Original Job Posting
We mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Cross Catholic Outreach is seeking a motivated staff writer who can communicate our ministry’s passion for serving the poor in Christ’s name. As a member of our Communications & Creative Services team, you will supply in-house clients with inspirational marketing materials in a variety of formats, such as blogs, letters, speeches, fundraising proposals, donor updates 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!
*** Please include a cover letter detailing your Christian background ***
Position Title: Communications & Creative Services Staff Writer
Department: Communications & Creative Services
Report to: Manager of Communications
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Provide insightful, creative, faith-minded writing on a regular basis in a variety of formats.
Research, write, and execute marketing and fundraising tools, achieving the highest level of quality and ensuring consistency with corporate identity, brand messaging and Cross-Style handbook.
Write promotional, advertising and fundraising material as required.
Write weekly blogs, 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.
Engage in on-going research on global issues related to Cross, Christianity, poverty, etc. for Cross’ websites.
Conduct interviews with Cross ministry partners and beneficiaries to gather fodder and human interest stories.
After traveling, write and file Harvested Stories and Trip Notes in the library in a timely matter.
Provide support to all departments to ensure that all material reflects cohesive & consistent “voice” of Cross.
Proof and edit all of own written communications.
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities
Catalog photos in Photobase with keywords, captions and descriptions
Perform other duties as assigned
Educational or Certification Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications. Marketing and/or non-profit organization experience is a plus and strongly desired, but not required for this role.
At least 3 years of experience in professional writing
Experience writing promotional or marketing copy
Experience writing for the web
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and take on multiple tasks
Ability to work with minimum supervision
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required/Preferred:
Knowledge/familiarity with the teachings and values of the Catholic Church
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Interviewing and reporting skills
Strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat Pro
Must be able handle deadlines under pressure and prioritize accordingly
Working knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop a plus
Must have a keen eye for detail
Candidate must demonstrate time management skills
Possess a positive, service-oriented attitude and be a proven team player
Ability and experience in using a DSLR camera to capture photography preferred
Bilingual preferred; at a minimum, the ability to understand and to make oneself understood to all Spanish, Creole or French speaking individuals
Ability and willingness to travel internationally