Director of Communication – Episcopal Information Service

The Arizona Episcopal Diocese is seeking a Director of Communications who has primary responsibility for preparing and distributing print and electronic communications for the Arizona Episcopal Diocese. Responsibilities will include maintaining a new website and implementing a new communications plan.

The diocese is a community of over 60 congregations throughout the state of Arizona.

The successful candidate will:

  • Work with the bishop and other diocesan staff and leaders to develop key messages regarding the diocese and its ministries and circulate these messages through the website, digital newsletter, print publication, social media, and through news media
  • Act as editor and senior editor for a weekly digital newsletter, and as editor and sometimes editor for a print publication which may appear as often as quarterly
  • Develop a network of independent writers and photographers to contribute to the print publication of the diocese, and manage the corresponding budget
  • Manage the website in a way that keeps the content up to date and promotes both the events and key messages developed with the bishop and others
  • Cultivate a living social media presence for the diocese
  • Collaborate with the bishop on messages from the bishop occasioned by either the church calendar or current events, including emergencies such as border developments and recent forest fires
  • Improve the capacity of the bishop and the diocese to spread the gospel and speak for justice in the local media
  • Collaborate with diocesan leaders to develop digital means for members of the diocese who live at great distances from each other to stay in touch on common mission initiatives
  • Serve as a key contact for live streaming and communications around the Annual Diocesan Convention
  • Serve as a resource person for diocesan disaster response
  • Administer the Diocesan website hosting program, helping congregations with WordPress website templates
  • Teach congregational communications at annual events and support congregations with training and occasional practical assistance for their websites and communications
  • Develop relationships with local media to promote diocesan initiatives and messages

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with strong writing and editing skills, a solid knowledge of how news media works, the ability to master WordPress, email marketing and video editing software, Zoom, a willingness to work as part of the bishop team, an interest in experimenting with new ways to reach isolated populations, and an understanding of religious faith and how faith shapes politics and culture.

Degrees and experience:

  • 3-5 years of proven experience / ability in print and electronic communications, media relations, social media
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines under pressure and react to urgent events
  • Degree in English, Journalism or a related discipline
  • Knowledge of the Episcopal Church is desirable
  • Practical experience with WordPress and Constant Contact is desirable
  • Must be able to adjust personal schedule to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings as needed
  • Fluency in Spanish is not required, but would be beneficial
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to transportation and insurance in accordance with state requirements

Salary and benefits:

  • Salary of $ 63,000 to $ 66,000
  • Medical benefits by diocesan police
  • Pension benefit from the Church pension fund

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