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Job Title:Media Relations Manager
Reports to:Director of Communications
Department:Communications
Date:October 2014
Scheduled Work Week:Monday - Friday (occasional weekends as needed)

Job Summary:

This position has the primary responsibility of overseeing the church PR function, helping to shape the internal and external message of the church, and developing and executing a social media strategy for the church. This person is also responsible for managing, coordinating and overseeing Communications department projects, executing day-to-day tasks of the office, with an additional focus on telling our story through writing and coordinating Riverside news and information for distribution to the congregation through the various internal communication channels, including the church newsletters and to the Media when applicable.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage external communication efforts, including but not limited to publicity for events and announcements utilizing traditional, online, and social media tools and tactics. Develop and execute a social media strategy for the church.
  • Working with the Senior Minister, Executive Minister, and Director of Communications, develop the overall strategic messaging strategy for the church - both for internal and external delivery.
  • In coordination with the Director of Communications & Media, develop and execute a public relations plan and strategy for the church, with the understanding that Riverside PR has the characteristics of outreach and evangelism.
  • Establish a database of contacts for all the media in NYC, including television reporters and producers, radio personalities, newspaper reporters and editors. This list should especially focus on reports and media who cover religion. Provide regular and consistent outreach to print, television, radio and online media outlets.
  • Create and keep current a press packet with fact sheets that explains the church's mission and program, provides a brief history of the church and its leadership and includes ways that people can become involved.
  • Work with the various ministries and departments of the church to identify events and newsworthy topics to share with the media on a regular basis to generate positive media coverage. Invite the media to all relevant events, manage the press list for events, manage press check-ins and placement at events, and then follow up after the event to determine and get copies of anything that ran.
  • Generate press releases and statements about the activities and positions of the church.
  • Act as the contact person for the media to coordinate and manage press inquires.
  • General Communications - Written, Digital and Online Media:

  • Work with the program staff and the various ministries of the church to assemble an accurate and complete listing of all news and information for and about the life of the Church, and generate the weekly report of announcements and events for inclusion in the weekly newsletters, the kiosk, the bulletin, and online presences.
  • Write and publish weekly e-mails: Weekly Riverside Newsletter, Worship this Week, other ad hoc e-mails.
  • Oversee and drive Riverside's social media presence - develop regular content for all Riverside social media initiatives, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and any church blogs.
  • Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in communications, public relations, and marketing or related discipline, preferably with a not-for-profit organization
  • Excellent editorial and communications skills both verbal and written
  • Proven track record of successful PR/Communications campaigns
  • Strong organizational skills with outstanding detail orientation
  • Extensive experience with Social Media, including: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
  • Experience with the following tools is a plus: Adobe Creative Suite (especially including InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop) Microsoft Office, etc.
  • Experience analyzing and tracking media and web metrics
  • Experience with podcasting technologies and techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to interact in a collaborative manner with other ministries and teams
  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please forward a cover letter and resume to hresources@theriversidechurchny.org.

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    Job Title:Minister of Worship and the Arts

    The Riverside Church in NYC is seeking a Minister of Worship and the Arts for this multicultural church. We seek a person who has experience leading a comprehensive and vibrant worship ministry. We desire a person whose personal characteristics and skills include: a commitment to a culture of mutual respect, openness and love in our diverse community; good judgment; vibrant energy and a passion for the work and its possibilities; the ability to set and meet priorities; a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively and trustworthiness. The job description is as follows

    Job Summary:

    The Minister of Worship and the Arts at The Riverside Church has the responsibility for planning and facilitating all worship experiences at the church. With leadership that honors the diverse and ecumenical Christian community of the church as well as the larger Christian witness, this staff member will work closely with the Director of Music and the full staff to ensure that excellent worship is a regular marker of life at The Riverside Church.

    Essential Job Responsibilities:

    Oversee and coordinate all Riverside services
  • Serve as worship director; direct rehearsals, oversee set-up of chancel and other venues; serve as point person for all staff, laity, volunteers and guests involved in the support and/or services of worship. In collaboration with the Senior Minister, arrange for training for liturgical/worship and support leadership for clergy
  • Facilitate planning sessions for all services involving clergy, program staff, music staff and laity
  • Collaborate with clergy, program staff and lay including youth leadership to arrange their participation in worship services
  • Work in partnership with Program Services, Communications, Media, Technical Services, Building Services, IT, Music and others as appropriate to ensure that all worship services are well organized and properly presented
  • Provide guidance to clergy, program staff, music staff and other worship leaders in creating rituals and prayers that are inclusive and use inclusive language.
  • Initiate and support occasions where preaching and praying styles that are interactive.
    Provide training and coaching opportunities for worship leaders.
  • Encourage experimentation among clergy leaders with traditional and/or innovative forms of worship which are movement or symbol-based.
  • Coordinate participation of the guest preachers.
  • Provide regular worship experiences for the Riverside Staff Community

  • Maintain the Labyrinth and arrange for volunteers or interns to set up and attend Labyrinth sessions

    Collaborate and provide support for Funerals, Ordinations, Weddings and premarital preparation for couples

    Coordinate weekly seasonal, festival and special services, as well as other large gatherings in The Riverside Nave

    Oversee the care of Worship materials
  • Oversee the maintenance of vestments, chancel furnishings and vessels. Order worship supplies.
  • Develop and maintain a library of worship and resources to be available to all planners of worship.

  • Coordinate arts programs with liturgical life of Riverside
  • Maintain knowledge of the arts in the city, country and abroad.
  • Work with Senior Minister to develop prospective partners and vet project proposals and submissions.
  • Plan and attend openings and installation-related events.

  • Oversee all administrative responsibilities concerning Worship and the Arts
  • Supervise Worship Administrative Assistant.
  • Serve as liaison to the Worship Commission and attend its meetings.
  • Prepare and administer Worship budget.
  • Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Membership and ordination in a denomination which is a member of the National Council of Churches.
  • Masters degree (Master of Divinity or comparable).
  • 8+ years of experience in a church setting involved in worship,
  • Experience in a multi-cultural and intergenerational church setting.
  • Demonstrated ability with different forms of liturgy and worship, adept at writing prayers and liturgies.
  • Clear understanding of the role of music and liturgy in worship.
  • Experience in education of worship through ritual and protocol.
  • A clear understanding of the theological position of the Riverside Church and its commitment to faith development and social justice, and a willingness to work with the church to achieve its mission.
  • Experience in pastoral relationships- preferably in a congregation with a multi-cultural membership and an ethnically diverse staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact in a collaborative manner with other ministries and staff.
  • Proven understanding of the dynamics of staff relationships, implementing change, performing strategic planning and conflict resolution.
  • Experience in administration, developing budgets, controlling expenditures and supervising staff.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Applicants are to submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter of interest that addresses their candidacy to The Riverside Church. These materials are to be sent to the attention of Valentina Soto, Director of Human Resources at hresources@theriversidechurchny.org. A review of applications will begin on November 4, 2014 and continue through November 30, 2014.

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    Req. No.:0234
    Job Title:Administrative Assistant (Senior Minister's Office)
    Reports to:Executive Assistant (Senior Minister's Office)
    Department:Senior Minister/Executive Minister
    Work hours:Sunday-Thursday
    Pay Type:Hourly

    Job Summary:

    Assists in the day-to-day administrative support for the office of the Senior Minister & Executive Minister; assists the Executive Assistant with projects, coordinates all communications, and schedules appointments for the Senior Minister & Executive Minister.

    Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative support, including drafting correspondence, reports, and remarks for the Senior Minister and Executive Minister
  • Assists in coordinating the calendar for the Senior Minister and Executive Minster and apprising them of requests for appearances
  • Handles the incoming and outgoing phone calls for the Senior Minister and Executive Minister
  • Purchases and maintains supplies, arranges for equipment maintenance, and prepares essential documentation

  • Prepares authorization forms for payment, check requests, and petty cash requests
  • Schedules and manages travel arrangements for the Senior Minister and Executive Minister; preparing detailed itinerary
  • Arranges for transportation and lodging for visiting ministers and following through on arrangements for special events initiated by the Senior Minister and Executive Minister
  • Receives, greets visitors (employees and guests) of the Senior Minister and Executive Minister
  • Interfaces with church leadership, church members, staff, and others on projects or issues that are assigned by the Senior Minister, Executive Minister, and Executive Assistant
  • Partners with the Communications Department on submitting biographical and other background information as requested by media, magazines, and organizations in advance of speaking engagements
  • Researches various subjects relating to the work of the Senior Minister and/or Executive Minister
  • Acts as personal assistant to the staff in the Senior Minister's office
  • Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Up to 2 years of administrative experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work with discretion within a confidential environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including letter and report writing, minute-taking, proofreading, etc.
  • Proficient in Microsoft suite of products including Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Proficient in Internet research tools
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to interact in a collaborative manner with other ministries and teams
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills required
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interact and influence at all levels of the Church
  • Ability to behave within the Staff Vision of The Riverside Church - "Love is our Aim and Mutual Respect our Pathway"
  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please forward a cover letter and resume to hresources@theriversidechurchny.org.

