Chicago Theological Seminary, a seminary affiliated with the United Church of Christ, serves Christ and the churches and the wider faith community by preparing women and men in the understandings and skills needed for religious leadership and ministry to individuals, churches and society.
Chicago Theological Seminary is currently looking for its Director of Communications who will report directly to the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.
The Director of Communications role is strategic and has a heavy emphasis on brand management. This role is responsible for managing all communications plan activities and building external relationships with the organization’s constituencies, including funders and the media.
The responsibilities of the Director of Communications include but are not limited to:
- Meeting the discrete communication needs of departments within the seminary.
- Developing communications and marketing strategies in collaboration with the VP and other areas of the seminary as appropriate.
- Managing relationships with external partners retained in development and execution of communication strategies.
- Creating, implementing, measuring, and evaluating a comprehensive and integrated communication and marketing effort to enhance the visibility of CTS programs, increase philanthropic support, achieve recruitment targets for prospects and annual new students and assist the organization in meeting strategic goals.
- Introducing and executing market development initiatives for CTS programs locally and nationally, including development events, cross-promotions and targeted outreach with other institutions and organizations.
- Managing vendor contracts including review and assessment of deliverables, review of vendor invoices, and periodic contract cost-benefit analysis.
Institutional Marketing and Communications
- Create, implement, measure, and evaluate a comprehensive and integrated communication and marketing effort to
- enhance the visibility of CTS programs
- increase philanthropic support,
- achieve enrollment targets for prospects and new students by working with
- admissions department to develop annual recruitment campaign,
- advance the institution’s reputation and
- assist the organization in meeting strategic goals.
- Work with CTS leadership and branding partner(s) to further develop the CTS brand and establish clear brand and visual identity guidelines for use throughout the institution.
- Initiate and pursue strategic publicity opportunities for CTS, utilizing media consultants or publicists as needed.
- Develop processes for overseeing CTS-wide communications, providing marketing and communications services in a timely and cost-effective manner to achieve CTS goals.
- Conduct cost efficiency analyses and manage Marketing and Communications budget and suite of vendor partners.
- Develop and implement local, national, and internationally targeted marketing campaigns.
- Manage the design and production of materials for use at events, conferences, and fundraising activities.
Strategic, Advancement Communications
- Collaborate with the Vice President of Advancement on strategizing fundraising and alumni engagement messaging and deliverables to generate measurable increases in fundraising.
- Develop content for use in mass solicitations and major gifts proposals.
- Collaborate on key initiatives to advance the institution through strategic partnerships and special projects.
- Higher education recruitment marketing experience strongly preferred.
- A high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite required.
- Expertise in website editing, mass email communications, and social media expertise is also required. HTML proficiency preferred.
- Ability to directly execute search engine optimization, digital advertising, graphic design, and video production.
- Trustworthy with unquestioned professional and personal integrity and ethics.
- Unqualified concurrence with the CTS Vision, Mission and Statement of Commitment.
- Approachable with strong interpersonal abilities; intentional listener who helps find solutions.
- Committed to consultative and collaborative processes, building trust and spirit de corps among constituencies.
- Exceptional and persuasive oral and written communication skills.
- Maturity, care, and good judgment in controlling and conveying key information.
- Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with all constituencies, engaging and uniting around common goals and across workgroups.
- Knowledge of and appreciation for the history and work of faith communities in general, and the United Church of Christ in particular, will be helpful.
- Experience in diverse contexts, commitment to social justice, and able to navigate interreligious spaces.
- Bachelor’s degree required; minimum of 5 years marketing, communications and management experience, including specific experience in higher education, religious, or nonprofit communications.
- Ability to work in a goal-oriented environment and contribute to a team effort.
- High energy, initiative, flexibility, and a commitment to CTS’s mission are required.
- Critical thinker with strong analytical skills; ability to draw insight from complex data.
- Effective oral and written communication skills. Clarity and succinctness in writing and speaking; ability to communicate clear vision and process.
NOTE: This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
Chicago Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Chicago Theological Seminary that all applicants receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
To Apply – Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]