Tacoma Public Schools is committed to supporting all employees through competitive salary and benefits, a commitment to equity and inclusion, and training and professional development opportunities.
Reporting directly to the Deputy Superintendent and serving as part of the Superintendent’s Cabinet, the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing internal and external communication activities, information, and programs in an equity-driven, strategic manner consistent with and supportive of the District’s mission.
The CCO will lead a team of eleven (11) with six (6) direct reports in the Communications Department and manage a ~$2 million budget.
Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct and transferable skills. Tacoma Public Schools is seeking candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas:
Experience serving as Chief Communications Officer, Communications Director, Public Relations Director, Public Information Director or similar role(s), or as a senior staff member of an organization, division, or department of comparable size.
Master’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or a related field from an accredited college or university and eight years of progressively responsible public relations experience, including four years in a supervisory/administrative capacity.
Proven track record of communicating the value and mission of equity in social services.
Considerable knowledge of current public relations, marketing, and journalistic practices and techniques, including marketing research and evaluation of communications effectiveness.
Knowledge of labor relations including the organizing process and how to engage partners in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces.
Experience working in an urban community is preferred.
High emotional and social intelligence coupled with the ability to build and cultivate internal and external relationships to increase organizational capacity, capabilities, reach, and positive impact.
Effective written and interpersonal communication skills, as well as excellent public speaking/presentation skills. Will serve as point person for media inquiries including TV, radio, and print.
RPIE model (Research, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation).
Government and community affairs experience. For example, preparing staff to testify at legislature.
Senior leadership experience at a strategic level in a large, complex organization with the responsibility of leading a team of direct and indirect reports.
Remain transparent, adaptable, calm under pressure, and flexible in dynamic and constantly changing environments.
Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) is one of the largest districts in Washington State serving approximately 30,000 children in preschool through grade 12. The district has 35 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 10 high schools and 4 early learning centers with 19 award-winning innovative schools. TPS has nearly 5,000 employees with 10 different bargaining units and is one of the largest employers in Tacoma and Pierce County.
TPS is focused on providing options for student achievement. Examples include Tacoma Online, a K-12 school that provides students an anywhere/anytime online school experience, School of the Arts (SOTA), Science and Math Institute (SAMI), and the School of Industrial Design, Engineering and Art (iDEA)—programs that will provide significant enrichment and support, including extended school days.