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Communications Specialist (Immediate)

The Communications Specialist is a year-round staff position on a three-person team. The Communications Specialist plays a pivotal role in conveying the school’s mission and programs, as well as critical operational and logistical information, to alumni, families, donors, faculty, staff, students, and the public. The position reports to the Director of Communications.

Responsibilities 

Operational and Editorial Writing: Conceptualize and produce engaging and informative stories, photos, video, and other communications that meet the school’s strategic communications goals and are consistent with Packer’s positioning. Write and edit stories about school events, classes, and curriculum, as well as profiles of community members. Write and edit letters, announcements, promotional copy, and other content for Development, Admissions, and other departments and programs. 

Project Management: Create and carry out production schedules for major print and digital projects, including The Packer Magazine. Serve as primary liaison to external vendors and freelancers. Process P.O.s and invoices. Excellent organizational skills are a must.

Primary Liaison to Development Office: Coordinate and lead the Communications Office’s bi-weekly meetings with the Development Office. Develop and carry out production schedules for all print and digital projects for the Development Office, overseeing all stages of execution and proofreading for quality, clarity, and accuracy. Manage alumni editorial content and projects, serving as creative partner to the Alumni Director.

Website Management: Oversee the regular updating and maintenance of the Packer website (Finalsite Composer). Manage and upload website content and information. Maintain and provide user support for Parent, Faculty/Staff, and Student Portals and Packer email (Finalsite and Veracross). Provide website support to other departments. 

Email Communications: Manage communications schedule for division, administrative, and Development emails. Write, edit, produce, and send emails and newsletters. Support other departments and programs in creating and sending email newsletters.

Photography and Informal Videography: Identify and document compelling events, classes, and the Packer environment. Edit and produce finished products. Develop concepts and scripts for freelance photographers and videographers, as needed.  

Digital Asset Management: Edit and maintain a growing database of photo and video assets. 

Emergency Communications: Serve on Incident Command Team. Support Director of Communications with emergency communications.

Skills and Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of outstanding attention to detail; a strong work ethic, excellent verbal and visual communication skills, most of all in writing and editing; an eagerness to develop new skills and refine existing ones; and be able to balance independent self-management with collaboration. Candidates must have experience producing and editing high-quality writing, digital photography, and videography. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (communications, marketing, journalism, public relations, digital media) and professional experience; or commensurate professional experience, preferably in an educational or nonprofit setting. 

Other requirements include proficiency with: Google Suite; content management and digital asset management systems; Google Analytics; basic HTML; Adobe Creative Cloud (particularly Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign); iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, or Final Cut Pro.

Travel Requirements: The ability to cover off-campus day trips and evening events, when necessary, is also required. 

Application Process

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to hr@packer.edu “Job Listing 48004” in the subject line of the email. Interviewed candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio containing three to five examples of pertinent work 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. On in-person learning days and some non-instructional days, snacks and lunch are available to all employees at no cost. 

Additional Information

Packer is seeking to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive professional community. We actively encourage applications from candidates with broad and diverse backgrounds and from individuals of all races, national origins, and beliefs. Please visit www.packer.edu/jobs and www.packer.edu/diversity. Read about our Anti-Racism Action Plan at www.packer.edu/anti-racism and www.packer.edu/impact.

The Packer Collegiate Institute is an independent coeducational day school located in Brooklyn Heights. Founded in 1845, Packer 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.”

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