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MinnSPRA helps connect qualified candidates with professional opportunities in school public relations by posting positions here. If you have a position to post, please email it to Ann Kvaal.


Communications Specialist – Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191

Provide support to the district’s Director of Communications by advancing the district’s mission, values and goals through effective communications. Assist with continuously improving the district’s electronic communications, print materials, video content and other methods of community outreach.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

60% Electronic Communications

  • Maintain timely and relevant content on District, school and internal staff websites
  • Regularly look for ways to improve the website in areas such as navigation, interactivity, appearance, functionality and other factors to meet the changing needs of the school district
  • Support school sites and departments in maintaining their websites & ensuring content standards on school websites
  • Train internal audiences on maintaining web pages and social media initiatives
  • Strategically manage the District social media accounts, using analytics to improve engagement and effectiveness; recommend new uses, channels or ways of sharing District stories on social media
  • Manage electronic communications systems, including e-newsletter, parent notification system and educational cable channel

25% Content Creation

  • Provide writing, photography and videography support
  • Assist Director of Communications with development of marketing materials, newsletters and internal communications
  • Edit and proof materials for clarity, consistency and accuracy

10% Departmental Support

  • Support emergency and crisis communications
  • Provide support in planning, implementing and evaluating special events

Learn more & apply online by May 19


Benilde-St. Margaret’s School Position

Benilde-St. Margaret’s School is a premier Catholic, college-preparatory school.  Located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, we educate students in grades 7 – 12.

BSM offers a challenging curriculum and a uniquely caring experience that includes faith formation, academic rigor, social responsibility and extensive extracurricular activities. Students have the opportunity to build a strong foundation for a successful future. BSM thrives in the traditions of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the Christian Brothers and the Benedictines who have all shared in our history and developed our institutional character.

Position Overview:

Within the context of the school’s mission statement and policies of the BSM Board of Directors, the director provides leadership and facilitates program success in integrated marketing communications for Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, a college preparatory school in the Catholic tradition.

Specifically, the director plans, directs, and facilitates the execution of:

  • Programs that enhance the visibility and public perception of the school.
  • Activities that support the admissions, marketing, and development objectives of the school.

Responsibilities to BSM as a Catholic School: 

Except in the teaching of religion, it is not an essential prerequisite that all employees be Catholic.  However, all employees are expected to respect the teaching of the Church.  All employees should support in word and action the mission and philosophy of the school.

Key Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities to advance these priorities include the following:

Strategic

  • Create and implement the strategic marketing and communications plan.
  • Manage Board of Directors strategic marketing initiatives.
  • Identify emerging marketing strategies and test their effectiveness and report on their results.
  • Collaborate with other departments to achieve student recruitment (inquiries) and fundraising goals.
  • Create and implement external communication strategy.
  • Create and execute a crises communication plan.
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Leadership Team.

Tactical

  • Determine, monitor, and evaluate the marketing and communications budget.
  • Enforce BSM’s brand standards.
  • Plan, design, and develop effective advertising campaigns.
  • Oversee the production of school publications, including the annual report, school directory, student handbook, course catalog, and event invitations and programs.
  • Oversee the school website and video screens in the main entrance, the commons and the Haben Center.
  • Work with the alumni relations department to produce the Crown & Shield, the school’s magazine for alumni, parents, and friends.
  • Oversee the production of Knightly News, the school’s weekly e-newsletter.
  • Manage media relations, including writing press releases and cultivating relations with local media.
  • Produce advertisements for admission and development purposes.
  • Coordinate key internal vehicles of communication directed at faculty/staff.
  • Participate in school-sponsored events as necessary.
  • Work with the president and leadership on their messages.
  • Manage print production of all marketing and promotional materials.
  • Partner with a variety of groups for external and internal communications and marketing.
  • Manage and oversee the marketing & communications department.

Leadership: 

  • Provide supervision, training and professional development opportunities for all staff members in marketing & communications.
  • Guide Leadership Team in relation to marketing and communication
  • Embrace and help promote the school’s mission.
  • Supervise the Marketing and Communication Specialist

Design Skills:

  • Strong sense of visual design and communication principles
  • Familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe, and social media platforms
  • Familiarity with video production

Problem Solving/Decision Making:

  • Detect opportunities for improvement and suggest options.
  • Determine and implement pertinent metrics.
  • Follow process improvement standards and methods.
  • Manage and measure outcomes of marketing and communications.

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Strong positive communication skills
  • Professional, approachable, and friendly demeanor
  • Respectful attitude
  • High level of integrity
  • Efficient and organized work strategies
  • Ability to handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Patient and calm presence
  • Commitment to diversity
  • Ability to inspire and persuade people from a variety of backgrounds and ages

Education/ Experience (Minimum Required):

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, or communications related field
  • Marketing and/or communications experience preferred
  • Experience in supervision of professional level staff
  • Commitment to professional development through continuous learning
  • Discretion and good judgment in handling sensitive and/or confidential information and situations
  • Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines; results oriented
  • Willingness to do what it takes to get the job done
  • Ability to write and edit well utilizing an engaging style with proper grammar and punctuation
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter with salary requirements to HR@BSMSchool.org.


