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Title

Digital Content Specialist, Application Close Date: September 30, 2022 

Ministry Team OPTIC - Marketing and Communications (MarCom)  
Reports To Editorial Communications and News Strategist  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 7  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary  
Description

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Work alongside and under the direction of OPTIC’s Editorial Communications and News Strategist to coordinate and report the news of the denomination in a timely manner and disseminate communications from the national setting of the United Church of Christ. Primarily responsible for planning and executing the Strategist’s vision in the development of a comprehensive news and communications program for the national setting of the United Church of Christ. Engage in personal interactions with churches and people who are involved in news articles. Helps support the work of the OPTIC department by working with team leads to curate and develop news content for UCNews in support of department goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with the Editorial Communications and News Strategist to build a strong, growing, financially viable, multi-faceted, and deeply engaging news and communications program for the United Church of Christ. Currently, the editorial communications and news operation is primarily comprised of articles on the United Church of Christ News site at ucc.org, a weekly newsletter (UCC News Digest), and featured commentary from multiple writers.
  • Serve as one of the denomination’s primary writers, providing copywriting and feature article development for internal and external publications.
  • Create, edit, and curate digital content for the web, with emphasis on UCNews at ucc.org and other digital properties operated by United Church of Christ.
  • Work with members of OPTIC’s Digital and Web Strategies team to position UCNews and editorial communications on UCC social media and other platforms and help establish data metrics for growing the reach and engagement of news content.
  • Manage a shared content calendar for all editorial communications and news.
  • Share news releases and officer statements with the secular media, as requested by the Strategist, through OPTIC's contracted media platform and through other forms of electronic outreach.
  • Develop and maintain communications-focused relationships within the denomination’s structure of conference, churches, and affiliated organizations in addition to other religious and social justice thought leaders.
  • Manage the UCC newsroom at major events, engaging freelance writers and photographers, in order to provide timely, effective news through various delivery channels.
  • Represent the denomination before ecumenical and civic news organizations, as needed.
  • Serve as a copyeditor and proofer to UCNews content.

 

 

 
Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.

 

  • BA/BS degree in English, journalism, public relations, marketing or a related field is required.
  • At least 3 years of experience with successful writing for the web for a large and diverse audience.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills with an ability to write in a clear, concise journalistic (AP) style for various web platforms.
  • Must be self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management and able to take direction.
  • Excellent communicator and creative thinker, with an ability to use both data and intuition to inform decisions.
  • A creative mind who balances good judgment and thinking outside of the box.
  • Commitment to a deepening theological understanding of mission in its broad range of concerns.
  • Understanding of the United Church of Christ, its beliefs, theology, and involvement in social justice issues.
  • Desire and sensitivity to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings with commitment to pluralism in the workplace as well as in one’s understanding of mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially as well as independently.
  • Availability outside of normal business hours to cover breaking and/or mission critical news as defined by the Strategist and Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Ability to travel within the United States as necessary sometimes for up to a week or more at a time.

OTHER:

COVID-19 Update: Protecting the health and safety of our employees is a top priority. Full COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment (proof of record will be requested during the onboarding process).

The National Ministries embraces telework and allows employees to work a hybrid schedule as approved by their supervisor.  

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the department. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.

It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.

 
Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, life, pension benefits  
Application Deadline September 30, 2022  
About the Organization The United Church of Christ



Our faith is 2000 years old. Our thinking is not.



We believe in God's Continuing Testament.

We believe in Extravagant Welcome

We believe the church's mission is to Change Lives



 
EOE Statement The United Church of Christ, National celebrates diversity and an inclusive environment for all employees. We are committed to a workforce that is representative of the broad spectrum of our diverse society. We endeavor to recruit employees from backgrounds that vary by race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status. The UCC is a multicultural, multiracial, open and affirming, accessible to all, Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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