Assistant Director of Communications

St. Christophers School
Richmond, VA United States

Position Classification: Full-time, 12-month staff, salaried exempt

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, with evening and weekend service as needed for School events

Summer Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.–noon, Friday

Reports to: Director of Communications

Position Summary:

St. Christopher’s School, the largest all-boys school in Virginia and one of the largest and oldest boys’ schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, seeks an Assistant Director of Communications. The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to St. Christopher’s and will work collaboratively to deliver content that authentically tells the story of the School, its mission, and values. He/she should also have a love of marketing and a commitment to deliver compelling and informative content that enhances the visibility of St. Christopher’s and builds relationships with all constituents.  

Serving approximately 1,000 boys in Grades JK-12 in Richmond, Virginia, St. Christopher’s School is committed to cultivating a school community that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming and prides itself on bringing out the best in every boy. Our Episcopal foundation is at the center of what we do, and we care most about developing young men who possess honor and integrity. Our boys benefit from an education and curriculum that is focused on excellence in all forms, including academics, the arts, athletics, and service learning. 

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Director of Communications, Administrative team leaders and department heads to create clear and succinct communications 
  • Build and send all school-wide e-mail communications via Blackbaud or Constant Contact 
  • Play a leading role in the launch of a redesign of the school website
  • Regularly audit the website and obtain information from faculty and administration to ensure that website content, including photography, is fresh, engaging, and accurate
  • Actively participate in all facets of School activities to ensure a deep awareness and understanding of the Community
  • Provide editorial content and coverage in support of special events, performing arts, athletics and other programs on campus
  • Project-manage print, digital publications and campus signage projects, engaging with external agencies, graphic designers and photographers to maintain production schedules and deliverables
  • Collaborate with the rest of the Communications team and other offices of the School to ensure the School’s brand is consistent
  • Work with Director to develop, implement, and analyze marketing plans
  • Communicate urgent/crisis updates to the School community in real-time, including inclement weather alerts 
  • Partner with StC Magazine editor to provide visual and story content
  • Maintain School’s digital archive for publications, photos and video
  • Partner with Digital Media Manager on social media strategy and content creation
  • Assist Digital Media Manager as staff photographer, capturing moments big and small around campus
  • Create executive-level presentations in PowerPoint and/or Google slides

Qualifications and Key Skills: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, communications or a related field
  • 5-7 years experience in marketing and communications, ideally in an independent school 
  • A clear commitment to diversity, community, and inclusion in school communities, as expressed in the St. Christopher’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  • Impeccable attention to detail and strong organizational skills 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a highly productive team to meet group objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experience with designing, building and maintaining websites 
  • Creative eye for capturing visual content in photography
  • Basic graphic design skills and familiarity with programs such as Canva
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Blackbaud K-12, Constant Contact, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
  • Availability and willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours, as needed

Contact Information

Candidates interested in pursuing this position should send a cover letter, resume, and reference contact information to: careers@stcva.org. Please include Asst. Dir. of Communications in the subject line.

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