The Catholic Diocese of Richmond, VA seeks a highly qualified Editor for the Office of Communications to oversee the editorial strategy, direction and operations of the Catholic Virginian, a bi-weekly diocesan newspaper, with specific attention to the daily editorial content of the newspaper and its on-line version. The Editor will be responsible for conveying and supporting the teachings, policies and positions of the Catholic Church, the U.S. Bishops and the diocesan Bishop to readers of the diocesan newspaper, and will work with Pastoral Center ministries to promote the Church’s mission to evangelize by providing news about ministries and events.
The Editor will also be responsible for managing the Catholic Virginian Budget, supervising the paper’s production costs, and managing freelance writers and article assignments. This position will collaborate regularly with the Director of Communications, the Bishop, the USCCB, the Virginia Catholic Conference and other diocesan entities and ministries. The Editor will also assist with writing news articles for publication and maintain content for the digital Catholic Virginian website and social media.
The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree in English/Journalism/Mass Communications or related field required, with 7-years’ experience in diocesan press and/or general Catholic press preferred; however, we will consider experience in other print or communications industry. Must have prior supervisory experience managing the business and production side of publications.
Additionally, the ideal candidate should have through knowledge of all phases of newspaper writing, editing and production of the newspaper business, advertising and circulation; strong writing skills and knowledge of Associated Press writing style preferred; ability to analyze, interpret, multi-task, delegate assignments, and use sound judgement relating to decision-making regarding news issues and events. Strong interpersonal skills, collaboration skills, and teamwork are required. The candidate must be able to maintain effective working relationships with parishes, schools, diocesan leadership, other diocesan agencies and vendors. Strong proficiency with various PC software, website promotion and social media required. A practicing Catholic in good standing along with strong working knowledge of the structure and teachings of the Catholic Church is required, with a working knowledge of Canon Law desired. Bilingual and photography skills helpful.