Francis Parker School is a coeducational independent day school in San Diego, California with 1300 students in grades JK-12. Founded in 1912, the school’s mission is “to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world”.
Overlooking Mission Valley, two separate campuses serve students in Lower School – junior kindergarten through 5th grade; Middle School – 6th grade through 8th grade and Upper School – 9th grade through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school Parker offers a comprehensive program that includes twenty-five advanced placement courses as well as a rich palette of electives – all designed to meet the individual needs of our students.
Under the direction of the Director of Communications, the Communications Specialist will coordinate with School departments and divisions to inform the internal Parker community of news, events, and other School-related information and share Parker’s stories with internal and external communities and the media to advance the School’s overall institutional goals. The Communications Specialist will work with the School’s websites, social media, magazine, email, and other modes of communication to accomplish these goals and provide support as needed for communications initiatives.
Schedule, oversee, and disseminate the School’s regular email newsletters to internal and external audiences to ensure clear communication to constituents.
Assist with the management and oversight of the School’s calendars to ensure the accuracy of information.
Copyedit, proofread, and revise communications to ensure accuracy and alignment with Parker style and quality standards.
Develop and implement successful communications campaigns to advance the School’s strategic initiatives in line with industry trends and best practices.
Create compelling written, photographic, and video content for a variety of platforms including the School’s website, social media, email, magazine, and others.
Implement the School’s style and brand guidelines to all School materials, ensuring that publications and other content are inline with the School’s brand design guidelines.
Provide project management support for creative projects including meetings with colleagues to plan, review, and deliver high-quality projects on time and within budget.
Support senior management, faculty, and staff with communications.
Monitor and interpret campaign analytics and recommend strategies for optimizing performance.
Act as a liaison with third-party vendors and assist in managing those relationships.
Reputation management and media monitoring.
Crisis communications response and support.
Share administrative duties with other team members.
Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.
Bachelor’s degree in related area.
Two or more years of related experience, and/or equivalent experience and training.
Solid knowledge of communications principles, concepts, strategies, and best practices.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Current knowledge of social media platforms and current communications technology with ability to demonstrate best practices.
Proven project management skills and ability to drive a project from concept to completion.
Experience implementing, managing, and optimizing communications campaigns.
Experience with managing or updating websites.
Ability to work well within a team and with other groups within the School.
Ability to analyze data from campaigns and be able to draw insights with actionable recommendations based on the analysis.
Experience collaborating/working with outside organizations.
Acute attention to detail, accuracy, grammar and punctuation.
Strong time management skills.
Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize workflow.
Highly motivated, productive and deadline oriented.
Good judgment, tact, diplomacy and ability to guard confidentiality
Skilled in the use of:
Google products such as Gmail, Drive, Docs, and Sheets
Microsoft Office Suite
Blackbaud OnProduct software
Adobe software including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and others
Content management systems such as Wordpress
Social media monitoring software
Working knowledge of HTML
Salary and Benefits:
Francis Parker School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a substantial compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage. Individual salary is negotiable depending on years of experience and educational background.
Francis Parker School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.