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    The Episcopal Church in East Tennessee seeks a Missioner for Communications and Evangelism to assist Bishop Brian Lee Cole in promoting and communicating the Good News throughout nearly 50 parishes, chaplaincies, and worshiping communities in its diocese. Advertising and Marketing of what God is up to in East Tennessee is Evangelism in this context. The Missioner will assist the wider church in providing a response to these questions: What’s the good newsWhat’s going on? and How do I join in?

    The Missioner for Communications & Evangelism is: the Director of all communications, primary advertiser, evangelist, and storyteller for the diocese; the Hub for numerous spokes of information regarding activities throughout the Episcopal community in East Tennessee, the wider denomination, and beyond; a Critical Resource for diocesan staff, clergy, church staff & leaders, laity, seekers, and the media.

    Primary responsibilities include:

    • Collect, write, edit, and publish diocesan news in various formats, frequencies, and for various audiences
    • Produce stories of interest in written and video format
    • Provide seamless and accurate information for annual convention (electronic documents, film, presentations, signage, etc.)
    • Own and maintain diocesan website – fresh and relevant content as well as smooth user experience – monitoring service providers, trends, and ever-changing technology
    • Own and maintain a diocesan presence on various social media platforms
    • Invite and compel members and seekers into full participation in offerings throughout the diocese that represent this branch of the Jesus Movement
    • Monitor various news sources – parish, inter/intra-diocesan, national denominational, secular communities, etc. – for relevant sharing and trends
    • Lead point of contact and advocate for parish communicators and evangelists
    • Provide media relations
    • Collaborate with the Bishop and Canon to the Ordinary in crises management

    Secondary responsibilities include:

    • Editorial consistency and brand management (including defense and limiting liability) for all diocesan communications
    • Procurement and/or administration of various tools and technology for diocesan staff and parish leaders
    • Photography and videography or coordination of outside providers
    • Signage for diocese and assistance for parishes
    • Engagement with national network of Episcopal Communicators
    • Historian and archivist

    Key competencies:

    • Servant leadership – customer service orientation, hospitable
    • Team focus – approachable, accessible, collaborative
    • Self-managed and professional
    • Project management – stewardship of everyone’s time and resources – effective management of goals and priorities
    • Eye for detail and quality
    • Big-picture communications strategy as well as daily, tactical communication savvy
    • Awareness of new communication channels and their effectiveness
    • Nimble, adaptable, versatile, agile
    • Proficiency in necessary tools (currently used – Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, CSS, Google applications, HTML, Microsoft Office, WordPress, plus video editing software)
    • Proficient in various social media platforms and their effective use for organizations
    • Patience with and acceptance of all God’s “children” (adults and youth)
    • Creativity, design

    Nice to have:

    • Experience with Episcopal church language and polity
    • Flexibility to attend events at night and on weekends, in the Tri-Cities, Knoxville, and Chattanooga regions
    • Able to provide support for some or all office technology
    • Able to negotiate with and coordinate various providers of products and services
    • Able to assist parishes in website transition, development, or maintenance
    • High-quality photography and videography production skillset
    • Zoom or similar web meeting software proficiency
    • Basecamp, Trello, Asana, or similar project management and collaboration software proficiency

    Location, Reporting, Hours, Salary, Benefits:

    Full-time, salary (commensurate with experience) plus benefits, reports to the bishop, works primarily from an office in Knoxville.

    To Apply:

    Please send your resume, letter of interest, and a sample portfolio to the Bishop’s Executive Secretary Laura Nichols,, Subject: “Missioner for Communications & Evangelism.” Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. We’re anticipating a position starting date of October 7. Thank you. We’re praying for you.



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