Director of News and Information

Communications

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JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Do you have excellent written and verbal communication skills?
Are organization and planning while effectively leading teams among your personal strengths?
Are you a decision maker?
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JOB FUNCTIONS

The employee in this position will have the following essential job functions:

  • Provide quality, consistency, and purposefulness to editorial content produced by the seminary
  • Ensure editorial content is accurate, on schedule, and compelling
  • Hire, lead, and coach the editorial team (news writer, copy editor/writer, interns, and freelance writers)
  • Manage the news and information/publications budget
  • Lead editorial planning, production, and approval for print (Towers, Southern Seminary Magazine, and books/booklets), email (press releases), and web (SBTS.edu, BoyceCollege.com, and Southern Blog)
  • Provide editorial production and/or approval for marketing copy (i.e. viewbooks, event programs and program support where needed)
  • Provide editorial oversight and news content for social media
  • Develop the annual editorial calendar
  • Approve editorial budget for Towers and Southern Seminary Magazine
  • Provide staff support for institution-wide Editorial Board compromised of senior seminary leadership in acquisition and approval of SBTS Press titles, Southern Seminary Magazine themes, and academic journal themes
  • As needed, negotiate approval from seminary leadership on editorial content
  • Work to ensure quality and timely completion of all layout and production including schedules and deadlines
  • Collaborate with the Marketing Director to curate and exploit content developed by the Communications team and around the seminary for the purpose of advancing the gospel, developing pastors and raising awareness for the mission of Southern Seminary
  • Lead weekly news planning sessions
  • Lead news team in proactively reporting on Southern Seminary news through its news portal, news.sbts.edu, news releases, and publications
  • Review all articles and photographs for accuracy as well as potential libel or slander, before publications go to press or are released digitally
  • Write and edit or supervise the writing and editing of key news releases
  • Serve as Baptist Press bureau chief for Southern Seminary
  • Cultivate freelance writing contributors (lead acquisition, training, and development of writers – through elements such as seminars and internships)
  • Provide regular summary of news story production

Performs other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

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