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Director of Communications - Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, NSW

Director of Communications
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

  • Full-time opportunity with supportive for-purpose employer
  • Attractive executive salary with advantageous packaging options
  • Conveniently located in Sydney CBD with flexibility to work remotely

The Catholic Archdiocese is seeking an experienced media professional to be its Director of Communications. The role provides high level advice and support to the Archbishop of Sydney, Auxiliary Bishops, Chancery and agencies of the Archdiocese.

The Director of Communications works as a senior member of the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation, leading and directing the media and communications team who are charged with using all forms of media to proclaim the message of the Gospel to Catholics and non-Catholics in Sydney and beyond.

The Director of Communications is a broad role that encompasses both a traditional media adviser role including issues management and media relations, as well as overseeing the development and implementation of a communications strategy to assist our parishes and Eucharistic communities in the work of Evangelisation as set out in the Archdiocesan Mission Plan, Go Make Disciples.

The Catholic Church in Sydney maintains a large and active presence in the life of many millions of people. A sound knowledge and belief in the work of the Church is essential so as to be able to effectively communicate to a Catholic and secular audience.

This is a unique role and the successful candidate will be one who has extensive experience and who understands and can interact with the media world at large, but equally someone who has the ability, desire, knowledge and skills to bring people closer to Christ and His Church by communicating the timeless message of the Gospel.

With responsibility and oversight of the creative team as well as the Archdiocesan website, social media channels and The Catholic Weekly (print media), the Director of Communications will provide strategic and practical media and communications advice to the Archbishop, Auxiliary Bishops, the Director of the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation, Chancery, and senior personnel as well as to priests and parishes as required.

The ideal candidate will require:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ relevant experience in a similar senior role working in media
  • Tertiary qualifications in Communications, News Media, Public Relations, Journalism or Marketing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Catholic faith, familiarity with the mission, ministries, works and contemporary issues of the Catholic Church, and commitment to its mission and values
  • A strong and respected presence in media with the ability to leverage your media network to grow and enhance the public profile and presence of the Archbishop, the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation and the broader Archdiocese
  • Proven ability to implement effective strategic plans, systems and processes that increase reach and engagement, and ensure financial performance and resource efficiency
  • Demonstrated ability to manage communication issues in a constructive and sensitive manner
  • Demonstrated capacity for and track record of effective leadership, including communicating and influencing at senior levels
  • Proven capacity to effectively manage a variety of staff and stakeholders without compromising goals, targets or positive relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to create, drive and manage strategic communications campaigns and specialist consultancy forums
  • Strong organisational skills with a focus on results and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to service and a willingness to be accountable for performance

A full position description can be accessed at or by emailing your request to [email protected].

Applications can be sent in confidence to [email protected] and should include a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role as well as a resume outlining your experience. Applications close: 8 October 2021.

Only candidates whose applications will be progressed will be contacted. Reference checks will be carried out for preferred candidates.

Horsley & Company Pty Limited has been appointed to conduct an executive search for this role.

The Archdiocese is wholly committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and dignity of all children, and acknowledges its important legal, moral and spiritual responsibility to create a safe and nurturing environment for those children.

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

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