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Communications Specialist, Application Deadline: November 18, 2013 

Ministry Team Publishing, Identity and Communication  
Reports To Managing Editor & News Director  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 7  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary  

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION:  To effectively communicate and promote the denomination’s awareness-building and storytelling activities through local, regional and national media outlets, both traditional and emerging.


  • Create, develop and implement an annual media relations plan and budget with local, regional, and national media outlets (both traditional and emerging), including, but not limited to denominational publications; ecumenical press; and, other commercial media. 
  • Coordinate, write, and distribute the denomination’s press releases through appropriate, highly-visible, and cost-effective channels.
  • Manage and implement media relations on behalf of the National Setting within the Greater Cleveland area, increasing visibility of the National Offices throughout the year, with increased focus on special events, seminars, worship services, and initiatives.
  • Manage and implement media relations, advertising, and overall visibility within local and regional settings for the denomination’s large events, including General Synod and National Youth Event.
  • Achieve feature article placements in secular, civic, and/or mainstream publications.
  • Serve as one of the denomination’s primary writers, providing copywriting and feature article development when requested for internal and external publications.
  • Represent the denomination before ecumenical and civic news organizations, as needed.
  • Respond to media inquiries, either as church spokesperson or an conduit to others who can serve as informed spokespersons.
Position Requirements


  • A college degree in English, journalism, or public relations.
  • A thorough knowledge and history of the United Church of Christ, its officers, structure, and philosophy.
  • A thorough understanding of religious and secular current events combined with a broad general knowledge.
  • Openness to expression from a variety of ethnic and cultural perspectives.
  • Demonstrated written and oral English language skills, including the ability to write in a clear, concise journalistic (AP) style.           
  • Above-average computer skills, with an ability to understand the difference between effective writing for print publications and the web.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 15% of the time.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and are 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.

The United Church of Christ, National Setting, is a Multicultural, Multiracial, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, life, and pension benefits.  
Application Deadline November 18, 2013  
About the Organization The United Church of Christ

Our faith is 2000 years. 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


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