Communications Manager

Lake Forest School District

About District 67 and District 115

District 67

Lake Forest Elementary School District 67 is recognized both statewide and nationally for its innovative instructional practices and educational programs. Its exemplary professional staff strives to meet the changing needs of students in our dynamic world. A progressive K-8 district of approximately 1,600 students, District 67 includes three elementary schools — Cherokee Elementary School (K-4), Everett Elementary School (K-4), and Sheridan Elementary School (Pre-K-4 )— as well as Deer Path Middle School (5-8). Through its mission, District 67 seeks “to inspire and empower all students to maximize their growth as learners and develop a balanced sense of self, steadfast resiliency, and deep respect for others.”

District 115

Lake Forest Community High School District 115 (Lake Forest High School) serves the communities of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood—northern suburbs of Chicago—and takes pride in developing compassionate, confident and accomplished students. Lake Forest High School faculty and staff are committed to student growth with dedicated adults who respect and value the individual. Students are guided by talented professionals who are passionate about their work of providing academic excellence for all learners and more than 95% of our students go on to higher-level education. The school’s mission is “to inspire the passion to learn, the insight to know oneself, and the courage to make a difference.”

Position Details

Communications Manager
Northern Illinois
Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest School District 67 and Lake Forest Community High School District 115 are seeking a Communications Manager.

The Communications Manager regularly and directly assists the Chief Communications Officer, in a confidential capacity, in the development and implementation of the Districts’ strategic plans and ongoing communication.

Essential Functions:

  • Partner with the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) to support the District’s vision, mission, and strategic plan through thoughtful, proactive, and transparent communications. 
  • Serve as backup to CCO on Superintendent and Board communications, as needed 
  • Develop strategic messaging and FAQs for use by key stakeholders including District Boards and Administration 
  • Draft and edit District communications including press releases 
  • Shape social media strategy for each District including managing the content calendars and reporting quarterly on analytics; assess organic and paid ad opportunities as necessary 
  • Partner in the production and distribution of District digital and print publications including Insight newsletter 
  • Partner proactively to support District 67 and District 115 building-level internal communication 
  • Contribute timely updates to the District website 
  • Partner with the Human Resources Department to draft communications regarding key District recruitment opportunities and personnel information 
  • Write, edit, and proofread internal and external District messages sent via the Districts’ Mass Notification email distribution system 
  • Support LFHS Alumni Relations with event implementation, biannual newsletter content development, and ongoing initiatives in partnership with LFHS staff 
  • Assist with crisis communication planning and management 
  • Provide training and support to parent leaders and administrative staff as needed related to the use of communication platforms in the District 
  • Attend off-hour District meetings and events as needed

Education, Experience, and Licensure (required and preferred):

  • Bachelor's Degree in communications, English, journalism, public relations, public affairs, or related field 
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a professional (education/corporate/nonprofit) communications position 
  • Experience managing social media platforms, particularly Instagram and Facebook 
  • Experience generating written and video content for digital and print communication channels 
  • Experience using graphic design platforms such as Canva 
  • Experience with Smore digital newsletter platform is a plus

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • Excellent writing, grammar, editing, and proofreading skills 
  • Social media strategy and execution 
  • Strong project management skills 
  • Proficiency with Google platform including Google Analytics 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines 
  • Flexible and creative problem-solver 
  • Service-minded, self-starter, with attention to detail 
  • Ability to interface with District personnel and the public personably, courteously, and with confidence

Compensation: $73,500 to $84,000.

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