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Communications Specialist Revised to Full-time, Application Close: February 17, 2023 

Ministry Team Communication and Development  
Reports To Team Leader, Communication and Development  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 7  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary $43,000-$54,000  


To support the overall communication functions of Wider Church Ministries (WCM).  The primary responsibilities are to manage weekly messaging across WCM ministry teams, to manage the WCM social media accounts and contribute to global justice-related pages on the UCC and Global Ministries websites. Provide technical support, written content expertise (digital and print) and database management for WCM program ministries.


  • Work cross-departmentally within the UCC national setting and with ecumenical, interfaith and global partners to develop cohesive online communications strategy and serving as critical link to UC News department.
  • Work collaboratively with OPTIC to ensure brand consistency and optimal reach.
  • Regularly develop and implement a “story schedule,” that reflects the position’s general purpose    and serves the needs of all teams that are a part of WCM.
  • Assist the Global H.O.P.E Team with producing monthly e-news and continue strategically to deepen and broaden its reach and promote pickup of its content (e.g. in Conference newsletters and constituent listservs). 
  • Supply news/features and other editorial content regularly for UCC News, JPANet, UCC social media, and other internal and external media. 
  • Acquire good photos to accompany stories, adhering to copyright law and crediting the source, whether from photo databases or individuals, offering coaching as warranted. 
  • Use social media platforms, databases, e-news design software, web design software and other digital tools in carrying out the position’s purpose. 
  • Lead effort for development of informational materials before for General Synod.  
  • Participate in WCM ministry team meetings including grant review meetings.
  • In collaboration with the WCM staff and other identified UCC staff, organize online opportunities for field connections between constituents around advocacy issues and support advocacy efforts with updated web content and posted resource materials.
  • Manage and maintain up-to-date web content and calendar, working with appropriate issue staff to ensure accurate and appropriate electronic content.
  • Utilize and experiment with new technologies to raise the profile of the UCC and to attract a more diverse audience.
  • Photograph and record events as needed.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.
Position Requirements

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

  • College degree in communications or equivalent experience, or a combination of academic study and experience.
  • Understanding of the implications of online technology for the life of the church; ability  to transform theoretical concepts and public policy issues into practical church and community mobilizing efforts.
  • Familiarity with a variety of social media platforms and database management.
  • Demonstrated written and oral English language skills. Including the ability to conceptualize and develop resources and edit electronic content for most effective messaging.
  • Proficiency in or willingness to learn such digital tools as Zoom, MSTeams, Twitter,     Facebook, and WordPress and ease with adapting to new technology especially platforms      used by UCC. e.g. Wrike
  • Proficiency in Office 365
  • Solid editorial judgment and commitment to accuracy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially as well as independently.
  • 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.
  • Professional experience in photography and videography.
  • Extensive familiarity with content management systems for web development in addition to familiarity and facility with creating visuals using graphic design tools like or Adobe products.
  • Knowledge of the UCC and its public witness, polity and structure is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with public policy advocacy is highly preferred.
  • Occasional travel required.
  • 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 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 February 17, 2023  
About the Organization The United Church of Christ

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