The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship seeks a half-time Manager of Communications and Digital Organizing to create, implement, and manage a communications strategy that amplifies the mission of PPF and grows and activates our base of activists, faith-rooted organizers, and donors.
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) is a nation-wide community of Presbyterians who seek to follow Christ’s call to reject and resist violence of all forms. Founded in 1944 to support Conscientious Objectors to World War II, we have continued to be a prophetic voice within the Presbyterian Church (USA), as well as in partnership with other denominations, faiths and organizations working for peace.
In addition to seeking alternatives to war and violence, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship enters our ninth decade with a vision that recognizes the current and impending violence related to climate change, as well as an abolitionist and anti-racist theology as foundational to peacemaking. We recognize our call to disrupt and transform the inherently violent systems of colonialism, white supremacy, and unfettered capitalism, as an extension of the disruption of war and violence.
We are a passionate, intergenerational, scrappy, thrifty, volunteer-driven community that builds consensus to make decisions. We have a small part-time staff team. Our current Working Groups are:
- Peace Churches – Supporting congregations that declare themselves to be “Peace Churches.”
- Gun Violence Prevention – Equipping the church to “be the church” in the larger GVP movement.
- Abolition – Uprooting/transforming structural violence, with a current focus on incarceration.
- Fossil Free PCUSA – Advocacy for PC(USA) divestment from fossil fuels.
We also have a national network of committed local activists, our “Activist Council” with Co-Moderators, as well as these standing committees: Executive Committee, Personnel Committee, Development Committee, Endowment Committee and Nominating Committee.
What You’ll Do
Create and implement a communications strategy and plan:
- Create messaging and get the message out for program and issue areas whether for outreach, fundraising, organizing people to advocacy and/or other action, sharing resources, etc.
- Support internal communications among the various committees and working groups of PPF (Executive, Personnel, Nominating, Development, Endowment, Peace Churches, Gun Violence Prevention, Abolition, Fossil Free PCUSA)
- Participate as a member of the Development Committee to help create consistent and meaningful messaging that supports other areas of PPF’s work
- Define metrics to assess effectiveness of communications strategy and regularly monitor and report on outcomes
Manage website and social media:
- Create and/or solicit timely and engaging content for social media platforms and the PPF website that are action-oriented (attending an event or action, making advocacy phone calls, learning more about an issue, donating, etc).
- Support and equip volunteers to write and communicate effectively and meaningfully about the issues PPF works on
- Support volunteers who create a quarterly print newsletter
- Assist in the creation of strategic actions in collaboration and coalition with staff, volunteers, and partner groups for our base to take
- Collaborate with staff and volunteers to develop a model for PPF’s leadership development/ladder of engagement for members, activists, and donors to advance our campaigns and organizing efforts
Who You Are (must-haves)
- Committed to nonviolence, antiracism, and equity
- Collaborative: works well with staff colleagues, volunteers, and partners to support each other’s’ work and suggest ways to better communicate our messages across all issues and platforms
- Organized: an ability to manage various tasks and deadlines as well as things that come up at the last minute (as urgent advocacy needs sometimes do)
- Initiative-taking: someone who anticipates problems and thinks ahead to solve them and who feels a sense of ownership of their work (but also asks for help when needed)
- Able to communicate with a theological lens about social issues (please note: this does NOT mean that an ideal candidate necessarily has any formal theological training)
- Experienced in community organizing of some kind (whether on local or national level, digital or in person)
- Able to communicate within the landscape of the PC(USA) and a general understanding of the landscape and dynamic of current social movements
- Have graphic design skills to create engaging social media posts, email newsletters, and fundraising campaigns
What Else You Should Know
This is a half-time (20 hours per week) remote position supervised by the Executive Director. The hours are largely flexible, with some recurring required meetings (about 4-5 per month) and some required in-person (about 2-3 per year) and virtual events (5-10 per year) (i.e. gatherings of the PPF Activist Council once per year, PCUSA General Assemblies).
Compensation $30,198 + benefits that include a flexible spending account, generous vacation and sick days, and a robust family leave policy
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is an equal opportunity employer.
How to Apply
Please send the following to email@example.com on or before December 1, 2023 with subject line “APPLICATION <your last name, your first name>”:
- Cover letter
- Resume that focuses on relevant skills and experience
- Writing Sample – Please include 1-2 samples of writing or another communication form (i.e. an info-graphic) that demonstrate skill in motivating people to action (whether showing up to an event, donating, calling a legislator, etc). This is ideally something you’ve created for a real-life context, but could also be a sample created for this application