Position Title: Director of Communications
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: Office for the Bishop
Salary: Commensurate with experience
The Director of Communications oversees the strategic
implementation of all external communications from the diocese.
This includes the management and oversight for all digital and
print media, media relations, social media, institutional
marketing, branding, and web design. The director also serves as
the liaison for media relations and crisis management and is the
designated spokesperson for the diocese. The Office for
Communications closely collaborates internal communications and
information technology to provide the necessary support and
guidance relating to the development of policies and any service
solutions required by the diocese.
This position falls under the Administrative branch of the
diocesan structure. The director will work closely with the Office
for the Bishop and the Vice Moderator of the Curia.
This position directly supervises personnel in Digital and Print
Media Communications, Graphic Designer, Social Media, Web Designer,
Information Technology and Administrative Assistant. Provides
oversight of freelance contributors, interns and external vendors,
including but not limited to translators, editors, photographers
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The responsibilities described are representative of those that
must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential
functions of this role.
Ensure articulation of the Diocese of San Diego desired image
Ensuring consistent communication of the former to all
constituencies, both internal and external.
Responsible for editorial direction, design, production and
distribution of all diocesan issued content both digitally and
print including the Southern Cross.
Coordinate Diocesan, Parish and School Crisis Management and all
Develop a communications advisory circle that serves as a sound
board for digital and print communications.
Explore new areas of growth & development that expand the
digital presence of the diocese. Such as the development of a
Develop communications standards for schools and parishes.
Develop and provide publishing templates and tools, services,
and resources for parishes and schools.
Provide trainings, and formation opportunities for diocesan and
Ensure public view and perception of the Diocese of San Diego is
accurate and favorable.
Along with the Graphic Designer, develop a visual identity
standards/branding manual that ensures uniformity of diocesan
Supervise the work activities of the Communication staff.
Participates on committees on the local, regional and national
level and special projects as assigned.
Performance Expectations: Knowledge Skills & Abilities
Demonstrated proficient and effective written and oral
Excellent communication, leadership, organizational, and
Demonstrated professional expertise and exercising a diplomatic
and professional demeanor in stressful environments.
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and
Creative thinking, open and willing to move the department
Experience across all disciplines of communications, journalism,
media, radio, television, marketing, publications, web and graphic
In-depth understanding of social media platforms such as:
Facebook, Twitter, Flocknote, Instagram, and publishing tools such
Experience in analyzing situations and provide professional and
Specialty in crisis management
Ability to critically evaluate and respond to crisis situations
and media inquiries.
Must be able to work evenings, weekends and respond swiftly when
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Strategic
Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism, English or related field.
Master’s Degree Preferred.
A minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in Communications, media
relations, crisis management, publications, or related field.
Must be a practicing Catholic, knowledgeable in their faith and
in good standing.
Comprehensive understanding of parish and diocesan
Demonstrated professional expertise in the area of crisis
management and media relations.
Strong interpersonal and management skills with proven positive
Ability to develop a strategic and forward thinking vision for
the communications office.
Bilingual and Bi-literate in English/Spanish Preferred.
Resumes will be accepted through October 15, 2020.