The School Principal will often delegate this School Marketing Manager role to a school staff member.
Full-time, Part-time or shared? The Principal’s decision…
However, it is best not to lose sight of employing the best person for this position.
The SMM will be responsible for the School Marketing Plan and responsible to the School Principal.
Full / Part-Time or Shared Role
Most SMMs would be part time in this position these days. Budgetary restraints would basically necessitate this. These people would combine this role with their other primary role, usually that of Assistant / Deputy Principal or School Manager.
To share the role, I believe, could be detrimental to it. Having someone knowing everything there is to know about was has occurred, is being planned for and involved with the future implementation of the School Marketing Plan is a definite advantage.
I feel that the time is coming when an individual school or at least a combination of schools within a certain region / religious order / system will employ a
School Marketing Manager Skills Needed
The person who takes on this role will need to:
• be interested in the area of marketing and preferably passionate about it
• be a person of integrity
• be able to base the SMP on the School’s Vision and Mission statement
• be aware of the marketing needs of a particular School
• have good interpersonal skills
• be able to build professional relationships with key stakeholders, members of the media and various local business personnel
• have a creative flare and appreciation of what ‘catches the eye’ of the targeted audiences
• have good literary skills
• have good computer skills, particularly with creative AV software packages and internet usage, or at least an appreciation of these along with other staff members or parents who would implement the software packages under your direction
• have a good appreciation of the internet and be able to implement all that this means of communication offers your particular school
• be capable of developing and implementing a viable budget
• be keen to learn and develop more successful forms of marketing and marketing skills.
The School Response to the SMM is discussed in in detail in the school marketing manual ebook.
The 'School Marketing Manager' blog post was written by Bryan Foster, author of School Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (3rd ed), (2011) - the paperback and ebook manual for school communications and marketing personnel - 340 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points - allowing for a considerably large number of quality strategies and examples to be detailed - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com
and all good internet bookstores.