Communications Specialist for School FY21 (1.0 FTE)

Lexington, KY, US
Sep 02, 2020
Job Type
  • Position Type:
    Student Support - Salaried/ CLAS - 8301 - COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

  • Date Posted:

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  • Date Available:
    20-21 School Year

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    TITLE: Communications Specialist REPORTS TO: Superintendent's Designee SUPERVISES: N/A
    Job Function:
    To ensure communications and public relations matters are efficiently and effectively reported to staff, employees, students and the community of the Fayette County Public Schools.

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Assist in planning and conducting internal and external public relations programs and strategies for the school district.
    • Write, edit and create layouts for division publications, information displays, TV scripts and the division's external web site and Intranet; assist in the production of multimedia presentations.
    • Respond to community and media requests for information; act as media spokesperson and staff advisor
    • Assist in the planning and coordination of district programs and media events; photograph programs and events for publications, the Web site and/or news media.
    • Plan and implement activities, projects and programs designed to improve school and community relations.
    • Monitor the supply of publications and brochures and notify appropriate personnel of needed reprints or revisions.
    • Maintain confidential information appropriately and exercise good judgment when communicating with the public.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.
    • Maintain regular attendance.

    Knowledge and Abilities:
    Knowledge of:
    • Electronic media communications to include computerized text-editing word-processing equipment, television and internet.
    • Public school system operations, policies and programs.
    • Creative writing and editing skills.
    • Organization and planning skills.
    • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
    • Various life styles and community groups.

    Ability to:
    • Work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, or beyond the regularly scheduled work day with little or no advance notice.
    • Analyze technical educational material and present it in easy-to-understan formats for general audience.
    • Deal tactfully and effectively with FCPS personnel, external organizations and the general public.
    • Proficiency in the use of personal computers and desktop publishing.
    • Maintain confidential information appropriately and exercise good judgment when communicating to the public.
    • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
    • Work independently with little direction.
    • Plan and organize work.
    • Meet schedules and time lines.

      Education and Experience:
      • Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, journalism or a related field and a minimum of six years of professional experience in communications, public relations, journalism, education or a related field; including writing and editing a wide variety of public information materials; news media and management experience preferred.

      Licenses and other requirements:
      • None

      Physical Demands:
      • Work is performed while standing, sitting and/or walking.
      • Requires the ability to communicate effectively using speech, vision and hearing.
      • Requires the use of hands for simple grasping and fine manipulations.
      • Requires bending, squatting, crawling, climbing, reaching.
      • Requires the ability to lift, carry, push or pull light weights, up to 30 pounds.

      Application Procedure:
      Apply online

      Kiyon Massey (