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Cleveland, Ohio Full Time Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2019



Work alongside and under the direction of OPTIC's Editorial Communications and News Strategist to develop the evolving digital news program for the denomination. Primarily responsible for planning and executing the Strategist's vision in the development of a comprehensive news and communications program for the national setting of the United Church of Christ. Work across the OPTIC department to participate in the work of philanthropy, technology, identity, and communications of all kinds.


  • Work with the Editorial Communications and News Strategist to build a strong, growing, financially viable, multi-faceted, and deeply engaging news and communications program for the United Church of Christ. Currently, the editorial communications and news operation is primarily comprised of articles on the United Church News site at, a weekly newsletter (Keeping You Posted), and featured commentary from multiple writers.
  • Create, edit, and curate digital content for the web, with emphasis on PR and news platforms at and other digital properties operated by United Church of Christ.
  • Work with members of OPTIC's Digital and Web Strategies team to position editorial communications on UCC website, and social media and other platforms. Take a lead role in establishing data metrics for growing the reach and engagement of news content.
  • Serve as the national office liaison for assistance with web writing and curation of news and news partnerships within the denomination. Contribute to media relations activities aimed at amplifying the voice of the UCC in mainstream and religion media outlets.
  • Manage a content calendar that integrates news with other OPTIC priorities.
  • Develop and maintain communications-focused relationships within the denomination's structure of conference, churches, and affiliated organizations in addition to other religious and social justice thought leaders.
  • Take a leadership role at major events in managing the dissemination of news and working collaboratively with the OPTIC team on editorial distribution via various UCC channels
  • Work with the Strategist to build advertising revenue for editorial platforms.
  • Provide routine editing and proofreading services to the OPTIC team.

Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.

  • BA/BS degree in English, journalism, public relations, marketing or a related field is required.
  • At least 5 years of experience with successful writing for the web for a large and diverse audience.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills with an ability to write in a clear, concise journalistic (AP) style for various web platforms.
  • Must be self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management and able to take direction.
  • Excellent communicator and creative thinker, with an ability to use both data and intuition to inform decisions.
  • A creative mind who balances good judgment and thinking outside of the box.
  • Commitment to a deepening theological understanding of mission in its broad range of concerns.
  • Understanding of the United Church of Christ, its beliefs, theology, and involvement in social justice issues.
  • Desire and sensitivity to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings with commitment to pluralism in the workplace as well as in one's understanding of mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially as well as independently.
  • Availability outside of normal business hours to cover breaking and/or mission critical news as defined by the Strategist and OPTIC Director.
  • Ability to travel within the United States as necessary sometimes for up to a week or more at a time.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the department. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder's responsibility.

It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.

Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, pension, and life insurance benefits Application Deadline February 28, 2019 About the Organization The United Church of Christ

Our faith is 2000 years. Our thinking is not.

We believe in God's Continuing Testament.
We believe in Extravagant Welcome
We believe the church's mission is to Change Lives

This position is currently accepting applications.

Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
HR & Recruiting Manager
2/21/2019 8:02:34 AM

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