Georgetown Day School (GDS), among the most cutting-edge and forward-leaning independent educational institutions in the Washington, DC, area with more than 1,000 students; top-level faculty, leadership, and Board of Trustees; thousands of constituents; and an annual operating budget greater than $40M, seeks a Communications Associate.
The Communications Associate will inhabit the unique and enjoyable role of documenting and sharing the truly amazing things going on at GDS in a variety of ways—writing, photography, video—and in a variety of media—online (social media, blogs, website, emails) and print (magazines, collateral). We’re looking for an articulate, outgoing, upbeat “roving reporter,” with strong communications and support skills, creative aptitude, go get ‘em initiative, and the ability to learn quickly.
As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to social justice and preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.
Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to providing general support to the Communications Department, two main areas of work include:
Content Production/Storytelling – Show and tell what’s going on at GDS
Tracking, proposing, and writing the stories of GDS from inside and outside the classroom, building relationships with faculty and knowing what’s going on at the school.
Copyediting and proofreading communications
Posting news stories online
Taking and editing photos and videos
Managing photo database, editing photos
Drafting and helping to build the weekly online newsletter known as Next Week at GDS
Social Media Engagement – Manage social media platforms
Managing and posting to social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube and any other emerging social media
Engaging online audience
Tracking and growing fan/friend/follower growth
Propose and build online campaigns
The content production from the Storyteller and New Media associate supports:
Event promotion efforts
Admissions marketing efforts
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
A. in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism or related field
Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
Computer proficiency, including photo editing and video software, email, google suite, Microsoft Office
Knowledge and understanding of engaging and building community on social media, mainly Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as blogging platforms
Knowledge of HTML and experience with basic content management systems
Experience with basic photography principals; ability to use camera
Experience in videography and video-editing software
Journalistic sense of newsworthiness and story-telling
Availability to cover occasional night and weekend events
Positive, self-motivated attitude
Ability to manage multiple projects, to be flexible and detail-oriented, and to prioritize and meet deadlines
Exceptional organizational skills
Desire and ability to work as a team player
Essential Functions: In addition to the physical and mental capabilities implied by the responsibilities detailed above, the essential functions of a Storyteller and New Media Associate include:
Handling and transporting audio/visual equipment weighing up to 30 pounds across campus to and from various classrooms and events.
Remaining in a stationary position for stretches of time.
Frequently walking, standing, squatting, and/or kneeling while performing assigned tasks.
Performing work requiring some physical strength and agility.
This position involves adapting to a changing educational environment and therefore, while accurate, the position description is not exhaustive.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and, a list of three references using our online application system. Applicants must also complete an application for employment form. This form can be uploaded directly to online application or emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.
Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.