Communications
Specialist

First Congregational Church, Boulder, UCC (the Church) is a regional congregation drawing members from beyond Boulder County. The Church is a Progressive Christian church committed to faith as a journey, compassionate service, and inclusion of all.

Summary: The role of the Communications Specialist is to serve the individual members and collective body of the Church in navigating communications processes both internally and as outreach to the wider community.  This role has responsibility for partnering with ministers and congregants to create communications pieces and methods that support community and the mission of the church.  The Communications Specialist coordinates closely and supports various volunteer committees including Communications, Stewardship and others to confirm that outreach is aligned with the mission of the church. The Communications Specialist reports to the Senior Minister and will average 20 hours per week.

First Congregational Church, Boulder, UCC (the Church) is a regional congregation drawing members from beyond Boulder County. The Church is a Progressive Christian church committed to faith as a journey, compassionate service, and inclusion of all.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

Communications –

  • Manage the Church’s WordPress website including updates to content that keep the website useful and engaging
  • Acts as primary liaison with web developers and hosting companies to ensure that website is well maintained and is a useful platform for both congregants and as outreach to the wider community.
  • Helps strategize and plan coordinated communications and marketing in support of the mission of the church and increased efficiencies with the church community
  • Advise and educate volunteer contributors of written and visual content on search engine optimization and alignment with the church’s image and message
  • Educates, aligns and monitors the work of volunteers in promoting the church on social media platforms
  • Keeps track of maintenance and issues with the way electronic media is used and coordinates with volunteers and vendors to assure alignment with goals.
  • Maintains and manages mailing lists of congregants and visitors in Constant Contact.
  • Collects information, edits to ensure alignment and creates and sends newsletters.
  • Creates and manages a photo library including collecting photos from volunteers to be used in communications pieces.
  • Create Worship Bulletins
  • Collect data and written communications, design and produce brochures, mailings, invitations, booklets, annual reports etc…
  • Coordinate with Facilities Manager on keeping on-site signage up to date.
  • Makes recommendations and manages the implementation of advertising strategies in both print and online.

Stewardship and Bookkeeping Support-

  • Aids in the monitoring of policies and procedures that preserve the church’s assets and financial and operating strategies that promote the Church’s mission.
  • May monitor the counting and deposit of incoming cash and checks
  • Assists Stewardship Committee with reporting and design of mailings

Office Administration –

  • Greets visitors and answers the phone
  • Assists volunteers with office equipment
  • Photocopies for board meetings and small group leaders
  • Troubleshoots issues with office equipment
  • Opens and Distributes mail.

REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

Experience

  • Knowledge of online and social media platforms and website creation/ management
  • WordPress, Constant Contact and Graphic Design and layout experience (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator experience)
  • Experience with print specifications, productions and mass mailings
  • Proven ability to learn new technology quickly

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies

  • Understanding of general communications/ PR strategies and generational cultural differences
  • Familiarity with progressive Protestant doctrines and how it relates to congregants relationship and management of resources used in creating community, mission and outreach
  • Strong interpersonal skills to connect with diverse individuals and families, receive feedback and respond flexibly
  • Self awareness and knowledge as relates to appropriate boundaries
  • Organization and project management skills
  • Experience managing vendors, consultants and coordinating activities with volunteers
  • Ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality around sensitive topics
  • Ability to act in accordance with strong moral principles and trustworthiness
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