CREATIVE DIRECTOR FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH LAKELAND, FLORIDA

10/12/2020

The mission of First United Methodist is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We strive to accomplish this by being a Worship plus Three church. This means we believe worship is of prime importance and our foundation. In addition, we are to invite others into a relationship with God, grow in our own relationship with God and our neighbor and serve others as a continued sign of God’s work in our lives while remaining committed to serving in areas of mission, justice and restoration. First United Methodist actively seek leaders who embrace a mindset valuing the perspective of others and a commitment to diversity.

As Visionary, the Creative Director will

  • work alongside ministry directors to establish and expand visions of the ministries and how they will be communicated to church and community

  • find unique ways that God has gifted our church and creatively utilize those gifts for maximum reach in our community

  • look to the future – regularly evaluate and update our creative processes, content, and the church brand as needed, to appeal to and stay relevant with our target demographic

  • remain current on creative communications, ministry and technological trends and have a basic understanding of all current and emerging social media platforms, and printing processes

    As Team Leader, the Creative Director will

    • manage and inspire those who serve on the creative teams

    • work with Pastors and staff to assemble and lead a network of team members, including lay

      volunteers with various skills, talents and time availabilities, as well as outsourced artists and

      designers

    • lead ideations, brainstorm with staff and volunteers to generate new ideas and concepts, and help

      solve problems

      As Planner / Storyteller, the Creative Director will

      • administrate the creative planning systems needed to regularly produce creative content, implement creative meetings (spaces) and the creative processes by which ideas flow from concept to execution and be able to move in between creativity and productivity

      • collect and develop captivating story ideas for use across all communication mediums with the help of the communications/creative design committee and staff

The Creative Director is responsible for evaluating and leading the creative process. Developing and

managing creative elements for all aspects of ministry, including but not limited to videos, social media,

website, branding and graphics. Must be a team player with the ability to develop and manage teams of

people to perform required functions, or work with outside vendors when needed.

• coordinate activities between technical vendors and suppliers (e.g. printers, sign companies, website hosts and design agencies, etc.)

As Producer, the Creative Director will

  • manage projects effectively; meeting timelines, quality expectations, and overall goals

  • provide direction for church’s digital presence, internal/external communications, marketing and

    public relations

  • lead the ongoing development, design and function of websites, apps

  • serve as content manager for website, social media, text, worship bulletins, magazine and other

    forward-facing communications

  • create an engaging community and impactful content through social media platforms

  • develop and execute marketing strategies and plans to connect to an unchurched audience

  • provide direction, guidance, and support to church staff, contractors and team members in

    producing digital, print, and written communications and content

    As Brand Representative, the Creative Director will

  • ensure all internal and external communications remain consistent and in-line with the church’s message

  • oversee brand guidelines to maintain quality for all church-wide initiatives, referring to established written guidelines and logo use guidelines

  • direct the creative design and production elements for sermon series, online services, weekend services and ministry events, and other events

    General Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • prepare and manage the Communications/Creative Design (CCD) budget

    • serve as staff liaison to the Communications/Creative Design (CCD) Committee

    • attend and participate in staff meetings including - general, program, and director as well as worship

      planning, CCD Committee, Church Council and other meetings as required

    • involvement in District, Conference and National Communications/Creative Design Conferences and

      workshops as approved by Senior Pastor

    • other duties as assigned by the Senior Pastor, Associate Pastors or Church Administrator

      GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

      The Creative Director shall be grounded in basic Christian doctrine, having and professing faith in Jesus Christ. He/she shall agree to uphold the Staff Social Covenant and church personnel policies included in the Employee Handbook. He/she shall be familiar and in consonance with Wesleyan theology and United Methodist Church Polity and practice. He/she must have a thorough understanding of the ministry, shall demonstrate managerial skills necessary to oversee the creative design and communications needs of the church, be committed to and seeking opportunities for personal and professional growth and willing and able to work with other staff/areas of the ministry and laity of this church in a collegial manner.

      EDUCATION/TRAINING/EXPERIENCE/STRENGTHS AND ABILITIES

      • Bachelor’s Degree required or equivalent experience

      • 5+ years of experience in leading in a large church or large organization

  • proficiency in the following software and systems: Adobe Creative Suite, ProPresenter, Constant Contact, Microsoft Suite, Word press with basic familiarity of HTMP 5, CSS, experience in SEO and website analytics

  • experience building, leading, motivating and developing effective teams

  • excellent communication skills; interpersonal, written and verbal

  • excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

  • ability to develop and communicate a vision of challenging goals, growth and progress

  • ability to develop short-and long-range strategies to achieve departmental objectives, and identify

    opportunities for future growth

  • ability to exercise sound, expert independent judgment within general policy guidelines

  • strong work ethic and inner drive to build toward results

  • exceptional people skills that seeks to contribute to a healthy staff culture

  • flexible, adaptable and not overwhelmed by perfection

    Working Conditions:

  • Work requires willingness to work a flexible schedule including weekends and/or evening work

  • Must be able to stand and walk and lift (up to 50lbs)

    Reports to: Senior Pastor
    Supervises: Media Coordinator, Communications Assistant and various creative volunteer teams

    Major changes in job descriptions must be approved by the Staff Parish Relations Committee

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