Executive Director of Marketing and Communication

    • Job Tracking ID: 512954-739820
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Executive
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 12, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 10 - 15 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

OVERVIEW
The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks a visionary and strategic professional with demonstrated success in managing and growing a marketing and communication ministry in a complex, matrixed environment. An ideal candidate will demonstrate a successful track record in developing, implementing and advancing marketing and communication strategies for appropriate markets. The Executive Director of Marketing and Communications will maximize the opportunities to communicate the core mission of the church through digital and print channels.


SUMMARY
The Executive Director of Marketing and Communication stewards all marketing, communication and public relation matters of the Evangelical Covenant Church. This senior leader will provide oversight of all services and resources to ensure responsiveness and sustainability of mission areas’ strategies. The Executive Director will serve as the visionary, executive leader in the church’s marketing, communication, and messaging efforts. This leader will help shape the mission message to tell a great story and guide the communication on the church’s priorities to internal and external audiences.
The Executive Director of Marketing and Communication serves as a member of the Council of Administrators and an advisor to the Covenant mission areas, projects and affiliates to optimize collaboration and coordination for overall effectiveness and missional outcomes in the area of communications. The Executive Director will oversee and manage a professional team that will carry out a vision for communication resources that advances the church’s mission and core beliefs/values out to the public (membership and society at large).

This executive leader oversees:
* Public Relations
* Editorial, Design and Digital
* Resource Fulfillment
* Brand and Identity Strategies
* Crisis Communication

SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
* Work with President and other senior leaders of the Evangelical CovenantChurch to align the church’s vision, mission to comprehensive marketing andcommunication strategy.
* Serve as lead contact for media relations and crisis communications. Function as organizational media liaison to assist senior leadership in communicating with external media.
* Shape, coordinate and shepherd the messaging of all Covenant offices and mission areas with a clear focus on the five missional priorities of the denomination.
* Ensure coherence of brand and identity by integrating vision and strategy. Collaborate continually with subject matter experts in each area to craft messages that satisfy the needs of the church and of its various audiences and constituencies.
* Lead and direct the marketing and communication strategies across all media channels, including but not limited to print, audio, video, internet, mobile, and social platforms.
* Spearhead the Covenant’s efforts as it increases its online, digital and virtual presence and moves toward more interactive communication platforms and channels.
* Conduct review of the various communication methods being used internally and externally and identify methods and tools to improve cooperation and message delivery.
* Serve as member of the denominational leadership team. May be assigned as team member to additional Covenant teams, projects and task forces.
* Set ministry area’s objectives, outcomes and expectations, and allocate resources and monitor staff’s progress toward goals.
* Ensure maximum efficiencies and performance from staff members with a style that inspires excellence.
* Leverage talent pool with a diverse pool of content experts to optimize projects’ workflow management.
* Work collaboratively with the Production Manager to ensure proper workflow management and good communication regarding deadlines and need for additional support.
* Other duties as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer and/or President.

Experience and Skills:

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Business Administration, Journalism, Nonprofit Administration or related field. At least ten (10) years of related communications experience (high level of communication, marketing, editorial, and media expertise), including team leadership and management of marketing and communication resources. Experience at an agency is a plus. Preferably minimum five (5) year engagement with the Covenant and active member or be willing to become a member of a Covenant Church. A current driver’s license is required.

PERSONAL SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS
* Personal and demonstrated Christian faith.
* Willingness to fully support the mission and ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church at the denominational, regional conference and local congregational levels, as well as affiliated entities and ministries.
* Visionary leadership.
* Strong implementation skills, with bottom line results orientation.
* Excellent people motivator and manager, team player.
* Experience leading a multi-disciplinary communication team and setting measurable goals.
* Keen project management skills.
* Able to work with individuals at all levels of organization.
* Self-starter, ability to work independently.
* Proven expertise in taking initiative, building and maintaining strong rapport and positive relationships with various constituencies.
* Ability to write persuasively.
* Strong ability to create a strong teamwork environment with experience both leading individuals and building team morale and cohesion from varying perspectives.
* Proven experience in building a strong healthy team culture.

Environment Conditions
Able to work well in office or virtual setting. Ability to work outside standard work hours and engage in occasional domestic or international travel. Must be versatile and able to work for prolonged segments sitting or standing. Must engage frequently with office tools and equipment, such as: computer, copier, phone, web-conferencing equipment, cell communication, printers, etc. Must be able to occasionally lift or move items, less than 35lbs.