North Texas Conference: Director of Communications

Date Posted: 11/16/2021


North Texas Conference, Plano, TX

Job Description

The Director of Communications for the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church develops and coordinates the strategic communication activities of the annual conference. The Director is responsible for the management of the internal communications strategy to more than 600 clergy, 150,000 laity, 305 churches and several North Texas Conference mission initiatives and is also responsible for enlarging the Conference’s media engagement with all of the North Texas region, comprising a geographical area of 21 counties, including both traditional and social media outlets.

In addition, the Director oversees public communication from the Office of the Bishop. The Director is charged with the overall brand management of the Conference and centers, including visual aesthetics, unity of message and crisis communication and response systems. 

The Director is the chairperson of the Conference Communication Committee, which includes church communicators from around the Conference, and is the primary liaison with United Methodist Communications. Additionally, the Director oversees the procurement and management of all third-party vendors and/or communication interns who facilitate the implementation of the overall communications strategy.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement an online/external communications strategy, ensuring alignment with internal communications strategy
  • Serve as editor and provide communications content for all Conference communication channels
  • Lead the communications staff in its assigned responsibilities
  • Provide specific support in the following areas:   
    • Strategic management and implementation of the Bishop’s messaging
    • Strategic management of the branding and communication of the North Texas Annual Conference and the quadrennial Jurisdictional and General Conferences
  • Provide counsel to Centers on communications needs/projects
  • Proactively work with Center directors to achieve brand alignment
  • Collaborate with Conference Centers/staff/initiatives to determine appropriate media responses for internal and external audiences
  • Develop written materials, including press releases, Q&A, and media standby statements on North Texas Conference responses to contemporary issues as required
  • Assess audience engagement with all communication channels, including social media ROI on a quarterly basis
  • Provide guidance to local churches to ensure coordination and communication of messages/news to both internal and external audiences
  • Serve as the primary liaison with United Methodist Communications and other communications officers across the country and coordinate the use of denominational resources in traditional media buys and advertising
  • Manage media relations/media requests for Conference matters
  • Build relationships with key media contacts and identify opportunities to communicate Conference messages and priorities

Skills and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in strategic communication or public relations, advertising, or marketing with an emphasis in strategic communication
  • 5-10 years of experience in strategic communication campaigns or client management with primary client responsibility
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including but not limited to, the ability to:
    • Write compelling stories
    • Write traditional press releases
    • Design and develop digital collateral
    • Produce web-based/static content
    • Serve as on-air or public representative
  • Goal-oriented self-starter with proven team management skills
  • Ability to collaborate with team members
  • Experience in overall brand management activities
  • Demonstrated ability to foster collaboration with and meet the communication needs of a diverse target audience
  • Sensitivity to and keeping abreast of political, cultural, and legal issues
  • Experience in managing and collaborating with local and off-site communication partners and vendors
  • Experience working with local and regional news and information outlets
  • Demonstrated ability in networking with multiple levels of stakeholders including management, governmental, denominational, and secular

Additional Skills

  • Interest in or understanding of The United Methodist Church
  • Experience working in religious contexts
  • Experience in communication research methods and assessment

How to Apply

Deadline to apply is Dec. 3. Email a resume and cover letter
to Rev. Andy Lewis, Assistant to the Bishop, at
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone:


 

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