Job Title: Communications Director East Coast – UNGO Jobs

Country: United States of America
Organization: Mennonite Central Committee
Closing date: 11 May 2022

JOB SYNOPSIS: The Mennonite Central Committee East Coast (MCC EC) Communications Director coordinates implementation of communications for MCC EC. Through providing coordination for the communications activities, this role works to deepen constituent awareness of MCC’s programs and how constituents may get involved. In coordinating communications, this individual must be familiar with the range of resources available to tell the MCC story and the communication channels available at national/regional levels, ensuring branded communication that is timely, effective and appropriate. In partnership with the EC Donor Relations Director, this role directs the work of the East Coast CDR network. It also directly supervises the Communications & Donor Relations Associate position and requires occasional travel to connect with MCC offices in the region. The position has frequent contact and deep collaboration with MCC U.S. communications staff and network.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Organizational values and culture: All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active church membership; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
Essential:
• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications or related field; equivalent experience accepted in lieu of degree • 3-5 years relevant experience in, communications, management and/or journalism • Proficiency in database use, MS Office, and Adobe InDesign • Experience with planning and project management • Ability to coordinate multiple priorities with teammates simultaneously • Demonstrated understanding of Anabaptist perspectives and diverse constituent groups • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Experience in media relations and messaging • Experience with branding • Experience working in cross-cultural or international settings Employment eligibility: Legally eligible to work in the U.S. MCC offers of employment are subject to a successful criminal background check(s).

Preferred: • Spanish language proficiency

Anti-oppression commitment: MCC expects all staff to actively participate in an organization culture that focuses on dismantling any barriers based on race, economic inequality or gender-based oppression. This includes an expectation to assess and address any barriers within themselves, within their team(s), and within MCC; supervisors are expected to take leadership in assessing and addressing these barriers.

Specific Tasks and Duties:
Communications:

  1. Serve as primary writer for East Coast. Write news releases, newsletter articles and social media posts, as well additional content for mcc.org and email marketing campaigns. Some of this content will be used nationally as well as regionally.
  2. Manage EC content on MCC U.S. website and Facebook pages.
  3. Create, customize and distribute EC broadcast emails, primarily the monthly customization of electronic editions of In Touch.
  4. Oversee production of In Touch print newsletter, published three times per year.
  5. Prepare occasional printed materials for EC, working with MCC visual standards with occasional external graphic design support. Develop web and social media materials specific to EC.
  6. Develop opportunities for and give public presentations to promote MCC.
  7. Provide primary connection to regional media outlets for MCC, working in collaboration with MCC U.S. Communications.
  8. Work toward deeper engagement by various constituent groups.
  9. Alert MCC EC regional staff of new resources & ensure MCC offices in the region have up-to-date materials.
  10. Stay active in professional development activities. Maintain membership in Anabaptist Communicators network.
    Network Collaboration:
  11. Shape and manage the EC communications plan, in consultation with the EC management team and U.S. Communications Director. Monitor, evaluate and adjust regularly as needed.
  12. Strategize EC CDR work with Donor Relations Director and EC management team.
  13. Provide direction to the regional CDR network, in collaboration with the Donor Relations Director (this includes multiple staff in Philadelphia, Ephrata and dispersed staff within the East Coast region).
  14. Primary supervision of Communications and Donor Relations Associate.
  15. Work directly with the MCC U.S. Communications Director, EC Executive Director, and others as necessary, to assess communications approaches in order to assist in setting plans that serve both EC and fit within the strategies and tactics of MCC U.S.
  16. Participate in the MCC U.S. Communications Network as the MCC EC representative, and relate regularly with the MCC U.S. Communications Director.
  17. Participate in MCC EC board meetings, staff meetings and other planned events.
    Constituent Collaboration:
  18. Implement effective communication strategies and resources for EC constituency and develop efficient means of disseminating these resources within EC; including website, email, newsletter, social media, presentations, special events, local media relations and storyteller itineration.
  19. In partnership with the EC DR Director, EC management team and MCC U.S. staff, prioritize constituent engagement and create space to listen and learn from our congregational contacts, in particular those from various diverse constituencies.
  20. Oversee storytelling scheduling and other special speaking itineration with support from Communications & Donor Relations Associate.
  21. Connect with others in EC and MCC U.S. to be informed of alumni strategy and to incorporate alumni into communications planning. Provide support to colleagues planning alumni events as needed.
  22. Maintain MCC branding and messaging throughout the region. As appropriate, Guide relief sales, thrift shops and other partners in this effort.
  23. Coordinate annual East Coast ‘Celebration’ event.
    Other duties as assigned.
    Supervision: The Communications Director directly supervises the Communications & Donor Relations Associate staff member. Travel expectations: Travel up to 25% within the U.S. or Canada

How to apply:

Applicants must register at this link and submit a resume and cover letter by May 11 to be considered:
https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings/communications-director-east-coast