Parent and Community Relations Manager

Wallingford, CT

The Parent and Community Relations Manager supports and cultivates the essential relationships between Choate Rosemary Hall and its current parents/guardians and manages and maintains the important connections between Choate Rosemary Hall and its neighbors, community partners, and the Town of Wallingford.

This is a full-time, exempt position.

Review of applications will begin in mid-August for this position.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Connects and supports current parents through connection, access to information and by coordination of programs and events that involve parents. Brings coherence to day-to-day interactions and operational communications between the School and parents.
  • Represents the School at Wallingford events and in roles that support community partnerships and collaboration in the surrounding community.
  • Liaises with various offices and colleagues across campus to understand the information sharing needs from each department to the parent body.
  • Promotes positive connection and productive relationships between the School and parents.  As appropriate, use e-newsletters, online postings, emails, and written correspondence to assure that parents are fully informed about dates, details, important events and developments on campus.
  • Organizes various events, including Parents Weekend, College Kick Off Weekend, and Grandparents Day. Assists with the organization of annual institutional events including Opening Days, Deerfield Day, Reunion Weekend, and Commencement.
  • Supports the Manager of Campus and Community Events to coordinate, plan, and staff campus events and rentals for internal and external groups.
  • Coordinates events details, liaising with external vendors, and various internal departments as needed. Determines appropriate venue(s) for events, food service requirements, audio-visual support, physical set up, cleaning, parking, signage, etc.
  • In partnership with the Communications Team, manages the content posted to and shared through the Parents Portal.
  • Serves as primary liaison to the Parents Advisory Council and serves on the Community Service Resource Committee.
  • Provides coverage for external events or facilities rentals booked through the events office.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • 1-3 years event planning, fundraising, or independent school experience required
  • Computer proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite and Google applications
  • Familiarity with independent boarding school or residential college environment preferred
  • Proficient in using EMS (events management system) for booking and managing events
  • Proficient use in event layout software

 

  

Working at Choate: Choate Rosemary Hall is a coeducational, independent secondary school located in central Connecticut with 850 boarding and day students and over 350 employees. Choate serves intellectually gifted and motivated students of diverse backgrounds from across the globe whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in an academically challenging and personally supportive setting.

Choate provides students with transformative and meaningful experiences that instill lifelong habits of learning, leadership, and service, shaped by innovative and passionate educators. Teaching faculty at Choate are innovative, collaborative, and committed to our students' intellectual, social, emotional, and character development. Our faculty understands that each of our students has the potential for growth and works to encourage students to develop their own ideas and voices in learner-centered environments.

For its students and employees alike, Choate strives to be a diverse and inclusive community where all feel valued and embraced. On our campus, principled individuals from diverse backgrounds are united through common purpose, active engagement, and mutual respect. We celebrate differences and the richness of our varied backgrounds and experiences. Recognizing that working in an inclusive community can also present challenges, we embrace those challenges through ongoing dialogue and interaction, enhancing empathy and appreciation for those whose perspectives differ from our own.