Science & Arts Academy (SAA) is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for students in junior kindergarten through eighth grade located in Des Plaines, IL. SAA educates gifted children in an academically differentiated and enriched environment while recognizing the unique development of each child. Our supportive community encourages students to embrace their potential and cultivates their academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth.
The Director of Marketing and Communications oversees SAA’s internal and external communications to enhance the visibility of the school and strengthen the relationships between the school and its constituent groups, including prospective families, alumni and friends of the school. S/he develops and manages all aspects of the school’s communications plan, including publications, media relations, special event publicity, and online platforms. A strong candidate is innovative, energetic, a self-starter and an effective collaborator.
The primary role of the Director of Marketing and Communications is to manage the voice of the school and ensure that communications accurately reflect the school’s commitment to gifted education.
This position works closely with the Head of School, the Director of Enrollment Management and the Director of School Advancement. The Director of Marketing and Communications actively builds relationships and enhances the conditions of our thriving learning community.
Direct the school’s internal and external communications and marketing, advancing SAA’s mission and increasing engagement with constituencies.
Develop messages and communications that express an understanding of SAA’s history, culture, educational philosophy and traditions.
Manage all aspects of the school’s communications and marketing plan, including print and online communication, event publicity, and media relations.
Develop and manage an integrated social media presence.
Maintain and update school website.
Develop strategies to promote the school’s vision online, as well as other media, events, publications, and visual and printed messages.
In collaboration with other senior administrators, develop key messages for multiple constituencies, such as admissions publications, marketing materials and campaign pieces.
Ensure communication quality and consistency across various functions of the school.
Oversee the coordination of graphic design, advertising, photography, videography, writing, editing, and online content.
Direct strategic publicity for special events that enhance the school’s visibility and affinity among its constituent groups, including prospective families, current families, alumni and friends.
Oversee schedule and content of communications with families, including weekly newsletter and special announcements.
Email your resume and cover letter stating specific interest in this position to Tim Costello, Head of School at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin or sexual identity in its hiring processes
Desired Expertise & Experience
Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
5+ years of experience in marketing and communications with independent schools or nonprofit organizations
Flexibility and creativity in a fast moving work environment
Ability to think strategically about communications objectives and how to meet those objectives
Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects with shifting priorities and competing deadlines
Knowledge of web content management systems, preferably Weebly
Familiarity and dexterity with social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Strong proficiency in technology applications including Microsoft Suite and Google Apps
Proven graphic design experience with design software including Adobe Creative Cloud software, Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator
Ability to develop, monitor and adhere to budgets and schedules.
Exceptional public speaking, writing and editing skills
Astute attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal skills
About Science & Arts Academy
Science & Arts Academy (SAA) is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for students from preschool through middle school. Science & Arts Academy educates gifted children in an academically differentiated and enriched environment while recognizing the unique development of each child. Our supportive community encourages students to embrace their potential and cultivates their academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth.
SAA seeks to hire highly qualified teachers who will contribute to a school environment that challenges academically and creatively talented students, honors excellence in teaching and learning, and respects differences in individuals. SAA takes the child where he or she is and provides academic challenges appropriate to the student’s ability, aptitude, and intelligence while recognizing and supporting the unique social/emotional needs of gifted children.
SAA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin or sexual identity in its hiring processes.
Please send resume with cover letter to Diane Angelucci at dangelu...email@example.com or mail to Diane Angelucci, Science & Arts Academy, 1825 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016.