Sandy Spring Friends School seeks a Director of Marketing and Communications (MarCom) who will develop, lead, and manage all strategic marketing and communications efforts for the School. The MarCom Department serves as the school's primary resource for brand development and strategy, marketing efforts across all departments, public relations, web content and development, and creative design. Additionally, the MarCom Department centrally supports the communication needs of our divisions and departments to ensure that all messaging reflects our values, brand, reputation, and community in a clear and vibrant way. The MarCom Department plays a leading role in marketing to prospective families, employees, donors, and promoting the brand and good works of the school to key external audiences.
This senior administrator position reports to the Head of School and serves on the Administrative Council, working in close partnership with Admissions, Advancement, the Head of School’s office, Auxiliary Programs, Technology and Inquiry Guides, and the academic divisions of the School.
By implementing innovative communications and marketing strategies, the SSFS Director of MarCom will accomplish the department’s goal of informing, inspiring, and deepening our connection to our community of parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff, board members, and friends of SSFS and promoting and amplifying the value of an SSFS education to prospective families, other thought leaders, and our peer schools on a local, regional, national, and international level.
Areas of Responsibility Include: All-School messaging, Branding, Communications Policy & Procedures, Crisis Communication, Design & Production, Head of School Communications, Marketing, Public relations, Social Media, and Web Content & Design
Knowledge and Skill Set Requirements: B.A./B.S. in communications, marketing, or related field with advanced degree preferred; outstanding written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated proficiency with communications and graphic design skills and software, including Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Canva, and Google Apps; demonstrated photography and videography skills; ability to multi-task and perform duties under tight time constraints; skilled at researching and analyzing marketing data and trends; ability to organize and prioritize work, and to move fluidly between long-term strategic project design/implementation and short-term detailed work; a visionary, creative, and strategically-focused leader and collaborative team player; and a seasoned individual adept at understanding the independent school landscape within the Washington Metro area.
Physical Requirements: Daily desk work including significant amounts of telephone and computer time; frequent walking both inside and outside around a large campus with uneven pavement and in buildings with stairs; bending/squatting as part of photography and videography job duties.
Commitment to Diversity: Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
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About Sandy Spring Friends School
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peac...eful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.