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Director of Communications and Community Relations

North Wasco County School District

This position is open until filled.

Position Announcement

North Wasco County School District is pleased to announce that we are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Communications and Community Relations to begin August, 2021.

Compensation is based on range of experience, licensure and education.

$75,000 to $85,000.

We are very proud of our District and the teachers, administrators, and support staff that provides the best education possible for the children of our community. Thank you for seeking this opportunity to be part of our team.

Bilingual/Bi-Cultural applicants are highly desirable, and encouraged to apply.

District Mission: “Graduating all students to be college and career ready; challenging, inspiring, and empowering them to be healthy and productive citizens.”

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Application Process: All application materials must be submitted electronically, as part of your TalentEd/Recruit & Hire application. Include the following supplemental documents:

Complete District Application
Letter of interest
Current Resume
Three (3) recent letters of reference

Title: Director of Communications and Community Relations

Classification: Administration

Reports To: District Superintendent

Work Year 240 Days/Year

Job Purpose Statement:

Plan and direct a comprehensive system of communication and engagement designed to enhance the District’s educational programs and operations with internal and external audiences.

Job Qualifications & Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in communications, public relations, marketing or closely related field. Three years of recent professional experience in communications and/or public relations including experience at the strategic planning and implementation level; or any combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Skills, Knowledge and/or Abilities Preferred:

Ability to interpret and implement all Board policies, administrative regulations and negotiated agreements.
Ability to provide direction to others and to make sound independent judgments.
Ability to work harmoniously with others and to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with students, parents, teachers and community.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to communicate with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds.
Ability to keep and maintain accurate records and to meet deadlines.

Essential Job Functions:

Plan, implement and evaluate District’s communication and engagement program with internal and external audiences.
Develop and produce professional communications to keep staff, parents, media and the general public informed, including publications, webpages, digital media, press releases and social media.
Develop communications plans, including a crisis and emergency communications plan, detailing how to reach internal and external audiences.
Participate in developing programs to engage the community in the District’s decision-making process and efforts to increase student achievement.
Provide support and advise on communication strategies and messaging.
Maintain an on-going and positive relationship with businesses, governmental agencies and the general community.
Serves as the media's liaison with the school district.
Write news releases, provide information for local media; works to get media coverage of school district news.
Create, write, and produce district marketing materials
Develop and provide training and professional development for district staff to support effective communication.
Conduct stakeholder opinion research through surveys, polls and informal research to determine opinion and attitudes as a basis for planning and action, including annual staff, student and parent surveys.
Analyze public or community input and recommend strategies to meet needs, concerns, and issues.
Supervise and maintain the district's website content, appearance, access and training.
Coordinate district’s role in bond elections.
Coordinate district and community recognition programs
Supervise classified and licensed employees as assigned
Carry out work responsibilities effectively under pressure of deadlines, interruptions and new or emergency situations.
Maintain a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality when dealing with student and staff information.
Professionally represents the school and the District in interactions with parents, community, staff, and students.
Complies with applicable District, state, local and federal laws, rules and regulations.

Physical Demands of Position:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility. Manual
dexterity and coordination are required for less than 50% of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator and standard office equipment.

Any offer of employment made by North Wasco County School District is contingent upon satisfactory results of:

Drug screening tests for any illegal drug or substance classified in Schedules I through V under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 811 to 812. This includes, but is not limited to, marijuana, mind-altering substances or narcotic drugs such as hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, or any other illegal drug or controlled substance, except those federally recognized as legally prescribed by a physician and used as directed.
Criminal history verification- a background check for any convictions directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Unless otherwise required by law, only job-related convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the applicant from employment.

Bilingual/Bi-Cultural applicants are highly desirable, and encouraged to apply.

North Wasco County School District is an Equal opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment on any basis protected by law, including but not limited to, an individual’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veteran’s status, or because of the perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability pregnancy, familial status, economic status, or veterans’ status of any other persons with whom the individual associates. Anyone requesting a reasonable accommodation in the application or recruitment process please contact Brian Schimel at 541-506-3420 extension 1009.