Purpose: The Director of Communications at Shandon United Methodist Church will have responsibility for delivery of the church’s comprehensive communication strategy. Working with the help of other professional staff, the Communications Committee, and the Church Council, the Director of Communications will further Shandon United Methodist’s purpose and vision of making disciples of Jesus Christ by promoting its ministries, programs, and events to the church membership and the wider community through a variety of communication channels.
Manage and prepare all regular church-wide communications, printed and electronic, including various weekly and monthly e-newsletters
Maintain a consistent brand image throughout all communication efforts through the development of brand standards and guidelines in line with current branding efforts
Preparing and editing timely communications and church event announcements
Managing and updating content of the church’s website and other social media outlets
Support church ministries, programs, activities, and events with creation of print and electronic communications including online webforms
Knowledge of HTML and email management to aid in internal and external communication efforts
Knowledge of Google Adwords, social media advertising, and traditional advertising to assist in inreach and outreach efforts when opportunities arise
Create print communication materials for internal and external distribution
Monitoring and analyzing the impact of all communication efforts and recommending driving approaches to administration/church leaders based on what is learned from feedback and communication research of congregational members/staff
Developing and coordinating in-house communications for all staff information shared from ministers, the business administrator, and church leaders
Overseeing church-wide announcement strategies for events
Recruits and manages AV technicians (both paid and volunteer) assisting with services and other events
Meeting regularly with Communications Committee, team leaders, and Church Council to review progress and discuss strategies
Coordinating contacts between the congregation and community media
Developing and producing video/educational resources for internal and external ministry and outreach
Collaborating with all missions and ministries and maintaining the most effective ways to promote each within the church as well as within the community
Attend Church Council meetings as requested
Qualifications: College degree and 3+ years of professional communications experience or comparable experience. Up-to-date knowledge of electronic forms of communication, appropriate software, and social media platforms. Experienced in writing, editing and graphic design for a wide variety of church publications, promotions, and the integration of multiple live and virtual platforms. Good interpersonal skills in recruiting and working with staff and volunteers.
Desired attributes: Ability to manage multiple projects and volunteers. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of people, groups, and communities. Ability to manage and operate website and social media. Confidentiality and dependability. Solution-based team player. Awareness of industry standards. Creativity.
Additional Salary Information: •Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
•Church Pension Plan through a 403(b) plan with matching contributions
Internal Number: 2021-01
About Shandon United Methodist Church - Columbia, South Carolina
Shandon United Methodist Church - Columbia, South Carolina
Shandon United Methodist Church gathers to worship God, nurture Christian faith, and go out into the world in mission.
Shandon is far more than a beautiful structure of brick and stone and steel. It is built upon a great heritage — it rests upon a foundation made of stout hearts, of faithful and courageous men and women and its elements are bound together by love and faith.
-The Advocate 1959
In early 1909, a group of Methodists began to organize what is now Shandon United Methodist Church. Their first worship service was held in a schoolhouse at the corner of Lee and Queen Streets. By August of 1910, the new church had moved into its own building at the corner of Maple and Preston Streets. In 1914, a fire virtually destroyed this building and, even though the church was completely rebuilt, it was soon outgrown.
In 1928, Shandon merged with the Waverly Church, and in March of 1931, the church acquired the old Heathwood School building. The church thrived at this location, and was soon holding two Sunday morning worship services to accommodate attendance. As the membership g...rew, in 1945, the church purchased property at the corner of Adger and Devine Streets and constructed the Shandon Church that we know today. On September 4, 1949, the Sunday school classes marched from the Heathwood School facility to the new building. The first worship service was held in the new sanctuary on January 15, 1950.
Since 1909, Shandon, with faith, hope and love, has committed itself to promoting the growth of the Christian community in Columbia, in South Carolina, and throughout the world. It has grown from a small congregation on the eastern boundary of Columbia’s downtown business district to one of the largest United Methodist Churches in South Carolina. The history that Shandon is now making is a natural progression of what Shandon has always been. The spirit, commitment and faith that have brought us this far continues today! And the prospect for the future is bright and filled with the knowledge that the Spirit of the Lord will be with us always.