MS Office and Google Suite.
- Outstanding leadership and organizational skills.
- Excellent problem-solving ability.
- Ability to work occasional nights and weekends as needed.
- Serves as the main point of contact for media and leads local, regional, and national media pitches and develops and manages internal news and content curation process with the District departments, schools, Community Education and Education Foundation.
- Develops concepts and writes and edits all types of content including but not limited to media pitches, submitted content, blog posts, website content, social media, talking points, white papers, newsletters, and District publications.
- Interacts with other department team members on a daily basis in order to develop and manage all content for marketing and communications efforts and strategic communications campaigns for the District, schools, Community Education, and Education Foundation.
- Manages marketing and communications projects and serves as the lead point of contact for content development and project management.
- Assists in the development of effective communication to enhance District messages of anti-bias and anti-racism.
- Assigns, tracks, and coordinates complex projects for publication content through production using work-flow processing tools and project management strategies and ensures all stakeholders meet established and agreed-upon deadlines.
- Oversees project schedules, monitors budgets, and anticipates deadlines and approvals.
- Manages, develops, and directs social media and digital content efforts including video, photography, and other digital content and manages the day-to-day social media accounts.
- Utilizes the District’s mass notification systems and email platforms to keep stakeholders informed on a consistent basis.
- Oversees the day-to-day management of the content for District, school, and associated websites to ensure timely and accurate updates and information across all sites.
- Meets regularly with stakeholders regarding their marketing and communications needs and undertakes research during the planning process.
- Assists with crisis communications, issue management, policy, and legislative initiatives.
- Reviews and analyzes analytics to modify strategies and tactics to ensure marketing and communications efforts are reaching intended audiences and meeting strategic objectives.
- Ensures communications are translated in needed languages and meets ADA requirements on websites.
- Manages the annual editorial calendar.
- Assists in the coordination of FOIA, award programs, and community engagement events.
- Manages assigned community engagement and outreach programs, initiatives, and events.
- Provides communications training to staff.
- Other duties as assigned.
LENGTH OF CONTRACT: Full Year Assignment
SALARY: Supervisory Salary Schedule $68,693 to $82,432 ; Plus Benefits Package
EFFECTIVE DATE OF APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2021
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Apply online by Friday, April 19.
In addition to completing an application, candidates are required to provide all of the following electronically, as separate items:
- A single page cover letter.
- A resume.
- Three (3) current letters of recommendation.
- Minimum of three (3) writing samples.
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