ABOUT THE ORGANISATION / OVERVIEW
Co-Mission is a reformed evangelical church planting network in London. Over the past 15 years, by God’s grace, Co-Mission has grown to 20 established churches, with a further 8 active plants and 2 lunchtime ministries in central London. Our ambition is to plant a further 30 churches in the next 5 years throughout London to reach the lost with the gospel of Christ for God’s glory. As a family, a network and a movement we prayerfully aspire to be pioneering in mission, training with scripture and diversifying in culture.
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
The Co-Mission Resources Team has grown to serve and support the Co-Mission network of churches across multiple disciplines (e.g. communications, media, events, operations, HR, finance, safeguarding).
We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and creative Media & Communications Manager who is able to build on the reputation that the Co-Mission team have developed to manage and produce high quality content and assets for communicating the activities and ministries of Co-Mission. These range from award winning Christmas films, to “Articles” bi-annual magazine, to online articles, newsletters and social media posts – not to mention graphic design and asset creation to support our events and other ministries. All of these are high quality, contemporary and engaging.
You will ensure all our media and content is on brand and continues to build the reputation of Co-Mission in London and beyond. You will play a key role in ensuring that the experience of attendees at Co-Mission events aligns with our Co-Mission brand identity and quality that we aspire to, enabling Co-Mission to project a contemporary, coherent and compelling experience across all channels.
This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with the desire and ability to combine strategic planning with operational execution to join an established and thriving team. Driving creative communications for the benefit of the Co-Mission network, you will have the responsibility and freedom to create, develop and execute strategic communication programmes. This role reports to the Chief Operating Officer and will work closely with them.
This is a unique role that involves (i) developing strategies and plans for creative communications, (ii) creating and implementing content across media channels, and (iii) providing creative input across a large variety of projects (cross-network as well as with local churches).
This is a public facing role that needs to ensure that our creative communication continues to build on Co-Mission’s creative reputation and must drive consistent, high-quality media and creative communication across the Co-Mission network.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience in the creative communications industry of developing and delivering media and communications strategies across various channels (digital, social and print);
- A working knowledge of how media channels interact and can be used to maximise the impact of communication and engagement with content;
- Proven experience of hands-on project execution in digital and print media channels – including experience of content management platforms;
- Confidence in working with technology to deliver exceptional experiences for Co-Mission audiences;
- A good understanding of marketing with integrity in the Christian charitable sector.
We are looking for a positive team player who has the flexibility and drive to also work independently. If you are a quick learner and ready to jump in, we can facilitate the additional training you may need.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND CORE DUTIES
- Strategy: Develop and implement new media strategies and concepts (across digital and print platforms), e.g. in the context of marketing campaigns.
- Concept creation and development: Create and develop content and visual new and innovative concepts that enable our media aims to be achieved.
Planning: Create and manage a multi-year plan for communications and media requirements to support Co-Mission - in particular Co-Mission events and our annual REVIVE Bible festival
- Implementation/execution: Provide hands-on implementation of media projects in line with strategy/plan and ensure that concepts are well thought through and support the Co-Mission vision and values. Including the ability to write, source and publish articles and news stories both internally and externally as well as having a creative talent for graphic design and publishing.
Performance: Measure, evaluate and report on media strategies and campaigns through analytics and research.
Collaboration: Collaborate with multiple stakeholders and team members to deliver on creative objectives and strategies.
Brand and content guardian: Ensure the quality, accuracy and usability of content and communication across all channels (e.g. website, social media) and ensure that the output from Co-Mission’s media team is relevant, contemporary and engages audiences effectively.
Advise/consult: Help directors and senior Co-Mission staff understand strategic communication and media needs, and how these can be met. Champion the use of media to support and enhance the Co-Mission vision of planting churches to reach the lost in London.
Relationship management: Build strong working relationships with team members, local Co-Mission churches and their congregations, media suppliers and other third parties and partners. This also includes the ability to produce clear creative briefs, negotiating contracts and evaluation of all types of media, including digital, social, print creation and production and the ability to apply editorial disciplines in a kind but accurate way.
Management: ability to manage and direct the work of Co-Mission’s media team across multiple creative disciplines, including film, social media and online platforms. At present this role has one direct report, but requires multiple content producers from around the network to be nurtured, managed and grown.
Staying current: Continue to gain knowledge/insight regarding changing media and digital channels to keep Co-Mission ‘up to date’ and producing world class content. Be flexible, adapt accordingly, and inform others of how these changes affect them in their roles and achieving their objectives. Stay knowledgeable of Co-MIssion and our new plants/projects.
In your role, you may also cover the following:
- Network: Build a network of media representatives across the Co-Mission network, skilled to support you in various cross-network creative communications projects (e.g. film, content generation, etc).
Best practice: Develop best practice guidelines for the Co-Mission network and advise local churches on best practice.
INITIAL MILESTONES AND KEY PROJECTS TO ADVISE ON AND/OR LEAD:
- Evaluate, complete and guard the Co-Mission brand identity and channel content strategy.
- Maintain and evolve the Co-Mission digital presence:
- Website content refresh, development and maintenance.
- Content management strategy review, prioritisation, implementation and evolution.
- Digital marketing and communications strategy, implementation and evolution (e.g. a clear programme across media channels that engages individuals and promotes the mission of Co-Mission).
- Build on our well-established and excellent film-making capabilities and ensure that these enhance the reach of Co-Mission in collaboration with our Film Director.
- Ensure that existing editorial and publishing deadlines are achieved to enable our objectives in print and digital channels. This will require a degree of project management aptitude which is essential to the role.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Genuine passion for and interest in using creative communication to further Co-Mission’s vision for London.
- Proven experience in delivering effective creative communications, i.e. ability to use technology and design skills to produce high quality content in the optimised form for each channel.
- Experience of delivering design and content through the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, WordPress, Social platforms and Mailchimp, as well as print.
- Working knowledge of media strategy development, covering all aspects from discovery to creative concept development and implementation.
- A natural communicator, both in person and through digital and print channels, who wants to share ideas and engage people with Christian mission.
- Strong written and spoken English and the ability to edit effectively – demonstrated by published articles (online, or in print) and podcasts. This role frequently involves public presentations to Senior Pastors and Church Planters, having the confidence and maturity to communicate clearly and coherently in public is essential.
- Maturity of understanding, with thoughtful consideration for the impact of content and communication on different audiences (socio-economic, cultural, demographic).
- Excellent networking and relationship management skills; able to clearly demonstrate an ability to connect people and ideas to the latest digital trends/technology. Your enthusiasm and positive attitude will help gain the trust of colleagues and external parties alike.
- An understanding of and ability to demonstrate practical and common-sense Project Management skills to achieve deadlines and project objectives.
- It is a genuine requirement that the postholder is a Christian.
- Ability to agree to and uphold the Co-Mission statement of faith in good conscience.
DESIRABLE SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Working knowledge of industry-standard software in design as well as film-editing.
- Background in the creative communications industry, e.g. in marketing, communications, film, media agency (branding and design), etc.
- Understanding of the Christian charitable sector.
- Familiarity with evangelical networks within the UK (and further afield).