Job Details


Requisition Number 18-0052
Post Date 11/2/2018
Title Staff Editor/Writer
Organization The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Job Grade 12
City St. Louis
State MO
FT/PT Full Time
Description

Organization Profile

LCMS Communications serves the Synod and is responsible for informing, reporting, and interpreting, in consultation with applicable officers and boards, the Synod’s purpose, program, and positions to its members, and for promoting an increased understanding of the confession and work of the church to the members and public.

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to the Director of Editorial and is a member of the editorial team.  

Essential Job Functions

  • Takes on editing and copy-editing projects as well as general writing, as requested by the Director of Editorial and senior department staff through the department project management system.
  • Responsible for editorial quality in terms of copyediting, proofreading, fact-checking, and Doctrinal Review. 
  • Contributes to the writing and editing of Lutherans Engage the World, Reporter, Reporter Online, The Lutheran Witness, LCMS e-News, and LCMS ministry resources and promotional materials.
  • Serves as a reporter as assigned, sharing in the “beats” of the department, covering various board meetings, ministry news, conferences and events, etc.  
  • Some travel in US and around the world to cover stories as assigned, including documenting active disaster response, imbedding with Mercy Medical Teams and shadowing missionaries and ministry leaders in remote and challenging environments.
  • Edits and/or writes brochures, training manuals, ministry resources, marketing and advertising copy, Web content, press releases and official statements, etc., to support various LCMS ministries and share in the editorial workload of the department.
Requirements

Education and Experience

  • 1-2 years’ experience in a communications field or as a freelance writer/editor.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a communications or related field. 
  • A layman or woman who is well-versed in Lutheran theology will be considered in addition to ordained clergy and commissioned ministers of religion. 
  • Member in good standing of an LCMS congregation. 

 

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • A highly competent, creative and smooth writer capable of multiple styles of writing—news writing, social media, business writing, feature writing, video script writing, marketing/PR writing, headlines, subheads and captions, brochure copy, blurbs, etc. 
  • The same versatile capabilities in terms of editing and copy editing.  
  • Thoroughly well-versed in English grammar and usage. 
  • Ability to work alone and on deadline in an open office environment.
  • Ability to juggle multiple assignments and due dates.
  • A team player who contributes ideas and collaborates well with others.
  • Receptive to critique and suggestions for improvement.
  • Fully familiar and experienced (or willingness and ability to become so) in writing and editing to the standards of AP Style Guide and the supplementary LCMS Style Guide.
  • Articulate in the theology, doctrine and practice, positions, history, structure and governance of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. 
  • Dependable in meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to shoot video footage and take high quality photos is not required but is highly desirable.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • None. 
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