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Job Position/Title: Director of Music, Germantown United Methodist Church

Location: Germantown, Tennessee. A suburb of Memphis, Tennessee

The 3500 member Germantown United Methodist Church has a dynamic, multi-faceted music industry. The Director of Music is responsible for all aspects of the music program and will work very closely with the Senior Leadership Staff and Worship Committee to enhance all worship services. The Director of Music will oversee a sixty-voice adult choir, thirty voice youth choir, three children’s choirs, three hand bell choirs (2 adult/1 youth), and various instrumental ensembles. The Director of Music will manage Sunday morning worship services ranging from contemporary to traditional, seasonal concerts, professional music staff members, and a variety of volunteer leaders. The Director of Music will report to the Sr. Pastor and is a member of the Sr. Pastor’s leadership team.

Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Chancel ChoirDirect and rehearse adult choir. Recruit and develop choir members.
  • Children’s Choir Staff and Music ProgramsDevelop program, recruit and manage volunteer staff.
  • WorshipProvide advice and counsel to Senior Pastor and Worship Committee concerning appropriate music worship services. Stay current on traditional and contemporary worship music and other acts of prayer and praise.
  • Hand BellsMaintain the hand bell program and direct the Matins and Vespers Bell Choir.
  • Special EventsAdvise, prepare and present music for special seasons and events; i.e. Christmas, Easter, Palm Sunday, weddings and funerals.
  • Musical Instruments, Budget and Communication: Prepare and manage the music ministry budget. Includes music purchase, instrument maintenance (pianos and 45 rank pipe organ) and other associated expenses. Develop and coordinate music and program communications.
  • Music Ministry Growth: Develop a program to continually grow and improve the music industry.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent graduate coursework) in music with an emphasis in voice or choral conducting.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Director of Music Ministries.
  • Extensive experience in choral conducting and sacred music.
  • Proficiency and experience in instrumental conducting.
  • Prefer experience in a variety of worship styles including traditional and contemporary.
  • Knowledge of vocal technique as it relates to producing a unified choral sound.
  • Proven track record of growing a church music program, both in size and in number of musical offerings.
  • Experience with contracting professional musicians.
  • Prefer proficiency in piano and pipe organ.
  • Experience recruiting and training volunteer musicians and choral leaders.

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please email your resume and cover letter to:
Randy Lewis, Director of Music Search Committee Chair
Germantown United Methodist Church
2331 South Germantown Rd.
Germantown, TN 38138
Email:
Website: www.germantownumc.org

 


 

Job Position/Title: Director of Communications & Media Ministries

Position Overview:
Leads all components of the communications and marketing ministry of a suburban congregation of 3500 members in the Memphis area. The Director of Communications & Media will be responsible for creating, organizing, planning, implementing, and measuring effective communication/media messages and strategies to the church body, community audiences and staff. Reports to the Sr. Pastor and is a member of the Sr. Pastor’s leadership team. As such, the communications and media director will collaborate with the church leadership team and church staff to plan communication of issues, programs, ministry needs and successes, and stewardship stories.

Responsibilities:
The Director of Communication and Media is responsible for all aspects of Communications and Marketing. This position requires an understanding of the needs and uses knowledge to anticipate problems to provide solutions; treats other team members with respect; looks for new opportunities to enhance service and satisfaction; fosters relationships with others; treat others with respect and dignity; and seeks to understand other viewpoints. The primary responsibilities of this position are as follows:
1. General
a. Have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and be committed to continually growing the relationship deeper. Strive to make disciples in the Communications & Media Ministry. Live by and support the mission and ministry of Germantown United Methodist Church.
b. Commits to Quality by demonstrating personal responsibility for delivering high quality product/services; sets high personal standards for quality, measures every activity/product against those standards; adheres to the highest standards of performance throughout the development process; works hard to succeed and achieve optimal results; acts with a sense of urgency to create momentum and see projects through to completion; and forges ahead to overcome obstacles and opposition.
c. Works Well On A Team by demonstrating a commitment to shared team goals; encouraging all team members to contribute their ideas/skills, values the contributions of others, fulfills responsibility to team by doing equal share of the work; and balances personal interests with the needs of the team.
2. Internal and External Communications
Creating and Managing both internal and external communications is the primary responsibility of the Director of Communications and Media. This includes creating and managing a process for all internal and external communications and communicating this process to the church staff and church body (where appropriate). Collaborating with each ministry to create implemented plan for communication. Creating and managing communications that informs the church body of what is going on at GUMC on a consistent basis. In addition, the Director of Communications and Media will plan and manage budget for GUMC communication and marketing efforts within the ministry.
3. Promotions
Develop system to organize, prioritize and communicate promotional items related to GUMC.
a. Create communication strategies to market, inform, and promote church programs, big events, and other campaigns assigned.
b. Oversee all written materials related to promotions
• May require writing or securing writers
• Editing and proof-reading for accuracy and appropriateness
• May use internal resources for editing expertise
c. Support all events with a communication plan for both internal and external communication, ensuring all logistical information is communicated accurately, staff awareness, promotion of event, etc.
4. Websites
The Director of Communications & Media will manage all aspects of GUMC related websites.
a. Management of Content must be:
• Timely
• Current
• Targeted to appropriate demographic
• Welcoming to non-members/outside community
• Appropriate to GUMC
• Efficient and effective functionality
• Artistic and creative excellence
b. Lead all efforts related to the creation and development of all websites
• May work with web development companies
• May create and develop sites internally using internal resources
c. Proactively work to make sure GUMC maintains an effective presence on the web including style, presence, search engines, and the use of innovative technology.
5. Social Media
Maintain and grow social media presence for GUMC including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
• Manage ongoing social media messaging and communication strategies
• Creatively build followings on various social media outlets
• Measure and communicate impact of social media presence
• Create and manage graphics used in social media posts
6. Design
a. Manage resources responsible for the design of all art and promotional materials related to church-wide activities with a high standard of creativity, excellence, and effectiveness.
b. Network with paid or volunteer artists to develop graphic designs.
7. Brand Management
a. Monitor the look, vibe, and feel of all promotional materials representing GUMC.
b. Monitor the use of logos and images that represent GUMC and work to ensure there is consistency across the organization.
c. Create policies and procedures related to the branding of GUMC and related entities
d. Manage all church signage to ensure cohesiveness and effectiveness
8. Media Relations/Advertising
a. Create positive relationships with local and national media
b. Oversee efforts related to securing or responding to media attention
c. Develop policy and procedures related to media relations
Education and Experience Requirements
• A bachelor’s degree in some area of communications (journalism, marketing, electronic media) or the equivalent.
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in communications, marketing, or related field; church ministry experience is a plus
• Must have the ability to read, write or speak routine reports and correspondence
• Excellent relational/communication skills to work with church staff, church members, servants, and outside vendors.
• Excellent organizational skills
• Brand or communication management knowledge
• Must have graphic design skills
• Must have some print, video and AV skills
• Must have advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office programs, the major social media platforms and some familiarity with CMS website development, Adobe Creative Suite, and InDesign, Photoshop

Disclaimer
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job level. These statements are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.