Director of Communications

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Director of Communications is responsible for articulating and promoting the unique mission, pedagogy, and program of The Nueva School to internal and external constituents.  With more than 50 years of experience teaching gifted learners, Nueva spans two campuses to serve students in PreK through 12th grade. The Director of Communications manages a talented team to lead all communication efforts, including website management, publications, social media, faculty and staff communications, and marketing. This role requires a strategic self-starter who thrives in a highly collaborative environment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a steward for the school’s strategic messaging and brand identity.

  • Implement and evolve the communications strategy and yearly tactical communications plan.

  • Create an inspiring team environment and develop staff with clear professional goals and objectives, and provide training and counsel on a consistent basis.

  • Collaborate with key departments and stakeholders to ensure marketing and communications projects are executed efficiently and meet stated goals.

  • Maintain a strategic presence for Head of School, Division Heads, the Board of Trustees and other leaders as it relates to communication issues

  • Understand key audiences (e.g., parents, prospective families, faculty and staff, etc.) and ensure ongoing strategic communications and channel development

  • Ensure communications policies and processes are in place and evolve to build efficiencies across the organization.

  • Oversee content strategy that delivers compelling storytelling across all channels

  • Solicit input from stakeholders on major initiatives, manage data collection, and evaluate tactics in support of communications plans and goals.

  • Provide crisis communications support as needed, including the utilization/management of the rapid notification system, and serve as spokesperson in times of crisis as appropriate.

  • Manage all proactive and reactive media opportunities, including print, online, TV, and radio.

  • Manage the department budget and implement a system for tracking expenses.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor degree required and relevant advanced degree preferred

  • 8-10 years experience in communications and/or marketing

  • Proven experience with internal communication/employee and staff engagement

  • Excellent writer/editor with a passion and understanding for storytelling across formats and channels

  • Strong public relations and crisis communication skills

  • Proven leadership in managing teams, including goal setting and professional development

  • Demonstrated planning and project management skills

  • Ability to collaborate across departments and experience with stakeholder engagement (i.e. colleagues, parents, students, alumni, donors, partners, and volunteers)

  • Interest in education broadly; understanding of independent schools/college environment preferred

  • Familiarity with current software, digital and social media platforms

  • Marketing experience and skills preferred

  • Personable, positive, helpful personality; customer service mindset

  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.

  • Ability to manage competing demands, and adapt to frequent or unexpected changes.

  • Demonstrated ability to use good judgment and maintain confidentiality.

ABOUT THE NUEVA SCHOOL

The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted and talented learners since 1967. Today, Nueva serves over 880 students PreK-12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six different counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.

A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School. Nueva has co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Usin the chapter “Average Is Over.” 

For more information on The Nueva School, please visit www.nuevaschool.org.

To Apply 

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information with job title for at least three professional references.  Compensation commensurate with experience.  The Nueva School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.