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Brentwood United Methodist Church

Creative Director

Brentwood United Methodist Church

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Job Responsibilities

Creative Director
Position Type: Exempt
Category: Regular, Full-time position
Reports to: Executive Director

Ministry Summary/Objective

To lead the work of the messaging to the congregation and the work of the communications team, develop creative guidelines, and direct the creative work including websites, print collateral, social media, video production, email communication, and related tasks.

Understand and interpret the overall brand of the church and ensure each initiative, ministry, and project fits within the church brand.

Essential Functions

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

VISION & MINISTRY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop creative processes from concept to completion translating defined objectives into clear strategies
  • Partner with the Lead Team and department leaders to develop marketing strategies, oversee the creative process, and provide deliverables to meet defined timelines and budgets
  • Stay current with overall church event calendars and assist church-wide emphasis planning, branding, and marketing strategies in consultation with department leaders to meet ministry objectives 
  • Guide and direct brand management of Brentwood UMC, its ministries, and events

DEPARTMENT & PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  • Oversee and guide all creative projects and responsible for the overall quality of work produced by the Communications department including website, digital content, video material, print collateral, and social media.
  • Collaborate with the Worship Planning Team in developing message series, digital marketing strategies, and video messaging/storytelling
  • Conduct brainstorming sessions with the Communications department and other departments to develop innovative initiatives
  • Select and oversee the management of vendor relationships to include, but not limited to, website administration, graphic design, print & signage, fabrication, video, and photography to ensure quality standards are clear and projects are delivered on time and within budgets
  • Ensure visual communication, brand standards, grammar, and style guidelines are met on all deliverables

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, manage, and implement the Communications department budget in cooperation with the Finance department, managing expenses effectively
  • Develop guidelines related to the Communications department and provide training for new employees as requested
  • Create positive relations with local media / develop policies and procedures related to media relations
  • Work with all BUMC operational departments (e.g. Finance, Facilities, Human Resources, etc.) as required to ensure proper processes, guidelines, and procedures are being followed

Qualifications

Competencies

  • Understanding of brand development and multichannel marketing concepts
  • Comprehensive knowledge of design, copy, digital marketing, and web best practices and guidelines
  • Understanding of industry trends and creative tools such as MAC-based Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, etc.
  • Adaptable and flexible in a changing work environment while approaching tasks and duties with a positive attitude
  • Highly skilled in leading and coaching a team of creative talent 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills (verbal & written) combining listening and persuasive skills in project planning
  • Understanding basic finance and budgeting processes 
  • Ability to interact with ministry teams, staff, and laity providing guidance and leadership when needed
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills approaching work with curiosity, creativity, and continuous learning
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail and accuracy and the ability to work independently, multi-task, prioritize, and manage time

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, graphic design, journalism or related field required
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in creative design, communications, or related field preferred
  • Supervisory experience required

Supervisory Responsibility

This position supervises, leads, and directs the Communications Team by assigning projects, training, coaching, providing development opportunities, and conducting performance reviews.  

Work Environment

  • This job operates in a professional office environment.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment.
  • On occasion, this position will work outside the office meeting with vendors or on video shoots.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be in an office environment. 
  • The position is mostly sedentary and is required to talk, hear, stand, walk, and sit.
  • Employees must occasionally lift or move office supplies or other items up to 25 pounds.

Expected Hours of Work

  • Days and hours of work are Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week.
  • The position may require additional hours during certain projects.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
  • This position qualifies for occasional remote work based on Brentwood UMC Remote & FlexWork Schedule Policy with approval from the supervisor.

Additional Information

Benefits

Access to medical, dental, vision, Paid-time off, and 403b and company matching

How to Apply

This position location is Brentwood, TN.

Send your resume to hr@bumc.net or visit our webpage at www.bumc.net/employment to fill out an online application.

Details

  • Date Posted: June 14, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Religious
  • Start Date: 06/24/2024
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk