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Archdiocese of Atlanta
2401 Lake Park Drive
Smyrna, Georgia (United States)

Phone: 4049207483

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Director of Communications

Job ID: 57388
Job Views: 378
Location: Smyrna, Georgia, United States
Postal Code: 30080
Job Category: Newspapers,Online | New Media,Graphic Design,Public Relations | Marketing,Media Business Positions,Corporate Publications | Newsletters
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 90000 per year
Posted: 09.09.2019

Job Description

Position summary
The Director of Communications will serve as the Archdiocese’s senior executive responsible for all aspects of internal and external communications.  The person will be the primary communications person for the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Archbishop.  The person will provide communications counsel and strategies to the Archbishop as well as the Archbishop’s senior staff.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • A full range of public relations duties
  • Strategic message development on all key issues
  • All aspects of media relations including representing the Archdiocese to the media and preparing other Archdiocese representatives for media interviews and public presentations
  • Issues management
  • Proactively and regularly communicating to the public, the congregation, and lay and religious staff the values and accomplishments of the Archdiocese’s many ongoing community outreach initiatives
  • Training capable public spokespersons for the Archdiocese
  • Speechwriting and other strategic writing
  • Being a proficient public speaker
  • Ability to conceive, construct and deliver comprehensive and effective communications initiatives to address a variety of issues
  • Assessing the strengths and vulnerabilities of the Archdiocese’s position on a variety of key issues and initiatives
  • Successfully advocating the archdiocese’s position on issues and situations
  • Protecting the public reputation of the Archdiocese and personnel through clear and credible communications planning
  • Regularly communicating the Archdiocese’s key communications initiatives to the media outlets within the Archdiocese of Atlanta
  • Supervision of internal and external communication of the Archdiocese including web development, video production, translations, press releases, statements by the Archbishop, and memos to Clergy, Sisters, Brothers, principals, parish staff, and Chancery staff
  • Supervision of creative artwork of the communications office
  • Supervision of the work of the Editor of The Georgia Bulletin including all aspects of the publication of the official newspaper for the Archdiocese including message development

Job Requirements

Knowledge & Experience Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree in communications, journalism or related disciplines preferred
  • At least five years of related employment experience as an organizational communicator
  • Experience in providing senior level communications advice to management team
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills
  • Proven leadership skills
Skills & Attitudes Required for Success in Job
  • Must have an excellent working knowledge of the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Must be fully supportive of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church
  • Must be a practicing Catholic, in good standing with the Catholic Church
  • Excellent oral and writing skills
  • Must be able to speak in public
  • Must have a professional personal appearance

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