Director of Communications
Christ the King Parish – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth
The Director of Communications will collaborate, as a member of the Leadership Team, to define and implement a communication plan that responds to Christ the King Parish’s mission and vision. This individual will ensure high-quality and highest impact communications are created for both internal and external audiences. This individual will be a creative, innovative, strategic thinker and a results-driven team leader. This is a full-time position.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop and execute a Communications Strategy
- Functions as a key member of the Leadership Team
- Work with the Leadership Team to develop a 6-12 month communications plan that focuses on our short-term goals, and responds to the needs of our parish and the broader community
- Develop communications processes to create an environment in which messages can be communicated clearly, creatively and effectively
- Develop and manage the parish’s brand/identity
- Develop and manage the communications calendar
- Keep communication projects and tasks on time and on budget
Facilitate Team Communications
- Collaborate in communication with the leadership bodies of the parish (Clergy, Leadership Team, Pastoral Council, Finance Council, French-speaking Core Team, African Mass Community leaders)
- Develop regular communications tools and strategies to ensure that ministry leaders and parishioners are informed of the leadership’s decisions and strategies for growth and mission
Facilitate Parish-Wide Communication
- Lead and manage a team of volunteers to help implement communications strategies and tactics, including the following kinds of activities:
- Provide creative support to a Tech Team who will create high quality slides for use at Weekend Masses and parish events
- Develop and maintain the parish website
- Maintain an interactive social media presence (including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc)
- Collect and share testimonies of those who have had life-changing encounters with the Lord in our parish community
- Take photographs during weekends and special events for us in parish communications
- Prepare and produce written, video, and audio communications in accordance with the strategic communications plan
- Produce a simple weekly communication piece to parishioners, to be distributed via email and via print at Weekend Masses (i.e. a one-page bulletin)
- Develop, design, and produce a periodical that communicates our Christ the King vision and mission (i.e. a quarterly or monthly newsletter that contains a letter from the pastor, photos, interviews, testimonies, articles, etc)
- Carry out the day-to-day tasks of facilitating communications with the parish
Manage and Facilitate External Communications
- In collaboration with the Archdiocesan Communications team:
- Promote diocesan events and opportunities, such as the Steubenville Conference, the Assembly of the People of God, the EQUIP Program, etc.
- Communicate regular news from our diocesan community that would be of interest to our parishioners
- Collaborate in promoting local community-based service and outreach ministries that we support (i.e. East Dartmouth Christian Food Bank, Margaret’s House, etc)
- Utilize advertising/marketing to engage the broader Dartmouth community
Additional duties and responsibilities as needed
This individual serves as the “glue” which facilitates communication between parish leadership and the community. The individual in this position is a member of the Leadership Team, and works closely with the clergy, Leadership Team, Pastoral Council, Finance Council, French-speaking Core Team, African Mass Community leaders, and staff in order to facilitate effective communications to parishioners and to the broader community. This position reports to the Pastor or his delegate.
For reference, this person’s Clifton StrengthsFinders might include: Responsibility, Strategic, Activator, Adaptability, Communication (learn more at www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths).
- Leadership: Leader, big-picture planner, team player, and motivator.
- Creativity: Constantly searching for creative ways to communicate that will evoke a response from the congregation and community.
- Organization: Understand vision cast by leadership and organize communications messages in a way that best reflects church priorities.
- Strategic-Thinking Skills: Able to sort through the clutter and find the best plan; to see patterns where others simply see complexity.
- Relationship-Builder: Connect with leaders and ministries regularly to understand their needs and wants and help them communicate clearly and creatively.
- Marketing & Public Relations: Assess and determine the most effective ways to communicate a message to its intended audience.
- French Language Skills: Ability to communicate with French-speaking leaders and effectively promote communications among French-speaking parishioners.
- Computer Proficiency: Must be extremely comfortable working with computers, including Microsoft Office suite.
- Writing: Must have above-average written communication skills, including the ability to edit and adapt written text to match the medium by which it is being communicated.
- Social Media: Proficiency in social media platforms and strategies for engagement
- Design & Layout Skills: Knows and understands basic design principles, and can demonstrate familiarity, or the ability to learn, with software programs for graphic design and layout such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Publisher or similar.
- Video Editing: Demonstrates competency in basic video editing, or the ability to learn, using software such as iMovie or similar.
- Web Development: Demonstrates skill in basic website development using WordPress, or the ability to learn
- Grade 12, plus communications/marketing diploma or degree or equivalent
- Minimum 3 years experience in a communications role
- Fluency in the French language is considered a strong asset
- Participation in a Christian faith community, commitment to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and a passion to help others find and follow Jesus
- Knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, structure, and culture.
- Understanding and support of the mission of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, including the document “Communities of Missionary Disciples.”
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This position is full-time (35 hrs/week) and is overtime exempt.
A new employee will be considered on probation until he or she has completed six (6) months of employment. During the period of probation both the employee and the employer may terminate the employment with immediate effect, without cause.
If you are qualified and interested in this position, please forward a résumé and cover letter highlighting how your skills and abilities meet the requirements of the position to Becca.firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, July 26th.