Founded in Chicago in 1876, Sacred Heart Schools at Sheridan Road (Hardey Preparatory for Boys and Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls) are independent, Catholic, single-sex elementary schools committed to academic excellence within the context of a Christian, faith-based community. The educational mission is deeply rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart and shared with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools located in 30 countries; including 25 schools in the United States and Canada. The essence of this tradition is the total development of each child: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Our girls and boys are taught in single-sex classrooms, but follow a similar curriculum and share in many activities. With a total enrollment of approximately 600 students, the Schools are organized into three academic divisions each led by a division head.
As a member of the Communications Team, the Marketing/Communications Associate plays an important role in advancing the mission of Sacred Heart education through the school’s print and electronic publications. The position demands a range of skills, including but not limited to video production, photography, website editing, and social media content creation. The ability to contribute to the school’s website and social media platforms, in terms of both content and technical management, is a must. The Marketing/Communications Associate serves as an editor for Newsnotes, the school’s weekly parent e-newsletter and collaborates with the Admissions Office in managing advertising, direct mail and other marketing initiatives related to enrollment.
The ideal candidate is self-motivated and technically skilled with a proven ability to take complex projects from start to finish, on deadline. The Marketing/Communications Associate should possess an instinct for public relations and marketing and must be able to work well with colleagues, volunteers and vendors, consistently projecting a positive image of Sacred Heart Schools. The Marketing/Communications Associate reports directly to the Marketing/Communications Director.
The Communications Office is one of the three offices, including Admissions and Development, which make up the Department of Institutional Advancement. The Institutional Advancement Team works collaboratively to build understanding and support of the school’s mission and programs and to secure resources to enhance the school and secure its future. Collectively and individually, the team strives to model the values expressed in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education.
Essential Job Functions:
Photography and Video
Photograph and capture video at school events and activities
Conceptualize and create internal and online video content using Adobe Premiere Pro
Manage the school's photo and video archives (on internal Share Drive and external SmugMug)
Record, edit, and manage all audio for the Heart of Sheridan Road podcast
Assist with scheduling and content management of the podcast
Website and Social Media
Create and post content, including alerts, news stories, photographs and videos to the website
Develop and upload content to the school’s social media sites and channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud, SmugMug, and LinkedIn
Assist the Marketing/Communications Director to create, manage, and maintain the school’s social media plan and calendar
Assist the Marketing/Communications Director to conceptualize and execute social media campaigns
Build and post new pages; design and create micro sites, as requested
Work with faculty, staff, and volunteers to create and update content on the website, as requested
Produce regular analytical reports; utilize data to inform goals and improve effectiveness
Eblasts and Constituent Management
Create eblasts for events, notices, emergencies, etc., as needed
Edit Newsnotes, the school’s weekly parent/community e-newsletter
Manage the constituents within Finalsite/eNotify to maintain up-to-date email lists and correct contact information for contacts
Manage the school’s emergency text alert system
Ensure all materials meet the school’s style, editorial, graphic, and branding standards
Knowledge of AP Style to oversee quality control and oversee its use
Work to ensure brand standards are upheld by faculty, staff, and volunteers as much as possible (including branded email signatures, correct use of school logo on print materials, etc.)
Support of Institutional Advancement Offices
Assist the Development Office and school philanthropic and volunteer efforts. through e-blasts and videos
Support the Admissions Office and summer camp in coordinating display and on-line advertising and in managing direct mail efforts
Other Projects as defined by the Marketing/Communications Director, the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and/or the Head of Schools
Bachelor’s degree required; degree focus on integrated marketing, digital marketing, and/or journalism preferred
Strong facility with the Adobe Creative Suite: Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and InDesign
Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Experience with digital photography
Proficiency with audio-editing software such as Audacity or Adobe Audition
Excellent writing skills, especially experience with journalistic writing style
Excellent proof reading and editing skills
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work remotely when necessary
Available to work occasional weekends and evenings
Familiarity with content management systems and HTML a plus
Apply directly at the School's website (www.shschicago.org) in the Career Opportunities section, submitting a cover letter and resume.
Sacred Heart Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate.