JOB DESCRIPTION

Position: Lead, Communications Service, General Secretariat

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Summary

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. Like other national episcopal conferences around the world, it facilitates joint pastoral action on the part of the Bishops across the country. In addition to the regulation of liturgical and pastoral matters, examples of this joint action include the coordination of charitable initiatives across many dioceses, and the fostering of ecumenical and interfaith relations at the national level. The CCCB’s work is facilitated by a permanent bilingual General Secretariat located in Ottawa.

The CCCB Lead, Communications Service works under the direct supervision of the General Secretary and in close collaboration with the Assistant General Secretary. The incumbent will be engaged in key areas such as strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications, and issues management.

Responsibilities:

1)

  • The incumbent provides strategic advice and prepares communications strategies for projects, and initiatives for approval by the General Secretary or Assistant General Secretary.
  • Focuses primarily on external communications for the Conference, including the development of communications resources to support dioceses/eparchies in their promotion of CCCB projects and initiatives.
  • Provides strategic input and advice to General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary to maintain or develop various projects and initiatives.
  • Proposes and implements approved communication strategies to support national initiatives in areas such as evangelization and catechesis, liturgy, family and life, as well as special projects.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to develop informative and creative materials, both written and visual, to support the communications objectives identified.

2)

  • The incumbent manages the Conference’s media relations program and external communication channels.
  • Develops media relations strategies and drafts accompanying texts/resources to engage traditional and other media in the promotion of CCCB projects and initiatives
  • Acts as the primary contact between media, members of the Conference and identified spokespersons.
  • Drafts and manages specific content for the CCCB website and social media channels, seeking approval from the General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary, as required, for any new content or the relocation of existing content.

3)

  • The incumbent, as a member of the Internal Crisis Management Committee, helps identify and coordinate responses to relevant issues or crisis situations, sometimes with the help of a crisis communications firm, offering timely counsel and undertaking mitigating actions requested/approved by the General Secretary.
  • Regularly monitors relevant issues and informs General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary as well as relevant staff of any possible concerns or considerations.

4)

  • As a member of the General Secretariat staff, the incumbent will be tasked with other operational and networking activities.
  • Work collaboratively to support the work of other CCCB structures, offices and services as regards their communications needs.
  • Maintain formal/informal membership in Canadian Catholic or other communications associations.
  • Establish professional working relationships with communications counterparts in dioceses/eparchies, associated organizations, and other episcopal conferences.
  • Other related duties as required.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in communications, public relations, journalism, or another relevant field. Studies in theology and/or professional certifications considered an asset.

  • Minimum five years of related experience.
  • Strong oral and written French and English, with superior ability in at least one language.
  • Familiarity with the Catholic Church generally and in Canada.
  • Familiarity with Catholic and other sources of religious media, including social media.
  • Experience balancing strategic priorities as well as day-to-day tasks.
  • Experience with media relations.
  • Experience with content management systems, social media platforms and other digital communications.
  • Experience participating as a team member in the strategic response to a crisis situation.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Works well under pressure or with a strict time limit.
  • Deadline-oriented, with robust follow-up and reporting skills.
  • Possesses problem-solving as well as analytical skills; demonstrates creativity, collaboration, initiative, resourcefulness and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Works well in a hierarchical institution; is respectful of authority and procedure.

This full-time permanent position has a salary range of $78,400 to $93,115, with excellent working conditions including a generous pension plan and a group benefit plan. The work schedule is 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Each employee has a personal office on location and proper disinfecting measures throughout the building is in place.

Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and a resume at careers@cccb.ca

Application deadline: November 19, 2021

Job location: Ottawa, Ontario

The selected candidate will be subject to a background security check.

In accordance with Section 24(1) of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the CCCB has the right to give preference to Catholic candidates with respect to employment.

In accordance with the Ontario’s Accessible Employment Standard, the CCCB welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants but we will only contact those selected for an interview.