The Communications Office at Friends Seminary works to promote the School, both internally, and in the public eye. Through its efforts in communications and media, the office aims to safeguard the Quaker mission of the School, and showcase it in action. The Communications Specialist: External Relations is a full-time member of the Communications Office, reporting to the Associate Director of Communications. This person has important responsibilities in key messaging to external audiences, as well as internal.
Assist in developing and executing messaging and media strategies, creating goal-oriented project plans and providing regular updates to senior administrators
Draft pitch letters, media advisories, press releases, statements, briefing documents, as well as social media and web content
Cultivate and maintain ongoing relationships with press contacts at a broad and diverse mix of media outlets, including reporters, producers, editors, critics, columnists, etc.
Manage crisis communications when needed
Monitor relevant activity involving the School in the news and on social media, and deliver comprehensive reports
Monitor and maintain School’s profiles on external websites (e.g. Niche, Greatschools, Wikipedia, etc.)
Identify stories for the communications office to tell. Participate in the creation of the story (writing and/or multimedia creation)
Provide general communications office support such as writing and editing, assisting in the creation of email campaigns
Serve as writer and editor of the School’s weekly newsletter
Minimum two years post-college experience within the relevant fields of public relations, communications, or related sectors
Keen interest in New York education and media landscape across a variety of subject areas; general knowledge of influencers at leading and hyperlocal publications and websites
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience and training handling crisis communications
Strong critical and analytical skills
Acute attention to detail and a high degree of organization
Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud and email service providers such as MailChimp and Constant Contact is highly desirable
An understanding of SEO
Familiarity with media contact databases (Meltwater, Cision, etc.) a major plus
Ability to keep pace in deadline-driven environment across multiple projects
Strong ability to prioritize work based on short and long-term needs
Interested candidates must submit a completed Friends Seminary Employment Application, a Cover Letter, Resume, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When submitting required documents, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please.
Friends Seminary actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, and hiring. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.
About Friends Seminary
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, under the care of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Through instruction and example, students follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the intellect through keen observation, critical thinking and coherent expression, we strive to respond to one another, valuing the single voice as well as the effort to reach consensus. The disciplines of silence, study and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education occurs within the context of the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. "Guided by the ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, and by our commitment to diversity, we do more than prepare students for the world that is: we help them bring about the world that ought to be."*
* This last sentence is adapted from Faith and Practice: The Book of Discipline of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1974).
Adopted January 2006