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Director of Marketing and Communications

St. Mary's Academy

St. Mary's Academy

http://www.stmaryspdx.org/

Posted: 3/7/2017
Location: Portland Metro
Closing Date: open until filled
Industry: Communications, Marketing, Nonprofit
Type: Full Time

Description:
This is an opportunity to play a key role in the continued success and growth of Oregon’s oldest continually operating high school and its only all-girls school. Full-time, salaried, exempt, 12-month position. The Director of Marketing and Communications should be dynamic and forward thinking to create and communicate a compelling story about this unique school and its educational mission. Efforts will support Academics, Admissions and Development departments while advancing the mission of the school through storytelling as we prepare for a major Capital Campaign. The Director will oversee and actively participate in the creation, design, budgeting, and production of all school publications including the school magazine, annual report, and annual admissions materials. Additionally, he/she will oversee all advertising, publicity, public relations and a suite of materials in support of the Campaign. This position supervises and directs communications staff and reports to the Vice President for Development while maintaining strong relationships with the entire administrative leadership team, including the school’s principal and president.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Lead the development, management, implementation, and measurement of an integrated communications strategy that reflects the mission, brand, and values of St. Mary’s Academy
• Ensure brand integrity, quality, and consistency across all departments, activities, and events at the school and among professional and volunteer leadership
• Collaborate with director of admissions to design and implement an annual communications plan, message strategy, and calendar to increase student applications and maintain prospective student and family interest
• Collaborate with development office to design and implement an annual communications plan, message strategy, and calendar to increase visibility and engagement with donor and donor-prospect constituency groups
• Build relationships with all other school departments to provide efficient and effective marketing services and training opportunities. This includes but is not limited to Academics, Athletics, and Summer Programs
• Maintain a highly coordinated asset management system for images, videos, and ads
• Initiate, oversee, and apply market research analytics, as appropriate
• Oversee staff to manage the design and content of the school’s website, as well as media relations, and social media presence
• Work closely with graphic designers to conceptualize and implement design solutions that meet marketing needs and strategies
• Hire and manage the work of independent contractors and other vendors (designers, printers, photographers, mailing houses, etc.) from bidding process to on-time project completion
• Administer the department’s budget responsibly
• Stay current on industry standards and innovation through a commitment to ongoing professional development
• Represent the school at key fundraising and community events (some evening and weekend work required).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• BA/BS or equivalent in marketing, communications, or related field
• Seven years of progressive experience leading multi-channel marketing and communications efforts, with measurable successes
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite
• Eye for web and print design; experience with responsive design sites
• Experience in supervising marketing/communications staff


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Seven to ten years of relevant experience
• Experience in non-profit or educational setting
• Strategic marketing and communications experience
• Understanding of development, fundraising and capital campaigns

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to articulate St. Mary’s unique educational mission as a Catholic, all-girls, college-preparatory high school
• Ability and enthusiasm to perform in a fast-paced environment that includes over 800 students, teachers and staff
• Project management and budgeting skills
• Organizational skills, ability to manage a broad scope of activities with multiple deadlines
• Intercultural competency, ability to interact with and compel a diverse array of individuals with diplomacy and aplomb
• Interpersonal skills, ability to maintain collaborative, collegial working relationships
• Discretion, ability to maintain confidentiality where appropriate
• Ability to exercise leadership skills while engaging in collaborative, team-based work

Application Guidelines/Contact:
Position is open until filled. Qualified applicants may submit resume, cover letter, three professional references and salary history/expectations to Annie Diess/Development Associate at annie.diess@smapdx.org. Please submit materials as a single pdf. No phone calls please.
Applicant Review will begin March 22, 2017.

Salary:
Information not posted

Application Url:
http://www.stmaryspdx.org/about/contact-us/career-opportunities

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