The Communication Specialist uses specialized knowledge and skills obtained through education and experience to implement, maintain and manage internal and external communication efforts.
Promote, publicize and archive District 148 news, activities and successes in the improvement of learning, teaching and student achievement through all communication platforms and area media outlets including print, imagery and video.
Coordinate and monitor communications between the school district and community including social media.
Serve as a contact for media inquiries and requests for information. Disseminate information when necessary in response to media inquiries.
Develop and maintain relationships with the local media, including newspaper and electronic outlets.
Assist school personnel and school organizations in planning and publicizing school related events or activities.
Assist with a variety of district events.
Provide creative support for internal and external communication efforts including print publications, web sites, electronic communication, community engagement, media and video productions.
Provide support to district staff as needed related to the use of communication platforms in the district.
Assist in the production and distribution of regular and special school district publications (i.e. community staff newsletters, calendars, informational brochures, handbooks, directories, maps, etc.)
Attend off hour’s district meetings and events to gather information and media for publication.
Prepare information packets as necessary for school district stakeholders.
Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective communication program.
Strong organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated skills in writing and editing.
Ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups
Demonstrated success in implementing strong communication campaigns
Thorough knowledge of media operations.
Experience with web design, publication, and graphic design.
Extensive knowledge of social media and emerging communication platforms.
Competencies in desktop publishing skills and graphic production and design (Experience with Adobe Creative Suite programs including Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign)
Experience with gathering and editing video.
Ability to adapt to emerging technologies.
Possess problem solving skills and reasoning ability.
Ability to work with students, staff, parents & community members in a positive manner.
Ability to build and maintain relationships with colleagues that supports a cooperative work environment.
Maintain confidential information appropriately and exercise good judgment when communicating to the public.
Supporting Materials: Please submit publicly available web links to the requested work samples within your application:
- At least one item demonstrating your experience and proficiency in graphic design.
- At least one example of a website you have created and/or managed, along with a written statement summarizing your specific role and duties.
- At least one item demonstrating your experience and proficiency in video production.
- Experience in journalism, communications, public relations, graphic design or related field
- Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, public relations or related field preferred.
Application Procedure: Apply Online at www.district148.net
Reports to: Superintendent of Schools
Evaluation: Annually conducted by the Superintendent of Schools
Hours: 20 (Twenty) hours a week, days vary
Rate of Pay: Established by the Board of Education