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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3999800
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : August 9, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Interim Director of Communications and Grants

2022-2023 School Year





The objective of the Director of Communications and Grants is to promote and share the Somerville Public Schools (SPS) story by leading communications efforts across the district, and to strengthen the academic achievement of SPS students through the strategic identification of grants in support of new and existing school programs.




The SPS Director of Communications and Grants serves as principal advisor providing comprehensive and proactive communications strategies and planning, working collaboratively with the Superintendent, the District Leadership Team, and other key stakeholders within the district and across the city. The Director of Communications and Grants helps set the vision for the district regarding internal and external communications, media relations, social media, SPS external and internal websites, marketing, and strategic communications, and oversees grant writing and development efforts in support of the district’s goals, priorities, and vision.




Leadership, Administration and Management:

  • Serves as lead communications advisor on SPS initiatives, goals and priorities with a focus on forward-looking communication and planning;
  • Builds and maintains public support for public education and the school system in collaboration with the Superintendent, the Superintendent’s Executive Leadership Team, and School and District leaders;
  • Working with the Superintendent and Executive Leadership Team, identifies and develops strategies for proactively addressing community issues and concerns;
  • Represents the Superintendent at community functions and on local, state, and national committees, networks, or boards, as needed;
  • Plans and administers District-wide functions as designated by the Superintendent;
  • Serves as a public relations consultant to District colleagues;
  • Leads a vision- and service-oriented communications and grants team committed to supporting district and school efforts through the effective use of media and community outreach. 

Public Relations and Information: 

  • Serves as the District’s lead public information officer, responsible for all public and media relations activities;
  • Serves as liaison between the District and the media;
  • Coordinates District public relations events, working with the appropriate City, State, and/or Federal agencies;
  • Leads the development and delivery of news to broadcast, print, and online media to create media coverage of the school district on a consistent basis;
  • Oversees and ensures the effective use of all district communications platforms including website development and management, use of social media, use of the district’s auto messaging system, and development of marketing and other district informational materials and publications;
  • Identifies appropriate venues for raising awareness and gaining recognition for successful School and District program practices;
  • Produces and co-hosts the District educational television show with the Superintendent or designee;
  • Working with the Superintendent or designee, develops, coordinates, and monitors the crisis communication plan and implementation;
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with community leaders, organizations, and members of the media. 


  • Creates and implements a marketing program that enhances SPS’s image with a recognizable “brand” reflective of an innovative and inclusive school district;
  • Working with appropriate SPS staff, provides analysis of results and recommends public relations/marketing strategies and tactics;
  • Develops district-wide public relations campaigns and collateral materials to market SPS;
  • Manages the development and production of district marketing communications, including print and electronic publications, collateral materials, presentations, website content, social media sites, new media productions, advertising, media relations, and television broadcasts for staff and the community;
  • Builds capacity of SPS administrators and departments in communications by providing training on a variety of topics as needed, including marketing, communications strategies, media, public engagement, use of social media, and others.

Grant Development: 

  • Participates with the Superintendent, District Executive Leadership Team, and School Committee to define the organization’s mission and direction;
  • Raises awareness of the District and its primary goals through outreach efforts, publications, and media relations;
  • Works with the Superintendent and Chief Finance Officer to chart the organization’s course in grant development;
  • Ensures that philanthropy and grant efforts are carried out in keeping with the district’s values, mission, vision and plans;
  • Works with the Superintendent and Finance Director to help develop a balanced funding mix of grants tailored to the needs and priorities of the district;
  • Works with district, school and department leaders to plan and develop programs supported by grant funding sources that will further the district’s mission and vision, and which align with their school or department goals;
  • Works with grantors to ensure that funding opportunities align with both the district’s and the funding organization’s missions, and keeps grantors informed of the impact of their support and the progress their donations have made possible;
  • Provides general oversight of the district’s grant development activities, manages the day-to-day operations of the grant writing/development function, and monitors adequacy of activities through coordination with staff and appropriate committees;
  • Works with other district leaders and Communications and Grants department staff to secure competitive and entitlement grants in support of the district’s goals and priorities;
  • Writes or supports the writing of district grants;
  • Compiles statistics and data needed to complete grant proposals;
  • Conducts grant research and project development in collaboration with program directors and school leaders;
  • Provides guidance to faculty and administrators on grant development and funding processes;
  • Oversees the completion of grant submissions, including editing proposals, securing signatures, etc.;
  • Collaborates with Finance Department and project managers in the oversight of district grants, including the budget;
  • Provides technical support to project managers on the implementation of grant project plans and timelines;
  • Monitors the completion of grant reporting and fulfillment of other grantors’ requirements. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools.




Superintendent of Schools or Designee



  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in education, communications, business, or other related field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of grant writing and management, public relations and information, special events, marketing, community service, and project development;
  • At least five years’ experience overseeing communications efforts, grant writing/development, or business management;
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience managing a comprehensive communications platform that includes development of print materials, website management, and use of social media;
  • Experience and comfort with web-based grant research and applications;
  • Experience with website development and content management;
  • Experience in multilingual and multi-cultural environments strongly preferred;
  • Fluent in multiple languages preferred. 



This is a full time, 52-week per year, non-union position.

Salary commensurate with experience.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
    Administrator > Public Affairs / Relations
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    Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

    Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Learn more about us...

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    • 8 Bonair St.
    • Somerville, Massachusetts 02145

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