Executive Director of Communications

29 Jul, 2020

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Executive Director of Communications

Archdiocese of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Executive Director of Communications | Archdiocese of Baltimore

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CLIENT BACKGROUND:

The Archdiocese of Baltimore was established on November 6, 1789 as the first

Roman Catholic Diocese in the United States. The Archdiocese is led by the Most

Reverend William Edward Lori and it comprises the City of Baltimore and

the Maryland Counties of: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick,

Garrett, Harford, Howard, and Washington. The Archdiocese of Baltimore

comprises over 4,800 square miles with a Catholic population of 501,500; 152

parishes and missions; 131 priests in active ministry; 66 Catholic schools serving

24, 867 students; 4 institutions of higher learning; and 10 Catholic hospitals and

health care centers. 

https://www.archbalt.org/

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS:

Leveraging a host of traditional and digital media platforms, the Office of Communications has

as its primary mission to inform, educate and inspire the faithful and broader public by increasing

awareness of the various ministries and programs offered by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Delivery channels include websites, podcasts, e-newsletters, event coverage, YouTube, video

messages, social media and secular media relations, among others, as well as the in-depth

coverage provided by The Catholic Review magazine.

The Office of Communications seeks to facilitate the mission and work of Catholic Center offices,

Archdiocesan entities, parishes and schools to share our common faith, communicating news of

the universal and local Church pastorally, effectively and professionally. The office is a resource for

questions and concerns conveyed by those in parishes and Catholic entities of the Archdiocese, as

well as external parties. The Executive Director of Communications provides a consistent,

articulate and faithful voice for the issues of the Archdiocese and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Faith.

General Role:

The Executive Director of Communications is primarily responsible for developing,

implementing and managing all communications of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for internal

and external stakeholders. The successful candidate for the position will be expected to fully

optimize all communications platforms and channels, as well as cultivate and maintain effective

professional relationships with members of the secular and Catholic news media; ensure a

robust internal communications program to inform and engage Archdiocesan department

heads, priests and members of religious orders, parish leaders, and employees about initiatives

and developments as appropriate; amplify through effective storytelling the ministries and

impact of the Catholic Church in Baltimore City and throughout the Archdiocese.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Provides the Archbishop, Auxiliary Bishops, other senior archdiocesan officials, school

and parish leaders with strategic communications counsel and assistance, managing the

communications issues that bear on the reputation of the Catholic Church and parish

life, while participating in near- and long-term planning and maintaining close

collaboration with broad stakeholder groups.

  1. Plans and executes measurable communications strategies to inform and engage

internal and external stakeholders about the mission and activities of the Church

throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the broader region. This requires the

ability to establish strong and collaborative working relationships with archdiocesan

department leaders in order to communicate their initiatives and provide counsel as

appropriate.

  1. Promotes the mission and impact of the Catholic Faith throughout the greater Baltimore

region, asserting the wide-ranging ministries at both archdiocesan and parish levels and

which reflect the commitment and zeal of Catholics of all walks of life to live their faith

by serving others and achieving good.

  1. Serves as principal spokesperson for the Archdiocese with the secular and religious

news media.

  1. Supports the planning and execution of various annual events of the Archdiocese, as

well as the briefing and preparation needs of the Archbishop, Auxiliary Bishops and

other archdiocesan leaders as appropriate.

  1. Supports the public policy and advocacy programs of the Archdiocese, as well as the

Archdiocese’s representation with the Maryland Catholic Conference which has as its

mission “to engage in public and political life, to advocate and speak up for the common

good, the poor, the most vulnerable, and human rights.”

  1. Manages a team of four who are responsible for social media, the Catholic Review

Magazine, the Archdiocesan website and subsites; and develop and manage the annual

Communications budget.

REPORTS TO: Archbishop Lori

LOCATION: Baltimore, Maryland

Key Relationships:

The Executive Director of Communications is a key member of the leadership team of the Archdiocese, reporting directly to the Archbishop and liaising regularly with other senior archdiocesan officials. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop robust relationships with a wide variety of external parties and to be a constant resource for civic, community, business and non-profit leaders in their interactions with the Archdiocese.

Essential Requirements:

  • The incumbent must be a practicing Catholic who embraces Catholic teaching and

values as essential to fulfilling the Church’s mission of evangelization and the

strengthening of discipleship.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism or other

related field and 8-10 years relevant professional experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge, competency and track record in optimizing multi-platform

communications.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Comfortable and prepared in fielding

questions from a variety of constituencies.

  • Experience in preparing and editing statements and speeches for executives.
  • Skill to manage crisis and coordinate public relations responses.
  • A track-record of accomplishment in leading communications.
  • Keen judgment and a propensity to forge collaborative and effective working

relationships.

  • Service-oriented.
  • A strategic thinker.
  • A broad and mature understanding of and commitment to the mission, philosophy and

objectives of the Catholic Church.

 

Salary Commensurate with background and experience

Application Deadline September 1, 2020

(Note: We reserve the right to shorten the deadline for applications

if we have sufficient interest. Please apply early to ensure your

background will be considered.)

For consideration, please email resume to:

Brent Morton

Vice President

Catholic Recruiter Associates

Brent@CatholicRecruiter.com

Note: Only those selected for an interview with the

search committee will be contacted.

P.O. Box 967

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Phone: (203) 438-8475

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Job posted: 2020-07-29