Informational Technology Position - Topeka Public Schools 501
Position: Informational Technology Position
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Senior Communications Specialist
Job Location: Burnett Center, Topeka Public Schools
Beginning: May 31, 2019
Deadline: Jul 30, 2019**
District: Topeka Public Schools 501
Topeka, KS 66611
Telephone: 785-295-3019
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Job Description:
Title: Sr. Communications Specialist
Reports To: Director of Communications 
Position Purpose: To assist the Director of Communications in making known appropriate district information both internally and externally. This position will be responsible for planning and implementation of a variety of special projects/events, assisting with the district’s social media presence and serve as the back-up spokesperson for the district.
Qualifications: BS in communications, mass media or other related field, skills in public relations and technical communications such as writing, photography, word processing, computer technology, design and electronic media are required. Previous experience a plus.
Skills: Strong understanding of social media platforms. Eye for detail. Strong writing abilities. Some evenings and weekends required. The incumbent must communicate effectively through writing, speaking and varied electronics mediums; and be a positive influence in developing, maintaining and encouraging a quality working climate.

Physical/Emotional Requirements: (The incumbent may be required to use the below requirements during any part of the working day.) The incumbent should have quality eye/hand coordination, be mobile and able to drive. Must be able to remain calm in stressful situations.
Communication Skills: Must be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally to targeted audiences. Excellent grammar and proofreading skills. Understanding of AP style. On camera media experience preferred. Public speaking a must. Drafting media releases and newsletters.
Special Events/Projects: Plan events from start to finish including annual staff awards, longevity awards and student awards. Establish timelines and ensure all aspects of the award program are met. Maintain databases and documentation for all events from year to year.
Online and Broadcast Marketing: Monitor various social media venues for troubleshooting and awareness. Leverage and enhance existing social media accounts to tell the district’s story. Develop video and written news stories for placement on social media networks and district cable channel. Attend district and community events to support coverage of key stories. Use measurement tools including Google Analytics to evaluate existing work, recommend strategies to grow engagement on district platforms. Video skills including taping, editing and storytelling.
Media Relations: Serve as a back-up for media contacts and on-camera spokesperson.

Terms of Employment: 12 months; salary and work year to be determined by the Board of Education.
Evaluation: Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the board policy on evaluation of Support Services Personnel. 
Significant associations: The performance responsibilities are not limited to those outlined in this description and may include any other responsibilities as assigned by the administrator/supervisor.

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.
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