The Advancement Communications Associate will report to the Director of Advancement and work to execute a comprehensive communications strategy that promotes Purnell’s priorities and builds brand awareness. This position will clearly communicate School events, fundraising campaigns, and admissions initiatives to internal and external audiences. With graphic design and photography expertise, the Advancement Communications Associate will identify and execute communications plans across various mediums such as social media, print, email, and public press outlets for the Office of Advancement, Admissions, and Head of School. By working collaboratively with administration and faculty across School departments, this position will make recommendations for best-practice and branding guidelines.
Skill in developing and implementing strategic communication plans, both collaboratively and independently.
Skill in utilizing multiple communication platforms to deliver content (e.g., social media, websites, print publications, e-newsletters, video etc.).
Highly proficient in graphic design utilizing multiple software applications.
Ability to attend and photograph multiple School events throughout the year.
Experience building relationships with key stakeholders (e.g., administration, faculty, and external audiences).
Skill in written communication to include creative storytelling, editing, proofreading, developing strategic media lists/pitches, and drafting video and event scripts.
Skills in media relations to include developing and cultivating relationships with media, drafting media lists, tracking media results, and reporting.
Ability to implement plan for showcasing video and photo on social and web platforms.
Knowledge and understanding of brand management principles and how they apply to private, independent schools.
Experience working in a fast-paced environment and delivering high-quality content on a daily basis.
Must be available to work evenings/weekends to support School related events, as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in communications/graphic design or 10+ years related experience.
Fluency and general knowledge of independent, boarding schools.
Fast-thinker who can solve problems both independently and with teammates in real-time.
About Purnell School
Purnell School is a creative and progressive boarding and day school for girls who learn differently. Our community of research-dedicated faculty and staff serve grades 9-12 and post-grad students who strive to think outside the box. At Purnell, young women find their voices and thrive. Purnell provides a rigorous and supportive college preparatory curriculum and many opportunities for leadership on campus.
Purnell School is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in the community and does not discriminate on the basis of color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. The Purnell School is a nonsectarian independent school located in Pottersville, NJ, an hour from New York City.