Director of Communications

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $85,000
Maximum: $100,000
Details: The school offers competitive compensation based on prior experience and position requirements. Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




San Francisco
United States





Katherine Delmar Burke School is looking for a communications professional to help further the work of preparing girls for the 21st century and to help make the world a better place. You would join a dynamic Advancement Office who is passionate about empowering girls to change the world.


The Director of Communications will help Burke’s continue to flourish in the social media and multimedia realm, as well as in its traditional print communications. We are looking for someone who is creative, versatile, comfortable with digital media, willing to learn new skills, and who has excellent verbal and written communications to help document and share the daily life of the school to a broad range of constituents.


Burke’s is in an exciting phase of its 110-year history. The school is finishing up a five-year capital campaign and a major building project and soon looks forward to undergoing a strategic-planning process and brand refresh to provide guidance for the next 110 years.

About Burke’s


Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Based on a 110-year tradition of educational excellence, Burke’s today is one of California’s leading elementary schools. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher level critical-thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, and academic rigor.

Director of Communications

The Director of Communications (DOC) reports to the Director of Advancement and is responsible for Burke’s overall communications strategy, including the implementation and production of all communication vehicles, both digital and print, as well as ensuring consistency of brand and visual identity.


Job Description


This position co-supervises an Advancement and Communications Associate and supervises a part-time Communications Intern. The DOC will work with them as well as outside vendors and other members of the Burke’s faculty and staff to accomplish the following:


Media Production

·      Create video and multimedia content to document and promote the daily activities of the school online and in print publications, highlighting key school events and activities

·      Manage the school’s collection of photography and videos

·      Design graphics for use in email communications, print banners, and digital display



  • Oversee all aspects of production (concept, design, content, and editorial) of the school’s print publications, including a magazine and annual report
  • Produce Tuesday Notes, Burke’s weekly parent newsletter
  • Create regular digital communications to varied constituencies, including grandparents, alumnae, and parents
  • Work with volunteers and key staff in devising and creating collateral materials for school-wide events
  • Assist Advancement Office with the writing of direct mail appeals, funding proposals, and stewardship materials


Web Presence

  • Oversee all digital media outreach to parents, grandparents, alumnae, prospective parents, and the public, including Burke’s web properties and external sites
  • Ensure that the Burke’s website is up-to-date, reflects our vibrant community, and is easily navigable for a variety of users
  • Maintain, prioritize, and implement overall project list for website planning, upgrades, and on-going requests
  • Oversee school accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, consistently creating and posting dynamic content


Internal Communications

  • Provide technical support for the users of the password-protected areas of the Burke’s website, troubleshooting problems and giving guidance on best practices
  • Organize required forms and documents for important yearly communications to parents and guardians
  • Assist with school-wide calendaring system and its integration with the website
  • Provide training to faculty and staff, trustees, and volunteers on website functionality


Marketing and Strategy

  • Serve as primary staff liaison to the Marketing Committee of the Board of Trustees and work with that group on long-term projects, including an upcoming brand refresh
  • Work with Head of School and Director of Advancement on crisis communication plan and, if necessary, implement said plan
  • Review analytical data to assess and improve effectiveness of communication vehicles
  • Act as primary liaison to the media, producing and distributing press releases as needed and working to place appropriate press coverage



  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • At least two years of experience in marketing and/or communications, journalism, media, technology, or education
  • Proven strong writing and editorial skills
  • A strong understanding of the uses and basic mechanics of digital media
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good customer service skills
  • Photography and/or video skills a plus
  • Desktop design experience (Adobe Photoshop and InDesign) a plus
  • Website content management experience a plus, especially for Whipple Hill/Blackbaud K-12 schools



To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to No phone calls please. The start date for this position is ASAP.


Comprehensive benefits are provided including healthcare, dental insurance, retirement, life insurance, AFLAC, daily lunch, great vacation schedules and more. In addition, Bay Area transportation options are possible depending on your location.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree