Sr. Communications Specialist


Reports To:   Director of Communications




Position Purpose:     To assist the Director of Communications in making known appropriate district information both internally and externally. This position will be responsible for planning and implementation of a variety of special projects/events- assisting with the district’s social media presence- graphic design- and serve as the back-up spokesperson for the district.


Qualifications:           BS in communications- mass media or other related field- 2 years prior directly related experience- skills in public relations and technical communications such as writing- photography- graphic design and electronic media are required. 



Strong understanding of social media platforms

Eye for detail

Strong writing abilities

Graphic design skills utilizing Adobe Suite products including InDesign & Photoshop

Some evenings and weekends required

The incumbent must communicate effectively through writing- speaking and varied electronics mediums; and be a positive influence in developing- maintaining and encouraging a quality working climate.


Physical/Emotional Requirements:  (The incumbent may be required to use the below requirements during any part of the working day.) The incumbent should have quality eye/hand coordination- be mobile and able to drive. Must be able to remain calm in stressful situations.


Performance Responsibilities:      

Communication Skills:

Must be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally to targeted audiences

Excellent grammar and proofreading skills

Understanding of AP style

On camera media experience preferred

Public speaking a must

Drafting media releases and newsletters

Graphic Design


Special Events/Projects:

Plan events from start to finish including annual staff awards- longevity awards and student awards

Establish timelines and ensure all aspects of the award program are met

Maintain databases and documentation for all events from year to year


Online and Broadcast Marketing

Monitor various social media venues for troubleshooting and awareness

Leverage and enhance existing social media accounts to tell the district’s story

Develop written news stories for placement on social media networks and district cable channel

Attend district and community events to support coverage of key stories

Use measurement tools including Google Analytics to evaluate existing work- recommend strategies to grow engagement on district platforms


Media Relations:

Serve as a back-up for media contacts and on-camera spokesperson.


Terms of Employment:       

12 months; salary and work year to be determined by the Board of Education.



Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board policy on evaluation of Support Services Personnel.


Significant associations:

The performance responsibilities are not limited to those outlined in this description and may include any other responsibilities as assigned by the administrator/supervisor.

Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 09/01/2018

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Employer Information

Topeka USD 501

To apply for a position at Topeka Public Schools, please complete application at Topeka Public Schools is home to some of the finest students in the state of Kansas. Many of our students perform at the highest levels and our staff members are recognized regularly for outstanding accomplishments. Topeka Public Schools offer a variety of comprehensive programs fitted to the needs and interests of students. Excellence and equity are the standard. We take seriously our responsibility to educate all children. Although over half the students in the district are college bound, our commitment is not limited to them alone. Topeka Schools have received national recognition for excellence in education. Several of our schools made the Kansas Standards of Excellence in reading and mathematics with some schools seeing remarkable double-digit gains. Topeka Public Schools enrollment is sixth largest in Kansas, with a total average enrollment of over 14,000 students in elementary through high school. While the Topeka Public Schools are the largest district in Shawnee County, our schools are smaller than most. Elementary schools range in size from 200 to 600 students, including a science & fine arts magnet school and a computer magnet school. Middle schools range from 400 to 600 students and our three high schools have enrollments of 1000 to 2000 students. Hope Street Academy, a charter high school, draws alternative students from across the country. The school district sports complex, Hummer Sports Park, is a six-sport facility featuring state-of-the-art facilities for football, track, soccer, baseball, softball and swimming. We are committed to hiring and maintaining superior employees to educate and meet the needs of each student. As the third largest employer in Topeka, employing over 2400 certified and classified staff members, we provide a competitive salary schedule, district-paid insurance benefits, a generous leave package and many other great benefits. If you are interested in joining USD 501, please check the job listings below and visit our website at www.topekapublicschools.netto complete the application. 

Employer Address: 624 SW 24th Street Topeka, Kansas

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