Director of Communications

Archdiocese of Omaha Chancery - Omaha

Nonprofit
Full-Time
POSITION TITLE: Director of Communications
DEPARTMENT: Chancellor
REPORTS TO: Chancellor
CLASSIFICATION: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
HOURS PER WEEK: 40

POSITION SUMMARY
Aristotle observed 2300 years ago that when storytelling goes bad or when we cease to tell stories, the result is moral decadence.

A good story is something worth telling that the world wants and needs to hear. And the Archdiocese of Omaha has the best story to tell – the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our story is so powerful and life-saving, we need help telling it. Which explains our need for a Director of Communications.

The Director of Communications will lead our storytelling team. The environment here is positive, uplifting, and up-tempo. We tell stories with modern-day tools – social media, video, print, audio, email, and web.

Here’s a chance to tell the Big Story in creative and inspiring ways and provide ongoing consultation and communication strategies for the Archbishop of Omaha, Archdiocese of Omaha, and its family of offices and institutions.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Works collaboratively with the Chancellor to create an effective communications strategy to
include an internal and external communications plan to advance the Archbishop’s and the
Archdiocese’s vision, ministry, and development needs.
• Directs and supervises an internal communications team consisting of content creators and
social media specialist.
• Acts as media strategist and official spokesperson for the Archbishop, clergy, archdiocesan
offices, as well as parishes, schools and related entities within the Archdiocese.
• Strategizes and manages appropriate, timely, engaging, and accurate response to media
inquiries.
• Works collaboratively with Catholic Voice writers, communications staff and freelancers to
investigate, identify and cultivate news and feature stories for online publication.
• Prepares media releases, statements, fact sheets, backgrounders, presentations, and
informational resources; pitches stories to local media and writes stories for website and other
relevant digital media sources.
• Maintains fruitful relationships and credibility with a wide variety of media outlets and
personnel.
• Works collaboratively with pastors, parishes, and other Catholic and community organizations
to ensure accurate and timely reporting of news of interest to or affecting the Archdiocese.
• Advises directors in creating communications plans to stimulate public interest and gain support
for the Archdiocese's programs and current priorities (e.g., Catholic education, vocations, and
pastoral services).
• Works with the communications staff and other key departments to create promotional,
marketing and informational material to stimulate public interest and gain support for the
Archdiocesan vision to include news releases online publication, website, social media
platforms, e-newsletters, podcasts and brochures.
• Oversees the Archdiocesan digital publication and creation of all digital, video, audio, and
printed media content.
• Works in partnership with key leaders within the Archdiocese to create and implement a unified
Archdiocesan message through effective branding and mission-driven communication.
• Oversees and manages all archdiocesan public-facing communications, including but not limited
to the website, social media, brochures, publications, annual reports, direct mail packages, and
e-newsletters.
• Tracks and analyzes engagement across the various communication channels and makes
strategic recommendations that are driven by data.
• Develops and coordinates a strong base of outside vendors to include but not limited to
photographers, copywriters, freelance writers, graphic designers, web designers, and
videographers.
• Serve as in-house creative for the Archdiocese of Omaha to develop content across multiple
platforms including website, print collateral, video, e-newsletters, blogs, social media, and
correspondence.
• All other duties as assigned by the Chancellor.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
• An effective leader with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communication
discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
• Commitment to work collaboratively with all groups, including staff, leadership, donors,
parishioners and other supporters of the Archbishop and Archdiocese
• Thorough knowledge of communications principles and practices with exceptional ability to
communicate verbally and in writing.
• Knowledge of church organizational structure preferred.
• Creativity, decision-making, interpersonal skills, use of direction, teamwork, service orientation,
to foster the Church’s mission.
• Exceptional organizational skills, familiarity with audio/visual/multi-media production and
comfort working across social media platforms.
• Inquisitive and self-driven skills and able to execute projects on a timeline, have good instincts in
storytelling, understand metrics and data analytics.
• Strong background in writing, editing, proofreading, project management, and presentation
skills with experience in developing content and storytelling.
• Proven track record in creating successful social media campaigns, website content and
persuasive messaging across multiple platforms.
• Deep understanding of evolving communications trends and channels.
• Collaborative personality and work style.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or an
equivalent combination of education and experience with a minimum of three years’
communications or media relations or any equivalent combination of education and experience
which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above-described essential
functions.
• Specific experience in church organizational and operations procedures or a complex,
organization (preferably nonprofit) with service orientation preferred.
• Active, practicing Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church, with a demonstrated
commitment to the mission and teachings of the Church.