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The Branson School is a coeducational, college-preparatory day school of 320 students, grades 9-12, located in Marin County, California. Branson’s mission is to develop students who make a positive impact in the world by leading lives of integrity, purpose, learning, and joy. Branson is an ever-evolving educational community that challenges and supports students as they grow into confident, thoughtful, ethical people. We encourage students to be brave in whatever they do – in the classroom, on the field, on stage, in the community, even with their peers. Branson also believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to create a truly excellent learning environment and a vibrant, caring community. From the classroom, to affinity spaces, to athletics, clubs, and beyond, we aspire to ensure that every member of the Branson community feels a deep sense of belonging and inclusion.
At the heart of Branson is the trusting, dynamic relationship between dedicated teachers and students. The Branson faculty and staff value student-centered teaching and decision-making, continual growth, and collaboration. They respond to challenges with open minds and creative spirits, and they fully participate in the Branson community in a multitude of roles. They are widely regarded as outstanding, innovative leaders in teaching and their areas of expertise. Branson faculty and staff work and collaborate together on our beautiful, 17-acre campus, where a shared sense of purpose and love for their students create a joyful and tight-knit community. Learn more at branson.org, visit us on social media @bransonschool, or contact us.
Branson develops students who make a positive impact in the world by leading lives of integrity, purpose, learning, and joy.
Diversity Mission Statement
Branson believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to create a truly excellent learning environment and a vibrant, caring community. We aspire to have every member of the Branson community feel a deep sense of belonging and inclusion.
Courage | Kindness | Honor | Purpose
The Communications & Community Relations Associate supports Branson’s communication strategy and champions Branson’s new brand and strategic vision to deliver high quality, effective communications for all communities of the school – students, parents and families, current and former faculty & staff, alumni and alumni families, current and former trustees, and our neighbors in Ross. The Communications Associate must be an experienced and effective communicator, skilled in writing and creating compelling digital content for a variety of audiences. Fluency in both English and Spanish is preferred.
This is a full-time, exempt position, located on Branson’s campus in Ross, with a projected start date of June 2021. The Communications & Community Relations Associate reports to the Director of Communications & Marketing, with oversight from the Head of School and Chief Advancement Officer.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This role is in two parts.
School Communications & Marketing (+/- 75% FTE):
In collaboration with the Communications Director and in support of the school-wide communications strategy:
Create original content for the school highlighting the classroom experience, arts, athletics, community engagement, campus community, and events for use across channels (website, social media, print collateral, etc.)
Create content and work in our Finalsite website CMS (content management system) for the rollout of Branson’s new website; manage new content, evergreen content, and media on the current website
Maintain the school’s master communications calendar
Implement the school’s social media strategy across multiple social and networking platforms (@bransonschool and @bransonalumni on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, BransonConnect) – including maintaining a content calendar, creating and sourcing content, and social advertising – in support of the school’s communications and admissions goals
Coordinate the school’s new Spanish translation program across all core communications
Manage and contribute to the school’s weekly e-newsletter and quarterly alumni newsletter
Assist school departments with their annual communications projects (admissions collateral, alumni and parent fundraising campaigns, curriculum guides and handbooks), providing project management, writing, and editing support, and collaborating with outside designers
Assist with creating and editing basic videos as needed
Assist with media relations and work with reporters as needed
Support parent relations, alumni relations, and neighborhood relations as needed
Community Relations & Town of Ross/ Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Process Support (+/- 25% FTE):
In collaboration with the Board Chair, CFOO, and Head of School:
Work with external Communications consultant to support the Town of Ross CUP process
Coordinate neighborhood relations for Town of Ross updates and school events that may have community impact
Coordinate direct outreach to key supporters
Coordinate neighborhood committee in collaboration with the Executive Assistant to the Head of School, including biannual meetings
Support other aspects of the process as needed
Key Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or marketing preferred
2-4 years of experience in a marketing or communications-related role
Experience in writing, copywriting, and content development
Experience and expertise in social media – content creation and program coordination – for an organization or company
Demonstrated project management skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in working with a diverse range of colleagues and internal clients
Fluency and strong writing and editing skills in Spanish preferred
Experience with basic office software (Microsoft Office or Google suite, Google calendars) and interest in learning more
Experience with basic graphic design, website content management systems, and video editing a plus
Collaborative team player with ability to juggle multiple projects and constituencies
Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines
Ability to demonstrate our four core values and support our mission statements through collaboration, professionalism, and critical reflection
Ability to pass state and federal background check, fingerprinting, and provide a recent negative TB test or screening
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Branson is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all applicants, employees, volunteers and interns, and the School makes decisions based on the merits of each candidate. Branson prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion (including all aspects of religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality) national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status or registered domestic partner status, uniformed service member or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, or any other basis protected by law. The School will afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants, employees, volunteers, and interns as to all terms and conditions of employment, including, without limitation, compensation, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination.
We encourage all qualified applicants who align with Branson’s shared commitment to its Mission Statement, Diversity Mission Statement, and Core Values to submit a cover letter, resume, and short (1-2 page) writing sample to Michelle Jones, Director of Human Resources, at https://thebransonschool.applytojob.com/apply/jBHJL3mhB6/Communications-And-Community-Relations-Associate