The Spence School is seeking an Assistant Director of Communications to join its highly collaborative four-member communications team. The Assistant Director reports directly to the Associate Director of Advancement for Communications and acts as deputy director in the director’s absence. The communications team is part of the Spence Advancement Office that consists of 11 full-time employees who are responsible for fundraising, alumnae relations, school events and schoolwide communications.
The Assistant Director serves as the lead staff writer and editor, is responsible for developing a variety of news and feature stories for print and online media, manages ongoing school communications and oversees the production of print publications.
Create value in all school communications by developing user-centered communications that promote greater awareness and affinity among key constituents
Gain a keen understanding of institutional priorities and help develop communication opportunities that support the mission
Collaborate with the team on the management of all school communications
Develop and maintain a list of news/story opportunities and, with the communications team, conceive, design, write and post interesting and timely news, features and photos about events and academic life at Spence
Collaborate with the Alumnae Office to pursue more and immediate ways for Spence to be at the forefront of alumnae news and to celebrate its alumnae and their accomplishments
Help oversee all aspects of content and scheduling of e-newsletters and email broadcasts—from weekly SpenceNews targeted to families to monthly alumnae e-newsletters
Participate in the planning and creative development of content, messages and design of print and online publications
Edit all print and online school communications and publications
Manage the production of publications and promotional materials, including the Curriculum Guide, Bulletin, Annual Report, admissions materials, fundraising materials, invitations and general mailings from the development stage through final production
Oversee and serve as a mentor to other writers
Maintain the photographic assets of the School in digital and print form; collect images from faculty, parents, alumnae, etc.
Organize photo shoots, coordinating schedules with faculty and administrators
Assist with Advancement Office projects and programs with occasional evening events
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are therefore especially encouraged to apply.
The Assistant Director must possess:
Bachelor’s degree with significant professional experience in nonprofit communications, journalism or related experience
Excellent writing, editing, proofing and project-management skills
A demonstrated commitment to compelling news and feature writing and developing high-quality print and online content
High comfort level and technical proficiency with print, web and social media tools and platforms
Ability to organize multiple projects simultaneously with great attention to details, and sensitivity to deadlines and priorities
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to forge relationships with multiple constituencies including alumnae, parents, students, faculty and staff as well as outside vendors
Strong communication skills—in person, on the phone, via email and through written correspondence
Basic photography skills and understanding of photo-editing software
Ability to approach each day with enthusiasm, patience, flexibility and a sense of humor
About The Spence School
The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school for girls and young women with an enrollment of 750 students in Grades K–12.
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.