Director of Communications

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St Albans
Circa £60,000

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Communications. This is an important appointment: we need to appoint a senior colleague to lead our communications strategy and delivery within the Diocese and beyond. We look forward to welcoming a colleague who can lift our internal and external communications to a new level of engagement with a wide range of stakeholders.

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Our new Director will develop and deliver an impactful communications strategy and play a key role in the leadership of the Diocese. Reporting to the Diocesan Secretary, you will also give direct support to the Bishop of St Albans and the suffragan bishops of Bedford and Hertford. As a key member of the leadership team, you will be helping set the strategic direction and culture of the Diocesan Office and in the Diocese more widely.

This role sits at the very heart of what we do. You will shape our communications to leaders and people in churches within the Diocese and to organisations and the wider public across our area of operation. Working collaboratively with colleagues across the Diocese, your portfolio will include media, news, public affairs, digital, web, events and communications improvements.

  • To develop a communications strategy for the Diocese of St Albans which includes clear understanding of target audiences and how best to reach them.
  • To ensure the delivery of the communications strategy with proactive public relations initiatives and appropriate responses to media enquiries using traditional and digital media.
  • To ensure high quality digital presence through the diocesan website and social media accounts.
  • To seek positive media coverage for diocesan and parish-based initiatives and activities, including those of the Bishop's senior staff.
  • To ensure appropriate responses to media enquiries.

You will be a highly experienced professional with proven ability in blending strategic insight and direction with hands-on operational responsibility. You will have a strong track record in shaping messages and delivering digital and traditional outputs.

You will be an inclusive leader eager to build and lead a small staff and volunteer team, whilst maintaining significant personal responsibility for delivery. We are looking for an innovator with an acute understanding of the power of communication across multiple disciplines and complex environments.

You will have an excellent understanding of Church of England operations, structures and complexity, and the ability to communicate with passion and integrity across all the issues we face. You will be political, socially and theologically sensitive and be able to manage messages to internal and external audiences.

Technically skilled at communicating across multiple platforms, you will be comfortable working at pace, with changing priorities and ambiguity. The seniority of this role requires substantial experience and credibility of operating within a highly sensitive environment.

The Diocese of St Albans has had a clear vision of Living God’s Love with three priorities: going deeper into God, transforming communities, making new disciples.This vision flows from God’s love for us and is expressed in our love for God and our neighbours. Through Living God’s Love we are seeking spiritual and numerical growth across our parishes, benefices, schools and chaplaincies.

The Diocese of St Albans covers Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire plus part of the London Borough of Barnet. The Diocese has 340 parishes, 380 churches and 257 stipendiary clergy. There are 138 Church Schools and Academies in the Diocese. The statutory work of the church and support to the parishes and schools is provided by the staff of the Diocesan office, located in St Albans.