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Communication Manager

St. Mary’s Episcopal School seeks a talented and highly motivated Communication Manager to join our team beginning summer of 2024. The Communication Manager will be pivotal in enhancing the school’s communication efforts. This individual will work closely with the Director of Communication to develop and implement communication strategies and support the school’s goals and objectives. The ideal candidate has strong writing and editing skills, consistently high standards, works collaboratively with others, and seeks new storytelling methods.

To be considered, please submit three to five work samples with the application.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Strategy and Planning: Develop short and long-term comprehensive communication plans for events and campaigns. Collaborate with the communication team and administrators to implement tactics.
  • Content Creation: Create compelling and engaging content for various platforms, including the school’s website, social media, email, and publications. Build relationships with faculty and staff that result in generating story ideas. Maintain a content calendar for all communication channels.
  • Website Management:
    • Serve as site administrator for the school’s website in collaboration with users across the institution and with outside vendors. Carry primary responsibility for site updates, functionality, and user support.
    • In coordination with the communication team, create, edit, curate, and post content regularly to applicable channels and ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the school’s messages and priorities.
    • Work closely with internal teams (Admission, Philanthropy, Business Office, Athletics, Buckman, and Auxiliary) to ensure the site effectively meets needs. Train and support content editors.
    • Stay up to date on developments and troubleshooting issues.
  • Email Communication: Work with the other members of the Communication team to collaborate with academic division heads, department directors, and leaders in creating concise, consistent, and effective email communication. Oversee a monthly community-wide e-newsletter.
  • Magazine: Serve as the editor-in-chief of St. Mary’s biannual magazine. Manage an outside graphic designer, photographer, and writers. Collaborate with administrators and faculty to plan the editorial calendar and content. Oversee the approval process, mailing lists, and printing.
  • Alumnae Communication: Partner with the Alumnae Relations Manager to keep alumnae engaged and informed through email, website, mailings, and social media.
  • Faculty and Staff Communication: Foster open and transparent communication among faculty and staff, informing them about important developments and school news. Oversee monthly employee e-newsletter.
  • Analytics and Reporting: Track and analyze the effectiveness of communication efforts, providing regular reports and recommendations for improvement.
  • Brand Management: Partner with the communication team to ensure the school’s brand and messaging consistency across all channels.
  • Internship Program: Oversee communication student internship program from recruitment to day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned by the director, including but not limited to events, social media, media relations, crisis communication, photography, videography, and occasional evening and weekend assignments.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or marketing; master’s degree preferred
  • Five or more years of experience in marketing and communications with independent schools or nonprofit organizations preferred
  • Exceptional organizational, project, and time management skills; ability to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently, and prioritize effectively
  • Builds and maintains relationships easily; works productively with everyone on campus, from students to administrators
  • Communicates professionally and confidentially via phone, email, and in-person
  • Excellent interview skills; ability to translate complex ideas into cohesive copy
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and collaborative environment
  • Demonstrate excellent judgment, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Committed to the principles of the Episcopal Identity of the school while serving in a diverse community

The School

St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, is an independent college-preparatory school for girls two-years-old through grade 12. St. Mary’s equips each girl to be collaborative, creative, and courageous so that she will seize the opportunities in the changing world and thrive in her generation. St. Mary’s is committed to academic excellence, offering a classic liberal arts curriculum in conjunction with strong science and math programs. Students also enjoy a thriving performing and fine arts program, work with the latest technology, and participate in a multitude of extracurricular activities and community service opportunities. Founded in 1847, the school now employs over 170 faculty and staff members who serve 830 girls from 36 zip codes with 30% ethnic and racial diversity.

St. Mary’s is a destination school for educators, where members of our faculty and staff work in close collaboration with one another in a highly collegial atmosphere. As a community, we embrace professional development and use it as a tool to support a vibrant growth mindset. St. Mary’s offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including health insurance, a matching 403(b) plan, tuition remission, and more.