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Director of Communications - Orono Public Schools

Posted on 2020-01-17 7:56:15 AM

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Start Your Online Application Now<https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.applitrack.com%2Forono%2FOnlineApp%2FJobPostings%2FView.asp%3FAppliTrackJobId%3D1497&data=02%7C01%7Cscsu-edpost%40stcloudstate.edu%7Cc2b1d2995b944012207308d79b5503d0%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637148661751575789&sdata=zFbtcjwP6irRuAaEj3Q3VaAs%2FKAoDrZhM%2B7sok6Pkp0%3D&reserved=0> Date of Availability: TBD Date Closing: 01/31/2020 Orono Schools Posting Announcement: The Orono School District is seeking applicants for Director of Communications. The Director of Communications manages the district&#8217;s community relations services and marketing in the areas of print communications, social media, messenger programs, video, web, customer service, and public relationships. Components of these responsibilities are newsgathering, photography, web-site management, writing, and content decisions. The Director strives to create, maintain and enrich relationships between and among school and community stakeholders. Position Type: Unaffiliated Date Posted: 1/17/2020 Location: Orono Schools, 685 Old Crystal Bay Road N, Long Lake, MN 55356 Date Available: TBD Application Deadline: 1/31/2020 District Profile: Orono Public Schools serves all or part of the following western Minneapolis suburbs: Independence, Long Lake, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetonka Beach and Orono. Orono Schools takes pride in a school culture that fosters a high level of student/teacher engagement, supported by an environment where teachers know students as individual learners. Total Student Enrollment: 2,850 Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 86% College Matriculation: 91% Orono School District Website: http://www.orono.k12.mn.us<https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.orono.k12.mn.us%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cscsu-edpost%40stcloudstate.edu%7Cc2b1d2995b944012207308d79b5503d0%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637148661751575789&sdata=KuFF33YsjPaXJ%2FLOtK71Qs6%2Bv7nsLVA14fszj90iDuc%3D&reserved=0> Position reports to: Superintendent Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience/education; benefit package offered. Position Requirements: &#8226; Bachelor&#8217;s degree in Education, Marketing, Communications or Journalism required; Master&#8217;s degree preferred; and &#8226; Five (5) years of experience in managing communications, marketing, and community relations programs preferred. Qualifications: The ideal candidate must possess or be able to develop: &#8226; Strong organization and management skills. &#8226; Evidence of excellent oral and written communications. &#8226; Knowledge of and ability to utilize social media programs to promote programs and inform a variety of audiences. &#8226; Understanding of the role of community stakeholders in supporting a public school system. &#8226; Understanding of the function of public education systems. &#8226; Ability to perceive the needs of others and initiate appropriate supportive action. &#8226; Knowledge of student academic achievement and instructional programming delivery is preferred. &#8226; History of working effectively with multiple stakeholder groups and persons of varying ethnic, race and economic cultures. &#8226; Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with all district constituents to build strong working relationships and maintain effective communications. &#8226; Ability to obtain knowledge of and to apply local policies and procedures. &#8226; Professional journalistic methods, including research, presentation and publication. &#8226; Demonstrated proficiency in graphic design techniques, desktop publishing, and software application packages to produce appealing print information. &#8226; Ability to meet deadlines and work in stressful situations. Job Responsibilities: The ideal candidate must possess or be able to develop (This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions.): &#8226; Work under the direction of the Superintendent to coordinate all forms of official communication throughout and following crisis situations. &#8226; Respond to the need for critical communications during non-work hours as needed, for weather emergencies and other crises. &#8226; Provide direct public relations support to the Superintendent, Cabinet members and other District leaders as requested. &#8226; Take proactive steps to assist the Superintendent, Board members, Cabinet members, principals, and other staff in improving their communications methods and skills. &#8226; Serve as first point-of-contact for press and other external inquiries of the district. &#8226; Create a system that provides rapid and accurate responses to questions from residents and other constituencies. &#8226; Utilize all available media and communication tools, including web, social media, electronic signage, School Messenger, print, and others to communicate District news promptly and accurately. &#8226; Create and manage distribution of a diverse set of public information materials, using both traditional and new media to disseminate district information. &#8226; Handle media relations and other communications during crisis situations. Provide advice to District spokesperson and serve as spokesperson as needed. &#8226; Create a system of cross-training and support to provide full coverage during periods of unusual communications intensity. &#8226; Keep current of changes and development in law and public relations practices. &#8226; Review and regularly update methods of informing the public of School Board activities, including agenda, background materials and outcomes from each board meeting. &#8226; Create and manage a system of internal communications platforms to encourage stronger feedback and two-way communication within and between District sites. &#8226; Use effective methods to communicate with culturally and linguistically diverse groups. &#8226; Develop and maintain the district&#8217;s website as a tool for managing two-way communication with parents and residents as appropriate. &#8226; Build relationships with other school districts and area government communications professionals to learn more about opportunities, challenges and best practices. &#8226; Other duties as assigned by Superintendent. Application Process: All applicants must apply online at: http://bit.ly/oronojobs<https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2Foronojobs&data=02%7C01%7Cscsu-edpost%40stcloudstate.edu%7Cc2b1d2995b944012207308d79b5503d0%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637148661751585781&sdata=S%2B0srkM2IpbdVWTutOTVmMlulK8ivgi7Sou5XIgbuuo%3D&reserved=0> or www.orono.k12.mn.us<https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.orono.k12.mn.us%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cscsu-edpost%40stcloudstate.edu%7Cc2b1d2995b944012207308d79b5503d0%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637148661751585781&sdata=drWlcRDknnCLijJkdx01NDVFFU4IuUHYbvnleJg%2B%2B90%3D&reserved=0> >> District Office >> Human Resources Apply online and upload a letter of interest, resume, transcripts, and a minimum of three current letters of recommendation. Contact: Dr. Karen Orcutt, Superintendent - via administrative assistant, Abby Strack at (952) 449-8304; Fax (952) 449-8399; or, email: abigail.strack@orono.k12.mn.us<mailto:abigail.strack@orono.k12.mn.us> Dr. Scott E. Alger, Director of Human Resources 952-449-8307 scott.alger@orono.k12.mn.us<mailto:scott.alger@orono.k12.mn.us> Orono Public Schools uses the applicant tracking<https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontlineeducation.com%2Fsolutions%2Frecruiting-hiring%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cscsu-edpost%40stcloudstate.edu%7Cc2b1d2995b944012207308d79b5503d0%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637148661751585781&sdata=6qGqUpPfU9wBL7k59n5Sb1mhBRB%2F9jZ%2FCpKWb6%2Byiik%3D&reserved=0> system from Frontline Education to manage employment applications online
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Date of Availability: TBD
Date Closing: 01/31/2020

