Stone Ridge is seeking a Director ofMarketing & Communications to begin work ASAP.
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a member of the international Network of Sacred Heart Schools, is a Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls, Grades 1-12, with a co-educational Early Childhood Program, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten in Bethesda, Maryland. With over 700 students, and rooted in the Goals & Criteria of Sacred Heart education, Stone Ridge inspires young women to lead and serve, through lives of purpose that integrate faith, intellect, community, social action, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
The Director of Marketing & Communications will be responsible for:
Serving as the School’s lead brand ambassador and champion.
Working with the Head of School to lead and manage all crisis communications.
Ensuring all marketing and communication materials reflect the School’s Sacred Heart mission and strategic initiatives.
Serving on the administrative management team.
Working within a Catholic organization and communicating through the lens of the school’s Catholic identity
Providing direction to cross-functional teams to produce effective promotional materials (Head of School and Division offices, Admissions, Advancement, Athletics, etc.);
Collaborating on and assisting on email marketing campaigns for Offices of Enrollment Management and Institutional Advancement.
Assisting in setting long-term and annual strategic goals and managing an integrated marketing and communications approach for school-wide initiatives.
Providing leadership, including day-to day management and motivation of communications staff, ensuring collaboration and development of staff member’s professional growth.
Recognizing opportunities to tell unique and inclusive stories
Assisting in creation of presentations for Stone Ridge stakeholders (parents, donors, alumnae);
Developing a comprehensive publications calendar (concept, design, content, editorial, and production for paper and electronic communications) that reaches and influences the School’s target audiences;
Advising and suggesting application of current industry trends in communications and marketing, particularly with an eye to regional trends applicable to the independent school market.
Building and cultivating relationships with faculty, students, and staff while encouraging all constituents to share community-made marketing content
Collaborating with colleagues, especially with members of the Admissions and Advancement teams
Experience in Catholic and/or independent schools is preferred but not required. This position is a 12-month position. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Applicants of diverse, underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should complete the application below. As part of the online application, please upload a resume, list of references, and cover letter addressed to Ms. Courtney Perna, Human Resources Manager, all in PDF format. Additionally, candidates are required to submit samples of relevant communications work.
The ideal candidate holds a bachelor’s degree in English or Marketing/Communications or a related field and a minimum of five years of Marketing/Communications experience. Essential skills include strong written, editorial, and oral communication skills, experience supervising and leading staff, a demonstrated track record for collaboration, organization and efficiency, and the ability to work under pressure to meet strict deadlines. The desired candidate is naturally thorough and precise with a strong attention to detail and is committed to mission-driven organizations. A demonstrated ability to authentically capture and amplify a wide range of voices and embody a commitment to institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as a nuanced understanding of social media best practices and a keen eye for developing cultural trends are desired qualities.
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a member of the international Network of Sacred Heart Schools, is an independent, Catholic, all-girls, mission-driven, student-centered educational community of over 650 students, Early Childhood Program through 12th Grade, in Bethesda, MD. Rooted in the Goals of Sacred Heart education – personal and active faith in God, deep respect for intellectual values, social awareness which impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom – Stone Ridge draws motivated students from throughout the Washington, DC area.