Woodberry Forest School, a residential community for highly-motivated boys, seeks an associate director of communications to begin work on July 1, 2017. A key duty in this role is to serve as editor and project manager for the school’s largest publications: the biannual Woodberry Forest Magazine and Journal, and the Annual Report. Both publications are mailed to approximately 10,000 alumni, parents of students, and other friends of the school. The associate director will work on projects that support the efforts of Woodberry’s admissions and development offices. These projects could range from a summer rewrite of the printed admissions materials to copywriting and editing support for a fundraising appeal.
The associate director of communications will also play a support role with Woodberry’s website. He or she will receive training on the content management system and will help keep copy and photographs on certain portions of the website up to date. In the absence of the director of strategic communications, the associate director will supervise the office and ensure projects remain on track and on time. The successful candidate will have a track record of sharp writing and diligent editing. He or she will be comfortable working independently on long-term projects while meeting print deadlines and budget limits. The candidate must also demonstrate an ability to build collaborative relationships with leaders of other school departments, especially admissions and development.
The associate director of communications will report to the director of strategic communications and be part of a staff of five. The associate director will manage a full-time graphic designer (Woodberry’s assistant director of communications) and a part-time writer/photographer.
The position offers a two-for-one retirement plan match; health, vision, and dental insurance; and four weeks of paid time off. Occasional evening or weekend work is required to. Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, résumé, and list of references. Work samples are welcome, but not required for initial inquiries. Please submit materials to Jacob Geiger, director of strategic communications, at Jacob_Geiger@woodberry.org.
About Woodberry Forest
Woodberry Forest School has been helping young men develop intellectual thoroughness and moral integrity since 1889. The entire student body of roughly 400 boys, in grades nine through twelve, lives on campus, as do more than 90 percent of faculty members. The school is located in rural Madison County, Virginia on 1,200 acres of bucolic land. The campus is about forty-five minutes from Charlottesville, ninety minutes from Richmond, and two hours from Washington, D.C.
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or hiring policies.