Careers at First Church

FIRST CHURCH CAREERS

It’s simple. First Church seeks to make a difference in our world for Jesus Christ by connecting people to God and letting God transform lives. First Church believes it’s important to be a bridge to each other, our community and the world. First Church is committed to igniting Christ’s passion in everyday people to restore God’s ideal. First Church is a multi-generational church. Jesus is our focus and our source is the Bible. First Church is far more concerned about faithfully living out the call of the Gospel, being a bridge to our community than we are about being a club. First Church actively seeks to serve our community, not just attract the community to come to church. The Church is who we are, not a Sunday event we attend.

Digital Coordinator

Job Title: Digital Coordinator
Department: Communications Department
Directly Reports To: Communications Director
Officing Campus: Saint Joseph
Work Schedule: Part-Time

As part of the Creative Department at First Church, the Digital Coordinator will work collaboratively and independently to develop and distribute original content that clearly communicates the vision, ministry and goals of First Church. This position currently includes tasks that an administrator and project manager may do on a weekly basis.

If the following describes you, we’d love to consider your application!
● You are a daily mover and shaker.
● You think on your feet.
● You take initiative.
● You friends would describe you as “the responsible one”.
● Your capacity for details is large.
● You naturally speak the language of the creative industry.
● You frequently and unabashedly bring new ideas to the table.
● You value the execution of an idea as much as the idea itself.
● You do not get easily overwhelmed.
● You enjoy following through.
● You are able to think from the perspective of someone who is unfamiliar with Christianity and/or First Church and write in a way that meets their needs.

Overview of Role:
The Digital Coordinator assists in developing digital platform strategies and continually seeks the best ways to lead and nurture people on their journey through the First Church digital environment. This can include, but is not limited to tasks involving:
● social media posting
● inbound marketing strategy
● paid searches
● SEO
● content marketing
● paid social media marketing

Overall Tasks:
● Assist Communications Director as directed
● Collaborate and coordinate with project managers and social media team to launch digital campaigns for events, conferences, series, and other projects as needed.
● Write copy (as needed) for digital platforms that goes beyond informing by meeting needs and guiding experiences.
● Manage our digital platform software and systems, including Text in Church, Constant Contact, Subsplash, WordPress,YouTube Ads, and Social Media Ads.
● Monitor analytics and create reports to help the communications team make informed decisions based on the data collected, refine goals, & keep within budget constraints.

Inbound, Email Marketing, and Social Ads:
● Create and implement a communication flow that will convert prospective leads to active attendees engaging at First Church.
● Design, test, and launch emails within Constant Contact.
● Test & vet new potential solutions regarding email automation, dynamic ads, and geo-location advertising.
● Maximize blog content, videos, sermon messages, and print materials for use as downloadable offers or incentives.

Web:
● Implement web edits and changes, create new pages, regularly review website for
improvements and updates, and work with developer as necessary to keep the site updated, user-friendly and following best practices.
● Integrate content to maximize SEO and increase inbound traffic.

App:
● Manage app properties within Subsplash, enhance and contribute to building app, ensure reliable functionality.

Digital Asset Management:
● Implement assets from internal servers onto a cloud-based, search-able platform to create easy access for team members anywhere, anytime.

Specific Weekly Tasks:
● Assist Communications Director as directed
● Launch, monitor, and maintain website content updates, email sends, app updates, and paid social ad pushes.
● Create content, manage uploading and engage with users on all social platforms.
● Establish engagement goals, track analytics, report on metrics, compare goals to actuals.
General Team Expectations:
● Contribute ideas to the creative process.
● Empower volunteers to help with any details you can give.
● Create and implement new systems that make us more efficient.
● Eye for design
● Working experience within Adobe suite
● Has a vibrant personal relationship with Christ.
● Is passionate about Storytelling and sharing the Gospel
● Is a First Church brand ambassador
Education and Experience
● Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Computer Science, Design and/or related field.
● Applicant should have working knowledge of relevant technologies and have at least 2 years’ experience in digital marketing, digital communications, or other related fields.

Full PDF Version of Job Description: Download

To apply for this position, send your resume, cover letter and link to digital portfolio to
[email protected]

 

Web and Print Coordinator

Role: Web and Print Coordinator
Department: Communications
Reports to: Communications Director
Job Status: Part-Time
Primary Officing Campus: Saint Joseph

The Web + Print Coordinator develops new digital platforms and maintains functionality of existing platforms. This position is responsible for information design, web database administration, programming, and troubleshooting of digital platforms while contributing to the exploration of new technologies and effective digital and graphic communication. This position is responsible for the graphic creation of all internal and external facing communication. This position will provide key input
and will act as lead web & graphic designer.

Primary Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
● Serve as lead developer for digital church platforms, including project-based web initiatives
● Design and maintain web databases
● Design internal and external facing communications, as directed.
● Maintains web content on all [church]-owned digital properties
● Develop and implement key user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) features for existing sites (i.e. social media integration, client-side scripting)
● Maintain, advance and execute branding standards.
● Assist in the design of digital platforms and applications including UI and UX features. May act as lead designer in some situations.
● Provide information to Communication Director as needed regarding suggestions, capabilities, and limitations of web technologies and web servers.

