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Job Title

Editorial Director BRIO (Focus on the Family)

Description

Would these words describe you? [Creative] [Innovator] [Developer] [Leader] [Motivator] [Visionary] If so, have a look at this opportunity.

We are seeking an Experienced Editorial Director to provide editorial direction & support for Key Ministry Indicator quarterbacks for Focus on the Family’s short form print digital & online publishing activities - primarily the Focus on the Family BRIO magazine & related Focus website. The Editorial Director manages the writing, editing aggregation, & general acquisition of content for BRIO magazine & various online publishing projects, including e-newsletters, e-zines, & other online formats. This position contributes to the execution of all MPG editorial efforts as well as provides leadership & direction for the online editorial & art staff. This is a new venture & the Experienced Editorial Director will build a high performance team.

Bachelor’s degree, in English, Journalism, Communication, or equivalent experience
7-10 years creative writing/editing experience; 5-7 years in a publishing house
5+ years experience managing a Communications Department with print & online focus
5+ years experience managing a staff of art & editorial staff
Thorough understanding of Focus on the Family mission, philosophy, values, and objectives
Thorough understanding of magazine publishing

A consistent witness for Jesus Christ; maintains a courteous, Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within & outside of Focus; adheres to the Standard of Moral Conduct & Statement of Faith; upholds Focus on the Family's ministry in prayer.

Contact: Kelly Vizzini, (719) 531-3400

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Posted February 10, 2017


 

Job Title

Editor and Project Manager for Boundless (Focus on the Family)

Job Description

The Boundless Editor/Project Manager position exists to ensure that all Boundless content, targeted at Christian singles who comprise the families of tomorrow, is culturally relevant and produced accurately, efficiently, creatively and in a timely manner, and in a manner consistent with biblical principles. This position also oversees and manages the creative development, writing, and design of all Boundless channels, including web, emails, e-newsletters, products, and programs. This position also cooperates with the Director of Marriage and Family Formation to move Boundless and Young Adult projects, events, programs and products through the creation, development, and distribution stages.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Schedules, assigns, oversees, edits, and publishes written content (articles/blogs/columns/emails/social media//other) that is biblically-based, relevant and effective for young adult audiences and in keeping with the Boundless mission and core competencies. Assists where applicable in creation and distribution of audio and video content, to include podcasts, radio, webcasts, videos and more
  • Creates and maintains comprehensive annual content calendar for all Boundless written channels, and assists in coordinating necessary elements of audio and video channels
  • Solicits and coordinates all copy from freelance writers, both paid and volunteers, and follows up with necessary invoicing and payment procedures
  • Contributes as a resource and voice to Boundless channels including the blog and podcast
  • Manages Boundless’ social media and web presence to include Facebook and Twitter as well as contributions to other web entities
  • Organizes and runs production, editorial and design meetings
  • Organizes and distributes giveaways, promotional materials and contests for Boundless audience
  • Reviews a wide range of periodicals and Internet sites for research and commentary relevant to the mission and objectives of Boundless
  • Manages workflow of key Boundless programs, products, and initiatives to move them toward completion and successful distribution
  • Assists in design and maintenance of Boundless website, including ad placement, coding and graphics
  • Answers correspondence from readers/listeners in accordance with Focus on the Family’s constituent-response style
  • Consults with the legal department as necessary related to permissions and intellectual property questions
  • Assists Director with all activities related to Boundless integration and strategic alignment with other ministry areas including CRM, marketing and Family Formation areas, among others
  • Represents Boundless and the Young Adult ministry of Focus on the Family at conferences, trade shows, donor events and other venues as necessary
  • Conducts first-hand research and maintains contact lists
  • Adapts existing material for other Focus publications as needed
  • Assists Director and support staff with department budget management and tracking

Other Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Keeps Director abreast of all issues as they relate to the publication of Boundless, its articles, reviews, advertisements, etc.
  • Performs other duties, including but not limited to duties as assigned, some of which may include the development and creation of a variety of copyrightable works (e.g., print, photography, film, music, visual arts, etc.) for distribution in any and all media and formats (such as television, radio, internet, wireless, DVD, satellite and digital) on a world-wide basis, all of which shall be for the benefit of Focus on the Family

Managerial Breadth/Scope of Job:

  • Manages the writing and artistic personnel, both contracted and volunteers, that compose the Boundless department

Working Environment/Physical Requirements:

  • Office environment; occasional travel and offsite events

Character/Spiritual:

  • Exemplifies Ephesians 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us...”
  • Pursues the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
  • Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ; maintains a courteous, Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of Focus; adheres to the Standard of Moral Conduct and Statement of Faith; upholds Focus on the Family's ministry in prayer
  • Prays personally for Focus on the Family’s staff and constituents and may occasionally lead in a public prayer
  • Engages in Christian ministry
  • Demonstrates behaviors aligned with FOF core values
  • This position is a “position of responsibility” as defined in the Focus on the Family Moral Policy and is subject to the parameters defined therein regarding divorce
  • This role is considered a Spokesperson for Focus on the Family and should represent Focus’ position and tone at all times

Personal Characteristics:

  • Creative yet organized, detail-oriented, accurate, accountable, logical, committed. This person must have a servant's heart, must be confident that God has called him/her to do this job. He/she must be skilled at critical thinking and skilled at understanding worldview issues from a biblical perspective and understand the passions and unique attributes of Christian singles, particularly those in their 20s and 30s

Skills, Abilities, and Special Talents/Gifts:

  • Superior command of AP Style
  • Exceptional use of the English language, punctuation, and sentence structure
  • Ability to clearly articulate and defend a position held both verbally and for print
  • Highly proficient at using web maintenance tools for design, layout, social networking, and content management purposes
  • Flexible to handle diverse opinions and ideas with grace and truth, internally and externally
  • Ability to handle stress associated with deadline pressures
  • Ability to edit and write quickly on deadline and with flair
  • Keen sense of creativity and imagination
  • Exceptional in use of PC software
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
  • Ability to interface with different personalities and perspectives on a regular basis

Stewardship Requirements:

  • Must be able to manage multiple and various forms of content from various sources in a way consistent with the brand of Focus on the Family, stewarding the alignment of that content with the brand’s objectives

Required Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in any subject & significant experience in Journalism, English, or Communications
  • 3-5 years of successful writing and editing experience to include significant content management, magazine editorial, and/or web editorial experience
  • Working knowledge of FOF mission, philosophy, values, and objectives

Internal candidates will be given first consideration for this position.

After you have applied, please submit a Statement of Faith and Ministry Evaluation. These forms can be found by clicking this link

Focus on the Family is a non-profit, 501(c)3 religious organization dedicated to helping families thrive.

Job Location

  • Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Position Type

  • Full-Time/Regular

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 Posted February 9, 2017