POSITION: Director of Communications (20-hour/wk)
JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Communications oversees all areas of internal and external communications in a manner that promotes the mission and ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph across the media, public and key stakeholders.
The Director of Communications is the primary media contact with regards to all interactions with the media. Responds to media inquiries, schedules interviews, arranges and plans media events and visits, serves as staff writer, photographer and editor as necessary. Channels information externally between the Sisters of St. Joseph and its publics. Develops and produces content for the Sisters of St. Joseph social media sites and intranet, updating on a regular basis. Performs other duties as needed to increase public awareness.
- Incorporates the charism and mission of Sisters of St. Joseph into the role of Director of Communications.
- Supervises and collaborates with Communications Assistant and Media Specialist.
- Assists, advises, and serves the Leadership Team, Congregational teams and Committees in meeting their communications needs. Works closely with the Leadership Team and Administrators to seek out opportunities to promote the mission and values of the Congregation.
- Keeps the Leadership Team informed of media accounts of noteworthy items of general interest that may have an impact on the Sisters of St. Joseph or the regulations that govern the Sisters of St. Joseph.
- Serves in a research, editing and/or writing capacity for various publications.
- Serves as staff photographer. Edits, labels and organizes photos.
- Acts as a liaison between the Leadership Team, Congregational teams, committees, graphic artists, and printers and other vendors selected for various publications and projects.
- Prepares the annual publication of the newsletter in coordination with the Development Director, as well as the preparation of flyers and announcements regarding activities sponsored by the Development Office.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with local, regional, and national media, as well as Catholic media. Coordinates press conferences or opportunities, writes and distributes press releases.
- Prepares materials (business cards, stationery, etc.) for Leadership, Congregational teams and committees which present a unified public relations image to the external audience.
- Serves as the information resource for questions received at switchboard and via social media.
- Consults with the President as to the content of the message and ordinarily becomes the source of information to the media in a crisis situation.
- Serves on the golf committee and other various committees as directed by the Leadership Team.
- Ensures that all information on the social media is kept accurate and updated.
- Enhances the SSJ internal information network (intranet) through the access to shareable information (newsletters, press releases, etc.) in an accurate and timely manner.
- Performs other duties as assigned
- The knowledge of theories, principles and concepts normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, or a closely related field. Requires three to five years of work experience in a job that utilizes standard journalistic interviewing, editing, writing and social media skills.
- Demonstrated shared Leadership philosophy.
- Excellent photography and photo editing skills.
- Ability to use office-based, Windows computer systems.
- General understanding of computer programs used in web-based technology.
- Desktop publishing and website content management experience required.
- Ability to work with diverse personalities.
- Advanced interpersonal and communication skills, discretion, an understanding of privacy laws and a demonstrated ability to work with sensitive information. A demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with team members and to be flexible in work situations.
- Must be proficient in understanding and developing budgets.
- Must be highly organized and able to multi-task under deadline pressure.
- Requires working in an office environment. Work includes frequent sitting, walking.
- The normal shift will be a day shift, 20 hours per week. As the primary media contact, this person may be occasionally required to work early mornings, evenings, holidays or weekends either to coordinate our representatives involved in media opportunities or to deal with news stories or crisis communications involving the Sisters of Saint Joseph.