Communications Specialist – United Methodist Church







Reports to: Director of Communications

Department: Office of Communications

Schedule/Status: 6 Month Full Time Position (with benefits); Monday-Friday; Non-Exempt

(tenure of position is 6 months from start date; during that time, position will be assessed to determine if needed on a regular basis; as such, there is possibility of regular employment based on organizational needs)

Responsibilities: Delivers and moderates best-in-class communications throughout the agency and on behalf of the agency; leads content creation for both internal and external communications via print and digital vehicles/platforms; serves as a communications consultant for agency stakeholders, analyzes communications needs, proposes communications strategies, and executes communication plans; ensures content is consistent with overall brand and meets guidelines/standards to maintain and promote positive image on behalf of the agency.

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in communications, broadcasting, journalism, or related field;

Qualifications: minimum of 4 years’ experience with writing, editing, and proofreading (news, features, scripts) required; consultant experience helpful; familiarity and understanding of electronic communications (Web-based) and social media; simple photography skills (digital and 35mm); web design experience helpful; strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills and thorough knowledge of English usage, grammar, and punctuation; strong computer skills (including PowerPoint); excellent customer service skills; strong attention to detail; ability to work well as part of a team; ability to multi-task; ability to interact well with all levels of constituents and the general public; ability to establish and set priorities; ability to work independently and take appropriate initiative.

Apply To: Send a letter indicating how your experience, training, gifts and skills equip you for this work. Include a resume and samples of your work (i.e. press release, newsletter, script, etc.).

GBHEM Human Resources

C/O Communications Specialist

P.O. Box 340007

Nashville, TN 37203-0007

Phone: 615/340-7360 Fax: 615/340-7538 Email:

Posting Date: May 7, 2015

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


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Communication: More than Words

By Lynn Yates

Lynn Yates_pinkA recent Princeton University study uncovered something startling: people make judgments about who you are in just one tenth of a second simply by looking at your headshot. Wow, in the blink of an eye, someone can decide if they like me (or not), whether they think I’m capable (or not), or in the case of a hiring manager, whether they want to interview me (or not). Just by looking at a one dimensional image. That’s powerful. I began to think about how much I say without ever saying a word.  And I wondered … am I sending the message I want to send?

Several years ago I was in a meeting … one of those corporate settings where about 20 people are huddled around a conference table the length of a football field. Because of the recent restructure of several departments, mine included, we were all on edge as we filed into the room. I’m one of the “odd” ones who actually invites change, even thrives in it at times. But, I remember looking around the table and noticed several co-workers who appeared to be very uneasy … arms crossed, rigid jaws, very little eye contact. Their body language spoke volumes. They didn’t want to be there. Not only that … they were afraid. No doubt they were concerned about other changes that could affect their positions. About that time, the new head of the department walked in smiling from ear to ear, completely energized to address his new flock. He glanced around the room, saw the looks of concern and instantly “felt” what they were thinking. He smiled again and said, “Breathe.” And with that one word, the tension that had filled the space was immediately dispersed and we were able to hear what he had to say. This was actually pretty uplifting.

Of course we’ve all encountered similar situations, some on a daily basis. In fact, most of us have also learned that it only takes one person to change the “temperature” of a room, for better or worse. Through the years, I’ve tried to become more cognizant of my body language. Sadly, I admit that I have been the iceberg on some of those occasions. When I pause to think about those times, I have discovered that fear was my motivator … or more accurately, my de-motivator.

I’m at a place in my life where, now more than ever, I don’t want to be “that” person. I want to be the other one … the one who can defuse a tense situation with a smile or encourage an open discussion simply by listening first. And if the first message I convey to someone is through a mere headshot, my hope is that he or she will hear me say something completely uplifting … like, “Breathe.”


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Learn How to Market to America’s Number One Consumer at IABC Nashville’s May 20 Lunch


Contact: Misty Moore, VP Communications,

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Women are America’s number one consumer. Yet, 95 percent of women feel misunderstood by marketers. Register today for IABC Nashville’s May 20 lunch to connect with other Nashville-area professionals and to learn why old stereotypes no longer work for marketing and communicating to women. Early bird pricing ends May 16.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 11.27.48 AMDuring the professional development lunch, Jamie Dunham, who leads Nashville-based branding agency Brand Wise, will share her perspectives on marketing to the 108 million adult women in the U.S. that make up 85 percent of all consumer purchases. The 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. presentation takes place at Maggiano’s Little Italy, located at 3106 West End Avenue.

Dunham’s brand strategy company, Brand Wise, focuses on building cultural relevancy for brands. She works to ensure consistent branding across all consumer touchpoints to tell the brand story and engage consumers. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to news media and blogs, including her own,

Through IABC’s professional development luncheons, members and guests enjoy networking opportunities each month, learn from knowledgeable guest speakers and receive integral information on how to improve communication skills. Luncheons are held each month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and the cost to attend is $30 for members and $40 for guests. Attendees must register/pay in advance online on the IABC Nashville website at http//


IABC Nashville is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions that offer new insights into the latest communication trends, technology and issues facing the industry. The chapter is diverse, with members representing area agencies, broadcast stations, corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations. IABC Nashville also offers ties to job bank services and the annual ‘Gold Pen’ communication awards program.

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IABC World Conference 2015

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Changing the Landscape: Informing the Future
June 14-17, 2015

Marriott Marquis Hotel – San Francisco

IABC International will host its 2015 World Conference in the headquarter city of San Francisco. Member and non-members from across the globe will come together to  engage, transform and be inspired by exchanging stories with colleagues, hearing the excellent speakers and reconnecting with old IABC friends.


Register Now!

The 2015 schedule offers five conference tracks and more than 60 exceptional sessions.

This year’s conference has some great new features. You can choose from among four career levels to address your specific professional needs and pick from multiple session formats for a tailored conference experience to fit your individual learning preferences.

The program for 2015 will include high-profile communicators from around the globe, speaking on a wide range of topics, covering these areas:

Communication Skills
Leadership and Strategy
Marketing and Branding
Employee Engagement

If you’re in search of your next career-transforming experience, consider attending the 2015 IABC World Conference, June 14-17 in San Francisco, CA.

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IABC Nashville Visit With IABC Western Kentucky University

Paul Ladd makes a point about aggressively networking.


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IABC Nashville panel meets with WKU students to discuss job shadowing, networking, and internships.

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Phil Matisak - WKU visit

Phil encourages students to think about what they can specifically offer/contribute to a potential employer

Get the Scoop about Your Future - 4-14-15

Get the Scoop about Your Future – 4-14-15

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