Director of Communications

Apr 27 2021
Job Description

La Pietra – Hawai‘i School for Girls is seeking a Director of Communications who will be responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies and advertising concepts, overseeing the school’s social media presence, and spearheading school publications.



Duties and Responsibilities



  • Develop a communications and marketing strategy for internal and external constituencies
  • Develop marketing materials and advertising concepts as appropriate
  • Coordinate public relations and media relations efforts, including writing and distribution of press releases
  • With Admissions Office, plan and execute campaign to attract prospective students and retain current students
  • Design, maintain, update website
  • Manage social networking sites; publish new content frequently
  • Assist Parent-Faculty Association with communications to/from school
  • Solicit and organize community partnership opportunities


  • Generate content for various communication outlets, including the school magazine, social media, website and newsletters
  • In collaboration with others, produce school publications such as annual report and biannual school magazine: to include researching and writing original articles, compiling and/or writing class notes, graphic design and layout

Other duties:

  • Assist with the promotion, marketing, and advertising of various school events
  • Manage school daily bulletin and calendar event submissions
  • Support school policies, practices and standards and its leadership
  • Other duties as assigned




Skills required:

  • Adobe suite (PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Microsoft suite
  • Database management
  • Photography and videography

Essential qualifications:

·         Impeccable writing, editing, speaking, and listening skills, and correspondingly high standards of professionalism in performing all job duties

·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Communications, Marketing, or related field

·         Previous experience in a communications or related field, ideally in a school setting

·         Evidence demonstrating a successful track record of delivering quality, timely results both as a member of a collaborative team and as an individual

·         Evidence demonstrating a high degree of organization, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

·         Evidence demonstrating discretion and good judgment in individual decision-making

·         Evidence demonstrating a successful track record as a positive, productive colleague in working with both children and adults, ideally in a school setting

·         A willingness to enthusiastically represent the school and its core values

·         Evidence demonstrating a successful track record as a positive adult presence in the lives of young people, with an awareness of the role boundaries between school staff, students, and parents

·         Understanding and appreciation of the culture, history, and diversity of Hawai‘i

·         Understanding and appreciation of single-gender school contexts

·         A personal demeanor that demonstrates empathy, industriousness, and kindness

·         Physical presence and ability to begin working in Hawai‘i no later than July 1, 2021 (sooner preferred)


Desirable qualifications:

·         Advanced degree in Communications, Marketing, or related field

·         Previous experience in an all-girls independent school environment


To be considered, interested applicants should submit the following to Dawn Ijiri, Executive Assistant:


1.       a cover letter indicating interest and describing potential fit

2.       resume

3.       an employment application form, available on the school’s website


Materials may be submitted via email to: [email protected] or via postal mail to: 2933 Poni Moi Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815. Please include the term “Communications 2021 (rjh)” in the subject field.


About the school:

Founded in 1964, La Pietra – Hawai‘i School for Girls is a secular independent day school enrolling approximately 160 girls in grades 6-12. The campus is located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, at the foot of Diamond Head state monument, on the grounds of a former estate modeled after an Italian villa, and approximately one quarter-mile from Waikiki beach. The school is continually refining its academic and extra-curricular program to incorporate the notion of ‘educating for purpose,’ keeping the student experience as the primary metric of success. To that end, the school is incorporating the RULER socio-emotional learning program, and is a member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium.


La Pietra - Hawaii School for Girls does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or gender, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, arrest and court record except as provided by Hawaii Revised Statutes §378-2.5, disability, sexual orientation, military/veterans status, or other grounds protected under applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and/or executive orders. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.