The LCMS Board for Communication Services, St. Louis, is accepting nominations for director of News and Information Services. This position reports to the executive director of the Board for Communication Services and is responsible for serving as the executive editor of the Synod’s official periodicals and provides for the gathering of appropriate news and information and the dissemination thereof, through appropriate media, to the church and its publics for the purpose of strengthening ministry at all levels of the Synod. Specifically he or she will assist the executive director in implementing and evaluating the programs and performing the functions of the department as articulated in the Synod’s Bylaws and policies and procedures of the BCS; supervising the day to day administration of the Division of News and Information Services; serving as a chief spokesperson for the Synod and/or its ministries; maintaining liaison with departments, institutions, and agencies for the purpose of news gathering; monitoring public and ecclesiastical developments and events; assuming editorial responsibility for the Synod’s official periodicals, providing for their publication and distribution and providing for news releases through the various media; assuming oversight responsibility for the corresponding Web sites of the Synod’s official periodicals; overseeing the changing content of the home page of www.lcms.org and contributing to the ongoing look and feel of the Synod’s Web site upon request; establishing and maintaining a news bureau at Synod conventions; and developing and maintaining relationships with appropriate and significant professionals and groups involved in news and information services outside the Synod.
Qualified nominees must have a minimum of five years of practical experience in communication fields; a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in fields related to communications or theology; have the demonstrated ability to effectively communicate Lutheran theology, preferably having a formal theological education; be adept in oral and written communication; have an interest in and possess above-average knowledge related to the use of electronic media; be capable and interested in writing and editing as evidenced by published materials or other written materials; be able to travel as needed; be able to work with people both within and without the church; be an active member of a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregation, faithful to the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, and supportive of the Synod’s Constitution, Bylaws, and policies.
Nominations should be submitted by Sept. 30 to Barbara Ryan, Executive Director, Human Resources, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122; firstname.lastname@example.org; fax: (314) 996-1121.
Posted Sept. 4, 2007