Ridgefield School District

Communications Manager (713)

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Job Details

TitleCommunications Manager
Posting ID713

Competitive Salary with excellent benefits.

8 hours per day, 260 days per year (includes 13 holidays).

Position open until filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit your completed application by 4:00PM on February 19, 2021.


JOB GOAL:  The Communications Manager manages Ridgefield School District’s internal and external communications in a manner consistent with and supportive of the District’s mission. The manager is responsible for providing and overseeing comprehensive communication services including print and oral communications for internal and external audiences.  This includes, but is not limited to, writing press releases and taking photographs, publishing electronic and print communications, producing and editing videos, managing The District’s social media, and managing the District website and school webpages.


EDUCATION:  Minimum educational requirement is a Bachelor’s Degree, or comparable equivalent, in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism or related field from an accredited public or non-profit College or University.  At District discretion, Vocational/Technical education may apply and experience may replace required higher education. 


EXPERIENCE:  Five years applicable experience in public relations, communications, or marketing required. Experience developing and/or maintaining websites and other electronic communications media.  At District discretion, applicable college-level coursework or technical school training may replace one year required work experience. 



  • Communicate effectively with a variety of school district audiences including staff, students, families and the general public in person, by telephone, via email, and in writing for the purpose of promoting the District and providing information about district policies and initiatives.
  • Implement strategic communication plans that support the long-range goals and objectives of the school district.
  • Develop and/or evaluate communications tools, including District website, blogs, video, social media, and newsletters, targeted to internal and external audiences; offer input to administrative teams in the development of district and school communications.
  • Assist District Leadership with media-relations responsibilities including providing accurate and up-to-date information about the District and serving as spokesperson for the District.
  • Work with school personnel to gather information and write press releases and articles. Take and edit photos as appropriate for publication in a variety of media, including print, television/video, and web based communication; marketing communication; media relations; recognition programs and collaborate on projects with community partners.
  • Identify, establish, and maintain personal relationships with news reporters, editors, and radio and TV/film technicians at media outlets in the region. Ensure effective media relationships by facilitating thorough, accurate reporting of district issues and events; serve as the liaison between the news media and The District; provide talking points and assist district spokespersons for on-camera interviews.
  • Work flexible hours for the purpose of accommodating meetings, events and emergencies.
  • Supervise a communications team of contracted professionals and vendors.
  • Plan and produce electronic newsletters and other communications per weekly deadlines.
  • Support school staff in their use of websites and social media.
  • Use mass notification software, email marketing software, survey software, and other applications to create opportunities for two-way communication with families, staff and the community.
  • Produce informational materials (newsletters, news releases, brochures, email and website content for general and specific audiences) using publishing software (InDesign, Publisher, Photoshop, etc.) for the purpose of promoting district news, events, and accomplishments.
  • Proofread and edit materials for completeness, accuracy of content, and comprehensibility to the public.
  • Organize and maintain Communications Department electronic files.
  • Assist in the preparation of presentations on district initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance with privacy laws when involving students in media coverage.
  • Assist with crisis communications.
  • Keep current of new office procedures and implements as deemed appropriate.
  • Notify appropriate authority immediately in the event of any incident occurring on school premises.
  • Perform physical tasks, including repeated lifting up to 50 pounds and standing for extended periods.
  • Assist other office personnel as directed.
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • Ability to professionally communicate and carry out District/building rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Possess competent record keeping skills.
  • Possess advanced computer skills/experience including word processing, database spreadsheet, and other technological skills as requested to function at an administrative support level. (Word, Excel and Adobe, Google applications or similar word processing, spreadsheet, and calendar software.)
  • Possess advanced skills with desktop publishing software, web design, and video production.
  • Ability to access and work within computerized data systems (fiscal and State).
  • Ability to effectively read, write and compute per duties of position.
  • Proficient accounting skills to include knowledge of rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Proficient in composing and preparing letters and reports inclusive of correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Possess competent organizational skills.
  • Ability to problem-solve as needed.
  • Ability to work professionally with others as part of a team and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with students, parents, staff and the general public.
  • Ability to accurately read, understand, interpret and follow written/oral instructions.
  • Ability to work independently and flexibly with minimum supervision in a very close office setting.
  • Ability to work within the constraints of constant interruption, meeting deadlines, and performing under pressure.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to operate and maintain technological equipment and other office machines/equipment as required.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Ability to lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds without assistance.
  • Ability to attend pertinent workshops pertaining to position.
  • Ability to update skills as required.
  • Consistent, reliable attendance according to established work schedule is required.
  • Demonstrate proficiencies as assessed by District skills inventory.




                                                                   Notice of Nondiscrimination

Ridgefield School District No.122 complies with all state and federal rules and regulations and provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, marital status, HIV/Hepatitis C status, sex, sexual orientation-including gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.  


Ridgefield School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services, bilingual education or inquiries regarding compliance procedures, contact Chris Griffith, Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 510 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, (360) 619-1304, or by email at

Shift TypeFull-Time
Salary RangePer Year
LocationDistrict Office

Applications Accepted

Start Date01/25/2021