POSITION SUMMARY: 

The Publications Editor manages the production of the official diocesan quarterly print magazine and monthly electronic newsletter — The Valley Catholic — to illuminate and animate the journey of faith for Catholics within the Diocese of San Jose — building solidarity among the faithful and inviting a deeper understanding and involvement in the mission of Christ — through the timely sharing of inspirational content in an engaging, accessible and compelling format. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: 

Strategy and Leadership: 

• Work with Director of Communications to develop an annual editorial calendar and multi-year publication growth plan for The Valley Catholic that seeks to engage and inform Catholics, supports the mission of the Church and the vision of the Bishop. 

• Recruit and manage third party content creators — volunteer and freelance writers and photographers — to assign and develop high quality story-telling content befitting The Valley Catholic. 

Finances and Operations: 

• Monitor and ensure The Valley Catholic operations stay within approved budget. 

• Work with the Director of Communications and the Stewardship Office to garner sponsorships and additional funding in the support of The Valley Catholic, including managing a reader appeal. 

Collaboration and Communication: 

• Provide insightful, targeted, effective, faith-minded writing and editing on a regular basis in a variety of formats that supports the vision of the Bishop and closely adheres to and supports Catholic doctrine. 

• Select photos and other pertinent material to enhance writing. 

• Consistently meet all editorial and production deadlines. 

• Consistently represent the Church and interview subjects accurately in all materials. 

• Coordinate timely receipt and management of proper photo and information permissions regarding all publication content. 

• Ensure consistency with style, branding and messaging across all publications. 

• Ensure the review and approval of all content by the appropriate people at the three tiers of the edit process — in draft, in layout and prior to print. 

• Regularly review and report on key performance metrics and analyze and offer suggestions for improvement in collaboration with the Director of Communications. 

• Produce other diocesan communications publications, including the annual impact report, as needed. 

Education and/or Experience: 

• Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications or English 

• Skilled storyteller with deep understanding of journalistic ethics and libel and copyright issues 

• Minimum of 3 years of content management experience 

• Understanding of print production, design and layout process 

• Prior experience working with newspapers or other publications helpful 

Language Skills: 

• Excellent grammar, writing and editing skills in English using AP style 

• Bilingual preferred: Spanish or Vietnamese 

Computational Skills: 

• Proficient with the latest Microsoft Office software and Adobe Creative Cloud software 

• Proficient with content management systems such as Constant Contact and WordPress 

• Proficient with social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter 

Reasoning Ability: 

• Must be able handle deadlines under pressure and prioritize accordingly 

• Must have a keen eye for detail 

• Excellent project management skills 

• Possess a positive, service-oriented attitude and be a proven team player 

Other Requirements: 

• Practicing Catholic preferred 

• Deep understanding of the teachings, values, structure and mission of the Catholic Church 

• Work during evenings and weekends may be required occasionally. 

• Be sensitive to cultural and racial diversity 

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@dsj.org.

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