Director of Communications & Public Affairs

26 Aug, 2019


Director of Communications & Public Affairs

Norwich Free Academy
Norwich, CT

A member of the senior leadership team, The Director of Communications & Public Affairs reports to the Head of
School. The Director is responsible for all aspects of internal and external communications at Norwich Free Academy
and management of the NFA Brand.
 Collaborate with the Head of School, ,senior leadership, and constituent groups to develop communications
strategies to broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact
 Develop and refine NFA’s messaging in all applications to ensure organizational credibility and consistency
with mission and goals
 Manage media and serve as organizational spokesperson as appropriate to support NFA’s mission and goals,
and to advance the NFA Brand.
 Oversee staff to plan, coordinate, differentiate, and execute communications to all NFA’s constituencies and
on all platforms – print, website, social media, etc.
 Manage consultative relationships as appropriate with service providers, contract workers, and venders
 Serve as senior editor of all content in print and electronic format, including the website
 Operate as an essential element of the crisis management team
Essential Characteristics, Qualities, & Skills
 Confidentiality, professionalism, flexibility, and finesse
 Ability to consider detail and big picture simultaneously
 Ability to supervise, manage, and collaborate with a high performing staff
 Ability to plan, manage, and execute long and short term project work
 Exceptional writing skills
 Critical, analytic, creative, and forward-thinking problem-solving
 Positivity, patience, solution-orientation, sense of humor, and can-do attitude
 Ability to listen, gather, analyze, and synthesize input/data
 Ability to work independently, under pressure, on concurrent initiatives, and under deadline
 Commitment to long, and sometimes, irregular, hours
 Undergraduate degree in communications and/or an equivalent field.
 3-5 years of leadership experience
 3-5 years communications experience including advocacy, PR, and media relations
 Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, social media platforms (eg: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), Adobe
Creative Cloud and Hootsuite, a plus
 Demonstrated track record of producing high quality deliverables and positioning an organization to achieve
tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment

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Job posted: 2019-08-26