Director of Communications and Strategic Community Partnerships (Education Staff Assistant), Connecticut Department of Education
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
The State of Connecticut is embarking on a bold and ambitious strategy for education reform. Under the leadership of newly appointed Commissioner Stefan Pryor, the department has begun a deliberate and disciplined process to tackle some of the most significant obstacles standing in the way of every student having the opportunity to graduate high school both college- and career-ready.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
This is an exciting and high profile opportunity for an entrepreneurial and energetic professional to manage on behalf of the State Board of Education and Commissioner the CT DOE’s relationships with local and national media, education-related organizations, community organizations, foundations, and business partners. The Director of Communications and Strategic Community Partnerships will also manage internal communications and serve as a key advisor to Commissioner Pryor and the Governor’s office on all internal and external educational issues.
Key responsibilities include:
Communications and Public Relations
Manage the media-relations function on behalf of the State Board of Education and Commissioner, including fielding daily calls from local, state, and national media as spokesperson of the department. Shape messages that communicate Connecticut’s education reform goals and progress that are consistent with its plans to bring greater transparency to student, school, district and state performance.
Develop and execute a proactive strategy for Connecticut to maintain visibility of its efforts in education industry journals, blogs, and other media platforms.
Advise State Board of Education, Commissioner Pryor and other senior-level cabinet members on overarching communication strategy and positioning.
Develop and manage internal communications vehicles (memos, intranet, etc.) that help keep staff informed of the “why” and “how” of Connecticut’s reform efforts.
Lead the development and implementation of a social media strategy for the department.
Serve as primary liaison between the CT DOE and its external partners such as education-related organizations, foundations, businesses, advocacy groups and others who want to assist the department’s efforts to raise academic achievement for all Connecticut students.
Field inquiries from organizations interested in working with the department, cultivating potential partners and overseeing the development of new relationships.
Work with civic groups, associations, community leaders, teachers, students, families and others to engage the Connecticut community in the department’s reform efforts
Develop and execute a proactive engagement strategy and respond to requests for the Department to participate in events and conferences throughout the state.
Candidates should possess the following:
Demonstrated competence to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position as determined by the State Board of Education:
Bachelor Degree and 5-10 years of marketing, public relations or communications experience, preferably in the education and/or public sector
Team-orientation, with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently
Creative and effective communication skills, with strong public speaking and exceptional writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively across numerous media and platforms and to build relationships with a wide range of audience and partners, ideally in an education-related context
Knowledge of the full range of media platforms, with demonstrated success generating both online and traditional media awareness among key influencers such as bloggers, industry experts and news reporters
Experience developing and managing successful communications campaigns from strategy phase to implementation
Strong writing, communication, and presentation skills, with an ability to motivate and inspire a diverse set of stakeholders toward a common goal
Proven track record of responding effectively and strategically to high-profile media inquiries
Entrepreneurial and collaborative mindset with a track record of execution in a time of growth and change
$49,701 to $122,791
Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS, PLEASE APPLY:
Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and resume with details of experience and training, three pertinent professional letters of recommendation and an Application for Examination or Employment (CT-HR-12) which may be obtained from the Department of Education web site at http://www.sde.ct.gov to: http://www.on-ramps.com/jobs/689
All required documents must be submitted to be considered for interview.
Closing date for applications: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 29, 2012.
“The State of Connecticut Department of Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. The Department of Education does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. The Department of Education does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding the Department of Education’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: Levy Gillespie, Equal Employment Opportunity Director/American with Disabilities Act Coordinator, State of Connecticut Department of Education, 25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457, 860-807-2101. Levy.Gillespie@ct.gov.”
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