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Digital Communications and Social Media Director

Where

Bourbonnais, IL

Job Type

Full-Time

Posted On

December 20, 2022

Classification

Exempt

Category

Marketing & Communications

Location / Chapter

Chicago Area

Hours

40

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Position Summary

Youth For Christ Chicago Digital Communications and Social Media Director assists the chapter in all forms of digital communication.  This director has a heart for reaching lost kids for Jesus and uses their skill and knowledge in communicating information to chapter staff, board of directors, supporters, volunteers and most importantly the students in our communities. S/he must embrace YFC’s Cultural Attributes: Christ-centered, enduring humility, relentless trust, courageous faithfulness, joyful camaraderie, and kingdom inspired diversity. 

Essential Functions 

Daily Tasks (70%)

  • Plan, create and manage web and social media content.
  • Develop brand-building and promotional initiatives, ensure regular posting and tagging of relevant articles and content across multiple platforms and social media channels.
  • Ensure all campaigns are supported across the chapter website and social media channels.
  • Coordinate the productions of livestream events when appropriate
  • Optimize content according to best SEO practices and identify areas for growth.

Additional Responsibilities (30%)

  • Create and manage electronic communications (emails, eblasts, e-newsletters) and digital content on behalf of YFC.
  • Monitor site metrics, respond to reader comments, and execute brand, content, and creative strategy. 
  • Monitor trending hashtags and topics and create unique ways to integrate them into the brand. 
  • Identify opportunities to influence public perception through audience engagement. 
  • Communicate, coordinate, and gather database content and photos for posts for the chapter. 
  • Balance YFC posts to engage people to attend events, and support team initiatives and fundraisers.
  • Analyze and adjust campaigns based on the effectiveness of social media and digital presence.
  • Take staff photographs and coordinate the filming of video to distribute for digital and social media campaigns and initiatives.

Spiritual Responsibilities

Because the overriding religious purpose and mission of Youth for Christ USA is to communicate and introduce the Gospel of Jesus Christ to young people and their families, and in that regard to make, educate and encourage life-long disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is very important that you as an employee in the movement of Youth for Christ be recognized as an associate minister of the Gospel.

As an employee of Youth for Christ and an associate minister of the Gospel, YFC expects all employees to:

Seek God’s guidance and wisdom, through prayer and meditation, for the organization as a whole as well as for specific ministry initiatives.

Participate and lead regular times of prayer, devotion and worship as a regular aspect of your role within YFC.

Teach and preach from the Holy Bible at YFC staff meetings, conferences, camps and events.

Model empathy, humility and care for all people. This includes promoting equity and inclusion in word and in the practice of faith expression. YFC employees will have an opportunity to be commissioned or licensed as a minister of the Gospel through the established Youth for Christ process, and/or ordained by an outside body recognized by Youth for Christ USA.

Position Requirements

Knowledge & Skills

  • Embraces the vision, mission and Statement of Faith of YFC
  • Participation in YFC’s Blueprint for Leadership
  • Understands YFC’s 5 Essentials and leads through this model
  • Self-Motivator
  • Strong moral character and of good repute
  • Connect well with youth
  • Well-spoken in front of youth and adults
  • Manage a team of diverse volunteers
  • Honors and pursues diversity of gifts, cultures and ethnicities
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Able to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities
  • Good relationship building skills with adults and young people
  • Perseverance through opposition and obstacles

Our cultural attributes are not about competency. It is an obedience to the call of Christ on our lives. YFC believes that spiritually healthy adults fosters healthy relationships with our kids. We place a heavy commitment and emphasis on developing and equipping a Christ-centered life marked by Enduring Humility, Relentless Trust, Joyful Camaraderie, Courageous Faithfulness and Kingdom Inspired Diversity. Willing to demonstrate and/or possesses the following:

  • Ability to humbly serve and honor others even in difficult situations with prayer, consistency, transparency, and resilience. (Enduring Humility)
  • Demonstrates proper reliance on God, others, and self through generous giving of time and skills, by collaboratively incorporating others’ ideas, welcoming candid input, recognizing others’ need for grace and extending forgiveness and empathy. (Relentless Trust)
  • Prioritizes others’ needs for a missional outcome, characterized by joy, with active listening and problem-solving skills, while encouraging and empowering fellow believers. (Joyful Camaraderie)
  • Trusts God with new approaches and changes, and communicates needs and limits with emotional intelligence, while seeking confidence and wisdom in Christ. (Courageous Faithfulness)
  • Seeks authentic Christ-Centered relationships with people of various backgrounds, fosters an inviting environment and empowers historically marginalized groups and indigenous populations (within the local context), through active listening, inclusion, advocacy for those who are vulnerable and respect of others’ experiences. (Kingdom Inspired Diversity)

Credentials Required & Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Previous social media work experience desired

Fundraising Responsibilities

All YFC employees are expected to regularly and actively participate in faithful activities that advance the stewardship functions of YFC USA. These activities will include—but are not limited to— extending invitations to fund raising events, recruiting personal circle of influence/YFC donor contacts, sending letters, handwritten notes, personal calls, and personally ministering to donor contacts.

Benefits

Our comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • 5 days paid vacation
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Health Insurance, dental and vision coverage available
  • Simple IRA with 3% company match

EOE Statement

YFC is classified as an Association of Churches and as such our hiring practices reflect that designation. As a religious nonprofit organization, Youth For Christ incorporates within each leader role, the requirement to model, teach, share and live the faith. The relationship between YFC’s mission and each of its leaders is its lifeblood and as such does at all times and in all instances reserve the right to make employment decisions based upon a person’s religious beliefs, personal character and lifestyle consistent with our understanding of the Bible or with our overall goals and requirements for Christian ministry.

We seek to create a workplace that is intentional about Kingdom Inspired Diversity. Our commitment to our employees extends to their opportunities for growth, development, promotion, training and compensation.

We will make reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with known disabilities, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization.