Director of Communications

Summary:

The mission of the Diocese of Allentown is: “A Roman Catholic family of faith, centered in the Holy Eucharist, faithful to the Church's teachings, bringing the Light of Christ to each other and to our community.”

The Director of Communications advances this mission through a variety of means, working collaboratively with the Office of the Bishop and with all Secretariats in the Diocese. The Director of Communications serves as the official spokesperson for the Bishop and the Allentown Diocese. Additionally, oversees all diocesan media venues and manages associated office staff.

Overview:

This position is an extension of the Bishop’s ministry in the five counties of the Diocese of Allentown. The Director of Communications must be well-formed in the Catholic faith and have a willingness and ability to represent the Bishop and the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church without equivocation through a wide range of communications and public relations activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As first priority, support the needs of the Bishop’s Office in articulating and promoting the mission of the diocese. Serves as press secretary for the Bishop.
  • Messaging: Create appropriate messages for communications, working with the Bishop and diocesan leadership, and ensure consistency of those messages in all communications.
  • Media relations: Be the main contact for media inquiries and represent the Diocese and its mission in interviews for electronic, print, and web-based media. Strong working knowledge of the media is required. Ability to build relationships of mutual respect with working media.
  • Writing: Be a strong and concise writer, and be able to write news releases, feature articles, position summaries, social media and web messaging; work with other writers on staff to edit and improve written materials. Contribute editorial content to all Diocesan media venues.
  • Electronic communications: Create and place communications materials on diocesan websites and social media channels. Oversees diocesan social media including overall design and content updates.
  • Photography: Basic competency required to shoot occasional photos for communications materials.
  • Print management, video, graphic design: A basic familiarity is required so the incumbent can supervise providers of these services.
  • Management skills: Supervise a team of internal staff and contract personnel.
  • Collaboration: A strong ability to work with others, including the diocesan leadership team, employees, clergy, parishes, schools, and others to create finished communications products. Serves on various diocesan committees to assist in event planning and communications strategy. Represents the Diocese on the Communications Department of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
  • Special projects: This position involves a variety of duties that may not be traditional communications functions, but that contribute to advancing the Diocese’s mission.

 

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required, preferably with a major in journalism, public relations, communications, Catholic Theology, or related field, but other degrees are acceptable if accompanied by sufficient work experience in relevant fields.

 

Other Requirements:

  • Candidate must be a practicing Catholic in good standing, have a deep knowledge of the Catholic faith, and agree to live by the tenets of the Catholic faith, including in lifestyle and on personal social media.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in communications.
  • Experience working in the news media is preferred.
  • Able to satisfactorily complete background checks and training applicable to diocesan requirements.
  • Excellent oral and communication skills, including the ability to interact professionally and represent the Bishop and the Diocese with a high level of integrity.
  • Advanced knowledge of publication/ website layout and utilization of social media 
  • Strong public speaking and written communication skills 
  • Able to maintain high levels of confidentiality, professionalism, and integrity in both appearance and communication
  • Able to provide accurate information while working under strict deadlines 
  • High level of proofreading skills 
  • Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and relevant computer skills required.

Reporting lines: Organizationally, this position is in the Office of the Bishop. The Director of Communications reports to the Assistant in the Diocesan Curia, who reports to the Bishop.

Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to sit, walk and stand, talk and hear, both in person and by telephone. Use of hands to operate standard office equipment, with occasional reaching and lifting up to 10 pounds is required. Valid driver’s license required.

Working ConditionsRegular work hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, the incumbent also will be required to work outside normal hours occasionally (including some nights and weekends) to attend meetings and events and to handle urgent communications. This is a full-time salaried position.

The Diocese of Allentown is an excellent place to work and to build a career. It offers competitive salary and excellent benefits, including health insurance and days off for standard holidays and for Holy Days.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements.

 

 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:

EMAIL:             resumes@allentowndiocese.org
FAX:                 610-439-7693

Diocese of Allentown
Office of Human Resources
P.O. Box F
Allentown, PA 18105-1538

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