Community Relations Specialist – Archdiocese of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Public Relations, FT Employee
Archdiocese of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

The Archdiocese of Saint Louis has an opportunity for a Community Relations Specialist. We are a charitable organization that encompasses 185 parishes, 146 schools, and a Catholic population of more than 500,000. This position is located at the Cardinal Rigali Center, which is in Shrewsbury, MO.

The Community Relations Specialist is responsible for assisting the Director of Marketing and Mission Awareness with all formal public communications, in all media, including the coordinating of all internal and external communications for the Archdiocese. The Specialist will facilitate interview requests, field media inquiries and bring pertinent news stories to the press. This position will be responsible for developing strong relationships with media organizations, both Catholic and secular, civic and corporate communities, and developing positive stories for distribution to various media outlets-in both traditional communiques as well as the use of social media tools. The Specialist will also assist the Director of Marketing and Mission Awareness and the Executive Director of Communications and Planning with the coordination of crisis communications.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinates internal and external communications, in particular the management of communications with the news media and general public by:
• Generating story ideas for the media
• Writing press releases and coordinating communications for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, including departments and offices of the Archdiocese
• Anticipating and responding to media inquiries and interview requests, and acting as media spokesperson, as needed
• Providing information to the public on Archdiocesan decisions and policies (e.g. filming in churches), and on matters of Church teaching
• Remaining current on media issues and keeping the Curia and MTA informed, especially with developments on religious and ethical topics
• Developing and implementing strategies for working with both internal Archdiocesan departments and organizations, and Catholic & secular media to promote the many positive programs and services of the Archdiocese
• Coordinating media on-site at major events (e.g., high profile funeral Masses, etc)
• Working in tandem with the Archdiocesan Director of Publications and staff to ensure positive and thorough coverage of archdiocesan events, initiatives and programs
• Producing briefing materials for the Archbishop, complete special research projects as assigned and directed
• Facilitating access of the media at press conferences, Catholic celebrations and interviews
• Contributing public relations viewpoints and media perceptions to help in formulating organizational decisions
• Developing and maintaining relationships with communication organizations within the Church both on a national and regional level, including the USCCB, the Catholic Academy of Communication Arts Professionals, and other Catholic groups
• Establishing and maintaining contacts and relationships with public information, public relations, and community relations offices of businesses and organizations within the region
• Performing other duties as assigned

• A Bachelors degree plus a minimum of three years experience in the areas of media relations, print, television and/or internet production
• Superior professional writing skills; must be able to present ideas for publication in a cogent, understandable and compelling manner
• Excellent oral communication skills for speaking to and interacting with the media and other appropriate interfaces
• A fully supportive and energetic attitude toward the Church and its teachings Must be a Catholic in good standing
• Demonstrated skill in communicating Church teaching, with an excellent grasp of Catholic history, theology, and current public policy issues
• Capable of working with the Archbishop and his close advisers, to reflect his attitudes, teaching, and values
• An ability to engage in open and thoughtful discussion and consultation with key members of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center leadership and staff
• The ability to provide objectivity and respect confidences when dealing with sensitive issues
• An ability to foster trust and respect from peers, subordinates and members of the media community
• An ability to work collaboratively within the Communications and Planning Office as well as with other archdiocesan offices and agencies
• An ability to work well under pressure and deadlines

Contact Details:
For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to [email protected] (0)

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