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Employment Opportunities

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church seeks a Director of Communications and Development. Review the position description below, and email comsearch@fapc.org to submit a letter of interest. We will begin interviews in January 2023.

Position Description

The Director of Communications and Development tells the story of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church across multiple platforms in a compelling manner. In guiding the church’s communications, the Director is responsible for developing and honing winsome messaging while making savvy media decisions given budget constraints. In helping to lead the church’s fundraising efforts, the Director suggests and supports strategies that cultivate a culture of generosity and gratitude within the entire church ecosystem.

Dimension/Scope

Supervision
Lead all aspects of the church’s communications, media and development opportunities with its major stakeholders, with particular attention to members and prospective members, major givers and prospective donors, officers and senior staff. Supervise the department’s professional staff, and manages relationships with contractors and service providers.

Budget
Accountable for the Communications and Development annual budget and the use of designated funds earmarked for Communications and Development.

Responsibilities: Communications

  • Develop and implement an integrated, comprehensive communications program that advances the strategic priorities of the church, helps to shape and navigate the emerging model of “hybrid church,” and addresses the needs of all major stakeholders (members, givers, officers, staff).
  • Serve as the principal writer and editor for the church’s primary communications vehicles.
  • Provide strategic communications counsel and communications support to the senior pastor, senior staff and officers in support of the church’s mission, ministries and programs.
  • Identify and manage the right mix of communications channels (print and digital), appropriate to the staffing and financial resources of the church, to advance the mission and strategic priorities of the church. This will include particular attention to the increasing numbers of remote members and worshipers.
  • Create or commission engaging, relevant and up-to-date content (including news, events, features and other resources) for fapc.org, The Voice and social media channels.
  • Develop a media relations and digital marketing strategy to meet the goals of the church and nurture the growth of both in-person and online audiences. This includes providing regular analytics and assessments.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Arts & Our Faith Committee and assist in developing and promoting arts events.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and as the primary media contact for the church.
  • Manage all advertising, marketing and media relations for the church.
  • Supervise bulletin production, special publications, signage, printing, database management and other tasks that are the responsibility of the communications department.

Responsibilities: Development

  • Develop and manage the annual Pledge Campaign, cultivation and recognition events, stewardship communications and other activities.
  • Develop and manage a year-round Development calendar, with protocols for cultivation events and strategies for new online worshippers.
  • Work with the senior pastor, Development Committee and senior staff to develop pledge messaging and communications priorities.
  • Manage all aspects of communications (including print materials, print production, mailing and online communications, thank-you letters) related to the annual Pledge Campaign and other fundraising initiatives.
  • Keep current on innovative and proven development and fundraising strategies, tactics, communications technologies and other methods in the development field.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Development Committee of the Session and Trustees.

Qualifications

1. Excellent writing and editing capabilities, matched with top-notch proofreading skills.

2. Ability to manage and collaborate with colleagues within and across departments.

3. Ability to identify and communicate news and narratives that express the church’s culture and advance its mission.

4. A keen visual eye for art, photography and graphics that are distinctive and reflect the church’s mission and culture.

5. Ability to keep pace with a sometimes fast-paced workflow and manage competing priorities.

6. Familiarity and comfort with liturgical language and traditions of the Christian faith.

7. Community-oriented, with an ability to engage with people of diverse ages and identities.