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Communications Director

Catholic Charities, PORTLAND, OR, USA 97202

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 06/02/2020

Communications Director


Exempt (40hrs/week)

Reports to: Senior Development Officer, Grants & Partnerships / Director of Pope Francis Center


Inspired by the transformative power of God's love, Catholic Charities, the social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon, partners with the most vulnerable in the community, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Through the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Charities of Oregon achieves lasting solutions to poverty and injustice by partnering with clients to meet their economic and educational goals, and to support their physical and social well-being. Catholic Charities of Oregon envisions a society in which all people thrive economically, socially, and spiritually; cultivate diverse, respectful, and just communities; and recognize the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life.


The Communications Director will represent Catholic Charities with external partners, including media, and will build the agency's reputation and brand recognition to drive increased participation, partnerships, and revenue. This is a highly visible and collaborative role requiring the Director to have a strong understanding of Catholic Charities' core mission and strategy, and where public relations and engagement activities drive key outcomes.


Manage Catholic Charities' brand and reputation via all communications strategies, including, but not limited, to annual fundraising gala, special appeals, and other fundraising activities.
Create and launch an effective communications and public relations strategy that builds on the strategy of the Pope Francis Center.
Ensure that the public views the agency favorably.
Proactively engage media in all areas of our work and maximize opportunities for media recognition.
Ensure that Catholic Charities is regularly and meaningfully featured on the external media platforms, including print, radio, TV, internet and social media.
Proactively develop and drive organizational messaging and announcement strategies.
Develop internal messaging (e.g. newsletters, releases, email announcements, videos, special projects and assignments).
Develop relevant and up-to-date content of Catholic Charities' programs, services, and activities.
Choreograph and execute public platform events to share Catholic Charities' mission, services, and values.
Create rich and creative content that is optimized for search engines.
In partnership with the Director of Operations, Development, routinely analyze communications systems and platforms for effectiveness and efficiency.
Ensure that communications activities meet outcome measures as stated in Catholic Charities strategic plan.
Effectively support, coach, and manage assigned staff.
Coordinate with Senior Development Officer, Grants & Partnerships on fundraising activities, including, but not limited to: the identification and pursuit of public, foundation, and corporate grant opportunities; and, the production of grant reports.
In partnership with the Director of Operations, Development, review and monitor communications and marketing budgets and spending reports to ensure that expense activities are within established budget or that budget overtures are warranted.

Participate in trainings and senior leadership team meetings as requested by Supervisor.
Adherence to Catholic Charities policies and procedures.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, PR or related field or equivalent worked / lived experience.
Must have seven to ten years' experience in a marketing and communications leadership role, preferably for a social service or health care organization.
Proven experience in managing a successful, comprehensive, strategic marketing and communications program.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent writing and editing experience.
Strong and sound leadership, management and interpersonal skills.
Ability to effectively work with standard office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Adobe InDesign.
Demonstrate high energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
Demonstrate sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program staff, and other stakeholders.
Demonstrate judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential matters.

Commitment to Catholic Charities mission to work in partnership with vulnerable populations to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Must be able to organize and prioritize work, be proactive, take initiative, follow through, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner. High attention to detail required.
Strong analytical and strategic problem-solving skills.

Ability to work well in team setting, as well as independently; be flexible and adapt well to different dynamics in a fast-paced work environment.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, which could include some evenings and weekends.

Must have driver's license, access to vehicle and ability to obtain automobile insurance at levels required by agency (100/300/100).
Satisfactory results from criminal, civil and/or motor vehicle background check required.

COMPENSATION: Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. Competitive benefits package, including: 100% employer paid health insurance (employee portion), disability, life insurance, paid time off, 12 paid holidays, retirement plan, free parking and more.

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