Chief Communications Officer
Posted 2 months ago
|Title||Chief Communications Officer, CCO|
The Chief Communications Officer, (CCO) serves as principal advisor providing comprehensive and proactive communications, strategies, planning, media relations and news analysis to the Superintendent and Senior Staff. The CCO is responsible for all communications. This means working collaboratively with Senior Leadership and other key stakeholders, and setting the vision for and leading the Communications Team, including internal communications, media relations, social media and Judson ISD external and internal websites, marketing, strategic communications and multicultural and diverse outreach.
Education and Certification Requirements
- Bachelor's degree with appropriate certification for position
- Master’s Degree or minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in administration, public relations communications, or other appropriate field
- Valid Texas Teaching Certificate with required endorsements for subject and level Assigned (preferred)
- Valid Texas Driver’s License
- Candidates must have a satisfactory outcome of fingerprinting background check. Non-refundable fee (approximately $50.00) paid by the employee.
- Thorough knowledge of the Texas Public Information Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and familiarity with the Texas Education Code
- Excellent public relations, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees, parents, or the public
- Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms with all levels of management, both internal and external to the district
- Knowledge of current public education trends, issues and research
- Understanding of Crisis Communications
- Successful experience with bond and or TRE referenda preferred
- Proficient Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, Desktop Publishing, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Indesign
- Minimum of five years experience in Public Relations or Leadership Management
(The following statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions that may be assigned or skills that may be required.)
- Develop and implement promotional campaign strategies designed to enhance public awareness of District goals and objectives
- Implement and maintain communication initiatives designed to encourage two-way communication between employees and community
- Select, train, evaluate, and supervise responsibilities and job duties of Communications Department personnel and provide guidance related to specific job assignments
- Serve as District spokesperson and primary media contact for all print and broadcast media inquiries, providing credible, trustworthy, timely, and accurate response to all media. This includes, but is not limited to, local print and broadcast media outlets on a 24/7 basis
- Write, copy, design, and coordinate production of internal and external publications, including annual report, newsletters, brochures, fliers, and other printed materials, advertisements, and presentation materials
- Solicit positive media coverage by writing all news releases, public service announcements, and fact sheets to publicize the District’s accomplishments with the public, in addition to coordinating press conferences and special events to enhance public image of the district
- Ensure district compliance with the Texas Public Information Act by responding to all open records requests for the district
- Respond to general information inquiries from parents, stakeholders, and other school systems
- Inform Superintendent and provide input in instances where crisis communication plan is necessary
- Establish and manage departmental budget
- Gather data to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of District communications and reallocate resources, as needed, to more effectively reach and engage key audiences
- Oversee the District’s student and employee recognition efforts and assist in the planning and coordination of District and school based special events
- Supervise the departments of communications, print shop, education foundation, and web services
- Supervise the design, preparation, and editing of district publications including printed material, website, and social media.
- Develop presentations (plus collateral materials) and speak on behalf of the District at professional development seminars and public meetings
- Prepares district response to vendors and outside agencies soliciting promotional distribution
- Coordinate specifications, cost, and publication of printed materials with outside vendors
- Write speeches and talking points for the Superintendent as needed, including, but not limited to, groundbreaking and grand opening events, school board meetings, and graduation ceremonies
- Attend and participate in campus, and district meetings such as school board meetings, board advisory meetings, special functions etc. as well as, host of district-wide meetings
- Provide campuses with assistance as needed in their efforts to communicate with their communities
- Produce a district-wide information campaign for bond elections
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Maintain a consistent professional demeanor and appearance
- Ensure compliance with the Texas Educator’s Code of Ethics
- Daily attendance and punctuality at work are essential functions of the job
- Supervise and evaluate direct reports within the Communications Department
- Office equipment – personal computer, printer, calculator, multi-line telephone, software programs and peripherals, copier, fax, and other equipment applicable to position.
- Communication equipment – radio communication equipment, cellular telephone
- Video monitoring equipment
- Maintain emotional control under stress; ability to process and clearly articulate pertinent information quickly
- Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written), interpret policies and procedures, reason, read, understand verbal instructions, analyze, differentiate, coordinate, compile, and instruct
- Work with frequent interruptions
- Frequent: Sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs and/or ramps, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive hand motions, hearing, speaking clearly, visual acuity, distinguishing colors, driving, traveling.
- Occasional: Lifting, moderate, 15-44 pounds; carrying, moderate, 15-44 pounds
- Nights and weekend activities will be required
- Frequent exposure to: temperature extremes (hot and cold), humidity extremes, noise, low or intense illumination, vibration
- Occasional exposure to: biological hazards (communicable diseases, bacteria, insects, mold, fungi, etc.), work outside, work around moving objects or vehicles, work on uneven surfaces, work alone, work prolonged or irregular hours.
The Judson School District considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, marital or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition, disability, or any other legally protected status.