Director of Marketing and Communications

Title: Director of Marketing and Communications    
Date Modified: June 20, 2022        
FLSA Classification: Exempt, full-time
Reports To: Assistant Head of School - Advancement & External Affairs    

Solebury School seeks a dedicated and experienced person to serve in a full-time, twelve-month position as our Director of Marketing and Communications. This position takes the lead on Marketing and Communications efforts in support of the School’s mission and works with many different constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, Board members, media, vendors, parents, alumni, and others. This position will report directly to the Assistant Head of School as a member of the Advancement Team, supervise the Assistant Director of Communications and work closely with the Admissions Department.

Essential Functions 

  • Lead marketing/advertising efforts to enhance the Solebury brand and to support student recruitment, including maintaining visual branding and style standards for the school for both digital and print. Director will exercise discretion and judgment to develop and implement strategies and campaigns in concert with Admissions priorities and with an eye to maintaining a set budget

  • Oversee production of school publications such as Solebury: The Magazine, the Annual Report, admission materials and fundraising materials. Forecast when a refresh is needed

  • Plan and implement a media relations program to create greater visibility locally, regionally, and nationally. Serve as spokesperson for the school when appropriate and work closely with AHOS and Head of School to create and implement media strategies

  • Serve as lead on external communications around emergency and/or crisis communications. Manage emergency communications for the School

  • Supervise Assistant Director of Communications

Additional Responsibilities

  • Formulate annual and multi-year marketing and communications plans, including research and strategies, for incorporation into the overall Advancement plan and budget

  • Strategic partnerships – participate in local events on behalf of the school, including local business associations, historical societies and other external partners. Identify and research award/scholarship opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, assist with application as appropriate

  • Provide vacation/sick leave coverage for website updates and social media postings 

  • Assist with special events, including, but not limited to, Senior/Trustee Dinner, Alumni Weekend, and all graduation activities

  • Support the mission and vision of Solebury School

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Assistant Head of School - Advancement & External Affairs

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

  • Strong understanding of Google suite is mandatory; experience with a relational database a plus. Applicants with a photography portfolio and/or video editing experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with fundraising and/or independent school education preferred

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to build relationships and handle multiple concurrent projects are required

  • Five years or more of progressively responsible experience in communications and marketing, preferably in a non-profit or school setting

  • Knowledge of communications, fundraising, promotional and marketing principles, and social media

  • Solid writing, editing, and presentation ability

  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in fulfillment of responsibilities

  • Demonstrated organizational ability that allows candidate to work on multiple projects with competing deadlines and to establish goals and workload priorities

  • Professional demeanor, flexible, and able to respond to multiple demands

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • May sit or stand for extended periods of time at a desk in front of a computer

  • Duties are performed indoors, usually in an office environment, and occasionally outdoors

  • May lift up to 20 pounds

  • Work under tight timelines

  • Must be flexible regarding work schedule as limited travel may be required. Some weekend/evening events required, including one weekend of residential life duty each school year

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Solebury School offers competitive wages and comprehensive benefits to all eligible employees, including: 

  • Medical & Vision Insurance (free option for employees and employee plus children)
  • Dental Insurance
  • 403 (b) plan
  • Paid Time Off and Company Holidays
  • Short and Long Term Disability Leave

As part of the terms for employment and in accordance with state law, all employees undergo national, state, and local background checks before starting. Employment is also contingent on the ability to establish identity for employment in the United States by providing appropriate documentation to complete the I-9 form and required certifications. All employees must have reliable transportation to and from school.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Staci Freer, Special Projects Manager via email sfreer@solebury.org. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will begin immediately.

Since its founding in 1925, Solebury School has been a leader in progressive education. We are an all-gender boarding and day school serving more than 240 students in grades 9-12. 
Solebury is an Equal Opportunity Employer.