Communications Manager

Darien, CT or Remote
Type: Clergy, Lay
Posted Jun 21, 2018
Job Title
Communications Manager
Name of church or organization
American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Job Location
Darien, CT or Remote
Job Description
The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) is seeking an experienced, collaborative, high-performing Communications Manager reporting to the organization’s Executive Director. The role has primary responsibility for the organization’s marketing and communications programs, including editorial and marketing content across multiple channels and vehicles (website, social media, direct mail, print collateral, newsletters, annual reports, blogs), graphic design, publicity and support of a national network of volunteers.

AFEDJ is an established 501 (c) (3) non-profit. Our mission is to transform the lives of the vulnerable and displaced in the Middle East through support of schools, hospitals and centers for children with disabilities. The institutions we support are owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Syria and Lebanon.

The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of experience in strategic communications planning, message platform development and implementation; strong, current skills in digital content development and management; proficiency in graphic design; a track record of building strong relationships with media outlets and writing effective media releases and stories; experience meeting the communications needs of a network of advocates for an organization’s mission. The candidate will have an interest in our humanitarian mission and the Middle East.

Responsibilities
 Works closely with the Executive Director to evolve the organization’s message platform and develop strategic communications plans and budgets
 Executes the organization’s communications plans with the objectives of growing audiences, deepening engagement and building awareness of the organization’s programs and impact
 Builds effective relationships with Diocese of Jerusalem personnel in order to gather information about the schools and hospitals we support and the people whose lives are impacted by these institutions. Participates in phone/Skype calls with our partners in Jerusalem
 Writes editorial and marketing content for collateral, newsletters, blogs, website, social media and impact reports
 Manages external graphic designers and provides basic graphic design services
 Builds strong relationships with the organization’s national network of volunteers. Provides all communications materials and support needed by the volunteers
 Works with the Executive Director to develop direct mail and online fundraising appeals and write grant applications
 Builds relationships with relevant news outlets. Writes press releases and publicity materials and implements distribution
 Collaborates on planning and execution of donor events, including invitations, signage, collateral and digital presentations
 Manages relationships with outside vendors, including website hosting and design, and graphic designers
 Monitors and reports communications analytics
 Supports the stewardship of the organization’s brand and helps increase its visibility
 Possible travel to the Diocese of Jerusalem

Qualifications
 5+ years of relevant experience in communications and marketing planning and execution
 Extensive writing experience and demonstrated skills in developing engaging editorial and marketing content for print and digital media
 Demonstrated ability to communicate complex and politically sensitive ideas to a variety of audiences
 Strong knowledge of digital communications tools, including digital marketing platforms (Hubspot), email marketing (Constant Contact), blogging tools; website CMS (Joomla); Dropbox; videoconferencing (Go To Meeting, Zoom)
 Strong experience using social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube
 Proficiency in graphic design and knowledge of major design applications (InDesign, Illustrator)
 Experienced in using communications analytics tools (Google Analytics) and driven to measure the effectiveness of communications activities and campaigns
 Intellectually curious and a continuous learner
 Strong organizational skills with a keen attention to detail and accuracy and ability to meet deadlines
 Dedicated, collaborative and enthusiastic team player
 Proficient in MS Office Suite
 Bachelor’s degree required
 Experience with CRM systems a plus (Salesforce)
 Basic video editing skills a plus
 Experience with a mission-driven organization preferred

Benefits
 Full-time position
 Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
 Medical benefits
 Retirement savings plan with organization match
 Vacation and paid holidays

Location
The AFEDJ office is in Darien, CT. Both candidates who can work daily in our office and who would work remotely are encouraged to apply.

Type of commitment
  • Full time
Does this job pay?
Yes
Application Process
Interested candidates please send a cover letter and resume via email to: apply@afedj.org
Application Deadline
08/15/2018
Website
www.afedj.org