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    Job Title:Director of Music
    Work Week:Full-time

      The Riverside Church in NYC is seeking a Director of Music for this multicultural church. We seek a person who has experience leading a comprehensive and vibrant music ministry. We desire a person whose personal characteristics and skills include: a commitment to a culture of mutual respect, openness and love in our diverse community; good judgment; vibrant energy and a passion for the work and its possibilities; the ability to set and meet priorities; a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively and trustworthiness. The job description is as follows:

    Job Summary:

    To develop and lead the worship music ministry for our church, in consultation with the senior pastor and worship team members, in a way that is consistent with The Riverside Church mission, values, and theology

    Essential Job Responsibilities:

    1) Collaborates with the Senior Minister and Worship Director in the development of Sunday Services of Worship.
    2) Selects liturgically appropriate choral and organ music, as well as hymns, for Sunday Services of Worship while considering preaching themes.
    3) Coordinates the procurement and care of choral sheet music, including administration of the music library.
    4) Provides musical leadership for Sunday Services of Worship
    5) Provides music and musical guidance for incidental services (e.g., weddings, funerals, and ordinations).
    6) Oversee and coordinate musical ensembles including The Riverside Choir, The Inspirational Choir, The Cherub Choir (children), The Rising Voices Choir (youth), The Riverside Ringers, The Space for Grace Praise Team and guest artists/groups.
    7) Serves as Music Director of the Riverside Choir
  • Directs a choir composed of professional and semi-professional singers.
  • Auditions and hires prospective members.
  • Supervises choir calendar.
  • Conducts rehearsals.
  • Manages choir administration.
    8) Functions as manager of Music Department
  • Prepares and administers Music Department budget.
  • Supervises Music Department staff (including Administrative Assistant, Organist and Carillonneur) and volunteers.
  • Serves as Staff Liaison to the Music Committee and Worship Commission.
  • Supervises maintenance, care, and use of the church's musical instruments, including the organs (nave, Christ Chapel, and Chapel of the Cross), pianos, and smaller instruments (timpani and other percussion instruments)
  • In collaboration with the Department of communications, promotes and advertises musical events.
  • Represents music concerns at senior staff meetings.
    9) Plans two or three organ recitals per year (e.g., New Year's Eve, Annual English Handbell Festival, Annual Summer Series of Organ Recitals).
    10) Supervises the Annual Summer Series of Organ Recitals, including contracting of guest artists and supervising the budget and administration of the series.
    11) Programs and performs in two or more choral concerts per year.
    12) Coordinates and supervises music, as well as provides musical leadership (as conductor) for special services (e.g., Candlelight Carol Service, Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols, New Year's Eve Watchnight Service, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Thanksgiving Day, and other special services as required).
  • Education/Experience Requirements:

    1) Advanced music degree
    2) Experienced professional musician
    3) Knowledge of a broad spectrum of sacred music for worship
    4) Commitment to music as ministry
    5) Willingness to become an integral part of the congregation and the ministry of the Church
    6) Proven ability to offer innovative musical leadership>br> 7) A clear understanding of the theological position of the Riverside Church and its commitment to faith development and social justice and a willingness to work with the church to achieve its ministry
    8) Demonstrated ability to interact in a collaborative manner with other ministries and staff
    9) Experience in administration, developing budgets, controlling expenditures, and supervising staff
    10) Excellent verbal and communication skills
    11) A strong sense of attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy and thoroughness in all aspects of job performance, administrative and musical
    12) 5 to 7 years of applicable experience
    Applicants are to submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter of interest that addresses their candidacy to The Riverside Church. These materials are to be sent to the attention of Valentina Soto, Director of Human Resources at hresources@theriversidechurchny.org. A review of applications will begin on October 21, 2014 and continue through November 30, 2014.

