Communications Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: 512954-748760
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 25, 2020
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Communications Specialist creates content to further the Communications team’s mission to foster missional engagement by building and holding the Covenant’s shared story. This person is an innovative storyteller, showing a wide-ranging curiosity for listening to and telling Covenant stories. The Communications Specialist writes in a range of mediums and collaborates with the editorial team to communicate clearly, correctly, concisely, and completely.
This position contributes to the overall marketing and communication objectives of the Communications team in aiding coordination and collaboration across all mission areas to inspire and inform local churches and regional conferences.

Essential Functions

* Engage in a professional, hospitable, and courteous manner with the ministry’s constituents.
* Writes articles and stories, highlighting mission and ministry of churches or individuals throughout the Covenant.
* Reports on stories and activities throughout the Covenant, including ECC Events.
* Researches and produces feature articles for the Covenant Companion in coordination with the editorial team.
* Coordinates with conference offices to promote and share regional Covenant news and events in cooperation with conference staff.
* Contributes to mission area communication and marketing efforts by researching, interviewing, and writing content as assigned.
* Verifies facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
* Works with digital team to share content on social media platforms.
* Track and communicate story developments with constituents to foster and facilitate engagement.
* Demonstrate high journalistic and ethical standards, offering fair, objective, and balanced perspectives, accurate and complete content, and respecting the proprieties of copyrights and permissions as well as the rules governing plagiarism and attribution.
* Ensures grammatical accuracy and consistency in style and tone in all
communications, this to include copy development, editing and proofreading.
* Other duties as assigned by Editorial Director, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, and Chief Operating Officer.

Experience and Skills:

Education and Experience
Requirements: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in journalism, communications, English, or a related field; general knowledge of the Bible and evangelical Christianity (familiarity with the Evangelical Covenant Church a plus); judgment and critical thinking skills in evaluating potential stories; strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with others. Proficiency in Office365, ClickUp and WordPress; familiarity with basic HTML is a plus. Able to type, accurately 55 wpm. Bicultural/bilingual in the Spanish language preferred.

* Strong writing and editing skills.
* Nimble storyteller, adept at writing for various platforms and outlets.
* Detail oriented, strong organization, prioritization, and time-management skills are essential.
* Works well under pressure and is able to accomplish multiple tasks, with conflicting priorities and timelines. Ability to track and report progress on a wide range of tasks simultaneously.
* Ability to respond to and deal with a range of ad hoc queries/requests.
* Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
* Ability to operate with discretion and, at times, confidentiality.
* Excellent people skills to embrace diversity of schedules, backgrounds, formats, contexts, etc.
* Communicates with others to convey information effectively and efficiently. Responds appropriately and adjusts actions in relation to others.
* Develops workable implementation plans. Communicates changes effectively. Monitors deadlines, trouble-shoots, and evaluates outcomes.
* Self-starter, with the ability to work independently.

Environment Conditions
Able to work well in professional office setting and remote work settings. Occasional 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 35 lbs. Occasionally pack and unpack, move and lift boxes that contain event materials.