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Communications Officer

Communications Officer

Communications Officer

Our Lady of Mercy College

Parramatta, NSW 2150

Posted on: 3 June 2024

Closing date: 17 June, 2024

Who are we?
Our Lady of Mercy College (OLMC), Parramatta is a leading Catholic independent school for girls established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1889. The College is located within a dynamic educational precinct in North Parramatta.

The opportunity
Are you a creative and strategic communicator? Our Lady of Mercy College is seeking a talented and motivated Communications Officer to join our Advancement Team to continue to grow and effectively communicate the College’s values and brand.

The position plays a key role within the College, working closely with the Digital Marketing Officer and with responsibility for leading the creation and execution of multi-channel communication strategies to support community engagement, enrolment, recruitment, and fundraising activities.
You will be part of a high-performing cohesive team that will work collaboratively with a customer-centric focus, and a culture of customer service for both internal and external stakeholders.

What will you do?
As Communications Officer you will undertake duties as directed by the Director of Advancement, these include but aren’t limited to:

• Developing all copy required for College external communications including website copy, articles, newsletters, magazines, promotional assets and any social media copy as required.
• Maintaining the College brand by editing and proofing content as appropriate for each channel, considering source, audience and channel.
• Working with key stakeholders to assist with internal delivery of articles and presentations to maintain College brand.
• Production management for all College publications including but not limited to newsletters, OLMsCene (bi-annual magazine – overview of College) and Misericordia (College yearbook).
• Working with the Digital Marketing Officer to scope brand assets as required for advertising campaigns.
• Assisting with social media content and publishing as well as maintenance of website content.
• Achieving key success metrics for communications as articulated by the Director of Advancement to achieve the objectives in the Advancement Strategic Plan.
• Working collaboratively with the whole Advancement Team as a high-performing and cohesive team with a customer-centric focus, and a culture of customer service for both internal and external stakeholders.
• Attendance at events as agreed with the Director of Advancement, as a representative of the College including annual events as per the College’s annual calendar which may occur on the weekend or evenings.
• Perform any additional duties as assigned by the Principal.

What are we looking for?
• Post secondary qualifications in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience, preferably in an independent school.
• Experience in copywriting, preferably in a communications or marketing role, to effectively develop engaging content for various external communications channels.
• Experience in editing and proofreading to ensure adherence to the College’s brand tone of voice and maintain consistency across all communications.
• Experience in production management of publications, such as newsletters and magazines, to oversee the entire production process from concept to distribution.
• Understanding of key performance metrics and analytics to measure the success of each publication and make data-driven decisions for improvement.
• Experience working in a collaborative team environment with a strong customer-centric focus to ensure alignment with the Advancement Team’s objectives and values.
• Excellent organisational and time management skills to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines effectively.
• Familiarity with social media platforms and digital marketing strategies to develop effective social media copy and digital communication.
• Demonstrated track record of building effective working relationships and thriving in collaborative team environments characterized by diverse skill sets and competing priorities
• Proven ability to prioritise competing tasks, meet deadlines and perform under pressure.
• Willingness to actively support and participate in the life of the College, and the Catholic mission and Mercy values of the College.
• Risk management skills, including the development of contingency plans.
• Experience in selecting and managing external vendors or consultants.
• Strong leadership and change management skills.
• High level of administrative, time management, and organisational skills with exceptional attention to detail and time management.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a proven ability to liaise and collaborate with people at all levels within the organisation and externally.
• Capacity to make sound decisions and resolve issues promptly to keep the project on schedule and within scope.
• A current WWCC

Why work at OLMC?
• The College pays for staff parking in Parramatta Leagues Club (one block away)
• You are in walking distance of coffee, food and retail shops
• Morning tea is provided every day, with regular whole-staff events

Important information:
• Applications should be addressed to Ms Lucie Farrugia, Principal.
• Rigorous pre-employment screening will be conducted for preferred candidates including the requirement to hold a current WWCC.
• Interviews may proceed as applications are submitted, and the College reserves the right to appoint an applicant to the role prior to the closing date.
• Applications close 9am on Monday 17 June 2024.

For a detailed position description and to apply:

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