STAFF POSITION DESCRIPTION
Title: Diocesan Director of Communications
Reports to: The Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan
Status: Full time
Purpose of Position
The Director of Communications will facilitate effective, multi-faceted communication within diocesan administration, throughout the community of diocesan leaders, among all Episcopalians in the diocese and the public at large. The communication ministry will utilize traditional (print and electronic) and digital and social media communication methodologies and technology. As a member of the Bishop’s Staff, the director also serves as the editor and supervisor of production of the quarterly diocesan magazine, The Record, and is responsible for all phases of its coordination, production and distribution.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop and coordinate a professional communication ministry for internal church audiences and also external publics for, and with, diocesan program offices and on behalf of the diocese as a whole. Incorporate communication strategies for the church’s on-going mission and ministries.
- Plan proactive news and media responses to contemporary issues, and engage in media relations for the diocese. Consult with congregations, agencies, committees and other bodies regarding media and communication.
- Serve as communication counsel for the Bishop, Diocesan staff, and leaders of the diocese in preparation of their communication strategies as they deal with contemporary concerns, emphasis and issues facing the diocese, the Episcopal Church and society. Assist staff colleagues with design and layout as needed.
- In partnership and collaboration with members of the bishop’s staff, oversee information presented on the diocesan website and in publications to ensure effectiveness, accuracy, ease of access and timeliness. Design, create, maintain and update websites as necessary.
- Develop, in collaboration with the Communications Advisory Council (CAC), the annual and future budgets of the communications area of diocesan ministry. Work with Diocesan Staff, Diocesan Council and Diocesan Convention as appropriate to ensure proper information and communication about this budget area. Manage the day-to-day financial obligations of the Communications department through the administrative offices of the Diocese of Michigan, and work with the Communications Advisory Board on fundraising for the Record.
- In partnership with the Communications Advisory Council, oversee all phases of production of the Record quarterly magazine; from information gathering and interviews, writing and editing to word processing, design and layout/graphic design. Recruit and train writers and photographers to assist with effective publishing.
- Coordinate, update and expand mailing lists, email lists and distribution strategy.
- Candidates must have at 5-10 years of professional experience in organizational communications management and media relations.
- A 4 year degree in communications, journalism or related discipline and active participation in related professional organizations would be desirable.
- Candidates must be articulate in American Standard English, and able to write and edit well. Must be able to communicate in and effectively utilize print, electronic and social media.
- Familiarity with Episcopal Church, its organization structures, and Anglican spirituality is preferred.
- Proven technical ability in graphic design and journalism are a must.
- The Director of Communications must demonstrate both respect and appreciation for ethnic, cultural and racial diversity and for the variety of languages in which Episcopalians worship and communicate.
- Must be able to adjust personal schedule to accommodate after hours and weekend meetings at locations throughout the diocese.
- Must be a licensed driver and have access to private transportation in fulfilling above duties.
- Must be able to work collaboratively with other members of the Bishop’s staff, members of the diocesan household, and colleagues throughout the community and Episcopal Church at large.
Benefits and Compensation:
- Benefits package includes pension contributions, medical and dental insurance, group life insurance as well as short and long term disability insurance. (Benefits to begin on date of hire).
- Business expenses reimbursed per EDOMI policy (including mileage and cell phone service)
Please submit resume and cover letter to Canon Jo Ann Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20, 2017.