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Communications Manager - Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, Parramatta, NSW

Position Description (PDF)

The Organisation

Created in 1986 by Pope John Paul II, the Diocese of Parramatta is the Catholic Church in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. With already a vibrant Catholic life stretching back to the beginning of the European settlement, the Diocese is committed, through its network of parishes, schools, social services and various ministries, to increase collaboration and fresh expression of the Church’s evangelising mission.

That expression of the Church’s mission is at the heart of the Diocese’s Communication Office. On behalf of the Bishop of Parramatta, the Communication Office manages the communications needs of the Diocese in order to grow and share the message of love and the salvation of Jesus Christ with the people of Western Sydney.

The Role

Reporting to the Head of Communications and Vicar for Communications, your primary responsibility will be to manage the writing, editing and fact checking of stories that resonate with a Western Sydney and Blue Mountains audience. You will actively report on news and current affairs (including written stories, video production and social media) affecting the Diocese.

You will deal with media queries, handle any crisis or issues, and manage and support communications and media platforms of the Diocese. As the right-hand person to the Head of Communications and Vicar for Communications, this role will also see you managing the workload of staff, ensuring that all work is carried out in a timely manner and in accordance with diocesan protocols and requirements.

You will support diocesan agencies and ministries others with communication material for their respective campaigns, for print and online promotions, and for diocesan pastoral initiatives, ministries and events.

Key to this role will be your ability to handle pressure, be creative and to be a calming and inspiring influence to the team and to those you come in contact with.

This role is a full-time position and is based in the Diocese’s new offices in Parramatta.

Key Requirements

Your extensive communications and media experience, exceptional work ethic, demonstrated interest in significant issues affecting the Church as well as sound knowledge of the ethos and values of the Catholic Church will be key to this role.

Specifically, you will ideally possess the following qualifications, knowledge, experience and attributes:

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in a similar role covering traditional and social media
  • Editing or subediting experience
  • Structural editing, copy editing and proofreading experience
  • An ability to meet multiple demanding deadlines
  • Media, communication, PR, or journalistic experience is essential
  • Online and digital media experience and skills, and knowledge how to use WordPress
  • Video, radio, photography and multimedia productions skills would be highly desirable

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity please contact Anthony Spata at REACH Human Resources on 0402 210 055.

Application Process

Applications must include a Cover Letter addressing the above Key Requirements and Resume and be sent to Anthony at [email protected]

Applications close 10 June 2020.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake a National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to employment.

Only candidates with the right to work permanently in Australia may apply for this position.


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