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Director of Communications

William Penn Charter School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US)
Date posted
Feb 20, 2024

Director of Communications

William Penn Charter School (Penn Charter) seeks a talented, collegial, and multi-faceted leader to serve as its next Director of Communications. The Director must be able to think strategically at the highest level and shift seamlessly and effectively among a variety of different roles. In addition to managing and supervising a four-person team, the Director will serve as a trusted advisor and thought partner to Head of School, Karen Warren Coleman and will be responsible for the development and implementation of a marketing communications strategy and a broad and diverse range of community, media, public relations, and crisis communications. The successful candidate will be able to both develop and implement strategic priorities while partnering across campus at the ground level with colleagues, including Admission and Enrollment Management, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Advancement, and the three School Directors to carry out initiatives that will distinguish Penn Charter regionally and nationally.

Established in 1689, Penn Charter is the fifth-oldest school in America and the oldest Quaker school in the world. Over three centuries, even as the school has honored tradition, it has advocated for change. The Penn Charter curriculum embraces a plurality of cultures and celebrates an array of voices, instilling in us a deeper understanding and empathy for individuals in this community and the world.

The Penn Charter educational program exposes students to a breadth of content and ideas as well as opportunities for deep exploration in the pursuit of personal passion. Guided by research and best practices, faculty collaborate across divisions and disciplines to design and deliver engaging and relevant learning experiences. We provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a complex and changing world.

Penn Charter seeks to build a community representing diversity in race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation—as well as learning style, opinion, and hometown. When you walk through Penn Charter's red doors, there is a reason our formal-looking school suddenly feels down to earth: the people. Penn Charter was founded not for some people but for all people. That is as true today as it was in 1689. Penn Charter was one of the first schools to open to children of all religions and races, and among the first to educate girls and to offer financial aid. Despite that history, our community is not immune from the racism, sexism, homophobia, and intolerance that challenge this city and nation. Our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) work is ongoing, and unfinished. 

Reporting to Head of School, Karen Warren Coleman, the Director of Communications is a highly visible and deeply engaged leader. The Director will be a source of ideas, inspiration, and expertise for key partners across campus and is broadly responsible for ensuring the quality, consistency, and effectiveness of Penn Charter’s communications and marketing efforts. The Director is a member of the Leadership Team, which establishes the overall direction for the school, and can expect to attend Leadership Team meetings on a monthly basis. As an integral member of the community whose work touches on all aspects of school life, the Director will also serve on committees and task forces as appropriate. The Director will ideally possess a deep understanding of the varied and nuanced relationships among a wide range of individuals, departments, and constituencies.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and the position must be performed on site, in Pennsylvania. Penn Charter offers a generous benefits package as well, including 90% tuition remission for up to two children at a time for grades K-12 and a 20% discount for Pre-K.

To learn more about this opportunity, please review the position profile. Evaluation of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until a new Director of Communications is named. The start date for this opportunity is approximately July 1, 2024. Interested candidates can apply using the following Talent Profile link:

Inquiries and nominations may be sent in confidence to:
Matthew Marsallo, Managing Director
Chris Bernard, Senior Search Associate

For more information about William Penn Charter School, please visit

William Penn Charter School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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