Careers At Sidwell Friends School

Welcome to the Human Resources Department at Sidwell Friends School. Sidwell Friends prides itself in offering a high quality educational experience to those who will lead the next generation. To that end, we are seeking qualified individuals with the knowledge, skills and abilities to enhance the student experience at Sidwell Friends. We encourage you to review the job postings below and to contact us for additional information.

Senior Writer and Content Strategist

Department: Communications
Location: Washington, DC
Position Start Date: Immediately
Status: Full-Time

Reports To: Chief Communications Officer

The Office of Communications is responsible for the Schoolís brand standards, overall messaging, all print and digital publications, the Sidwell Friends website, video production, media relations, crisis communications and management, and parent relations and programs.

The Senior Writer and Content Strategist will be responsible for creating engaging content for a variety of channels and audiences, including prospective families, current families, alumni, and the broader Sidwell Friends community. This position requires someone to be a self-starter and to develop a network of connections across the School who can provide ideas and connections that will help with story development. The Writer and Content Strategist will also develop and implement a comprehensive content strategy, across digital and print platforms, that aligns with the school's overall positioning strategy as well as its mission and values.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create compelling news and magazine articles, website copy, community messages, blog posts, social media updates, email campaigns, and other written materials, that effectively communicate the School's mission and values to a range of audiences.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to understand their needs and develop content that aligns with their goals and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain a content calendar that maps out content production and distribution strategies across various channels.
  • Research and stay up to date on trends and best practices in education and communications and apply them to content development and strategy.
  • Work with the marketing and communications team to develop and implement a cohesive brand voice and messaging strategy.
  • Ensure all content is accurate, well-written, and aligned with the School's values and mission.
  • Work with external vendors as needed to support content production, including writers, designers, and photographers.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelorís degree required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a media or educational/corporate communications organization.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to write in a range of styles and tones.
  • Newspaper or journalism experience a plus.
  • Experience in an educational institution a plus.
  • A demonstrated track record of writing long-form and short-form content drawn from interviews and research.
  • Experience developing and/or implementing a content strategy that aligns with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Experience working collaboratively with cross-functional teams.
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices and social media platforms.

Applicants should upload a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references via our on-line application.

Sidwell Friends School 
Human Resources Department 
3825 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20016

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