Director of Communications

Wisconsin Annual Conference

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Full Time

The Director of Communications is responsible for designing and implementing Wisconsin Annual Conference (Conference) communication plans and strategies. This role also acts as lead on planning and marketing strategies and activities to support the Conference, and is responsible for tracking, measuring, and providing actions to measure effectiveness of marketing and brand communication strategy. The Director of Communications will oversee, manage and control brand equity and vision for the Conference, as well as serves as Public Relations Spokesperson, when needed.

Primary Roles:

  • Develops and implements an integrated, comprehensive communications plan for the Conference, requiring the participation of full Cabinet, Conference Communications Committee, multiple departments and various staff.
  • Establishes goals and develops a comprehensive approach to communications that supports the strategic direction of the Conference.
  • Creates and maintains style/branding guidelines and other procedural resources for all Conference communication.
  • Communicates the Conference’s mission, philosophy, goals, and objectives with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring development of multi- and cross-cultural means of communications, encompassing the diversity of who we are – culturally, racially, and socially.
  • Creates communications including press releases, reports and other documents in response to media questions, and generates news stories and represents the Conference and the Bishop, as needed, in various events.
  • Uses communications tools available (print, web, social media, video, etc.) to meet vision & goals. Reviews website and makes recommendations for content and design changes. Oversees photo, video, print and other media projects. Ensures graphic, photo, video and document communications library is maintained in electronic form. Works with social media to ensure message is consistent with Conference messaging and branding.
  • Communicates the stories of The United Methodist Church in Wisconsin, within the Conference and beyond, by communicating major Conference events, working with secular media, and working with the Bishop, Assistant to the Bishop, and Director of Connectional ministries to develop appropriate information for the media, in the event of a natural disaster or catastrophic incident.
  • Collaborates and consults with the Bishop to further expand avenues through which the voice of Episcopal leadership can be heard within this conference, the denomination, the ecumenical and secular community.
  • Provides training and leadership to Conference staff and constituents to ensure effective communication throughout the Conference.
  • Oversees database management function and the Conference database.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Preferably in communications, journalism, or marketing. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Four to five years of related experience is required. Previous project management experience is desired.
  • Working knowledge of Information Technology (IT) and website management is desired.
  • Advanced Microsoft Work and Adobe Photoshop. Working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, or Quark helpful.
  • Knowledge of The United Methodist Church denominational polity and organizational structure is required. United Methodist membership is preferred.
  • Previous public speaking experience, as well as leading workshops and trainings.


  • Must have a willingness to learn and be able to manage time and work priorities and work independently.
  • Self-motived and collaborates well.
  • Must possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Able to manage and work within a defined budget.
  • Willingness to travel (up to 15%) and work some weekends and evenings, as needed.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Korean is desired.

Email resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Closing Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 No Staffing Agencies or Recruitment Firms

Organization: Wisconsin Annual Conference

Contact: Cianta Hogan

Phone: 615-369-2357

Closing Date: 11/13/2020