Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the nation’s 11th largest school division, is seeking a proven leader to serve as the Executive Director, Communications and Community Relations.
FCPS, located in the Washington, D.C. region, serves a diverse student population of more than 189,010 students in grades pre-K through 12. FCPS students come from all over the world and speak nearly 200 languages. FCPS is the third largest employer in Virginia. The school division has approximately 27,500 full-time employees and an operating budget of $3.1 billion.
Executive Director, Communications and Community Relations
Description: Leads all FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations activities, services, and personnel to include responsibility for communication, community relations, and business relations; supports the division Leadership Team and the School Board Office in their linkages to stakeholders; serves as a liaison between the School Board, parents, and community and business groups, and the Office of Communication and Community Relations. Develops and implements a communication plan for the district.
Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equal to a master’s degree in journalism, media relations, communication, education, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field; plus eight years progressive experience in developing and managing complex multimedia communication programs and/or experience in establishing and managing programs to develop and enhance community and business partnerships. Doctoral degree preferred. Knowledge of communications management, public school system policies, communication outreach programs and available communication technologies; and knowledge of federal, state, and local regulatory requirements applicable to FCPS communication and community relations.
Preferred start date is February 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as possible