WEST SHORE FREE CHURCH
OPPORTUNITY PROFILE FOR
Title: Communications Manager
Purpose & Responsibilities
This person will be the champion storyteller of all that God is doing in and through WSF as the church body seeks the good of the community. This includes utilizing current means to present our message through all forms of media in a way that captures attention, interest and commitment to our mission. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and vision-caster as well as a professional communicator with great management skills for creating teams to execute the vision. He/She will also possess a good visual sense for art and design that is relevant and effective.
Specifically, the Communications Manager is responsible for:
Finding and effectively telling the stories of how God is working in and through WSF to encourage and inspire us to engage in His work.
Communication & Marketing
Creating vision for, and then writing, editing and overseeing design of communications.
Developing, managing and implementing the WSF Brand and branding guidelines in coordination with church leadership and staff.
Ensuring that the church develops and maintains regular, intentional communication with staff, leaders, congregation and the community at large.
Serving the ministries of WSF by working collaboratively to communicate their needs and activities through the most operative and cost-effective means available.
Overseeing development and dissemination of press releases, articles and ad placements.
Visual & Digital Media
Managing the church website in terms of content, form, function and design.
Writing, editing and supervising design of the weekly newsletter (printed & digital) and other electronic communications and promotional materials.
Maintaining, overseeing and strategically broadening WSF's social media presence.
Developing and overseeing video production in collaboration with technical staff and volunteers.
Building and leading effective teams to accomplish the varied responsibilities of this position, encompassing both content (writers, editors, proofreaders and social media specialists) and visuals (graphic designers, web programmers and designers, photographers and videographers).
Overseeing and providing relevant communications related to training the staff and volunteers to enhance effectiveness.
Initiating, evaluating and maintaining good vendor relationships for effective, timely production.
Maintaining and tracking effectiveness of communication vehicles through analytics.
Minimum— Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations or a related degree from an accredited, four-year institution.
Five or more years of experience in:
Communication that engages and encourages people to grow.
Creating and implementing workable and measurable communication programs.
Grasping what makes a good story that engages and informs.
Sound writing and editing capabilities for web and print with proficiency in Associated Press style guidelines.
Aesthetic discernment in print and web.
Solid skills in creating and following communication production schedules and strategic plans.
Proficient in Constant Contact (or Mail Chimp), Word, Excel and other contemporary software programs.
Basic proficiency in HTML, WordPress, Joomla, and other content management systems.
Familiarity with software tools for graphic design and videography is a plus.
Outstanding leadership skills including experience in supervision of both skilled and unskilled writers (freelance, volunteers and staff) as well as designers and programmers.
Shows a commitment to personal growth in Christ.
Strong affirmation of the mission and values of WSF, as well as the WSF Constitution, Bylaws and Statement of Faith.
Manifest good character and wise, discerning judgment.
Ability to work well and graciously under pressure and facing deadlines.
Effective leader who enjoys building healthy teams.
Demonstrates the integration of faith with work.
Affirms and encourages co-workers and subordinates, resolving conflicts as they arise.
Self-starter who works well with minimal supervision.
Offers honest feedback and constructive recommendations.
Emphasizes thoroughness, dedication and results.
The Communications Manager will commit to ongoing professional development (books, videos, seminars, online resources and networking) to meet the increasing needs and challenges of emerging technologies. The church will provide support for training as funds are available.
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Mary Heatherly: firstname.lastname@example.org.