Communications Manager @ Congregation BJBE

Communications Manager

Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE), a vibrant and inclusive Reform congregation in Deerfield, Illinois, seeks a Communications Manager to support our values-based approach to Jewish life and engagement. The Communications Manager at Congregation BJBE is responsible for overseeing the synagogue’s overall communications strategy and online presence through the creation of written, digital, and electronic content, and will act as the primary content manager and graphic designer for the organization. The Communications Manager reports to the Director of Operations and works collaboratively with a team to prepare marketing materials, emails and social media content promoting programs, events, and the synagogue as a whole. This role requires the ability to work independently, meticulously, and thoughtfully - building community by integrating and engaging congregants in synagogue life. As the Communications Manager, you are tasked with presenting BJBE to the world and raising BJBE’s profile with both internally and externally. The ideal candidate will be excited to tackle the challenges of developing engaging content consistent with our mission and values, and will be committed to making Jewish experiences accessible and meaningful for our community. All candidates must submit a cover letter to be considered.

Communications Manager:
• Manages all aspects of BJBE’s print and social media presence; leads content creation for internally and externally consistent with the values and design standards of the congregation
• Develops and executes social media and email campaigns for key days, themes, and priority upcoming content
• Manages content on the BJBE’s website; maintains digital media archives including photos and videos
• Identifies target audiences and creates strategies to increase engagement and awareness for initiatives and events
• Tracks account analytics, and stays up-to-date on current research and trends; report on the effectiveness of all communication types BJBE is currently using
• Oversees the messaging for large synagogue functions, including High Holy Days services, annual Gala fundraiser, and other major events and programs
• Collaborates with committees and staff to develop engaging content, ensuring that all communications and marketing materials align with brand standards
• Prepares content for weekly, monthly and quarterly meetings
• Designs, edits, proofreads, and revises all marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, postcards, invitations, and advertisements
• Creates and manages database and online programming/event forms and registration
• Responds to media inquiries to achieve brand placement in publications
• Prepares weekly congregational newsletter and materials for Shabbat services
• Maintains internal communications planning calendar
• Provides technical support for congregational and lifecycle events across all digital platforms

Essential Skills:
• Advanced knowledge of Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator)
• Creative with good judgment and ability to make independent decisions in a changing environment; resourceful and takes initiative even when given minimal direction
• Strategic thinker capable of implementing action plans
• Expertise with social media channels and emerging sites/apps and demonstrated ability to use them effectively to deliver content
• Demonstrated knowledge of best practices for writing for multiple audiences and in multiple mediums (print, online, and social media); must be able to compose engaging and accurate content
• Excellent written, presentation, verbal communications and interpersonal skills
• Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines
• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook); must be computer savvy and possess the ability to learn new programs quickly
• Ensures the integrity of the BJBE calendar relating to all programs and events, in coordination with other staff
• Supports overall BJBE administration, answering phones and in-person questions from congregants as needed
• Experience with copy editing

Salary: Commensurate with experience, includes benefits

Bachelor’s in English, Communications, Marketing or related field or equivalent education and 2+ years prior experience in a communications or marketing role

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
All candidates must submit a cover letter with a resume to be considered.
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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits:
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-02-21
  • Times this job has been viewed: 214 times
  • Job is posted for: 30 days
  • Job Categories: Administrative Support, Marketing/PR, Social Media
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Congregation BJBE
1201 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield , Illinois 60015
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