Title: ACC Director of Communications
Working out of the Office at St. Ann's Wadena, MN
Status: ___x___ Full-time ______ Part-time
___x__ 12 Month _______ 10 Month
______ Exempt ___x___ Non-exempt ______ Volunteer
Employment at Mary, Mother of the Church ACC (8 parishes grouped together by the Diocese of St. Cloud) is employment-at-will
Reports to: Pastor & Business Manager - immediate supervisors
The Director of Communication coordinates, plans and manages a comprehensive print, electronic and social media program for the parishes within the Area Catholic Community (ACC); this includes publication of the weekly print bulletin, monthly newsletter, publication on social media of relevant events, administration of the website, and working with pastoral staff to communicate programming and information about the mission of Jesus Christ. The responsibilities and qualifications for the position are many:
CC as Mission Communicator. The Coordinator of Communications is responsible to:
1. Ensure that print, digital, and social media of the parishes appropriately communicates the mission of Jesus Christ and conforms to the moral principles and teachings of the Catholic Church;
2. Work collaboratively with the pastoral staff, committees and designated groups of the parishes to provide support for parishes and Area Catholic Community marketing and stewardship efforts;
3. Participate in bi-weekly pastoral staff meetings, annual staff retreats, and diocesan and deanery related events pertinent to the ACC mission;
4. Oversee scheduling of communications and stewardship events on master ACC calendar; Primary contact for stewardship communications;
CC as Publisher of Print & Digital Media. The Coordinator of Communications is responsible to:
1. Coordinate and publish the weekly bulletin and its content;
2. Design and write copy for print and digital communications including but not limited to: booklets, brochures, bulletins, cards, flyers, forms, letters, posters, signs, social media, website, worship aids, and other documents as needed;
3. Actively seek out relevant information, media and current news to include in the weekly bulletin;
4. Maintain and oversee placement of items on church bulletin boards, community spaces, and relevant promotions to the ACC and faith formation programs;
5. Oversee parish mailings and bulk mailing process, including scheduling of volunteers;
6. Manage and maintain an expansive base of photographs, graphic images, and other digital media;
CC as Publisher of Social Media. The Coordinator of Communications is responsible for:
1. Managing and maintaining consistent and engaging social media presence on relevant platforms, with an eye toward expanding to new networks and media.
CC as Content Provider for the Website. The Coordinator of Communications is responsible for:
1. Maintaining and overseeing the parish website, including the production of compelling up-to date content, maintaining and updating its photo gallery, populating the calendar, uploading media, creating online forms, and ensuring the integrity of links;
CC as Person of Faith. As a pastoral minister, the Coordinator of Communications has the responsibility to nurture his or her own faith in order to nurture the faith of others, as well as to live in a manner congruent to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.
CC as a Professional Person. Commitment to professional development is a mutual responsibility of the coordinator and the parishes of the ACC. In order to maintain a competent level of professionalism, the responsibility of the Coordinator of Communications includes:
1. Participation in diocesan, and parish workshops relative to ongoing professional growth;
2. Researching, developing, and mastering new communications techniques for self-understanding;
3. Pursuing educational advancement in communication skills that relate to the ACC's need (e.g., language study, cultural study, public speaking, audio visual equipment);
4. Keeping current with official statements and documents on catechesis, discipleship formation, and developments in the pastoral field;
5. Studying various catechetical and evangelism publications;
6. Periodic coursework in the field of communications.
1. Be an active, participating member of the Roman Catholic Church.
2. A willingness to enter into the faith life of the community he/she serves and leads.
3. A willingness to live in a manner congruent with Catholic moral teaching.
4. Prudent balance of enthusiasm and patience, and an ability to work in cooperation with others.
a. Bachelor's or master's degree in communications or its equivalent;
b. A thorough understanding of Roman Catholic teaching on evangelization and communications;
c. A knowledge of the history and repertoire of evangelization and communications;
d. A willingness to keep informed of ecclesial developments and to participate in continuing education to maintain and further educational expertise.
6. The CC should demonstrate the ability to:
a. Gather, organize, and publish content in practical and intelligible ways;
b. Be proficient with all Microsoft Office products and content management systems;
c. Have strong writing and editing skills with a knowledge of copyright laws;
d. Be proficient with website management
e. Be proficient with Adobe Photoshop;
f. Have strong creative and graphic design skills;
g. Video editing experience is a plus;
h. Communicate effectively and respectfully with a wide range of people of different ages, backgrounds, and cultures;
i. Be motivated to explore and apply new/improved ways of marketing and communications through research and when applicable, the use of new technology;
j. Develop the skills and self-esteem of co-workers and disciples;
k. Nurture a love for evangelizing in the youth;
l. Serve as a resource to members of the parishes, as well as persons involved in other parish ministries;
m. Provide communications guidance in sensitive pastoral situations (e.g., how and when to notify families of changes to programs);
n. Work in collaboration with other ministers of the parish.
1. This position requires frequent evenings and/or weekend work and offers flexibility amid an unpredictable schedule.
2. Sedentary Duty: exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects including the human body.
3. The following physical activities are required to perform this job: occasionally (up to 33% of work time) standing, walking, reaching, lifting; frequently (34-66% of work time) sitting, handling, fingering, talking, hearing, near acuity vision. Also, the employee must be able to ascend and descend stairs.
4. Dress requirements: employee-provided casual business clothing outside of liturgies; employee-provided semi-formal to formal clothing for liturgies.