Job Opportunity

Staff Writer I

Department:

Communications & Creative Services

Reports To:

Manager of Communications

Position Summary:

Cross Catholic Outreach is seeking a motivated Staff Writer I who can communicate our ministry and organization’s passion for serving the poor in Christ’s name. As a member of our Communications & Creative Services team, you will supply in-house stakeholders with inspirational and effective marketing materials in a variety of formats, such as fundraising appeals and campaigns (proposals), donor updates, letters, speeches, blogs, landing pages, emails and press releases. You will have opportunities to travel to developing countries to gather stories about our life-changing work and share those stories with our donors. If you are a committed Christian excited by the prospect of working in a faith-infused office environment, participating in daily staff devotions and promoting Christ-centered relief and development projects, send us your resume today!

Duties and Responsibilities:

Job Description: Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write insightful, creative, faith-minded and effective marketing and storytelling content on a regular basis in a variety of formats.
  • Research, write, and produce marketing content, achieving the highest level of quality and ensuring consistency with corporate identity, brand messaging and Cross Editorial Standards Style Guide.
    • Write promotional, advertising and fundraising material as required.
    • Write blogs, emails, website material and social media material as required.
    • Write letters, scripts, speeches and editorials for staff members as required.
  • Meet deadlines for assignments as required.
  • Select photos and other pertinent material to enhance writing. Work with graphic artists to create effective marketing material as required.
  • Work in close collaboration with in-house marketing strategists and fundraising stakeholders to develop and edit materials.
  • Engage in on-going research on global issues related to Cross, Christianity, poverty, etc.
  • Travel internationally and conduct interviews to gather human-interest stories of ministry partners and beneficiaries.
  • After traveling, write up and file harvested stories and trip notes to shared network files/resource folders (Library) in a timely manner.
  • Provide support to all departments to ensure that all material reflects cohesive and consistent “voice” and style of Cross.
  • Proof and edit all of own written communications.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Catalog and identify (tag) photos in shared network files/resources (Photobase) using keywords, captions and descriptions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Require/Preferred:

  • Knowledge/familiarity with the teachings and values of the Catholic Church.
  • Ability to incorporate strong Catholic, biblical and spiritual themes and ideas into writing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a strong proficiency in grammar.
  • Expert on conducting field interviews; how to engage subjects, foster quick rapport/relationships to harvest human-interest stories.
  • Strong storytelling and reporting skills.
  • Strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Must be able handle deadlines under pressure and prioritize accordingly.
  • Must have a keen eye for detail.
  • Candidate must demonstrate excellent time management skills.
  • Must be able to consistently produce quality content that meets ministry standards; strong capability to receive and effectively apply stakeholder edits; able to interpret and apply constructive feedback to enhance materials.
  • Possess a positive, service-oriented attitude and be a proven team player.
  • Working knowledge of SEO strategy/practices a plus, as well as digital writing tactics.
  • Ability and experience in using a DSLR camera to capture photography preferred.
  • Bilingual intermediate Spanish, Haitian Creole or French preferred; at a minimum, the ability to understand and to make oneself understood to all Spanish, Haitian Creole or French speaking individuals.

Experience Requirements:

  • At least 3 years of experience in professional or marketing agency-based writing.
  • Experience writing promotional or marketing copy.
  • Experience writing for a digital/web audience.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and take on multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.

Education or Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English or Communications.
  • Marketing and/or non-profit organization experience is a plus and strongly desired, but not required for this role.

Application Process

Please submit your resume by email to HR@CrossCatholic.org and include the title of the position in the subject line. Please be sure to include a cover letter detailing your spiritual background.

Cross Catholic Outreach is a Christian ministry and provides excellent employee benefits. We are a Christian Humanitarian Aid Agency assisting the poorest of the poor around the world. Please visit our web site to learn more about the mission, vision, statement of faith and core values of our organization.