Other Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
● Serve as key input regarding choices of digital technologies (i.e. video hosting, web hosting, forms generator, mass email systems, analytics and mobile development platforms)
● Provide training/support of digital platforms for admin assistants as needed
● Serve as a key liaison between individual ministries and communications ministry for Ministry Platform technology-related questions
● Assist Communication Director in creating policies, strategies, and reports related to the church’s digital presence
● Assist in set-up and development of social media related platforms including App, etc
● Work with Communications Director in determining digital software to use and system integration for communications requests and project management
● Complete other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Competencies and Traits
In addition to the specific responsibilities required for this role, First Church also seeks candidates that possess some general competencies and behavioral traits that enhance the effectiveness of our staff.

Individual Contribution
● Manages details, tasks and projects efficiently without frequent reminders
● Maximizes time effectively by focusing on “must do” priorities when necessary
● Anticipates/avoids problems or formulates creative solutions
● Makes timely decisions that produce quality outcomes
● Adheres to commitments, schedules and deadlines
● Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of issues and topics pertaining to the area of his/her job specialty

Team Contribution
● Demonstrates flexibility, adapts well to changing priorities or situations
● Self-directed and proactive, level of supervision required is appropriate
● Is willing to take on additional responsibilities, helps with a “can-do” attitude
● Collaborates well with others to accomplish group tasks
● Uses written and verbal communication in a way that accomplishes intended results

Self-Development
● Prioritizes and accomplishes self-development goals
● Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to obtaining the KASH (knowledge, attitude, skill, and habits) necessary to be successful in this role
● Teachable spirit with a desire to learn and grow
● Maintains appropriate gap between the current job description and the employee’s current abilities that allows for future growth.
● Has a vibrant personal relationship with Christ.
● Is passionate about Storytelling and sharing the Gospel
● Is a First Church brand ambassador

Qualifications
● To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
– Proficient in HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL and intermediate in Javascript and jQuery
– Ability to implement Squarespace similar installations and create Squarespace templates
– Proficient with the current Adobe Creative Suite for design (including Photoshop,
Premiere and InDesign)
– High level understanding of SEO and Google Analytics
– Comprehensive understanding of mobile development platforms and processes
– Comfortable learning and implementing external APIs
– Ability to design and implement web databases
– Working knowledge of social media platforms and key features
– Good verbal and written communication skills
– High attention to detail

Education and Experience
● Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Computer Science, Design and/or related field.
● Applicant should have working knowledge of relevant technologies and have at least 2 years’ experience in web development, implementation and management.

Full PDF Version of Job Description: Download

To apply for this position, send your resume, cover letter and link to digital portfolio to
[email protected]

FIRST CHURCH PRESCHOOL CAREERS

The mission of the First Church of God Preschool is an outreach and educational ministry providing a link between the church, family and community. We are a self-supporting, nonprofit program. Our preschool is an institution that welcomes families of all faiths, creeds, ethnic origins and affirms the positive value of diversity.

About First Church of God Preschool

The mission of the First Church of God Preschool is an outreach and educational ministry providing a link between the church, family and community.  We are  a self-supporting, nonprofit program.  Our preschool is an institution that welcomes families of all faiths, creeds, ethnic origins and affirms the positive value of diversity.

Our purpose is to establish a climate of acceptance, love, trust and discipline, with programs of learning and enrichment where young children will experience growth in:

 

  • Feelings of confidence and self worth
  • Relating to his/her peers in a positive way
  • Learning positive ways to handle frustration
  • Achieving expression through art, music and movement (physical skills)
  • Expanding desire to learn, discover and create
  • Achieving pre-reading, language and pre-math skills
  • Developing spiritual awareness of God and His creation

 

The church recognizes the importance of the early years in the life of the child and believes that the young child’s life can be enriched through guided experiences with other children and qualified, caring teachers in an atmosphere of Christian love.

The ministry at First Church of God Preschool is based on the understanding that children pass through a number of predictable, orderly stages in their growing process.  We have designed and utilized programs which are developmentally appropriate for children at varying stages of growth.

Experiential learning is a cornerstone of the program as well as providing many choices for children within a carefully arranged overall structure.  A variety of selected learning opportunities, based on the children’s needs and interests are offered.  These are geared to the appropriate developmental level and are intended to encourage development in all seven areas of a child’s life: cognitive, creative, expressive language, fine motor, gross motor, social/emotional and spiritual.

Spiritual development of the child occurs principally in the home and through local church ministries.  Our preschool encourages spiritual awareness by: offering prayer before daily snacks, providing an atmosphere of love, acceptance, trust and positive self worth, along with acknowledging God and His creation and sharing the account of the birth and resurrection of Christ.

Lead Teacher

View PDF Job Description and Application: Here

To Apply: Complete Application with Cover letter then email or mail to Marcia Bowman.

Email: [email protected]

Address: First Church of God Preschool
Attn. Marcia Bowman
2627 Niles Avenue
Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Teacher Assistant

View PDF Job Description and Application: Here

To Apply: Complete Application with Cover letter then email or mail to Marcia Bowman.

Email: [email protected]

Address: First Church of God Preschool
Attn. Marcia Bowman
2627 Niles Avenue
Saint Joseph, MI 49085