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    Job Title:Minister of Education
    Department:Education
    Work Week:Full-time

      The Riverside Church in NYC is seeking to call a Minister of Education for this multicultural church. We seek a person who has experience leading a comprehensive and vibrant educational ministry. We desire a person whose personal characteristics and skills include: a commitment to a culture of mutual respect, openness and love in our diverse community; good judgment; vibrant energy and a passion for the work and its possibilities; the ability to set and meet priorities; a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively and trustworthiness. The job description is as follows:

    Job Summary:

  • To oversee a comprehensive program of Christian education, that aims to form and transform church members in the love and knowledge of God, revealed through Jesus Christ and the Scriptures of the Bible.
  • Regular participation in Sunday morning worship and sharing in other worship experiences (e.g., Space for Grace, funerals, weddings)
  • Essential Job Responsibilities:

    1) Develop a comprehensive strategy for Education annually in collaboration with the Education Commission, being guided by the mission of the Church and Commission policies and goals.
    2) Oversee planning, organization, administration, implementation, and evaluation of all programs.
    3) Provide staff services for the Education Commission, working closely with the Chair and subcommittees.
    4) Develop an annual budget for Education, in collaboration with the Commission.
    5) Oversee and actively participate in adult Christian education programs, attending particularly to the training and development of teachers.
    6) Supervise the work of the Director for Children, Youth and Families.
    70 Advocate for participants in the Education programs; communicate their needs and concerns to staff, lay leaders, and congregation.
    8) Staff Education programs with qualified educators / mentors who represent the diversity of The Riverside Church.
    9) Share in the pastoral care of the congregation.
    10) Participate in the planning and sharing in the leadership of worship services at the Church.
    11) Oversee the activities and budget of Riverside libraries.
    12) Identify and recruit resource consultants as necessary.
    13) Supervise field placement and seminary interns.

    Education/Experience Requirements:

    1) Membership and ordination in a denomination which is a member of the National Council of Churches.
    2) Master's degree (M.Div., M.A.R., or a comparable degree) with experience in ordained ministry.
    3) Demonstrated theological understanding consistent with established core values of the Riverside Church; especially with regard to excellence and experience in the field of Christian education.
    4) Experience in pastoral relationships, preferably in a congregation with a multi-cultural membership and an ethnically diverse staff.
    5) Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
    6) Demonstrated ability to interact in a collaborative manner with other ministries and staff.
    7) Experience in administration, budgeting, and staff supervision
    8) 5 to 7 years of applicable experience.
    Applicants are to submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter of interest that addresses their candidacy to The Riverside Church. These materials are to be sent to the attention of Valentina Soto, Director of Human Resources at hresources@theriversidechurchny.org. A review of applications will begin on October 21, 2014 and continue through November 30, 2014.

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    Job Title:Director of Stewardship and Development
    Department:Stewardship & Development
    Work Week:Full-time
    Job Summary:

      The Riverside Church in NYC is seeking a Director of Stewardship and Development to plan and implement an annual congregational stewardship campaign and a robust development plan with a focus on individual donors as well as foundation grants. We desire a person whose personal characteristics and skills include: a commitment to a culture of mutual respect, openness and love in our diverse community; good judgment; vibrant energy and a passion for the work and its possibilities; the ability to set and meet priorities; a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively and trustworthiness. The job description is as follows:

    Essential Job Responsibilities:

      1) Develop and implement an annual stewardship campaign including the following elements:
    • Determine annual campaign targets and giving levels
    • Create campaign materials and rollout strategy in anticipation of harvest Sunday pledge day (Sunday before Thanksgiving)
    • Elaborate and execute strategy for increasing pledges and gifts
    • Stewardship Committee - Provide staff support, plan meeting agendas in close collaboration with chair and manage effective communication with chair and members
    • 2) Plan and implement a comprehensive development plan including the following elements:
    • Planned giving - Convene a Planned Giving Task Force under the umbrella of the Stewardship Committee to launch and guide the development of the program to include wills and bequests
    • Grant program - Seek, research and apply for grants from foundation, state and federal sources. Coordinate work of freelance grant writer. Work in coordination with staff from grants program and staff of Riverside Community Development Corporation. Coordinate with grant writer on opportunities for funding of Riverside programs, working with various ministries and programs
    • Major Gift Initiative - Develop major gift program to seek significant contributions to support the mission and long-term health of the Church. Some initiatives would include the following: giving triangle for annual campaign, cultivation breakfasts (or other contact) with ministerial leaders, donor solicitations, visit preparation for Senior Minister, use of leadership volunteers in solicitation
    • Stewardship Committee - Provide staff support, plan meeting agendas in close collaboration with chair and manage effective communication with chair and members
    • 3) Coordinate special events such as 85th Anniversary Celebration (fall of 2015); a smaller fund raising event in conjunction with Candlelight a possibility; James Washington Award breakfast third Sunday of May; small cultivation breakfasts with Senior Minister.

