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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Director of Communications and Marketing

Germantown Friends School is seeking a Director of Communications and Marketing who will be responsible for furthering the school’s strategic goals - particularly in the areas of fundraising and admissions - by developing and executing an annual marketing and communications plan. Key areas of focus include branding and awareness, media relations and publicity, digital marketing, and publications. The Director manages a staff of approximately 4-5 people within the Advancement Department, serving as a strategist and partner to all areas of the school on communications-related issues.

Responsibilities

  • Develop annual communications and marketing strategy, initiatives, plans, and project priorities that further the goals of raising the school’s profile and advancing its strategic objectives.
  • Develop a cohesive and compelling narrative that communicates the school’s vision and ongoing efforts to realize it.
  • Advise/coordinate across all departments/program areas to ensure that key messages reach core audiences—including faculty and staff, current and prospective families, alumni, supporters and other key constituencies—and are being delivered through the appropriate channels.
  • Support Development communications, producing print and online tools that cultivate, engage, and recognize donors.
  • Oversee the School’s media and public relations efforts and maximize media opportunities to promote the awareness of the school, its programs, events and accomplishments of its students, faculty, staff and alumni.
  • Manage the school’s public profile through the website, publications, and social media.
  • Oversee the writing and development of concepts for all printed promotional materials and publications to ensure that they align with the marketing and communications plan, conform to the school’s style guidelines, and meet established timelines.
  • Develop and enforce brand standards for content, design, digital media, and merchandising.
  • Manage internal communications, to include working with leadership and various departments to ensure timely communication to all constituencies.
  • Work closely with Chief Advancement Officer and Head of School on crisis communications.
  • Manage and draft executive communications in accordance with Communications plan and as needs arise
  • Other duties, as directed.

Requirements

  • 10+ years of experience in a relevant area of communications, marketing, or institutional advancement, preferably in educational or nonprofit organizations.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills in oral and written form.
  • Proven management and administrative competencies.
  • Marketing project management experience, including print production, marketing and advertising campaigns, branding, website, broadcast email, and social media.
  • Experience with development, implementation, and enforcement of brand standards.
  • Experience with website content management systems, metrics and data analysis tools.
  • Experience managing social media accounts and tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Vimeo, YouTube, Instagram, etc.
  • Experience with English language writing, usage, and style guidelines, preferably AP Style.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience working in a Quaker educational institution or nonprofit, a plus.
  • Ability to work some evenings/weekends throughout the year.

The Advancement Department at Germantown Friends School is responsible for all development, communications, and marketing activities, reinforcing and building relationships with a range of audiences, and, ultimately, helping create lifelong connections with the school. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact info of three references to resumes@germantownfriends.org. Please include “Director of Communications and Marketing” in the subject line.

About Germantown Friends School
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood‐12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit www.germantownfriends.org.

Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply. For more information about the school, please visit our website at www.germantownfriends.org.

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