Leadership and Development Communications Officer

  • Reports to: Advancement Director
  • Key internal stakeholders: Senior Leadership Team, Teaching faculty, colleagues in the advancement and clerical teams, students
  • Key external stakeholders: SIS community members (families, SPC, SIS Alumni, clients), external suppliers and agencies

About Stockholm International School

Stockholm International School is a truly international K-12 school located in the heart of the dynamic city of Stockholm. We are the first choice for the globally mobile diplomatic, business and research community in Sweden. Our students represent more than 60 countries and our diverse community is made up of over 80% international students and teaching staff. Our language of learning is English but our outlook is global.

Advancement at SIS

Advancement is a strategic, integrated method of managing relationships to increase understanding and support among an educational institution’s key constituents, including alumni and friends, government policymakers, the media, members of the community and philanthropic entities of all types.

The Advancement function at SIS was established in October 2018. The team currently consists of the Advancement Director, two Admissions staff, two communications officers (currently vacant) and a community engagement officer. 

The team is small but dedicated and we work collaboratively, sharing ideas and best practice with the aim to create an advancement programme of an internationally high standard. 

Position summary

The Leadership and Development Communications Officer holds a central role supporting the School leadership team in their communications activities to the community and external stakeholders. Producing reports, presentations, speeches and letters, the postholder will be able to adapt their tone of voice and messaging style.

The postholder will lead on the production of content in support of fundraising priorities, creating compelling proposals, correspondence and stewardship messaging. Equally comfortable working in long-form print format as well as for digital, email, social and video, the postholder will ensure communications follow best practice and SIS brand style.

The Leadership and Development Communications Officer is part of the Advancement team, and works collaboratively within the team, sharing ideas and integrating communications across offline and online platforms. 

Key areas of responsibility

Development communications

  • Work with the Advancement Director to produce compelling and persuasive development communications  including bespoke donor proposals, impact reports and prospect letters. 
  • Commission content from the School community, including Faculty and students, to enhance development communications
  • Recommend creative content approaches for strengthening  fundraising messaging, including utilising multimedia, infographics and photography. 
  • Produce multimedia content including videos in support of fundraising campaigns.. 
  • Produce SIS Annual Fund messaging and campaign communications.
  • Lead on the preparation of stewardship communications, preparing stewardship reports and materials to enable donors to understand and value the impact their gifts are making.  
  • Work with the Community Engagement Officer to produce online content for the SIS website focused on fundraising activity.

Leadership communications

  • Draft correspondence and community messages from the School Leadership Team, adapting style and tone of voice to align with the sender.
  • Speech writing and preparation of presentations on behalf of the School Leadership Team and Board, researching topics, gathering data, recommending content, seeking input from staff across the School. 
  • Copywriting articles for key communications channels including The Dispatch and the website.
  • Project manage the production of School reports, print publications and videos, including the Annual Review and admissions material for prospective families. 
  • Develop content plans, working with Advancement colleagues and staff across the School community to research and draft content for publications.
  • Brief and work with creatives (e.g. graphic designers, photographers, editors) to deliver high quality materials for campaigns and online communications.
  • Work with external printers to manage the production process and ensure that material is produced on time, on budget, and to a high quality.
  • Devise communications strategies and plans for major School initiatives as delegated by the Advancement Director.

Editorial and brand oversight

  • Contribute to the Advancement team content planning process, ensuring a regular flow of communications are developed for School channels
  • Lead on regular editorial review of content produced across the team, ensuring adherence to house style and ensuring quality always high.
  • Develop a strong understanding of the SIS Style Guide to ensure all visual and written outputs comply with the School brand approach. 

In addition to the above areas of responsibility the position may require other reasonable duties relating to the scope of the position. The post holder will at times be required to work outside of normal office hours and/or weekends.  Additional duties as well as working outside of office hours should be authorised by the Advancement Director.

Qualifications, attributes and experience

  • Educated to degree level
  • Proven track-record of successfully working with communications, preferably within an educational setting
  • Very high level of written and spoken English is required, with some proficiency writing in Swedish an advantage
  • Demonstrable experience of writing, editing and proofreading, including the ability to prepare materials for different audiences and purposes and ‘ghost writing’.
  • Experience of producing material for fundraising, including proposal development
  • Storytelling
  • Experience of producing video content.
  • Experience working with an organisational brand style
  • Willingness and ability to work on a number of simultaneous projects 
  • International background or experience desirable
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to establish rapport with adults and students. 
  • The ability to work effectively in a team 
  • A pleasant and friendly personality. 
  • The ability to function effectively under pressure. 
  • The ability to show initiative and work independently. 


Permanent – 100 %

Starting –  as soon as possible after 1 August 2021


Last day for applications  – 6 August 2021 (please note that suitable candidates can be interviewed and the position may be filled earlier).

We only accept applications in English. Please send a letter of interest, your CV and two references to application@intsch.se Mark the email with “Leadership and Development Communications Officer”

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