      4) Manage and provide leadership and education to the Stewardship Coordinator

    • In conjunction with coordinator, set goals for that function and monitor progress
    • Work closely with coordinator and systems administrator on implementing decisions for Raisers Edge
    • Enable coordinator to achieve autonomy and growth in position

    Education / Experience Requirements:

      1) Education
    • Bachelors degree (BA or BS) required. Undergraduate degree in finance, marketing, business administration or related field of interest
    • Advanced degree preferred
      2) Work Experience
    • Minimum of 8+ years of demonstrated development experience, preferably for a large, multifaceted nonprofit and/or religious institution
    • Development experience in New York City preferred
    • Demonstrated success in annual and planned giving, major gift solicitation and special events
    • Experience with Raisers Edge as fund raising data base preferred
    • Demonstrated technical fluency harnessed for fund raising, e.g. such tools as Crowd Funding, GoFundMe and Indego, as well as use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
    • Experience working with volunteer committees
    • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, design and implement strategies for campaigns and individual solicitations
    • 3) Vital Personal Attributes
    • Excellent communications skills both verbal and written
    • A demonstrated servant leader who is willing to learn and support the administrative vision of the Senior Minister and her/his team
    • A proven collaborative leader able to garner the respect of colleagues and congregants and motivate and train stewardship colleagues
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas effectively and persuade others to accomplish challenging goals and objectives
    Applicants are to submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter of interest that addresses their candidacy to The Riverside Church. These materials are to be sent to the attention of Valentina Soto, Director of Human Resources at hresources@theriversidechurchny.org. A review of applications will begin on October 21, 2014 and continue through November 30, 2014.

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    Requisition No.:TRC 0163
    Job Title:Custodian
    Reports to:Buildings & Grounds Supervisor
    Department:Buildings & Grounds
    Date: October 2012
    Scheduled Work Week: 1st Shift-7:00 am -3:30pm; 2nd Shift-3:30pm-12:00 am; 3rd Shift-11:30p-8am
    Job Summary:Responsible for performing routine tasks associated with daily cleaning and maintenance of The Riverside Church and all of its facilities.

    Essential Job Responsibilities:

    • Sweep and mop and scrub floors, stairs and other surfaces.
    • Use light and heavy equipment (industrial type) floor machines and attachments.
    • Scrub, strip, wax and polish floors using power scrubber and buffers.
    • Vacuum rugs in offices and public areas. Shampoo rugs periodically using heavy vacuum cleaner and rug shampooing machine.
    • Clean and dust furniture, exhibit cases, pictures, door trim and chalkboards.
    • Remove, wash and replace Venetian blinds and wash ceiling light fixtures.
    • Wash window sills, glass in corridor doors, glass in telephone booths and glass in entrance doors.
    • Wash and clean interior walls.
    • Clean and service lavatories, toilet rooms and rest rooms.
    • Replace liners in wastebaskets and trash containers
    • Collect and put out garbage for Sanitation Dept. pickup.
    • Set up and break down various rooms for church programs and outside events.
    • Move heavy furniture, supplies and miscellaneous equipment as directed.
    • Turn off lights, lock doors to rooms and offices.
    • Report items which need repairs.
    • Sweep and shovel snow from steps and walks of church
    • Lawn maintenance
    • Do laundry (tablecloths, towels, etc.)
    • Replace ordinary burnt out light bulbs (incandescent type).
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Experience and Education Requirements:

    • High school diploma, preferred
    • Minimum 2-5 years of facilities maintenance experience
    • Working knowledge of cleaning equipment and cleaning chemicals
    • Demonstrated ability to multi-task
    • Demonstrated ability to set up and break down rooms for events
    • Demonstrated ability to move heavy furniture, supplies and miscellaneous equipment
    • Punctual, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
    • Working knowledge of The Riverside Church.
    • Ability to behave within the Staff Vision of The Riverside Church- "Love is our Aim and Mutual Respect our Pathway."

     

    Forward resumes to hresources@theriversidechurchny.org

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