The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) Ministries Corporation is excited to announce the search for its next Chief Communications Officer (CCO). The CCO leads the award-winning communications and marketing program on a dynamic campus that is a regional leader in education and health care.
A clear thinker, thoughtful speaker and excellent writer and editor, the CCO will act with strategic insight and sound judgment to lead a professional and collaborative four-person team of high performers committed to continually raising the bar and striving for excellence.
Reporting directly to the president of the SSMO Ministries Corporation, the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) serves as principal advisor to the president, executive management team and SSMO campus leaders, providing comprehensive and proactive communications and strategies through research, planning, execution and evaluation. The CCO works collaboratively with the SSMO Ministries Corporation Executive Management Team and other key stakeholders to set the vision for and lead the communications and marketing team, which develops high-quality communications that showcase programs, people and events and drive engagement among internal and external audiences.
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus is located on a beautiful 43-acre campus in Beaverton, Oregon, a short distance from the campuses of Nike and Intel. The SSMO campus is home to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, Valley Catholic School (Oregon’s only Catholic school serving children and young adults from infancy through high school and a four-time winner of the Oregonian Cup for excellence), Maryville (offering long-term skilled nursing care, outstanding short-term rehabilitation, and memory care), and the SSMO Foundation.
Leadership, Administration and Management
- Serve as chief communication strategist on SSMO Ministries Corporation initiatives, goals and priorities with focus on forward-looking message and communications planning.
- Serve as public relations counsel and advisor to the president and serve on the president’s executive management team.
- Communicate and represent the SSMO Ministries Corporation vision and core values, inspired by the charism and mission of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.
- Lead an award-winning team of professionals with responsibilities including strategic planning, media relations, marketing, social media/networking, website content, photography, videography, and print and electronic publications. Collateral materials may include posters, postcards, booklets, flyers, newsletters and the biannual campus magazine.
- Effectively develop and manage communications and marketing plans and strategies.
- Create and implement a marketing program that enhances the presence and image of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and the sponsored campus ministries.
- Develop, coordinate, and monitor a crisis communication plan and implementation
- Develop public relations programs and strategies for both one-way and two-way communications with diverse constituents.
- Serve as a liaison between the SSMO Ministries Corporation and the media, serving as chief spokesperson and addressing general subjects or sensitive issues.
- Develop and maintain working relationships with community leaders, organizations, and members of the media.
- Develop and monitor the annual objectives, performance measures, and budgets for the marketing and communications program.
- Manage the operations of the Communications and Marketing Department, with direct responsibility for department personnel, budget, materials, and equipment.
- Interview and hire new employees; supervise and evaluate the performance and professionalism of communications and marketing staff; provide appropriate professional development opportunities for staff members.
Education and Experience
- A bachelor’s degree or its equivalency (2 years of similar and relevant work level experience = 1 year of college) in communications, English, public relations, journalism, marketing or a related field is required. A combination of experience and education may be used to meet the bachelor’s degree requirement; however, the years used to qualify for the bachelor’s degree requirement cannot be used to meet the work requirement.
- A master’s degree or equivalent experience and professional development in communications, marketing, public policy administration or related field – and/or the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential – are preferred.
- Ten (10) years of accomplished strategic communications experience of increasing scope, preferably with experience at a complex organization
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
- Experience in leading and managing a team of communications professionals
- Experience working proactively with media outlets, establishing influential productive working relationships
- Experience functioning successfully as a communications strategist and spokesperson
- Fiscal accountability and budget management experience
- Current best practices in public relations (trends, issues and research), marketing, communications, and community relations.
- Marketing, communications and public relations theory, principles, practices and strategies
- Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary including Associated Press (AP) Style
- Budget development and administration
- Computer software/apps, hardware, and related technology
- Effectively research, plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive communications program including public relations strategies and activities
- Establish strong partnerships and develop powerful messages for multiple constituencies
- Manage and lead the Communications and Marketing Department efficiently and effectively
- Work as a member of a team
- Maintain sensitive and confidential communications
- Work independently in a variety of situations requiring contacts with regional public leaders, regional media representatives, and business/community members
Office and campus locations; offsite events; fast-paced work with frequent interruptions.
This is a full-time salaried position. Compensation will be based on qualifications and experience and will include full benefits: medical/vision insurance (that covers naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy); choice of PPO or HMO dental insurance; an employee assistance program; and generous employer contributions to retirement accounts whether employees contribute or not.
To apply, please submit a resume and three references (at least one from a former supervisor who is willing to discuss your past performance) at https://www.theapplicantmanager.com/careers?co=so.