employment at sbms

Founded in 1976, SBMS is a co-educational school that offers students in grades 6-9 a profound educational experience combining Academics, Creative Arts & Sports, Outdoor Education, and Community Involvement. We challenge students to develop life skills in all areas, with the stability of a safe and nurturing community. Leadership, self-advocacy, creative problem solving, compassion for others, and global awareness are just a few of the traits that distinguish our graduates.

Working at SBMS is a challenging yet rewarding career. After-hours and weekend events and participation in the school’s Outdoor Education program are integral and required aspects of employment. Many of our faculty and staff have worked at SBMS for most of their careers, with an average employment of 15-20 years. We experience infrequent turnover and high employee satisfaction.

To apply for a job listed below, please email resume, cover letter and any additional required documents here.
 
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Santa Barbara Middle School
January 2022

Start Date: March 1, 2022  
Full Time/Exempt
Reports to:  Head of School
Salary: DOE


Founded in 1976, Santa Barbara Middle School (SBMS) is a co-educational school that offers students in grades 6-9 a profound educational experience combining Academics, Creative Arts & Sports, Outdoor Education, and Community Involvement. Serving approximately 165 students, our educational environment facilitates academic achievement, while also bolstering all aspects of a child’s well-being. We challenge students to develop life skills in all areas, with the stability of a safe and nurturing community. Leadership, self-advocacy, creative problem solving, compassion for others, and global awareness are just a few of the traits that distinguish our graduates. 

Employment at SBMS is a challenging yet rewarding career.  After-hours and weekend events and participation in the school’s Outdoor Education program are integral and required aspects of this job.  We offer a full benefits package, including Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Retirement, and stipends to help pay for trip and bike equipment.  We are proud of the amazing community of staff that we attract.

SBMS is currently seeking candidates for the position of Communications Manager.  This role will work in close collaboration with the Directors of Admissions and Development, while reporting to the Head of School, to advance the school’s mission and to achieve educational and operational goals.

The Communications Manager will lead, plan, direct and implement effective strategies for all marketing and communications on behalf of SBMS in order to raise SBMS’ visibility, advance its brand, and articulate clear messaging to internal and external constituencies. The Manager will oversee and actively participate in the creation, design, budget and production of regularly produced school publications and campaigns, both digitally and in print, as well as represent the school before a wide array of constituents and community members. Additionally, the Manager will lead an integrated program that includes advertising, public and media relations, digital communications including the school website, social media, health and safety and crisis notification.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Communications Manager responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Thoroughly communicate the history, culture, traditions and constituencies of SBMS; 
  • Develop and implement an integrated, comprehensive and strategic Communications and Marketing Plan that uses analytics to drive increased engagement across prospective and current constituencies to build overall awareness of SBMS and its programs among key audiences, resulting in increased engagement, support of, and familiarity with SBMS;
  • Ensure synergy across each school department’s initiatives, including storytelling, branding, and campaigns, in addition to articulating their purpose and ongoing work;
  • Ensure brand and messaging quality and consistency, including continuity of the SBMS brand and logo, while establishing guidelines to apply across all departments, activities and events at the school and among professional and volunteer leadership;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Admissions, design strategies, create print and digital materials and ads and implement concrete plans to increase quality student applications and maintain prospective student and family interest;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, design print materials, create alumni materials, and implement concrete plans/strategy to capitalize on increased visibility and clear branding of the school to drive increased contributed revenue;
  • Take lead in designing graphics and materials for campaigns, departments, and school events (including social media graphics, logos, brochures, booklets, pamphlets, invites, infographics, and other);
  • Actively manage all SBMS official social media accounts and platforms;
  • Plan for and deploy all digital activities, including: website updates, online campaigns, email marketing, social media, forms and digital content production;
  • Plan and manage the department budget in order to maximize the effectiveness of all communications. This includes bidding out production of materials to outside vendors when appropriate;
  • Manage both the internal and external communications calendar;
  • Create and execute an effective public relations plan and program that regularly places SBMS in local media, including writing and distributing press releases, articles and maintaining an updated press list;
  • Review, revise and assist with Health & Safety communications and crisis/emergency communications.
  • Review, revise, and update the school’s crisis communication plan as necessary, in collaboration with appropriate SBMS stakeholders;
  • Actively engage in professional development in order to remain current in best practices and trends related to independent school communications, social media, and effective marketing and advertising strategies;
  • Serve as editor, creative director, and primary writer for The Diamond newsletter magazine (2x/year);
  • Create a template for and draft a compelling annual report every fiscal year;
  • Support the Parent Association with outreach, events and communications;
  • Develop and strengthen strategic community partnerships; and
  • Supervise outside contract vendors, including designers, videographers, photographers, print and mailing houses.
  • Participate in the SBMS Outdoor and Electives Program.
  • Demonstrate an interest in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work and participate in professional development as related to DEIB work.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED AND DESIRED):
Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a specialty area that delivers skill sets relevant to communications (communications, marketing, brand management, etc.)
  • 3+ years of related work experience
  • Superior writing, editing, and verbal skills
  • Experience with Constant Contact or similar email marketing platforms
  • Demonstrated experience growing social media platforms 
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office, Google Suite and Adobe Suite technologies 
  • Proficiency in managing CSM platforms, particularly Wordpress
  • Demonstrated knowledge of graphic design software, process and principles (both in print and digital formats)
  • Ability to identify a strong story and have a good understanding of storytelling and brand marketing
  • A “big picture” thinker who is skilled at planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following through. 
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented 
  • Can work independently and is trusted to complete projects and hit deadlines
  • Self-starter who excels at multitasking, managing competing deadlines and maintains a great attitude when working under pressure in a fast-paced environment 
Desired:
  • Proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop, and/or digital asset management systems
  • Experience working with Blackbaud platforms
  • Experience working with HootSuite or similar social media management platform
  • Interest in working with students through elective programs or school expeditions

