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Director of Communications

Agency: Partners For Sacred Places
Posted: 07.27.20

Director of Communications

Director of Communications
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Seniority level: Executive
Industry: Non-Profit, Training and Consulting
Employment type: Part-time to full-time
Job Functions: Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Editing & Writing

Company Overview

Partners for Sacred Places is seeking a Director of Communications Officer to effectively communicate and promote its work across the nation. Founded in 1989, Partners is designed to stimulate success, changing the way congregations view their role so that their sacred place remains a rich and vital part of the social fabric of a community. Partners helps congregations leverage existing and new resources, solidify their continued relevance, and build their own sustainability.
Thirty years ago, Partners for Sacred Places, a non-sectarian, national, not-for-profit, was born to passionately and compassionately confront these emerging challenges, to address the many issues relating to sacred places at risk, and to partner with religious and community groups at every level to find solutions to major challenges.
Today we are experiencing growth in all areas, and in particular our consulting business. While the coronavirus has slowed our growth, it hasn’t stopped it. We continue to grow our existing services while developing new services. Our board of directors along with management believe there continues to be significant room to increase revenues from both our earned income and foundation sources.


The Director of Communications is responsible for developing and implementing the short-term and long-term marketing & communication strategy for the organization in order to amplify its mission, build its community, and effectively disseminate its message. The Director of Communications also supports the organization’s strategic initiatives including building awareness, promoting its program & consulting services, leveraging its relationships, establishing new partnerships wherever possible and maintaining strong ties with its base of supporters and collaborators.

● Develop, implement, and evaluate an annual communications & marketing plan
● Manage and provide editorial guidance for the Sacred Places magazine
● Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and digital collateral including, but not limited to, magazines, newsletters, brochures, website, and all media channels
● Manage the marketing & communications budget
● Lead the generation of online content that engages audiences and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate.
● Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
● Partners with internal teams to develop tools to expand initiatives
● Create style guide to insure consistency for all communications content & collateral
● Coordinate content maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
● Manage all media contacts
● Develop and create new marketing content such as videos, photography, emails, press releases, social media communication, etc. that is measurable and appropriate for search engines
● Identify resource needs, manage outside agencies and contractors

The Director of Communications ideally has senior management experience with 7-10 years in the field. The candidate must be a leader with strong communication skills both verbal and written. Knowledge of traditional and digital marketing is required and an understanding of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations is ideal. This individual must be able to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels. Experience conducting research, targeting new consumers and defining customer segmentation is preferred.
Specific requirements include:
● Bachelor’s degree required, 7-10 years of experience
● Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications & marketing strategies
● Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
● Experience conducting internal research & working with outside research firms is desired
● Direct to consumer & E-commerce experience
● Understanding of KPI reporting, data collection
● A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
● Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
● High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
● Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
● Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives

This position will start part-time, expecting about 25 hours per week, which will provide health benefits. We expect to start this position in September. To apply please send a resume and CV to Craig Nowlin, (no phone calls please).

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