Communications Director

Position Description: Communications Director
Reports To: Executive Director, Mission and Ministry
Supervises: Graphic Designer, Social Media Specialist, Communications Generalist
Organization: School Sisters of Notre Dame Atlantic-Midwest Province, Inc.
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Job Type: Full-time, Salaried/Exempt

The Organization
The School Sisters of Notre Dame are members of an international congregation of women religious, which was founded in Bavaria in 1833. The first sisters arrived in North America in 1847. The School Sisters of Notre Dame, now living and ministering on five continents, have their Generalate in Rome, Italy. Their mission is to proclaim the Good News, directing their entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent.

The Atlantic-Midwest Province is one of the ten units in the international congregation. School Sisters from this province minister in Canada, England, Italy, South Sudan and the United States, with administrative and health care centers in Baltimore, Maryland, Chicago, Illinois, Waterdown, Ontario and Wilton, Connecticut.

Position Summary: The communications director is responsible for leading staff, volunteers, and vendors in order to implement the communication efforts of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Atlantic-Midwest Province. The director facilitates the development of the province communications strategy and counsels leadership on communications issues. He or she ensures effective coordination of internal communications intended to support the members of the province and leads outreach to the public to generate interest and engagement in SSND. He or she develops materials and mechanisms that educate and engage current and new sisters, associates, and staff of province and SSND sponsored ministries. He or she collaborates internally and externally across the province and at the congregational/international levels in order to “hold all in common,” identify efficiencies, and ensure that the SSND public image is accurately and consistently reflected.

In all activities, the communications director, working in consultation with the provincial council, fosters understanding of the mission and spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and generates support for the ministries of the province.

Responsibilities

Internal Communications

  • Supports the province governance mechanisms, ensuring the production of Assembly newsletters and timely sharing of information to sisters, assembly members and dialogue groups.
  • Enhances the relevance and accessibility of information shared through weekly internal news, updates and intranet.
  • Produces collateral for jubilee, holidays, and other celebrations in collaboration with council or council delegate.
  • Proactively captures and shares information and stories about sisters’ lives and ministries.
  • Ensures the production and timely dissemination of sisters’ obituaries.
  • Proactively captures and shares information and stories about associates, colleagues, sponsored ministries, and other partners in the SSND mission.

Outreach, Education Materials

  • Develops, implements, and regularly assesses a communications outreach plan aimed at engaging current and new audiences in the SSND mission.
  • Coordinates with the council, development other departments, as well as SSND sponsored ministries, to ensure compelling and cohesive messages to the external audience.
  • Support the province with press releases and coordination of crisis communications as appropriate
  • Supervises the development of content, including writing, editing and design of electronic and print publications, the website, and social media postings; ensures the use of a consistent format, tone and style for all print and electronic communications as well as appeal letters emanating from the development office.
  • Develops and executes a media relations plan, including news releases where appropriate, for special province events, such as fundraisers, speaker tours, etc.
  • Oversees the content and design of ads purchased by the province to promote the public image of SSND.
  • Supports the development of educational and formation materials in partnership with associates, JPIC, wellness and ministry services departments for sisters, associates, staff, sponsored ministries and other partners in ministry.

Collaborative Communications

  • Participates on the Collaborative Communications Committee; attends monthly videoconferences and the annual, in-person meeting of SSND communicators; ensures that the Atlantic-Midwest Province is represented adequately with stories in collaborative publications such as News Link and Trust and Dare.
  • Participates on the Congregational Communications Technology Team (CCTT), attending video conferences and international in-person meetings, contributing to the team’s workload, serving on CCTT work groups as needed.
  • Implements the province, collaborative and congregational communications plans in the context of a defined SSND public image and efforts to “hold all in common.”
  • Supports province efforts to sensitize sisters, associates, staff and partners about congregation-wide communications through council and province assembly presentations, publications and online presence.

Management

  • Strengthens communications team (staff, volunteers); identifies, utilizes, and develops staff and volunteer gifts and ensures appropriate information flow among team members and collaborators.
  • Develops and monitors department goals, tasks, and prioritization of efforts, ensuring quality and timely completion of projects.
  • Prepares and monitors an annual budget for the communications department.
  • Develops and implements plans and protocols as needed to support coordination, review, and approval of content and copy as needed.
  • Attends province meetings of department directors and staff.
  • Maintains membership in appropriate professional organizations and keeps professionally updated.

Qualifications

  • Experience working in a collaborative work environment; experience working for a congregation of religious, faith-based organization, or NGO preferred.
  • Demonstrated relationship building and personal skills.
  • Ability to understand and articulate clearly the SSND mission in a variety of venues.
  • 3-5 years senior professional communications experience.
  • Experience managing a team of communications professionals and multiple priorities.
  • Experience in and ability to dialogue with internal collaborators on projects to create printed and electronic materials.
  • Demonstrated ability as an editor and designer of publications (print and electronic).
  • Excellent computer skills including use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to function as a professional in meeting the external communications needs of the province.
  • Basic understanding of what constitutes a good story and proven track record of successful news placements in various media.
  • Able and willing to travel to support province activities both nationally and internationally, approximately 10-15% of the time.

Please send your application (cover letter and resume) to Liz Klein, HR Director, at lklein@ssndba.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.