Communications Manager

Pius XI Catholic High School

Pius XI Catholic High School is a private coeducational high school centrally located on Milwaukee’s west side. Founded by the Pallottine Fathers and School Sisters of St. Francis over 90 years ago, the School has a storied history and compelling mission. With nearly 30,000 alumni, Pius XI attracts students from throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area and currently serves over 700 students.

The School boasts a robust curriculum, including outstanding STEM and Arts programming. Known for its welcoming and nurturing environment, the School strives to inspire each student to grow into the confident, capable, compassionate child of God that only they can be. In the midst of executing its new strategic plan, School leaders expect numerous achievements to be realized in the near future. It is indeed an exciting time to be part of this Pius XI renaissance.

Position Details

Communications Manager
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

The Communications Manager will oversee the School’s external messaging to the Pius XI community and its partners. This role reports to the Vice President of Advancement and will also work closely with Academic leadership and other members of the Advancement team. We have a great story to tell and need a great communications professional to tell it.

Abilities and Skills

The new Communications Manager will:

  • Have a passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission driven school environment built upon Catholic values that is constantly seeking to better serve its students and families. Pius XI is on the move and this will be a rewarding journey.
  • Promote the Pius XI story to key constituent groups
  • Lead through example while fostering a culture of accountability
  • Practice The Golden Rule and embrace the School’s Core Values.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee short-term and long-term communication strategies aligned with the School’s Goal Pillar objectives to elevate the Pius XI brand throughout the greater Milwaukee community
  • Create and execute a wholistic communications strategy that consistently supports and promotes the school's mission and values, and engages all stakeholder groups
  • Develop and execute a calendar of communications, campaigns, and initiatives for annual implementation
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Advancement team on fundraising proposals and annual appeal letters
  • Develop content for and manage communication channels, including website and social media accounts
  • Serve as the lead writer and project manager for a bi-annual magazine and monthly e-newsletter
  • Collaborate and partner with the School’s academic leaders and faculty to identify and advance the many student, teacher and alumni growth stories that take place within the Pius XI community
  • Guide proactive and responsive media relations efforts, as needed
  • Manage timelines and collaboratively produce a weekly electronic newsletter to educate, inform, and build confidence among current Pius XI families.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and five or more years of successful experience in one or more fields: public relations, communications, branding, development communications, marketing communications, or grant writing
  • Experience with public relations and crisis communications is preferred
  • Portfolio of a variety of writing samples
  • Familiarity and comfort with writing for diverse audiences
  • A strong belief in urban Catholic education
  • Highly self-motivated and proactive. Can anticipate needs and solve problems independently.
  • Pursues creative new approaches to reaching a desired audience
  • Excellent and compelling storyteller
  • Juggle and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines
  • Embody our core values of Service, Excellence, Integrity, Inclusion, and Community.

Pius XI offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, Life & AD&D insurance, FSA, Pension and 403(b) plan.

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