Faribault Public Schools Community Relations Coordinator

Faribault Public Schools is seeking outstanding candidates for a full-time Community Relations Coordinator to begin July 2018.  The successful candidate for this coordinator position is responsible for providing leadership and direction for all district wide internal and external communications consistent with a plan that supports and aligns with the district’s strategic plan, enhances the school district’s image, engages the community in the schools and builds public support for the school district. This Coordinator will be part of a leadership team which supports and encourages community involvement with district goals and building school/community pride. Applications close May 11 – learn more here


Human Rights Information Officer 2, Communications Specialist – Minnesota Department of Human Rights

MDHR is looking to fill an communications position within the Department. Applications will be accepted through May 7th, 2018. Anyone interested in the position can view a full position description here by searching the Job ID 21856.

This position exists to educate Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Act and to inform Minnesotans about the functions, goals, and achievements of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. This position promotes MDHR and the Human Rights Act through content development for communications channels including social media, the website, enewsletters, blogs, power point presentations, events, media relations, community meetings, webinars and other communications channels.

Minimum Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, English or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of journalistic principles and practices related to writing and editing.
  • Knowledge of marketing and communications principles and strategies sufficient to implement effective marketing.
  • Knowledge of design and web software.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft and edit materials and coordinate the work of specialists to complete marketing and communication projects.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in marketing, communications, promotions, event coordination or related.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in media relations.
  • Strong working knowledge of computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign, Photoshop and web-related technologies such as email marketing and other digital content/social media.
  • Ability to use social media for communication purposes.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with employee personnel and stakeholders in a courteous, pleasant and professional manner.
  • Must work well within a team, within a demanding public environment, and under tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with event planning and implementation.
  • Strong project management and multi-tasking skills, ability to meet deadlines.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide a link to their online portfolios or submit samples that showcase their graphic design and writing skills.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Requires occasional lifting of articles such as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted through May 7th, 2018.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Jodie Segelstrom at: jodie.segelstrom@state.mn.us or 651-259-3768


Communications Director – South St. Paul Public Schools

The newly created position will develop, direct and implement communications strategies for South St Paul Schools, ensuring that all district communication, marketing and public relations are cohesive, consistent and effective in supporting the district’s mission.  Serves as the internal coordinator of the District’s annual strategic planning process.  Serves as the key spokesperson for the District and manages crisis communication plans. Reports to the Superintendent and supervises the Communications Specialist. Applications due May 14. Learn more and apply online.


Communications Specialist – Lakeville Area Public Schools District 194

Lakeville Area Public Schools is seeking candidates to apply for the position of Communications Specialist. This position advances the district’s mission, values and goals by assisting with the development and implementation of a coordinated, district-wide communications and public relations program.

Lakeville Area Public Schools is the ninth largest school district in Minnesota serving approximately 11,000 students in Lakeville, parts of Burnsville and Elko New Market, and portions of Eureka, Credit River and New Market Townships. There are eight elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools, an Area Learning Center and Community Education facilities. Our mission is a partnership of student, families, staff and community committed to excellence. Our vision is to strive to provide world-class, personalized learning to ensure the success of every student.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties:

  1. Assist in the planning and implementation of the district communications and public relations plan
  2. Create and edit material for a variety of audiences and purposes including newsletters, district website, marketing collateral, presentations, letters, video and social media content generated by the communications department
  3. Coordinate and implement the district social media strategy
  4. Assist with the planning and implementation of public relations initiatives including district events
  5. Oversee and update the district website, providing assistance and training to school and program staff
  6. Assist with photography and video production
  7. Coordinate use of the district mass communication electronic notification system, providing training assistance to school and program staff
  8. Maintain excellent relationships with students, administrators, teachers, staff, parents and community members for the purpose of serving as a communications liaison for schools and programs
  9. Other duties as assigned

Position salary: $55,000-$60,000 with competitive benefits

For the complete job description and to apply, please visit https://www.applitrack.com/isd194/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff

Application deadline: May 4, 2018


Mahtomedi Schools Communications Specialist

Mahtomedi Public Schools is currently seeking an outstanding individual to serve as Communications Specialist effective June 2018. This position will provide leadership and direction for the district’s internal and external communications consistent with a plan that supports and aligns with the district’s strategic plan, enhances the school district’s image, engages the community in the schools and builds public support for the school district. Applications are due May 14 – complete information available here:  https://www.applitrack.com/mahtomedi/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Individual