The Catholic Diocese of Savannah is seeking a seasoned professional to direct the diocesan Communication and Marketing strategies both internal and external. This position reports to the Senior Director of Operations and facilitates internal communications and public relations; directs the editorial and business components of the diocesan newspaper, Southern Cross; as well as the website and social media presence consistent with diocesan policies, goals and guidelines.
Specifically: plan, organize and direct department activities; provide leadership and guidance to staff of 3; implement programs, budgets, operating plans, guidelines and diocesan policies. Work collaboratively with department directors to carry out the mission of the diocese to maximize publicity for special events, programs and major announcements from diocesan offices. Build relationships and maintain contacts with local media, Catholic media and national media, if needed. Work in tandem with and provide leadership to editor of Southern Cross to ensure positive and thorough coverage of diocesan events, initiatives and programs. Host regular webinars/workshops and one-on-one regional training on crisis communications for parishes and schools.
The successful candidate must be a Catholic in full-communion with the Church, possess extensive knowledge of the policies and programs of the Roman Catholic Church, and have the ability to explain and carry out the mission of the diocese and the teachings of the Church.
A minimum of a BA/BS in Mass Communications, Journalism, Marketing or Public Relations is required with 5-10 years’ experience with increasing levels of responsibility preferred.
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