Jul 01, 2024

Marketing and Communications Manager

  • TenSquare
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
Full-time Community Engagement and Outreach Marketing and Communications

Job Description

Meridian is a PreK-8th grade school located in Washington DC’s vibrant U Street Corridor. Our mission is to inspire a passion for learning in our students and to help them build their self-confidence and self-respect through academic achievement. Our 650+ students are a diverse mix of African-American, Latino, Asian, African, and White students. Almost 30% of our students are English language learners, and we have one of the largest Hispanic populations in DC charter schools. We are committed to building a community of teachers and staff who reflect the rich diversity of our student body. Our middle school campus serves nearly 200 students in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in grades 6-8.

Meridian is committed to serving families from our local communities; and one-third of our students live within a half mile of the school. The U Street Corridor was once the heart of black culture in DC and offers a tangible historical archive for our students, and Columbia Heights is one of the most racially and economically diverse neighborhoods in the District. We are also proud of the fact that Meridian is a school of choice for parents— all eight wards of the city are represented among our student population.

Meridian’s strengths include two beautiful and historic campuses, with nearby outdoor and recreational grounds; state of the art technology for students and teachers; updated and aligned curricula; an academic program laser-focused on student growth, achievement, and social-emotional development; extensive professional development and support for teachers and leaders; and a school culture grounded in student achievement, collaboration, and student-centered learning.

Join us as we continue to take Meridian from good to great! For additional information about Meridian visit mpcs-dc.org.

Meridian seeks a Marketing and Communications Manager to develop and implement strategic marketing and communication plans to enhance the Meridian brand, promote school events, initiatives, achievements, and engage target audiences. The Marketing and Communications Manager is a key member of the family engagement team who collaborates interdepartmentally to design and manage Meridian’s marketing and communications. Reporting to the Director of Development, Community, and Family Engagement, the ideal candidate will bring demonstrated experience designing, managing and executing innovative marketing and communications projects. This is a full time 12-month salaried position.

The specific responsibilities for the Marketing and Communications Manager include, but are not limited to:  

  • Manages Meridian’s social media accounts, website, and associated content
  • Designs digital marketing materials for school-based events and external events using Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, or similar programs
  • Creates and edits internal and external communications on behalf the senior leadership team
  • Supports the family engagement team leaders in development and delivery of agency messages
  • Manages communications projects and campaigns through collaboration with other departments and coordinating with outside vendors 
  • Oversees Meridian’s email marketing campaigns for all departments and programs
  • Oversees the digital marketing strategy:  
    • Design and produce compelling content to boost Meridian’s social media presence
    • Creates content for campus-based and school-wide newsletters, parent communications, and social media platforms 
    • Manages daily engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms
    • Coordinates social media marketing campaigns for student recruitment events; Open House Night, recruitment fairs, and other recruiting events
    • Collaborates with teachers and other staff for the purpose of content creation  
  • Ensures consistent brand voice, vision, and aesthetic are achieved
  • Manages all internal department relationships and project needs for the communications team
  • Creates a marketing plan and materials related to student achievement, school-wide events, student and staff recruitment, and community-based partnerships
  • Attends Family Engagement and other school-based events
  • Working hours include occasional evenings outside of regular school hours to support school-wide events

Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:  

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, communications, or relevant field
  • Minimum of two years professional experience or relevant internships
  • Experience in working with diverse communities and/or in diverse educational settings

Knowledge, Skills, and Characteristics

  • Keen understanding of design systems and brand development
  • Proven experience in marketing and communications, with a track record of successful campaigns that attract and retain students, parents/guardians, and the community
  • Proficiency with graphic design software (Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, or similar graphic programs), digital marketing tools, social media platforms, content management systems, and analytics
  • Ability to work within the guidelines of established brand identity and voice
  • Exceptional organizational skills to manage multiple projects in a time-sensitive environment 
  • Experience publishing written and visual web content 
  • Photography or videography experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • Detail oriented, with the ability to produce quality work while meeting deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a passion for creative storytelling
  • Loves to collaborate and is an excellent team player
  • Spanish language skills are a plus

Do you believe that every child deserves the right to a high quality education? Do you want to prepare students for unlimited global opportunities? Apply today! 

Meridian Public Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The School’s EEO policy prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.  Meridian PCS prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate applicants with a disability, upon request, and will also ensure reasonable accommodation for employees with a disability.  Under this policy, equal employment opportunity is required in recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, termination, compensation, benefits, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment as required by applicable law.

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