Introduction:

The Diocese of Charleston is comprised of Catholic parishes, schools, and offices throughout the state of South Carolina. In total, there are 94 churches, 20 missions, and 35 schools.

Founded in 1822, The Catholic Miscellany is the first and oldest national Catholic, bi-weekly, newspaper in the U.S.  The newspaper covers stories and events happening across South Carolina. In September of 2020, the Bishop accepted the unanimous recommendation of the Presbyteral Council that The Catholic Miscellany be reconfigured into a monthly magazine. This transition is still underway.

The Editor will primarily work out of the Diocesan Office in Charleston known as the Chancery, which houses the business and ministry offices that support the churches and schools statewide.

Job Description:

At the heart of the Secretariat of Communications and Public Affairs is the goal to articulate the ministry of the Bishop to the faithful and the public and to promote the work of the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities in South Carolina. All content created and distributed by the Diocese of Charleston exists to support the Church’s mission to evangelize by inspiring, educating and informing the Catholic faithful. The Editor oversees diocesan print publications, including the diocesan newspaper (and soon, magazine) and news website, The Catholic Miscellany, and business and advertising operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and lead the strategic operations for editorial content, circulation, and advertising of diocesan print (principally, The Catholic Miscellany) and digital publications.
  • Create and lead the vision for diocesan publishing and The Catholic Miscellany
  • Regularly review and report on key performance metrics, based on goals set in collaboration with the Secretary of Communications and Public Affairs
  • Oversee the day-to-day content and marketing operations, including the recruitment, selection, development, supervision, scheduling, and evaluation of the publications, freelancers and staff writers
  • Cultivate and manage stakeholder relationships, especially with pastors and significant advertising clients
  • Ensure that content is appropriate and prepared in accordance with directives of the Secretary
  • Develop and implement the approved annual budget, track and control costs against the budget to avoid cost overruns, work with advertising/sales staff to ensure advertising meets or exceeds budget expectations, work with vendors to keep production costs competitive and within budget
  • Collaborates with cross-functional partners on diverse projects to maintain editorial standards, procedures, and processes while delivering accurate, brand-right, audience-appropriate content that fulfills strategic vision.
  • Act as liaison with Catholic News Service and the Catholic Press Association in matters concerning the Catholic press and media at the national level
  • Prepare and present policy recommendations related to assessment rates, prices, the draft budget, and other information
  • Write and edit news stories, editorial content, scripts, project plans/story boards, and marketing materials as necessary
  • Chairs an advisory panel of priests and laity advising the Editor on the content and direction of magazine and newspaper.

Requirements:

  • Must be a practicing Catholic with a solid knowledge and understanding of Church teachings and a general understanding of its organization and operational procedures
  • Zealous desire to inspire, educate, inform, evangelize, and communicate the message of the Gospel to a contemporary audience through contemporary means;
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to delegate and monitor tasks
  • Strong understanding of the role of, and trends in, digital media in Catholic communications, publishing, and evangelization as well as similar trends in secular media
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and cultivate relationships with stakeholders, including priests, religious, and laity; strong managerial skills;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with attention to detail and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking to solve problems in an everyday work setting; creativity and initiative with a sense of discretion
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), InDesign and Adobe Creative Cloud. Photography and videography skills helpful.
  • Valid driver’s license must be maintained at all times.
  • Education: BS/BA required in journalism, communications, or related field or equivalent degree and experience.
  • Years and experience: Minimum of 5 years’ experience in journalism or communications, preferably in a newspaper, magazine, broadcast media, and/or digital media production environment

Instructions to Apply:

Excellent benefits with generous paid time off. For consideration, please send a resume and cover letter with salary expectations to apply@charlestondiocese.org.

To apply for this job email your details to apply@charlestondiocese.org