Bishop Ireton High School has an opening in mid-late June 2019 for an experienced Communication & Marketing Specialist. This 12-month, full-time position reports directly to the Director of Advancement. We are seeking an innovative professional, preferably with experience in an educational setting, who can manage the identity of our diocesan Catholic school and contribute to the strategic growth of the Bishop Ireton brand.
The Communication & Marketing Specialist will plan, develop, implement, and monitor all internal and external communications and marketing endeavors for the school. This individual will ensure that all correspondence (electronic and print publications, press releases, mailers, website, social media, etc.) is mission-driven, Christ-centered, accurately branded, relevant, competitive, and ultimately supports Bishop Ireton's advancement and other initiatives.
The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, creative, and flexible team player who embraces challenges and works proactively. The right candidate will engage a wide range of stakeholders, build relationships internally and externally, and is able to tell Bishop Ireton’s stories in a compelling and captivating way.
Provide strategic communications for all areas/departments across the school. Effectively steward the school’s marketing and rebranding campaign and continue to integrate effective communication across all platforms.
Oversee an integrated publicity effort (via both electronic and print) to ensure maximum exposure for Bishop Ireton’s Catholic identity and academic, athletic, and artistic endeavors, and individual student and faculty accomplishments. This position supports the school’s advancement and enrollment initiatives and campaigns.
Write and place articles and press releases for both internal and external media outlets regarding both on- and off-campus events that spotlight students, alumni, faculty, and other members of the Ireton community.
Produce and edit the weekly newsletter and manage all-school communications. Manage the editorial content of the Bishop Ireton website and social media accounts to be reflective of current activities at the school.
Serve as Editor-in-Chief of the school magazine, Cardinal Connection, and, as such, oversee all aspects of the publication, from concept through design to editing and printing.
Coordinate photography and video coverage for school and alumni events.
Develop and coordinate a communications/marketing budget; monitor and manage expenditures throughout the budget year.
Update and maintain records and archives.
Other job-related duties as assigned.
Contact: We invite qualified candidates to consider becoming part of our community by submitting a cover letter, current resume, at least three writing samples (one should be from social media), and at least three (3) professional references by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, or a related field.
3-5 years of communications and/or marketing experience, ideally in a school setting or nonprofit organization.
Superior written and verbal communication skills, including editing. Excellent attention to detail. Ability to follow brand and style guidelines.
Experience in digital marketing, writing for the web, and use of website content management systems.
Proven ability to optimize presence on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.).
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop, required. Basic knowledge of HTML.
Excellent organization skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively work in a fast paced environment with frequently changing priorities, deadlines, and workloads that can be variable for long periods of time. Ability to exercise good judgment.
Must be able to meet established deadlines and handle multiple customer service demands from internal and external stakeholders.
Proven ability to establish strong working relationships and negotiate effectively.
Knowledge of Blackbaud Suite of services or willingness to learn.
Understanding of and commitment to Catholic teachings and practices or willingness to learn.
Terms of Employment:
Candidates must be a United States citizen at time of hire.
Full-time, FLSA Exempt, 12-month employee
Hours subject to responsibilities of position and may require occasional evening and weekend duty
Background check and Virtus training
Start Date: Mid-late June 2019
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience
About Bishop Ireton High School
Bishop Ireton is a Catholic, college preparatory, co-educational high school serving students from across the Washington Metropolitan area in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1964, Bishop Ireton is one of four high school's in the Diocese of Arlington, and is rooted in the tradition of Salesian spirituality taught by the Religious Congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, our founding religious order. Following our Live Jesus! Charter, the School continues an affiliation with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.Bishop Ireton is located near historic Old Town Alexandria and has an entirely college prep curriculum. There are AP and honors courses in all disciplines and an Academic Enrichment program provides daily support for those who need it. Seventy percent of students participate in the athletic program and there are more than 50 co-curricular clubs and activities. BI is home to an internationally renowned music and award-wining drama program. There is a four-year comprehensive community service program. Bishop Ireton students earn millions in scholarship money and attain top SAT scores and 99% college placement.Bishop Ireton is fortunate to have dedicated lay facu...lty and staff, 80% of which have advanced degrees, as well as a full time chaplain from the Diocese of Arlington and teachers and administrators from the Franciscan and Holy Cross Religious Communities. Faculty teach their students according to the unique spirit of St. Francis de Sales, teacher, missionary, bishop, and gentle saint.