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.
- 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.
- 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.
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