Week of Compassion

Office of the General Minister and President

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


JOB TITLE:                          Associate Director of Week of Compassion - Marketing and Communications

DEPARTMENT:                  Office of the General Minister and President

REPORT TO:                      Executive Director of Week of Compassion

CLASSIFICATION:            Exempt


Week of Compassion is seeking a full-time Associate Director for Marketing and Communications to help communicate its mission and encourage giving to the ministry.  The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, collaborative, culturally sensitive, cares deeply about the mission and vision of Week of Compassion and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).



MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS/CHURCH RELATIONS: Provide strategic leadership in the marketing and communications efforts of Week of Compassion (annual and long-term) with a primary focus on strengthening and cultivating relationships with churches, partners, donors, and other stakeholders; responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of a comprehensive marketing, communications and church relations program that will enhance the ministry’s image and position within the church and general public; ensure that the ministry conducts relevant market research to monitor trends in both media and giving;  facilitate internal and external communications.

Essential Duties:

  1. Serve as the primary writer for Week of Compassion communications and resource materials, including creation of special offering materials, emergency appeals, press releases and stories, and external communications for a variety of audiences, inclusive of ministry partners, supporting congregations, and individual donors

  2. Responsible for oversight of editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all ministry publications; ensure key messaging and brand continuity in all print and electronic material

  3. Create theological and educational materials and resources for churches around issues pertaining to emergency relief, refugees, and development

  4. Serve as the ministry’s representative with the media

  5. Handles crisis communications strategy


ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT: Responsible for the achievement of marketing/communications/church relations mission, goals and financial objectives; ensure evaluation systems are in place related to these goals and report progress to the Executive Director; keep informed and educated of developments in the fields of marketing and communications, specific to not-for-profit organizations, to help Week of Compassion operate with initiative and innovation.

Essential Duties:

  1. Recommend short- and long-term organization goals and objectives to the Executive Director

  2. Develop short- and long-term plans and budgets for the marketing/communications/church relations program and its activities, monitor progress, and evaluate performance

  3. Help achieve the organization’s mission and values throughout the organization

  4. Supervise contract and/or part-time staff in related areas of communications and donor relations

  5. Work closely with diverse staff and volunteers to:

    1. Develop and maintain organization’s strategic perspective (based on marketplace and constituent needs) in organizational direction and decision-making ; and

    2. Ensure the overall health and vitality of the organization


Skills and Qualifications: The qualifications listed below are representative of knowledge, skills and abilities desired to perform successfully in this position:

  • Understanding of not-for-profit or church relations, marketing, and communications environment; critical thinking; strong analytical and communication skills, with an ability to analyze church trends, structure, and movements to make effective communications decisions

  • Experience in writing and storytelling, through a strong theological lens

  • A commitment to and theological understanding of Week of Compassion’s mission in its broad range of concerns; a person of faith with grounding in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and its core values

  • Experience in traditional print and electronic media, including knowledge of various social media metrics and data analytics

  • Familiarity with donor relations and current fundraising trends and best practices

  • Excellent time management and organization; ability to multitask and work in a fast paced environment

  • Willingness to learn and be open to new opportunities, ideas and collaboration

  • Entrepreneurial spirit

  • Ability to work independently and honor confidentiality

  • Sensitivity to working in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings with commitment to diversity in the workplace as well as in one’s understanding of mission

  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office products, Google Drive, website

  • Excellent customer service and relationship-building skills



  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or related field

  • At least 3-5 years’ experience working in not-for-profit communications, marketing, donor relations and/or church relations

  • Masters Degree in theology, preferred

  • Ordination/commissioning within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), preferred

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish

  • Relocation to Indianapolis desired, but not required

All the duties and standards of this position will be performed according to established policies, procedures and guidelines within the department and the church.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs and priorities of the ministry. The duties for a specific position with this title will be defined and assigned by the immediate supervisor.

All duties are measured by Supervisor's observation, as reported by others, and written documentation.  

The salary is commensurate with experience and includes full benefits.

For more information or to apply, please send a letter of intent, sample writings, resume, and at least three letters of reference by October 5, 2018 to woc@weekofcompassion.org.


The Office of the General Minister and President is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to make all personnel decisions without discriminating on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national or ethnic origin, and any other protected status.