Position Description – Director of The Center for Communication

Director of the Center for Communication

Position Overview

The Director of the Center for Communication is responsible for utilizing technology in creative, innovative and strategic ways to maximize the ability of the Arkansas Annual Conference to communicate with members, congregations and the mission field.

Major Responsibilities

  1. Support the Bishop
    • Consult re episcopal communication.
    • Shape messaging re the purpose, identity and narrative of the Arkansas Annual Conference.
    • Align critical message content.
    • Manage crisis response.
    • Develop strategy for introducing cultural change when requested (e.g. mission field engagement, connectionalism, Arkansas Tithe Initiative).
    • Carry out other duties as requested by the Bishop.
  1. Lead the Center for Communication
  • Lead the Center for Communication in carrying out the conference trajectory.
  • Develop and supervise the Center for Communication staff with focus on written media, social media, video communication and graphic design.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate and continuously improve an integrated conference communication strategy. 
  1. Work with Congregations
  • Create a system for effective two-way communication with local congregations, lay leaders and clergy.
  • Train local churches re communication tools, messaging and marketing. 
  1. Collaborate with Centers and Conference Leadership
  • Enrich the Center’s relationship with other annual conference centers and district offices, offering support in crafting messaging, communication and marketing.
  • Train and assist conference leaders in crafting aligned messaging, communication and marketing.
  • Partner with conference IT staff to provide communication services during Annual Conference.
  • Serve as a member of the Extended Cabinet, Operational Team, Annual Conference Planning Team and the Annual Conference Commission on Communication.

Demonstrated Skills 

  1. Technology
  • Conversant with software platforms utilized in communication.
  • Implement emerging communication technology, especially social media platforms.
  • Train others (congregations, pastors, staff and leaders) to enhance communication skills. 
  1. Leadership
  • Team-oriented.
  • Emotionally intelligent.
  • Adept in a complex environment.
  • Able to shepherd plans from conceptualization to implementation.
  • Innovative! 
  1. Communication
  • Assessing, developing, implementing and evaluating a strategic communication plan.
  • Writing, social media, video production and public speaking.
  • Understanding United Methodist Church structure, doctrine and polity.

Demonstrated Qualifications and Experience

  1. Education
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in communications, public relations or marketing, with preference given to a Master’s in communications.
  1. Experience
  • Three or more years in organizational communication.
  • Staff leadership.
  • Crisis communication.
  • Development and delivery of innovative and strategic communication initiatives.