The Opportunity: A leadership role as part of a vibrant, creative, passionate, and aspirational team of educators and directors; work on a waterfront, life-filled campus, all with a focus on supporting children, adolescents, and families in learning and flourishing. This position includes competitive compensation and benefits, generous vacation time for rejuvenation, and agency and autonomy in utilizing creativity and strategic thinking within a supportive and inspiring community culture.
Position Overview: A newly created position, the MMS Director of Communications & Marketing will be the nexus, innovator, and facilitator for all communications, marketing, and branding initiatives for our school. This position offers a creative and meaningful opportunity for a self-starter to play a vital role in the continued success of our school. The Director’s focus is to develop and execute internal and external communication campaigns that promote the benefits of our distinctive qualities and the outcomes of a Marin Montessori School education. Through strategic thinking and compelling story-telling skills—including visual, written, graphic, and digital mediums—the Director of Communications & Marketing will skillfully promote the MMS educational experience, which brings tremendous value to children, adolescents, their families, and the larger world.
Marin Montessori School: This is an especially thrilling time to join Marin Montessori, a highly regarded Bay Area not-for-profit school with a history of over fifty years, a central campus in Corte Madera, a thriving newer Junior High program in San Rafael, and accreditations from both AMI (Association Montessori International) and CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools). MMS recently completed a $3.5mm capital campaign and the expansion of our Corte Madera campus, creating a stunning waterfront and nature-rich elementary wing. Committed to inclusion, $1mm of MMS’s $9mm annual budget is awarded in tuition assistance every year. As a Green-Ribbon awarded school committed to making a positive impact on our environment, we were proud to welcome former Vice President Al Gore as our keynote speaker in 2019-2020, who spoke on climate change and youth activism, at our annual fundraiser in support of Tuition Assistance. We look forward to welcoming chef and food activist Alice Waters to our benefit this spring. Marin Montessori is a community of passionate educators, flourishing students, and engaged and enthusiastic families.
Develop and implement an internal communications plan and external marketing plan to most powerfully tell the MMS story
Oversee website redesign and serve as primary content director
Content creation: e.g., digital, print, social media, photo, and video
Serve as the hub, editor, and distributor for all written communication from the school
Crisis communication manager: Help to guide our crisis communication strategy and serve as an outward-facing expert for our community
Constituent management: Help to define and manage communication standards and develop strong working relationships with faculty, administrators, and Parents’ Association volunteers
Project management: Provide clear guidelines and leadership on various projects related to licensing, accreditation, the school calendar, and other tasks as assigned
Preferred Experience, Qualifications, and Attributes:
The successful candidate will be a highly organized, detail-oriented professional with excellent writing and editing skills. S/he/they will be technologically savvy, agile with website and digital communication tools, digital marketing strategies, and content creation (e.g., podcasts, videos, etc.), all in the service of sharing, educating and promoting the Marin Montessori education and the experience of children and adolescents.
Other necessary attributes include the following:
A learner: willing to gain knowledge and skills as needed in order to develop the most robust, effective communication strategy
Self-starter: Ability to work independently and carve out a new position in our organization
Internal locus of control: An optimistic, growth-mindset attitude, with the maturity to take personal responsibility for his/her/their happiness and create change (internal and external) when needed
Flexibility and warmth, along with a high degree of professionalism and strong work ethic
A collaborative work style while maintaining an identity of his/her/their own
Ability to think innovatively, strategically, and analytically while serving as thought partners to the Head of School, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Director of Finance and Operations, Director of Admissions, and Program Directors
Rock-solid integrity and a finely tuned moral compass
Outstanding interpersonal skills: the ability to listen well, understand, support, and connect with students, parents, employees, and trustees
Management skills that empower and promote others while ensuring a high degree of accountability and a positive working environment
Enthusiasm for MMS’s professional expectations: direct and kind communication, appreciation, accountability, and assumption of good intentions Other Requirements:
Additional Salary Information: Salary is negotiable