As a key member of the senior leadership team, you will have the opportunity to provide vision and direction for an innovative and comprehensive communications platform that will deepen engagement with all constituents, and raise The Hotchkiss School’s profile as one of the nation’s leading independent boarding schools.
Through your leadership, the Communications team will develop and execute a deliberately designed, modern marketing and communications strategy that will ensure that current and prospective students and their families, faculty and staff, alumni, trustees, the media and the local community receive targeted and relevant messaging regarding Hotchkiss and its contributions, locally and globally. You will support the Communications needs from key groups within the School including the Head of School’s Office, Development, Admissions, Alumni and Athletics.
The School is eager to consider applications from candidates who identify with groups traditionally underrepresented in independent school communities.
Proven experience envisioning, developing, and implementing a comprehensive brand communications program across an enterprise with multiple constituencies and a variety of audiences (independent school or higher education experience a plus).
Excellent writing skills and the demonstrated ability to craft substantive and cohesive messages based on strategic priorities, communicate successfully to key audiences, and adapt and adjust as appropriate over time.
Superior strategic thinking skills with a strong grasp of industry best practices and a holistic understanding of all aspects of communications, positioning, and messaging (exposure to admissions, fundraising, and alumni relations, also a plus). Substantial experience evaluating the strengths of existing communications and identifying opportunities for improvement.
Broad experience in strategic integrated communications planning for consequential brand
Founded in 1891, The Hotchkiss School is a competitive, college-preparatory boarding school for 600 students in grades 9-12. Located in Lakeville, Connecticut, the School sits on 827 acres of woods, fields, and farmland in the midst of the scenic Berkshire-Taconic region - a place the Nature Conservancy calls "one of the most extraordinary landscapes in the Northeast."
The Hotchkiss School seeks to inspire a diverse range of students who are committed to the betterment of self and society, and to cultivate in them, at the highest standards of excellence, imagination and intellect, openness and personal integrity, and empathy and responsible citizenship, that they may discover and fulfill their potential as individuals fully engaged in our world. As of the 2018-2019 school year, 33% of students are U.S. students of color, 16% are international, and 95% of students are boarders.