Nov 28, 2018

Communication Director

  • St Teresa of Avila Church
  • 306 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ, USA
Full time Communications Public Relations

Job Description

Job Title: Communication Director

Reports to: Pastor

Role Purpose

We’re looking for a senior-level director who wants to use his or her marketing and communications skills to impact our parish effectiveness with spreading the Gospel.

The ideal candidate thinks strategically and has experience leading a team of communications professionals in a deadline-driven work environment.

This role will require a firm understanding of our Church’s mission and vision.

This role will serve the parish, school, cemetery, and mausoleum of St Teresa of Avila Parish in Summit, NJ.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Communications Director will perform the following functions:

  • Effectively manage a team of staff, freelance, and volunteer content creators and content managers (print, web, video, social media, etc) in a manner that aligns our various communications venues.

  • Consistently provide training opportunities for staff and volunteer team members.

  • Serve as the church’s brand manager, responsible for safeguarding how the church’s brand is portrayed in all communications pieces.

  • Work with local media outlets to share the stories about how our parish is impacting the community.

  • Develop the parish’s mobile-first inbound marketing and communications plan that will attract new people into our communications channels, deepen their engagement, and strategically bring them into the life of the church.

  • Create a system of quality control for all the communication the parish produces, from web copy to emails to printed products to videos.

  • Take ultimate responsibility for all pieces of church content, including print, email, social media, web, mobile app, etc. Ensure every piece of content is technically effective, grammatically correct, doctrinally accurate, and within the church’s brand framework.

  • Work with the church’s facilities staff to ensure all signage throughout the campus communicates effectively within the brand framework.

  • Serve as part of the church’s leadership team, helping to inform decisions with an understanding of communications needs.

  • Participate in all staff meetings and retreats.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Some items to be considered for the position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism, or equivalent work experience. Master’s degree preferred. Some academic work in theology preferred.

  • At least 5 years experience leading a team of communications/marketing professionals.

  • Excellent communicator (both written and verbal) and creative thinker with the ability to use data to inform strategy.

  • Has a mobile-first mindset that consistently incorporates innovation within a communication strategy.

  • An ability to manage the different “seasons” of the church, to lean in to work when periods are particularly busy and to lean in to family and other responsibilities during the rest of the year.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Familiarity with the inbound marketing methodology.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in marketing automation software.

  • Intermediate knowledge of online advertising platforms, particularly Facebook and Google.

  • Keen understanding of modern branding techniques.

  • Demonstrated understanding of communications to a Catholic-Christian parish community.

  • Ability to proofread content and check for both theological and grammatical errors as needed.

  • Growing Catholic faith and character.

  • A commitment to the mission of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Preferred skills:
    • HTML/CSS
    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • WordPress

  • Understanding of and willingness to serve within the doctrinal commitments of the church.

  • Must pass a criminal background check

  • Must receive a Protecting God’s Children certificate


Some items to be considered for the position:

  • Full-time position

  • Nights, weekends, and flexible hours are required

  • Benefits included

  • Tuition assistance possible

  • Continuing professional development

If interested, please forward your resume and a cover letter to Nick Leeper at

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