Director of Communications
West St. Paul - Mendota Heights - Eagan Area Schools, also
known as Independent School District 197 is now accepting
applications for an experienced and highly successful leader for
the position of Director of Communications.
ISD 197 is a close-knit community of schools located just
south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We serve all or parts of
the communities of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota,
Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake and West St. Paul. Our
district serves approximately 4,500 students in its five
elementary schools, two middle schools and high school through
personalized learning plans, cutting edge technology, and active
involvement of community partners.
This position is a cabinet level position that reports to the
Superintendent of Schools and is responsible for researching,
planning, directing and executing strategic communications and
marketing programs that support the goals and mission of the
School District and enhances the school district's image in the
community. It provides expert advice, training and/or
workshops to the School Board, administrators and other staff and
assists program leaders in communication efforts to address
educational issues and decisions with their stake holders using
innovative strategies and sources.
In addition, the Director of Communications plans, coordinates
and evaluates the effectiveness of all district communications
including web, video, print, speakers and community events and
serves as the District liaison to the community by serving as the
District's chief spokesperson with the media and community
organizations and assists the Superintendent in developing and
implementing major information campaigns for district elections
- BA in mass communications, marketing, journalism or related
- Minimum 5 years of experience in a public relations,
communications or related area; experience in public education
- Skilled in use of technologies as it applies to
communications and public relations, including graphic design,
desktop publishing, hardware and software applications, video
production, web design, and printing/duplicating
techniques. Specific computer skills including Word,
Photo Shop and InDesign required.
- Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with
students, staff, parents, and community.
- Successful track record as an innovator and change
- Demonstrated ability to communicate with others in both
written and verbal form; skilled in public relations, community
relations, marketing and media relations.
- Experience working in a professional capacity taking
- Experience working with diverse communities to foster a
common vision for children and youth.
- Experience in grant writing applications and
85,000 - 92,000 DOQ plus a competitive benefits
How to Apply
Complete the on-line application found at
. Please include a cover letter addressed to Linda Goers at
Human Resources, District Office, 1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota
Heights, MN 55118, resume and two letters of recommendation.
The application deadline for this position is June 8,