The Communications/Publications Specialist is an integral member of the Office of Institutional Advancement and plays a key role in communicating the breadth of the Foxcroft experience to the school community and the general public. A skilled storyteller, he/she will share the Foxcroft story and the success of our students through a mission focused communications strategy for the purpose of promoting key messages about the school, inspiring engagement among the School’s internal and external constituencies, and working with various departments to achieve School objectives across a variety of areas, including academic, co-curricular, athletic programs, admissions, and advancement. Overall, the outcome will increase awareness about the School and advance its mission.
Serves as the School’s primary writer, content creator, and storyteller. Conceptualizes news and story ideas for print and electronic use to include the Foxcroft Magazine, which the Communications/Publications Specialist produces twice annually. Contributes to content for the website, weekly electronic newsletters. Interviews faculty, students and other community members for feature stories and assists in developing and implementing editorial policies and procedures.
Works collaboratively with other creative professionals, including designers, printers, writers and photographers, in order to produce well-executed publications and print pieces.
Coordinates and produces key collateral such as the School’s course catalog, employee and student handbooks, Wintermission catalog, and other materials that are widely used among Foxcroft faculty, staff, and students. Provides creative input into the design process of collateral materials as needed.
Serves as the primary proofreader and ensures stylistic consistency of all School print and digital materials. Must have strong editing skills.
Assists with the School’s media relations to include writing and distributing news releases; cultivates relationships with local media, sending them relevant pitches, connecting with them on social media and managing all follow-through with them; maintains media lists; regularly monitors media coverage and social media sentiment; updates annual listings.
Attends campus events and seeks opportunities to cover and discover stories of interest to relevant constituents.
Works closely with members of the Communications team to coordinate, contribute to, and support activities such as photography, special announcements, and related digital productions.
No job description can anticipate all responsibilities as such; there may be other assigned duties.
A bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of experience is preferred. Experience in a school or university is a plus.
Degree in English/communications, journalism or a related field preferred.
Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously. Excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to build relationships with multiple constituencies.
High degree of discretion and confidentiality must be held.
Excellent communication skills (oral and written), writing, creativity, imagination, proofing and editing capabilities, and a strong attention to detail in order to articulate our message and implement a vision with strong public relations, marketing, and brand management knowledge.
Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively to build and maintain productive and positive relationships within the School community and the public in order to ensure consistent, strategic, and accurate messaging. Ability to work independently within a team.
Proven record of making strong connections with constituencies within an organization in order to tell their stories effectively.
Recognizing that today’s successful communications efforts have become multi-faceted and two-way conversations, the Communications/Publications Specialists stays current with information delivery channels, thereby determining the most effective use of evolving print and digital media tools.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position an incumbent is required to regularly remain sedentary for long periods of time in meetings and while processing information and paper work both manually and on a computer.
The employee is required to stand; walk; use hands and arms to reach and hands to type and manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. Additionally, the incumbent must be able to converse in clear English both written and orally, over a telephone and in person. The employee is regularly required to listen, physically direct, and speak.
Occasionally, incumbent may be required to lift up to 25 pounds, traverse uneven terrain and climb stairs while moving about campus, bend and stoop. Work hours may vary and include days, nights, and weekends.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet; however, variations in noise level may occur when the employee attends school functions such as assemblies, school dances, and other events.
About Foxcroft School
Founded in 1914, Foxcroft School is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12. The school is located on 500 acres in Middleburg, Virginia, 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. It is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.
The Student Body
Foxcroft is, by design, a small, residential school. The 2015-16 student body is 70 percent boarding students with a total of 167 girls from 18 states, Washington D.C., and 14 countries. Seventeen percent are U.S. students of color, 25 percent international students and more than 30 percent receive financial aid. More than 15 percent of the students are related to alumnae -- an impressive testament to the relationship between the School and its graduates.
Foxcroft curriculum offerings number 83 courses and 14 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as academic support through the Learning Center and the Math and English Labs. In 2015, 21 students -- including 10 members of the (then) Junior Class, earned AP Scholar recognition from the College Board. Seven girls earned AP Scholar with Distinction Award ...status by achieving an average of at least 3.5 (out of five) on all the AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more tests. Nationwide, only 22 percent of students who take AP Exams earn such recognition. (AP Scholars must earn a grade of three or higher on three or more AP Exams.)
The student:faculty ratio is 6:1 and 83 percent of the teaching faculty have advanced degrees. About 85 percent of the faculty live on campus and all are available outside of class for extra help, review, and additional work. A diverse group, 16 percent of our classroom teachers are people of color/multiracial, and individual members have lived and worked all over the world, including Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland.
Above and Beyond
Foxcroft is at the forefront of STEM education and inspiring girls to pursue these vital fields of study: More than 35 percent of its 2014 graduates chose STEM fields as their majors in college -- compared to 20 percent nationally. Science and Math faculty incorporate new teaching strategies, technologies, projects, and service learning into students’ lives and School facilities include STEM lab, an engineering workshop, an Animal Room and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. In addition, the Read Observatory houses a Newtonian-Cassegrain reflecting telescope, two 8-inch Celestron telescopes, and astrophotography and solar-observing accessories.
Members of the Class of 2015 received 128 acceptances to 85 colleges and universities across the country and around the world. See a full list of acceptances in the College Counseling section of our website.