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Director of Communications

Job Title: Director
Office: Office for Communications
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, under the leadership of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, conducted a year-long diocesan synod in 2017, which culminated in a formal commitment of our spiritual community to a life of intentional discipleship and stewardship. The resulting declarations set forth a bold, long-term vision for a faith community rooted deeply in prayer, committed to sound formation for people of all ages and stages of faith journey, and sent on mission to evangelize and serve.  Notable among the changes being implemented are restored order of the sacraments of initiation, a clear expectation of tithing at all levels of the diocese, and a goal to make Catholic education universally available through fully funded scholarships for all students.

As part of the execution of this ambitious vision, the mission of our communications office itself is being transformed, with a focus on evangelization, telling the stories of our discipleship journey, and proactively engaging the faithful across all communication media. In short, the communications office will become an essential platform for formation and evangelization as we embark on a journey of intentional discipleship. We are actively seeking an experienced communication professional to help develop and advance this platform.

The director of this office will be an able leader with proven management skills and experience executing effective, contemporary communications across all media. The Director will collaborate with diocesan leadership to plan proactive evangelical communications, shape messaging, serve as spokesperson and media relations contact, and lead and develop a team of communications experts overseeing the Catholic Times diocesan magazine, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, video and audio productions, and diocesan web site. Qualifications include Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, and/or marketing communications, MBA in marketing desirable but not required, Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in Theology highly desirable. Job requires a  practicing Roman Catholic in full communion with the teachings of the Catholic Church and passionate about promoting the faith. Must have at least 10 years’ relevant working experience, along with superior communications skills, writing skills, leadership skills, experiencing successfully leading and building teams and managing budgets. Poise and professional demeanor in dealing with public media is essential.  Familiarity with social media as well as traditional media, including media relations/public relations strategy work is key.

Please send resume of interest, references and cover letter including salary requirement no later than January 31, 2019, to   or mail to:  Office for Human Resources 1615 W. Washington Street, Springfield, IL  62702 

Essential Functions

  • Craft messaging for campaigns related to Stewardship and Discipleship
  • Set calendar and annual plan for communications
  • Serve as editor of The Catholic Times (diocesan magazine), planning editorial calendar, overseeing content development, and managing deadlines
  • Guide marketing communications/social marketing resources in cultivating a multi-platform social presence for the diocese
  • Prepare official statements and press releases
  • Consult with the bishop and other key leaders on public appearances and messaging, with a keen eye toward audience, perception, and evangelization needs
  • Determine staffing levels and roles and manage staff performance and development
  • Manage budget and deadlines

Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, and/or marketing communications
  • MBA in marketing desirable but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in Theology highly desirable

Experience and Skills:

The employee is a practicing Roman Catholic in full communion with the teachings of the Catholic Church and passionate about promoting the faith.  Must have at least 10 years’ relevant working experience, along with superior communications skills, writing skills, leadership skills, experiencing successfully leading and building teams and managing budgets. Poise and professional demeanor in dealing with public media is essential.  Familiarity with social media as well as traditional media, including media relations/public relations strategy work is key.

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