Director of Communications

Mt. Lebanon School District

https://www.mtlsd.org/

MTLSD

Website MTLSD Mt. Lebanon School District

Classification: Exempt
Salary & Benefits: Salary is competitive and will be based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered
Work Hours/Year: Monday-Friday, some nights and weekends. May occasionally perform work beyond a standard 40-hour week when workload requires.
Reports To: Superintendent

The Mt. Lebanon School District is nationally recognized for providing a highly rated education to over 5,000 thriving students. The District consists of seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. We are committed to excellence in education. Our mission is to provide the best education possible for each and every student. Our success is due to the dedication of our teachers, expertise of our staff, students who come to school eager and ready to learn, parents who are engaged in the education of their children, and the support of a community that has valued a strong public school system for over 100 years.

The Communications Director has the trusted position of spokesperson for the District.  The Director must keep our entire school community connected, engaged, informed, and relevant in modern times.

Mt. Lebanon is a great place to live and work boasting friendly neighbors, beautifully maintained homes, and tree-lined streets. Our community sits just seven miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, and all the amenities the city has to offer.  Over 33,000 residents call “Mt. Lebo” home.

Summary

The Director of Communications is a high-profile, public facing position responsible for providing high quality, accurate, and timely information to the community on a regular basis. The Director is responsible for District communications, marketing, public relations, and website support to the District’s Schools, Administration, School Board, and associated organizations.

The Director of Communications supports student achievement by ensuring that the District’s public information program is aligned with the District goals, and by facilitating the development of accurate and timely internal/external communication and information processes that contribute to and encourage community involvement in the District’s efforts to meet the instructional needs of students.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s administrative leadership team. Will attend administrative leadership team meetings to give advice on how potential policy initiatives will affect public opinion about the District programs.
  • Bring a strong voice to the administrative leadership team to ensure that program decisions are integrated with the school communication strategy.
  • Directs District strategic communication. Will develop policy and procedure for handling sensitive information or media contact, coordinate crisis communications for the District and schools.
  • Advises/counsels superintendent and school board on strategic communication.
  • Advises/counsels District administration on communication issues.
  • Media Relations: Official spokesperson for the District and point of contact with the media. Will demonstrate professionalism and maintain good moral character in representing the District.
  • Attend and staff key school functions, providing photography and writing and posting any news copy and social media coverage of the event.
  • Develops and manages content, design and utilization of the District website and social media.
  • Prepares and releases school news to the media.
  • Manages and directs the District’s external and internal publications
  • Manages school district marketing, communications and branding.
  • Liaison to all District constituent groups
  • Prepare or deliver speeches to further public relations objectives.
  • Plans and coordinates special events.
  • Member, District Safety, and Security Committee. Will also serve on other various District committees and councils, as assigned.
  • Facilitates Superintendent’s Key Communicator Group.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of the District’s goals, mission, and curriculum.
  • Utilization of independent judgment and discretion.
  • Must adhere to the highest standards of confidentiality and handling of sensitive information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Liberal Arts, Communications, Marketing or a related field.
  • 3-5 years demonstrated experience in communication including extensive experience in media relations, organizational communication and crisis communication. Writing, editing, design, and production skills.
  • Experience in K-12 schools preferred.
  • Strong photography, design, writing and editing skills. Knowledge of specialty programs for design and video production preferred.
  • Strong team orientation and ability to work collaboratively with all members of the school community

Competencies

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills including active listening skills and the ability to communicate clearly and professionally with students, parents and other District employees.
  • Must be able to establish or maintain cooperative relationship with representatives of community, employee or public interest groups.
  • Must be able to work in an environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Must be able to think critically, exercise good judgement, and work under high level of stress as it pertains to the job.
  • Must be organized and detail-oriented.
  • Must be able to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines.
  • Must possess computer and industry standard technology skills, including a working knowledge of standard office and audio/visual equipment and relevant social media platforms, software applications and other technologies (e.g. digital and e-tools).
  • Must be able to learn and apply new skills, especially technological skills.
  • Must be able to think creatively, analyze, and solve problems.
  • Must appropriately handle confidential information.
  • Must be familiar with a variety of communications concepts, practices, and procedures. Demonstrated success in collaborating with diverse teams at an executive level.

Work Environment

Standard office setting including standard office equipment (fax, copier, phone, computer, etc.). The noise level is usually low to moderate.  Will perform some duties in various District buildings consisting of typical school classroom and other academic and non-academic settings within the school building (library, cafeteria, auditorium, gymnasium, playground, etc.).

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, move throughout the building, sit, stoop, kneel or crouch, reach above and below the waist, grasp objects, and operate a computer or other mobile device.  The employee may be required to lift, carry, push, and/or pull objects. The employee must possess sensory abilities including speech, visual and auditory acuity.

Disclaimer

Duties, responsibilities, and activities described may change, or new ones may be assigned, at any time, with or without notice.

The Mt. Lebanon School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The district provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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