APPLICATION PROCESS:
  • EOE:  SBMS values diversity and seeks talented faculty and staff from different backgrounds.  All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, creed, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

  • Compensation:  SBMS is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through our compensation plan, including competitive salary, retirement benefits, full medical/dental/vision coverage.

  • To apply, please send Cover Letter, Resume and at least one and up to three letters of recommendation to jobs@sbms.org by January 31, 2022.


Santa Barbara Middle School
Job Opening
Business Manager
Desired Start Date: July 1, 2022

Santa Barbara Middle School (SBMS) is currently seeking candidates for the position of Business Manager.  S/he will work in close partnership with the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Facilities Manager and the Accounting/HR Manager.

Founded in 1976, SBMS is a co-educational day school that offers students in grades 6-9 a profound educational experience combining Academics, Creative Arts & Sports, Outdoor Education, and Community Involvement. Serving approximately 180 students, our educational environment facilitates academic achievement, while also bolstering all aspects of a child’s well-being. We challenge students to develop life skills in all areas, with the stability of a safe and nurturing community. Our Outdoor Trip Program takes us out of the classroom for 26 days/year.  Leadership, self-advocacy, creative problem solving, compassion for others, and global awareness are just a few of the traits that distinguish our graduates. 

Working at SBMS is fun, challenging and rewarding.  Our amazing mission and  community of faculty, staff, students and families serve to create a strong retention rate amongst our employees.    The Business Manager position is year round, with greater flexibility and a somewhat lighter schedule in the summer.  There are occasional mandatory after-hours and weekend events throughout the school year.  The Business Manager is expected to participate in the school’s Outdoor Education Program to the greatest extent possible.

Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Oversee all contractual agreements for school with vendors, professional services, analyzing for quality, insurance, risk and cost components.
  • Provide leadership and help build cohesion of administrative staff, ensuring that the school’s administrative support team is operating with quality and efficiency.
  • Provide school-wide strategic leadership, analysis, and management of finances and operations.
  • Serve on the Head of School’s Administrative Team and lead, co-lead, or participate in several other teams and committees.
  • Oversee or support all financial reporting, including the development and approval of the annual operating budget, periodic reports of operating expense compared to the budget. Audiences for financial information include the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee, the Head of School, other administrators and internal departments, lenders, and other authorities.
  • Establish financial and capital strategies that enhance the long-term value and are consistent with the strategic priorities.
  • Build and/or maintain the School’s short- and long-term strategic financial models. • Oversee the administration of the School’s endowment; execute endowment and investment policy; implement investment decisions of the Investment Committee; and coordinate with the endowment consultants, investment managers, and custodians, ensuring effective endowment allocations, performance, and reporting
  • Oversee School operations including staff, maintenance, and vendors
  • Oversee and manage all Business Office operations including budgeting and accounting, financial modeling and analysis, payroll, human resources, risk management, and benefits. 
  • Evaluate the Business Office’s strengths and weaknesses and develop goals/plans and systems that will improve department performance and customer service. 
  • Oversee the annual financial and 403b plan audits and filings of tax returns.
  • Serve as chief staff liaison to Board committees, including but not limited to, the Finance, Audit, Site, Risk and Investment committees; working closely with Committee chairs and organizing agendas and meeting materials and presenting at meetings.
  • Negotiate with lenders when necessary to ensure that funding is secured for needs of the school and ensure compliance with loan terms.
  • Ensure that the School is in compliance with all local and state reporting requirements.
  • Collaborate effectively with and provide support for Development, Admissions, Communications  and other departments, including administration of Financial Aid awards for new and returning families and issuing enrollment contracts.
  • Coordinate with the Facilities Manager on oversight of the physical plant, grounds, fleet and construction functions; help plan and direct all replacements and renewals of the physical plant. 
  • Publicly represent the School in a positive and proactive way, collaborating with other School administrators, neighbors, and public officials.
  • Maintain appropriate professional memberships and represent the school at related meetings and conferences.
  • Provide sound and consistent employment policies, adequate staffing levels, compensation, and appropriate benefits programs for all facets of school operations.
  • Help implement and administer, along with the HR Director, all employee benefit programs including health insurance, retirement, worker’s compensation, life insurance, and other related plans.
  • Collaborate with the Head of School and other senior administrators on providing leadership regarding employee hiring, termination, compensation, and management.
  • Manage and make decisions regarding insurance programs: property, casualty, medical, workers’ compensation.
  • Work collegially within a diverse community and communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  •  Demonstrate an interest in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work and participate in professional development as related to DEIB work.
  • Participate in the SBMS Outdoor Program.

Skills, Qualifications and Requirements
  • B.S. or Masters Degree in one or more of the following:  Business, Accounting, Human Resources, Nonprofit or School Management
  • 10-15 years of senior-level experience creating and executing financial planning and management strategies.
  • Experience in an independent school preferred though individuals with strong financial and leadership skills are welcome.
  • Experience on senior administrative teams and working with non-profit Boards.
  • Demonstrated experience in measuring and improving organization-wide productivity.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of analysis for strategic decision-making, such as key cost drivers, competitive analysis, market analysis, organizational strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • Experience in human resource management, employee benefits (including pension plans), and payroll procedures. Knowledge of business and not-for-profit accounting policies, procedures, practices, and software programs.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively.
  • Ability to supervise, manage, and delegate multiple functions and activities
  • Medical certification required:  Wilderness First Aid Responder  (on site training available)
  • Strong leadership experience /inspires confidence in others
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Professional, friendly, helpful and hospitable demeanor
  • Tact and empathy when interacting with all constituents
  • Superb communication skills; excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to take complex subjects, distill them, and then communicate them to varied audiences.
  • Able to identify and resolve problems effectively
  • Extensive experience and strong skills  with QuickBooks, Excel, Word, Google Suite
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment, handle stressful situations
  • Bilingual (Spanish) (desired)

Physical Requirements
  • Able to participate in the Outdoor Program of SBMS, including riding a bike, hiking, swimming
  • Able to sit at desk and work at a computer for hours at a time
  • Able to lift 50 pounds

Other Information
  • Status:  Full Time/ Non-Exempt
  • Compensation:  SBMS is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through our compensation plan, including competitive salary, retirement benefits, full medical/dental/vision coverage.
  • EOE:  SBMS values diversity and seeks talented faculty and staff from different backgrounds.  All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, creed, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
  • Start Date:  July 1, 2022
  • To apply: Please email cover letter, resume and a list of five professional references, including name, relationship, phone number and email address of each (references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission)  to jobs@sbms.org by January 31, 2022.