Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Located in Atherton, California, and established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.
Menlo is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletic programs. The School helps students develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment that upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Our program encourages students to reach their fullest potential and to develop the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.
At Menlo School, equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our organizational identity. Through our daily efforts, the School demonstrates a shared commitment to the development of all stakeholders by supporting a campus ethos where equity, diversity, and inclusion reflect the major cornerstones of our community.
Menlo School seeks a creative, collaborative, detail-orientated, and computer-savvy individual to fill the role of Photographer and Digital Content Specialist. Reporting to the Director of Communications, this individual is responsible for taking photos as well as for creating and updating website and social media content for the School’s communications efforts. Responsibilities include serving as the primary school photographer—which entails taking and editing photos and managing digital assets (including a robust Flickr photo archive)—as well as coordinating, writing, and editing website content (calendar of events, school directory, staff profiles, and other school information), and executing other image and/or digital communications projects as needed.
Serve as the School’s principal photographer, taking photos at a variety of campus events and activities, ranging from arts and athletics to classroom projects and student life experiences to casual portraits of students and teachers in a campus setting (requires some evening and weekend hours)
Mange the School’s photo archive and Flickr site: edit, organize, accurately tag and caption, and upload batches of photos in a timely manner
Manage photo content on Menlo’s website, ensuring the site has current and dynamic imagery that depicts a the experience of a Menlo education
Act as a digital storyteller, providing photography for social media posts as well as other digital and print publications
Draft and post website stories and other website content to ensure content is up-to-date
Support the school's videographer as a second shooter for select projects as needed
Collaborate with parent/student volunteer photographers and coordinate and hire various freelance photographers as needed for special projects as needed
Website Content Coordination
Serve as a primary editor of the website, ensuring content is current and meets communications goals and standards and is reflective of the school’s mission and values
Select and upload images and content to various pages for faculty and staff directory, creating pages, uploading profile information, updating information, and proofreading and reviewing content for accuracy
Serve as the Web Team Lead, coordinating regular meetings, strategizing ways of improving the site, and executing website projects and updates
Provide project management of the School’s online photo Knightbook directory: coordinate schedules and logistics with photography vendor, work with the Technology Department to update data, proofread to ensure accuracy, and manage edits and updates
Work with vendor to produce student/staff ID cards
Serve as photo editor for various print and digital publications, including digital magazine, admissions materials, and other school publications
Occasional writing, editing, and proofreading various communications content, including web content, press releases, and email announcements
As a member of the communications team, attend weekly meetings and assist with other communications projects as needed
Demonstrated experience as a creative photographer with a strong background in event photography or photo journalism
A strong portfolio that demonstrates photography skills is required; some examples using images to tell stories through digital media are preferred
Robust experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, LightRoom) and photography asset management tools such as Flickr
Strong computer skills including expertise with Google Docs, website content management systems (CMS), web email programs such as Mailchimp, and online calendaring and event reservation platforms
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing; strong grammar and proofreading skills with the ability to draft basic school communications and website content as well as review other department correspondence for accuracy and to ensure it is in line with the School's style guide
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent time management skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize assignments while meeting sometimes tight deadlines in a fast paced environment
Collaborative with a proven ability to work well with many different types of people in a dynamic school setting
Must work well with minimal supervision and show initiative and good judgment under sometimes busy and stressful situations
Passion for education/working with young people as well as familiarity with nonprofits and/or independent schools is desired
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent life experience) in journalism, communications, English, marketing, or related field.
An exceptional work environment and caring community
Highly competitive salary
A comprehensive benefits package for employees and their families
Generous employer contributions to 403(b) retirement plan
On-campus child care center
Many other perks and benefits
Please submit the following supplemental materials in addition to your resume. Priority will be given to candidates who complete these items.
In a brief cover letter, please address the following:
describe your photography experience and skillset
discuss any experience you have managing website content/digital assets
explain why you want to work at Menlo School and how your skills match the position description
Provide a link to or pdf of a photography portfolio and specify at least five images and indicate how they showcase who you are as a photographer/storyteller. If you submit a portfolio, it must be in a single document.