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Director of Communications

Diocesan Positions
Director of Communications
Raleigh, NC

Reporting to the Bishop, the Director of Communications 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.  
  • 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.
  • Bilingual in Spanish

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.