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Editorial Communications and News Strategist, Extended Close: Open Until Filled 

Ministry Team OPTIC - Marketing and Communications (MarCom)  
Reports To Director of Marketing and Communication  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 9  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary $68,000-$75,000  


Manage the coordination of all communication strategies towards accomplishing the OPTIC goals. Oversee the denomination’s news and media relations efforts, providing strategic and editorial leadership to its associated online communications (e.g., web, email), as well as placement in regional and national media outlets.



  • Oversee the implementation of the denomination’s communications strategy as set forth by the Director of Marketing and Communication through tactical news and public relations activities, including, but not limited to e-mail, pitches, releases, and articles.
  • In coordination with inter- and intra-departmental teams, plan, administer, and oversee the national setting’s weekly e-communication (e.g., News Digest).
  • Serve as news director for the denomination and coordinate the effective integration of multimedia within news activities, as well as the successful optimization of online and e-mail content.
  • Serve as managing editor of the denomination’s media relations activities, overseeing the effective implementation of the identified PR strategy and approach and successful coverage in regional and national media outlets.
  • Vet external interview requests for all members of the national staff and coordinate coverage by outside news media.
  • Provide direct supervision and oversee the day-to-day activities of the Digital Content Specialist, Video Services Manager, and Multimedia Content Specialist. Assign freelance writers and photographers, as needed for special projects.
  • Supervising General Synod news coverage, handling the overall internal assignments, producing a daily Digest, supervising and coordinating the business assignments with the Digital Content Specialist, overseeing the creation and dissemination of press releases and handling external media requests.
  • Provide media training on an ongoing basis to key denominational leaders and assist Director of Marketing and Communication with crisis communication, as needed.
Position Requirements

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


  • A college degree in journalism, and/or communications-related field or equivalent experience, or a combination of academic study and experience.
  • A thorough knowledge and history of the United Church of Christ, its national setting ministries, structure, and philosophy.
  • Demonstrated expertise in multiple forms of communication, including print publications, the internet and video production.
  • Ability to coordinate and calendar multiple projects simultaneously, in a timely manner, with an eye toward quality and accuracy.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, at times, for meetings and conferences.
  • Ability to coordinate staff and compile information from various sources.
  • Desire and sensitivity to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings with commitment to diversity in the workplace as well as an understanding of mission.
  • Computer literate, with ability to learn and master UCC’s online content management system.

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).

This position will require relocation to Cleveland, OH.  Relocation is covered by the employer.


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 ministry. 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 Open until filled  
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 Setting celebrates diversity and an inclusive environment for all employees. We are committed to a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, 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, genetic information, past, present or future service in the uniformed services, religion, or any other legally protected characteristic under applicable federal, state or local law. We are proud to be a multicultural, multiracial, open and affirming, accessible to all, equal opportunity employer.  

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