Website The Hamlin School
Reports to: Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
Primary Responsibilities: The Director of Communications is responsible for upholding the mission and values of Hamlin through effective and consistent communication and oversight of Brand Standards.
Hours/Classification: 12-Months Full-Time; Exempt; In-Person
Compensation: $90,000 – $110,000 DOE
Desired Start Date: after July 1, 2023
Expectation of Employee Civility and Commitment
The Hamlin School seeks employees who will support and implement the school’s mission and Creed* at all times. Hamlin employees are known for being caring, compassionate, collaborative, and dedicated professionals who treat their colleagues and supervisors with respect and who take seriously the daily care of Hamlin students.
Hamlin students are celebrated because of their curious minds, joyful work ethic, and intellectual tenacity in the classroom; moreover, the school is convinced that ensuring the students’ academic growth is only one part of its work. Hamlin employees also pay close attention to the students’ social-emotional well-being, their physical and mental health, and their moral development.
Hamlin employees, its teachers and leaders in particular, are committed to their own professional growth; as such, they pay close attention to the research and innovations that impact teaching and learning. All employees are expected to be flexible thinkers and nimble actors in support of the school’s overarching strategic goals and daily commitment to academic and ethical excellence.
*The Hamlin Creed: Compassion; Courage; Honesty; Respect; Responsibility
Required Professional Experience and Credentials
- 4-8 years of progressive experience in communications with a track record of success
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience conceptualizing, writing, and coordinating advancement materials
- Superb organization and administrative skills, including working knowledge of Google Suite, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and the ability to juggle long-range strategic planning while prioritizing and completing multiple tasks simultaneously
- Knowledge of InDesign or other design software and willingness to learn new software or applications
- Evening and weekend hours are required
Desired Personal and Professional Qualities
- Ability to connect with people and a positive attitude
- Ability to work both independently and within a team-oriented environment
- Flexibility, sensitivity, diplomacy, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and parents
- Authenticity and self-awareness
- Passionate “buy-in” and understanding of Hamlin’s history, mission, and Creed
- Self-confident; self-starter; pride in one’s work
- Sense of humor
- Impeccable organizational and project management skills
- Create and produce communications for parents, grandparents, employees and friends, including the weekly electronic parent newsletter (The Hamlin NOW) and Hamlin community email blasts
- In partnership with the Advancement Manager for Alumni Engagement and Philanthropy and contract design partner, develop content, engage key stakeholders, and produce Hamlin’s annual magazine – Keeping Posted
- Identify, interview and manage outside vendors and create and manage communications budget to produce print materials on time and on budget
- Maintain Hamlin’s external facing website (WordPress platform)
- Oversee Hamlin’s photography archive system (Vidigami platform), regularly capture moments of school life throughout the year, and inspire faculty to participate in collecting and archiving current photos throughout the year
- Maintain and execute on a comprehensive social media strategy for Hamlin based on best practices and aligned with the Hamlin mission and culture elevating excellence and joyful engagement
- Maintain and uphold Hamlin’s Brand Standards and Style Guide to ensure consistency of communications with all constituents
- In partnership with the Advancement Database Manager, produce Hamlin’s Annual Report of Donors
- In partnership with the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, produce periodic foundation grant requests and reports
- In partnership with the Director of Events, support the events of the Hamlin Parents’ Association and The Hamlin School through projects including (but not limited to) creating electronic and print communications, designing and coordinating production of all printed materials, and coordinating and supporting volunteers
- Serve as on-site partner to the Director of Events and Advancement Manager for Alumnae Engagement and Philanthropy for Hamlin community, alumnae, and fundraising events
- As a member of the Advancement Team, foster and strengthen relationships with constituents and build community through effective communications and partnership
- Perform other duties consistent with the above responsibilities and in conjunction with the overall goals of the Advancement Office
At The Hamlin School, we are committed to a policy of equal employment for all applicants and employees. As part of our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace, we recruit and hire applicants with diverse backgrounds and professional experience that show their commitment to K-8 education and being a contributing member of a learning community.