Episcopal Church begins search for director of communication

September 23, 2008

The Episcopal Church has announced it is beginning a search for a director of communication. The position is located at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City.


According to the description posted on the church's website on September 23, the position calls for a "communications professional, strategist and senior manager with experience in the design and implementation of public relations, marketing, and issue-driven campaigns in a corporate, public sector, media, non-profit or political environment."

The office of communication supports the mission and ministries of the Episcopal Church through church-wide marketing and public relations initiatives, timely news and information for various church audiences including print, broadcast and multimedia tools, and internet and technology applications for church wide communication church-wide. The director supervises a staff of approximately 15 employees and reports to the chief operating officer.

The position was previously held for four years by Canon Robert Williams, who joined the Church Center after 18 years on the staff of the Diocese of Los Angeles where he was communication director from 1993-2004. Williams, who resigned effective August 15, 2008, has since returned to the Diocese of Los Angeles as canon for community relations.

To fill the vacancy on an interim basis, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori appointed the Rev. Canon Kris Lee, canon for communication in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and former senior communication professional at the Church Center, on August 18. As interim director, Lee oversees the communication office's three primary work groups: Digital Communication, Episcopal Life Media and Episcopal Books and Resources.

According to the notice, candidates who wish to apply for the position should email a dossier with the following materials to communicationdirector@episcopalchurch.org:

  • A cover letter that shares why you believe you are uniquely qualified for this position as well as your minimum salary requirements,
  • A résumé of your work experience, education, and other information that introduces you to us,
  • A recent and representative sample of your writing,
  • A list of 3 professional and 3 personal references, including address, phone numbers, and email addresses.

Questions may be directed to John E. Colon, director of Human Resource Management at the Episcopal Church Center, preferably by email or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 6331.

The Episcopal Church Center is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks qualified candidates from protected groups as defined under Federal and New York State laws as well as General Convention resolutions. The church does not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital or military veteran status.

The search will close on October 31.


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