Director of Communications

Director of Communications
Organization Laurel Hill
Location Bala Cynwyd, PA
Job Type
Application Deadline Oct 19, 2023

Laurel Hill, two of America’s most historic cemeteries and funeral home, has an exciting  opportunity for an experienced Director of Communications. Laurel Hill East, founded in  1836, is located in Philadelphia and is a 78-acre National Historic Landmark. Laurel Hill  West, 187 acres located in Bala Cynwyd, was founded in 1869 and is the location of the  Laurel Hill Funeral Home. Both cemeteries are active burial sites, an accredited  arboretum, exceptional educational and community resources, and unique recreational  spaces.  

Reporting to the President & CEO, The Director of Communications will manage the  development and execution of the organization’s communication plan in coordination  with the President/CEO and the Director of Strategic Marketing. This role is responsible  for overall internal and external communications and public relations efforts ensuring  consistent themes, messaging and branding throughout all communications and  outreach efforts. The Director of Communications reports to offices at Laurel Hill West in  Bala Cynwyd, PA and is a member of Laurel Hill’s executive team. 

Essential Functions:  

  1. Develops and implements the communications strategy and initiatives ensuring  consistent themes, messaging, and branding throughout.  
  2. Develops and manages communications budget.  
  3. Develops the internal and external networks required for successful communications  delivery.  
  4. Collaborates with key stakeholders to manage a master communication calendar  which includes advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns, publications,  speaking events, programs and other projects.  
  5. Acquires deep knowledge of products and services, customers and the deathcare  industry.  
  6. Assists the executive leadership team and key stakeholders as communications  advisor, creating presentation materials such as PowerPoints and speeches for  various audiences.  
  7. Oversees the process for review and approval of communications materials. 
  8. Explores opportunities to optimize communications and promotional activities across  various channels and platforms.  
  9. Manages the organization’s website content and social media program.  
  10. Manages vendors needed to successfully carry out internal and external  communication activities, including but not limited to graphics, photography, printing,  public relations, advertising, web design, video, presentation skills, etc.  
  11. Tracks, analyzes and reports on the performance of communications efforts.  
  12. Collaborates with key stakeholders to develop and manage the crisis communication  plan as well as training the organization on its requirements.  


Minimum of ten years’ professional experience and a proven track record of  developing and implementing communications plans at both the strategic and  tactical levels  

Bachelor’s degree required.  

Must have exceptional verbal, written and digital skills along with editing and  presentation communication skills, computer skills, (Microsoft Suite) and problem solving capabilities.  

Successful candidates will have the skills to work collaboratively with all  stakeholders including staff, board members, volunteers, donors and community  leaders and constituent groups.  

The ideal candidate will also have several years of leadership experience.  Examples of written work are required.  

We offer an excellent compensation package, including full benefits. Submit your resume  to: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Human Resources, 215 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004  or [email protected]  

Laurel Hill is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race,  color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability,  medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation,  genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military  service, veteran status, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local law.