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Associate Director of Communications

Department: Community Engagement 
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Employee Type: FT/12-mo
Reports To: Executive Director of Community Engagement 
 
Who We Are:

Opening in 2009, Cristo Rey Jesuit now has student enrollment of nearly 500 young men and women. Cristo Rey Jesuit offers a rigorous college preparatory education available to students of limited economic resources in the Houston area. A unique Corporate Work Study Program places students in Houston businesses and nonprofits where they learn the expectations of the corporate world and earn up to 50 percent of the cost of their education. Cristo Rey Jesuit belongs to the national Cristo Rey Network of schools and the national Jesuit Schools Network.

Our Mission:  

To inspire and prepare students of limited economic resources to succeed in college and lead their communities as compassionate, committed, and competent men and women for others for the greater glory of God.

Our Vision:  

Compelled by our Jesuit mission and identity, we are a vibrant community that transforms the world by loving, learning, and excelling in all we do.

Read more about Cristo Rey Jesuit’s teaching model and school community on our website.

Our Learning Community: 

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston is a 9-12 learning community that educates students of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work-study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. 

Who YOU are:  

We are seeking a dedicated, intellectually curious and mission driven individual who is open to growth and wants to be part of our community.  They will have the unique opportunity to help develop one of Houston’s most promising educational options for young men and women from families with low to moderate income.  An ideal candidate should have an appreciation of the school’s mission and a commitment to the values of Catholic education and be comfortable modeling an active and inspiring faith life for all in the community.  

The Job:

The Associate Director of Communications will be the external and internal communications specialist for Cristo Rey Jesuit. The successful candidate will be an energetic and creative person who has the interpersonal skills and technical acumen to excel, and who believes in the mission of Cristo Rey Jesuit.   

Responsibilities:

Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Create and implement a Communications and Marketing strategic plan which clearly articulates Cristo Rey Jesuit and our mission to various constituencies including to drive attention to Admissions, Corporate Work-Study Program, Fundraising, and Faculty/Staff recruitment.

  • Creates and implements digital and graphic design elements for external and internal communications

  • Grows and safeguards the Cristo Rey Jesuit brand, both internally and externally, so that it remains consistent, coherent and competitive. Oversees branding on all school communications and promotional materials

  • Creates and publishes weekly school e-newsletter in English and Spanish keeping community informed of school events

  • Updates copy on the website to be consistent across all pages.

  • Coordinates production of electronic and printed materials including brochures, presentations and other promotional and marketing materials

  • Creates and implements creative, professional, content, materials, and communication tools needed for school events

  • Produces a printed (email and website) annual report highlighting the academic, corporate work-study, fundraising achievements of the year.

  • Builds and manages relationships with local, state, and national media, through phone calls and meetings, to promote the school and our unique model of education.

  • Sends and follows up on regular press releases, utilizing all media sources - print, social, television and radio – as part of overall strategy to promote the school.

  • Creates and implements creative, professional, content and timely updating of all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.)

  • If necessary, performs public speaking on behalf of the school, when the President is not available or secures the appropriate representative (board member or staff).

  • Manages the efforts of outside vendors who provide communications and marketing support (agencies, photographers, printers, AV companies).

  • Other duties as assigned

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in journalism, marketing or related field with a minimum of 5 years related experience and/or training; experience in a non-profit organization is preferred. Must be familiar with AP style guide and journalistic expectations.   

Key Competencies:  

To perform this job successfully, an individual should possess the following key competencies:

  • Familiarity with Canva and Adobe Creative Suite:  Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications, and Windows 

  • Proficient in traditional social media applications (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, TikTock, etc.)

  • Strong project management skills; ability to work on deadlines as needed.

  • Strong and creative writing skills

  • Able to adjust copy for multiple platforms and audiences

  • Must be discreet and handle confidential matters

  • Must be able to incorporate school mission into all messaging

Computer Skills: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft & G-Suite Database Software; Spreadsheet Software; Word Processing Software; Electronic Mail Software; and Presentation software. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

  • Valid driver’s license.

Other Qualifications: 

  • Exceptional leadership and management skills; 

  • Exceptional communication skills, with excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

  • Commitment to faith-based education and holistic student development

  • A desire to learn and be part of the unique Cristo Rey mission

Compensation: 

Competitive salary, benefits, and paid vacation.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Regularly interact with students, parents, staff, corporate partners, and visitors.

  • Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time.

  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.

 Application Materials: 

Please submit the following to jobs@cristoreyjeusit.org

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Two writing samples (for two different audiences)
  • One social media post

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston is an equal opportunity employer.