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Director of Communications

Diocesan Positions
Director of Communications
Raleigh, NC

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh is seeking a Director of Communications. Reporting to the Bishop, the Director responds to the communication and information needs of the Bishop and Diocesan departments and offices; supports the pastoral ministry of the Bishop with creative use of communications and social media; responds to the communications and information needs of the parishes and schools of the Diocese and agencies affiliated with the Diocese; and supports the community relations efforts of the Bishop and the Diocese.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Proactively supports the pastoral ministry of the Bishop with creative use of communications and information technology including, but not limited to, social media, print, broadcast, etc.
  • Serves as the primary contact and Diocesan spokesperson for all media inquiries.
  • Prepares and distributes news releases, fact sheets, etc. to media outlets, in a pro-active way, to communicate a faithful, positive public image for the Diocese by highlighting programs, accomplishments, and/or points of view of the Diocese.
  • Establishes and maintain effective working relationships with clergy, religious, Diocesan employees, news media representatives, parish leadership, community organizations, and the general public.
  • Advises pastors, school principals, diocesan staff and other constituents on how to interact with the media or other external inquiries and public relations matters.
  • Serves as a resource to all Diocesan offices in coordinating and promoting Diocesan events, including liturgical celebrations, public celebrations, and observances.
  • Promotes and expands the Diocesan presence across social media channels.
  • Oversees the various activities of the official Diocesan magazine, NC Catholics, including editorial, advertising, circulation, production, and website content.
  • Provides strategic and tactical counsel when unplanned news events impact the Diocese and community.
  • Directs the creation, development, and implementation of effective media strategies that contribute to a well-defined media presence.
  • Builds and maintains strong media relationships with news media and the public relations and public information offices of nonprofit, government, faith-based, and for-profit entities.
  • Oversees the day-to-day activities of the communications function, including budgeting, planning and staff development.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor degree in communications, public relations, mass media, marketing, journalism, or related field.  
  • Seven to ten years of experience in one or a combination of the following: broadcast public affairs; broadcast news; newspaper editing and reporting; nonprofit or government public information and community relations; private sector advertising and public relations.
  • In-depth understanding of the rapidly evolving media and communications arena.
  • Knowledge of the mission and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, especially the work of the New Evangelization.
  • Active, practicing Roman Catholic in full communion with the Church.
  • Excellent public speaking, presentation and writing skills in both English and Spanish.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and use good judgment.
  • Flexible, creative and willing to assume accountability for all areas of responsibility. 
  • Strong collaborative spirit and leadership ability.
  • Ability to think strategically and manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Proven supervisory and management skills.
  • Ability to travel and be available for evening and weekend work as necessary.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Advanced degree in communication, public relations, management or related field.
  • Ten or more years of experience in strategic communications.
  • Demonstrable ability to manage complex communication situations.
  • Three to five years previous experience in a leadership position within the communications department of a diocese or archdiocese.

About the Diocese:

Vibrant and growing, the Diocese of Raleigh includes the 54 counties of eastern North Carolina, covering just over 32,000 square miles. The Diocese is divided into eight deaneries with a total of 95 parishes, missions and stations and seven centers for campus ministry.

In mid-2013, a substantial investment was made in equipment and facility, which resulted in the communications department now boasting a state-of-the-art studio for the production of radio and television programs.

The Diocese offers an excellent compensation package which includes a competitive salary and comprehensive fringe benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurances and a generous 403(b) retirement plan.

To apply, please forward your cover letter and resume to gary.rosia@raldioc.org.