Job Opening: Director of Communications

CMN’s Director of Communications is responsible for directing and supervising the organization’s robust communications portfolio. The Director of Communications drives the development and implementation of all aspects of CMN’s strategic communications and marketing initiatives. This is full-time, based in Washington, DC. Position may require travel approximately six times per year. Some flexibility to work offsite. The Director of Communications is supervised by the Executive Director. 

Responsibilities

Strategic Communications

Planning:

  • Develop overarching communication strategy through creation of annual communications plan 
  • Employ cost-effective marketing and outreach strategies that promote CMN’s mission and vision, through printed and electronic media and advertising
  • Imagine creative ways to utilize CMN’s database to facilitate communicating with supporters in a timely, targeted, and effective manner

Content Development:

  • Oversee the strategic delivery of email marketing communications — working closely with the Digital Content Manager to monitor a robust calendar of e-blasts to the network 
  • Guide direction of content creation and curation for social media channels, blog, and website
  • Collaborate closely with death penalty and restorative justice program staff to develop relevant and impactful print and digital education and advocacy resources 
  • Collaborate closely with Director of Development to formulate annual print and digital fundraising campaigns, Impact Reports and other advancement initiatives
  • Oversee development of conference and fundraising event platforms

Evaluation:

  • Lead quarterly website reviews to ensure website is functional, relevant, and streamlined for each programmatic area
  • In collaboration with the Digital Content Manager, facilitate quarterly content brainstorming meetings with staff
  • Measure and evaluate monthly analytics on website, email, and social media engagement

CMN Brand Management 

  • Serve as primary copy editor for all CMN’s external communications
  • Ensure consistent brand voice and brand integrity across all platforms
  • Lead composition and design process for all CMN’s outward-facing materials, ensuring products align with CMN branding and style standards
  • Ensure ongoing accuracy, timeliness, and aesthetic appeal of CMN’s website, in collaboration with contracted web developer

Traditional Media

  • Serve as primary point of contact with secular and religious media outlets
  • Draft and disseminate news releases, press statements, media pitches, interview talking points
  • Manage CMN’s press list and build/maintain collegial working relationships with key religious and secular journalists, media outlets, and communications contacts 
  • Monitor and evaluate all earned media and other press coverage
  • Stay up to date on current death penalty and restorative justice news and messaging
  • Draft opinion pieces or other articles when needed

Administrative 

  • Supervise CMN Digital Content Manager staff
  • Prepare communications program updates for board meetings
  • Work closely with colleagues to prepare grant applications and reports 
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with third party contractors, vendors, including graphic designers, web developers, printers, etc.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, organizational planning, relevant retreats and staff trainings
  • Other communications functions and projects as needed

Director of Communications position strongly encourages:

  • 5-10 years experience in communications, with an emphasis on content creation and/or digital organizing or relevant work experience
  • Experience writing press releases and press statements, responding to media requests
  • Impeccable copywriting, copy editing abilities and top-notch writing skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with wide variety of communications technologies
  • Comfort working with Church hierarchy 
  • Understanding of Catholic theology and Catholic Social Teaching, a strong plus
  • Excellent project management skills, including ability to juggle multiple projects, meet deadlines, and maintain a high attention to detail in a fast-paced work environment
  • Graphic design experience a plus
  • Tech savvy and familiar with databases and new technology
  • Experience with messaging to diverse audiences and constituencies
  • Comfort working independently, and an appreciation for a collaborative work environment 
  • Commitment to the mission and core values of Catholic Mobilizing Network, including a commitment to racial equity
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Salary and Benefits

  • The starting salary range is $80-$85K based on experience  
  • CMN provides excellent individual health insurance
  • Generous vacation policies
  • Employees have access to 403B plan with employer match  
  • Some telework flexibility

Application Process

Interested applicants may email resume and cover letter by June 14, 2024 to:  apply@catholicsmobilizing.org using subject line “Director of Communications”.  

Catholic Mobilizing Network is an equal opportunity employer.  CMN is committed to recruiting and retaining a just and representative work and volunteer force, we encourage people of color and individuals with disabilities to apply.