Director of Communications

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:     Deputy Superintendent of Operations


SALARY:     73-800 – 103-000 Based on education and experience


Position Purpose: Serve as the district’s chief media contact and directthe school district’s internal and external communications program including coordination of legislative advocacy and lobbying efforts.



  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations- communications- marketing- journalism- political science or related field.
  • Professional accreditation in public relations/communications preferred.
  • Minimum three years professional management/supervisory experience AND three years’ experience in the development and supervision of comprehensive communications and/or marketing plans.  K-12 experience preferred.


Knowledge/ /Skills/Abilities

  • Skilled in media relations.
  • Thorough knowledge of print- video/TV production- electronic and other forms of communication.
  • Strong understanding and ability to direct social media.
  • Exceptional knowledge of political environment and ability to work professionally with elected officials.
  • Thorough understanding of branding and reputation management.
  • Skilled with public engagement principles and processes.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal- verbal- and written communication and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong computer/technology skills.


Physical/Emotional Requirements:  The incumbent may be required to use the below requirements during any part of the working day.

Speaking- hearing- visual- mobility- manual dexterity- consistency of temperament- multi-tasking- stamina for long hours and stressful situations.  Position may require extended periods of standing- walking and sitting.




  • Oversight and direction of the school district’s internal and external communications program including publications- web site- e-news- and cable channel.
  • Supervision and evaluation of the communication department and staff members.
  • Oversight of district/staff recognition programs.
  • Administration of the District Citizens Advisory Council.
  • Spokesperson for TPS and chief media relations contact.
  • Coordinate legislative advocacy and lobbying efforts.
  • Serves as public relations counsel to the superintendent and senior administrators and serves on the Superintendent’s Council and Cabinet.
  • Advisor to building administrators on school communications issues.
  • Attend all meetings of the Board of Education.
  • Develop and execute a communications plan.
  • Proven experience in managing budget and staff.
  • Can expect to perform some duties outside of normal business hours.
  • Represent TPS with Chamber of Commerce and other community groups.
  • Plans and coordinates public opinion surveys.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by the superintendent.


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 administrative employees.
Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 10/29/2015

Job Contact Information

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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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