Orono Schools Posting Announcement:  The Orono School District is seeking applicants for Director of Communications.
 
The Director of Communications manages the district’s community relations services and marketing in the areas of print communications, social media, messenger programs, video, web, customer service, and public relationships.  Components of these responsibilities are newsgathering, photography, web-site management, writing, and content decisions.  The Director strives to create, maintain and enrich relationships between and among school and community stakeholders.

Position Type:  Unaffiliated
 
Date Posted:  1/17/2020
 
Location:  Orono Schools, 685 Old Crystal Bay Road N, Long Lake, MN 55356
 
Date Available:  TBD
 
Application Deadline:  1/31/2020
 
District Profile:
Orono Public Schools serves all or part of the following western Minneapolis suburbs:  Independence, Long Lake, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetonka Beach and Orono.  Orono Schools takes pride in a school culture that fosters a high level of student/teacher engagement, supported by an environment where teachers know students as individual learners.

Total Student Enrollment:  2,850
Faculty with Advanced Degrees:  86%
College Matriculation: 91%
 
Orono School District Website:  http://www.orono.k12.mn.us
 
Position reports to:  Superintendent
 
Salary:  Competitive salary commensurate with experience/education; benefit package offered.
 

Position Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Education, Marketing, Communications or Journalism required; Master’s degree preferred; and
• Five (5) years of experience in managing communications, marketing, and community relations programs preferred.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate must possess or be able to develop:
• Strong organization and management skills.
• Evidence of excellent oral and written communications.
• Knowledge of and ability to utilize social media programs to promote programs and inform a variety of audiences.
• Understanding of the role of community stakeholders in supporting a public school system.
• Understanding of the function of public education systems.
• Ability to perceive the needs of others and initiate appropriate supportive action.
• Knowledge of student academic achievement and instructional programming delivery is preferred.
• History of working effectively with multiple stakeholder groups and persons of varying ethnic, race and economic cultures.
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with all district constituents to build strong working relationships and maintain effective communications.
• Ability to obtain knowledge of and to apply local policies and procedures.
• Professional journalistic methods, including research, presentation and publication.
• Demonstrated proficiency in graphic design techniques, desktop publishing, and software application packages to produce appealing print information.
• Ability to meet deadlines and work in stressful situations.

Job Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate must possess or be able to develop (This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions.):
• Work under the direction of the Superintendent to coordinate all forms of official communication throughout and following crisis situations.
• Respond to the need for critical communications during non-work hours as needed, for weather emergencies and other crises.
• Provide direct public relations support to the Superintendent, Cabinet members and other District leaders as requested.
• Take proactive steps to assist the Superintendent, Board members, Cabinet members, principals, and other staff in improving their communications methods and skills.
• Serve as first point-of-contact for press and other external inquiries of the district.
• Create a system that provides rapid and accurate responses to questions from residents and other constituencies.
• Utilize all available media and communication tools, including web, social media, electronic signage, School Messenger, print, and others to communicate District news promptly and accurately.
• Create and manage distribution of a diverse set of public information materials, using both traditional and new media to disseminate district information.
• Handle media relations and other communications during crisis situations.  Provide advice to District spokesperson and serve as spokesperson as needed.
• Create a system of cross-training and support to provide full coverage during periods of unusual communications intensity.
• Keep current of changes and development in law and public relations practices.
• Review and regularly update methods of informing the public of School Board activities, including agenda, background materials and outcomes from each board meeting.
• Create and manage a system of internal communications platforms to encourage stronger feedback and two-way communication within and between District sites.
• Use effective methods to communicate with culturally and linguistically diverse groups.
• Develop and maintain the district’s website as a tool for managing two-way communication with parents and residents as appropriate.
• Build relationships with other school districts and area government communications professionals to learn more about opportunities, challenges and best practices.
• Other duties as assigned by Superintendent.
 
Application Process: 
All applicants must apply online at:     http://bit.ly/oronojobs
or   www.orono.k12.mn.us   >>  District Office  >>  Human Resources
Apply online and upload a letter of interest, resume, transcripts, and a minimum of three current letters of recommendation.
 
Contact: 
Dr. Karen Orcutt, Superintendent - via administrative assistant, Abby Strack at (952) 449-8304; Fax (952) 449-8399; or, email: abigail.strack@orono.k12.mn.us
Dr. Scott E. Alger, Director of Human Resources  952-449-8307  scott.alger@orono.k12.mn.us  





 

Orono Public Schools uses the applicant tracking system from Frontline Education to manage employment applications online