Marketing and Communications Specialist

The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) is seeking an experienced Marketing and Communications Specialist.

Posted on September 10, 2020

Employment National Office

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Position Type

  • Full Time
  • Colorado Springs, CO

POSITION SUMMARY

The Marketing and Communications Specialist is under the direction of the director for Brand Strategy and Visual Communications and is responsible for managing and overseeing all print-buying, invoicing, and vendor relationships, and assists with the creation of outbound branded communications. In the performance of his/her responsibilities, this position supports the overall mission of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (the C&MA) as described below.

The mission of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (the C&MA) is to know Jesus Christ; exalt Him as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King; and complete His Great Commission:

  • Proclaiming the truth of God’s Word by emphasizing the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, and the imminent return of the Lord Jesus,
  • Evangelizing and discipling persons throughout the United States and around the world, incorporating them into Christ-centered, community-focused congregations, and mobilizing them in a missionary effort designed to plant Great Commission churches among both unreached and responsive peoples worldwide, and
  • Working collaboratively with other churches and organizations that share the mission and vision of The Christian and Missionary Alliance to extend Christ’s Kingdom.

The individual holding the above position must be an active participant in an evangelical Christian church, accept and live in accordance with the C&MA Statement of Faith, Policy on Alcohol and Marijuana Use, and the Statement on Sexuality and refrain from behavior which detracts from the Christian testimony of the C&MA.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Four-year college degree in a related field preferred
  • Professional certification specific to the position, if applicable

Experience

  • May be recognized as an expert in the area to which assigned, work of a highly specialized or technical nature requiring extensive exposure to this or a similar job to become familiar with numerous records and procedures, to make important decisions, and/or to project the effect of actions
  • Has training or exposure to the job in order to develop efficiency or to obtain some background of helpful precedents and principles
  • Requires 3–5 years of experience in a similar job to develop efficiency or to obtain some background of helpful precedents and principles
  • Prefer 2–4 years of experience in a related position within the C&MA

Certification/Licensure/Ordination

  • Does not require C&MA ordination, licensure, or certification

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Requires solving complex problems or planning and developing programs and procedures
  • Possesses ability to utilize computerized software applications and operate various office equipment such as telephone, computer, printer, copier, fax, scanner, and calculator
  • Possesses a working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Internet, Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, and other software as required

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific Duties

  • Exhibits strong attention to detail, organization, and written/verbal skills with the ability to manage and prioritize dynamic projects in a collaborative and creative environment
  • Delegates and oversees tasks assigned to design team including follow-up and tracking of progress; keeps director apprised of progress, concerns, and completions
  • Manages print-buying decisions (totaling approximately $250,000 per year) for National Office through needs assessment, solicitation of bid proposals based on quantity, size, cost, timeframe, and type of printing (digital or offset) required.
  • Evaluates print bid proposals, determines appropriate vendor fit based on specific projects needs such as cost, timeframe, quantity, size, paper, bindery, and type of printing (digital or offset) required and assigns print jobs
  • Coordinates with the design team on basic graphic design and layout artwork as needed and prepares files for use in print, on the web and for video
  • Prepares accurate pre-press files for offset/digital printing according to industry standards; tracks print jobs to ensure timely delivery
  • In collaboration with event and design teams, formats & beautifies outbound presentation materials ahead of digital and in-person events to ensure consistency in brand and messaging; ability to perform light editing and proofreading
  • Performs basic industry research in support of brand and marketing content creation
  • Screens, prioritizes, and routes design and resource related requests and routes them appropriately
  • Completes appropriate request forms for scheduled mailings; obtains the appropriate data file, per instructions, for the printing of mailing labels
  • Initiates and maintains key relationships and a list of preferred vendors and creative freelancers including but not limited to printers, graphic designers, videographers, editor/writer/proofers, and web designers/programmers.
  • Maintains Branding and Visual Communications Project Calendar and coordinates deliverables for multiple-resource campaigns, such as Missions Emphasis, Great Commission Day, Year-End, and General Council utilizing project management and customer-relationship management (CRM) software to track design and video projects; works closely with the mailroom to arrange for timely and cost-effective distribution
  • Maintains proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint software including Apple computers, desktop scanners, and proofing printers. Basic proficiency using Adobe Create Suite programs preferred but not required.
  • May be required to attend biennial General Council
  • Other duties as assigned 

MENTAL DEMANDS

  • Addresses a substantial variety and complexity of assignments requiring analysis of the effect of solution on other activities; ingenuity and judgment are required to plan work, deal with factors not easily evaluated, interpret results, draws conclusions and takes or recommends action; leads others effectively and gains cooperation without having formal authority over them; is a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues
  • Anticipates and plans for changes in internal and/or external operations, conditions, and business needs; has advanced understanding of established procedures and the ability to resolve complex issues, some of which can be anticipated or are recurring in nature; solutions to problems often require coordination with other offices; supervision typically in the form of broad goals or areas of responsibility
  • Accuracy is essential and only a few decisions are subject to check; errors in decision making or judgment has a significant impact; substantial latitude for independent action in setting objectives and deciding how to proceed
  • May have significant travel
  • Responsible for an office budget

 IMPACT ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Decisions have moderate level of impact from a cost standpoint
  • Errors would result in loss of time in more than a specific phase of the office or activity; cost to detect, correct, and adjust could be somewhat serious in nature
  • Only some work is subject to verification since this position is responsible for setting office goals, programs, strategic planning and making office decisions
  • Exposure to some confidential information

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Personal Contact

  • Frequent contacts with N.O. persons potentially across all areas of ministry and/or of substantially higher rank on matters requiring explanation, discussion, and approval
  • Frequent contacts with persons outside the N.O. to carry out established company policies and programs
  • Requires ability to formulate and plan for discussions that require some forethought to seek and obtain optimal outcome, sets good example for others, good role model; frequently involves explanation of detailed information in verbal and written form and may at times involve giving presentations
  • Requires advanced knowledge of N.O. policies and procedures
    Requires common courtesy, professionalism, discretion, and good judgment and tact to give or get information and/or to facilitate cooperation

General

  • Manages time effectively including the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and the ability to effectively meet deadlines; exposed to moderate to frequent deadline pressure and unpredicted deadlines
  • Effectively handles moderate levels of stress
  • Assignments are typically in the form of broad goals or areas of responsibility; employee has substantial latitude for independent action in setting objectives and deciding how to proceed
  • Effectively communicates both orally and in written form
  • Interacts positively in a cooperative team environment
  • Adheres to dress code policy
  • Demonstrates a commitment to organization values
  • Exercises some discretion and responsible judgment; addresses internal and external customer questions and issues, and ensures effective and long-term problem resolution
  • Promotes open and honest communication, mutual respect, and strong teamwork

NONESSENTAIL SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Administrative and customer service experience in a nonprofit, Christian organization

REPORTING TO THIS POSITION

May have ministry assistant(s) or administrative assistant(s) reporting to this position

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to visually focus.
  • Work environment: The duties of this position are primarily conducted in an indoor, office environment with typical lighting, heating and cooling customarily found that type of environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
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