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Director of Strategic Marketing and CommunicationsJob Type: Marketing and Communications
The Darrow School offers an opportunity for a dynamic, team-oriented, and experienced marketing and communications professional to join a small, independent school community in strengthening our brand and finding innovate new ways to speak to our market.
The Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications [DSMC] oversees all aspects of communications and marketing for the School, serving advancement and alumnae/i needs, admission needs, parent needs, and other institutional needs. The Director will manage Darrow’s social media presence and ensure that all online activity created by Darrow constituents is in keeping with our brand strategy. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position with some evening and weekend hours as needed. The DSMC reports directly to the Head of School.
The Darrow School, a small independent, co-ed, boarding and day school for grades 9-12, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires, offers a comprehensive and individually focused college-preparatory curriculum that features a unique combination of dynamic classroom instruction, experiential learning, and environmental consciousness. Students learn within an atmosphere that supports intellectual curiosity, creativity, and experimentation. The School emphasizes differentiated instruction and student-centered, active learning as key teaching philosophies. Darrow School faculty and staff are fully engaged in the life of a boarding school beyond the academic day, as well, supporting students in a range of co-curricular programming including athletics, residential life, weekend activities and signature programs like Hands to Work and Spring Term. Darrow School’s mission is to serve students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Write content for online and print communications, compelling readers to engage with the School;
● Follow best practices in search engine optimization (incl. keyword optimization, meta descriptions,
image alt descriptions, heading formatting);
● Manage production of the School’s alumni magazine, The Peg Board;
● Increase traffic to website by 40% within first year;
● Develop blog plan that aims for three search engine optimized posts per week;
● Oversee the content and design of our website and electronic communications, including a bi-weekly
newsletter and updates to events calendar online;
● Develop and implement a communications/marketing plan incorporating consistent themes that
support the School's strategic plan/initiatives and priorities;
● Manage Communications projects from inception through completion
● Photograph school events for image library
● Manage the School's communications messaging to consistently reflect and convey its established
identity and mission;
● Work closely with the Advancement Office to implement a clear communications plan for fundraising;
● Work closely with the Admission Office to prepare materials in support of recruitment and retention;
including developing quarterly ads for print, social media, and Google AdWords;
● Provides the coordination between Admissions and Advancement department project supervisors to
ensures necessary reviews and approvals are received;
● Develop, track and update project schedules; review remaining work; identify and resolve conflicts;
analyze impacts to schedule of any proposed changes;
● Oversee the School’s social media accounts/presence through compelling content generation and
○ 1 Facebook post per day
○ 2-4 Twitter posts per day
○ 1-2 Instagram posts per day
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
● Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
● Five or more years’ experience in communications or a related field is preferred;
● The ability to travel to meetings
● The ability to work a variety of hours including evenings and weekends
● Ability to lift or move up to 25 pounds
■ Ability to maintain relentless positivity in a collaborative, fast paced environment;
■ Demonstrated ability to make co-workers look and perform better than they otherwise would;
■ Demonstrated experience in communications and marketing at an educational institution (or other
■ Solution-based approach to challenges;
■ Outstanding writing and copy-editing skills;
■ Unfailingly meets deadlines;
■ Experience with management and content for social media platforms in a professional capacity work;
■ Experience with a variety of digital communications platforms and website content management
■ Ability to use photography/video equipment, including editing software;
■ Ability to develop strong collegial and professional relationships with a range of constituents;
■ Ability to effectively manage a demanding workload, multiple projects and competing priorities;
possess strong attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and an ability to work well under
pressure to meet deadlines;
■ Ability to handle multiple projects at one time and to prioritize tasks, integrate data from different
departments, and be focused on achieving results;
■ Experience with boarding school preferred;
■ Strong computer literacy
■ Basic design skills
Associate Director of AdmissionsJob Type: Full-Time
The Associate Director of Admissions will support a comprehensive travel schedule and strategic outreach to build and maintain relationships with educational consultants and potential feeder schools, and ultimately take part in the creation of a strong Darrow student community each year. Travel is a significant component of the position and the Associate Director will travel regionally, nationally, and perhaps internationally to support the School’s enrollment goals. The Associate Director will also work closely with the Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management and the Director of Finance to ensure the efficiency of the financial aid and re-enrollment process. You will engage in the full range of recruiting, selecting, and enrolling new students, including personal contact, phone calls, and e-mail/web communications to assist with outreach from initial contact to post-enrollment.
You will be expected to engage in other School and individual assignments as designated by the Head of School and which boarding school life demands, which may include:
- School-wide duties
- Attend weekly faculty meetings and participate actively in discussions in an ongoing exchange in information and support with a close-knit staff
- Attend faculty in-service sessions, as well as opening and closing meetings
- Work closely with other faculty and staff to ensure cross-curricular approaches, continuity and progression across grade levels
- Advising: Each faculty member will be assigned students to serve as their advisor. The Advisor is an important communications link between the student, teachers and family. Advisors meet briefly with their advisees several times over the week and often arrange for longer sessions to discuss academic progress, sports, and other concerns that arise during the year.
- Residential duty: For full-time faculty/staff who reside in a dorm or live in school housing. As a House Parent you are directly responsible for the care and well-being of all the students living in or visiting your house. Although you will find that this responsibility falls primarily at duty times, you should be prepared to respond to problems at other times when necessary. The duties of the house parent lie in three general areas: health and safety of students, social and emotional growth of students, and the maintenance and cleanliness of the buildings in which they live. Houseparents work with student leaders to create a positive and intentional dorm culture. You should set an example which demonstrates compliance with all school, local, state and federal rules and laws.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills; relentless positivity and clarity when speaking to prospective families, students, colleagues, etc…
- Willingness to find meaning in every task
- Familiarity with social media platforms
- Ability to drive the school’s vehicles; training will be provided
- Ability to work outdoors
- Valid driver’s license
- Experience in independent school admissions
- Good communications skills, both oral and written
- Commitment to the 24 hours a day, 7 days a week life of a boarding school
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities of this position.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear
- The employee is required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finder, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms
- Must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
- Must be able to work in heat and cold as well as environments with adverse conditions including dirt, dust and pollen, odors, sun, wetness, humidity, rain and noise
- School-wide duties
The Darrow School, an independent, co-ed, boarding and day school for grades 9-12, offers a comprehensive and individually focused college-preparatory curriculum that features a unique combination of classroom instruction, experiential learning, and environmental consciousness. The School is located on 365 acres in the Town of New Lebanon, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires, and is comprised of 26 buildings, 16 of which are Shaker-built and designated as Registered National Historic Landmark buildings.
Darrow offers a generous benefit package that includes retirement, health, life, and disability insurance plans, vacation, holiday and sick leave. Many positions are year-round; others offer an academic-year schedule. Given the residential responsibilities of a boarding school, housing is provided for numerous position either in a dormitory or residences on campus.
The Darrow School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, age, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, in the administration of any of its employment practices, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, educational, athletic, recreational, and other school-administered programs.
Darrow is an equal opportunity employer boasting a beautiful work setting and a supportive community environment.
Interested candidates for any position should submit a cover letter and resume.