Senior Assembly communicator

Karlsruhe, Germany / Online | Communication | Full-time

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As the highest decision body of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the assembly gathers delegates and visitors from all over the world. The assembly is not only where the future direction of the WCC is discussed and staked out, but also a joyful event where the fellowship of churches comes together in a spirit of solidarity and compassion. It is a time of common prayer, celebration and sharing for delegates, ecumenical partners and other visitors at the event.
A central element is the spiritual life, where the community gathers for prayer and meditation, drawing on the diverse spiritual experience of the churches around the world. An event where also accomplishments of the ecumenical movement are showcased and where new bonds are tied. An event permeated by our faith in God and where Jesus is present in everything we do.

The theme of the 2022 WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe is “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”.

Communication around and about the assembly is critical. No other ecumenical event gathers so many people from so many places and with such diverse backgrounds. And no other event has the same leverage and authority in shaping the future of the ecumenical movement. It offers a unique opportunity to raise awareness and build interest around pertinent issues confronting the fellowship of churches and the important role the ecumenical movement plays in today’s society.    


The WCC now starts the process of building a strong assembly communication team. A large number of young communicators will be recruited and given the opportunity to learn by being part of a professional communication team, either onsite in Karlsruhe, Germany, or online from where they live. The assembly also provides opportunities for young communicators to build and extend global networks.

 
The assembly is also an opportunity for more experienced communicators to take active part in the daily communication flow, where messages are crafted, stories produced and the media served. Several experienced communicators will be needed.


The WCC is opening recruitment of a global communication team that includes senior communicators who wish to support the WCC 11th Assembly. These positions are voluntarily, with the WCC covering the cost of travel and accommodation for those appointed to be in Karlsruhe.

 

We are looking for communicators, who are specialized or particularly interested in one of the following areas of communications: 

  • Media relations
  • WCC website
  • Social media
  • Audio visual production
  • Support to WCC Communication officers with focus on logistics, administration, exhibitions.

 

Senior communicators will assume the role as full-fledged resources in the WCC communication team at the assembly, either onsite in Karlsruhe or online from elsewhere, involving:

  • Continuous coverage of the assembly as such, as well as pre-assemblies, by producing newsworthy material for all WCC communication channels.
  • Working closely with the WCC media team in coordinating media activities.

 

Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in strategic communication work and news-coverage in church-related environments.
  • Well-acquainted with the ecumenical movement and the governing structures of the WCC, as well as its mission, programmes and partnerships.
  • Proficiency in English, in addition to native language. Skills in German, French or Spanish, which (along with English) are WCC’s official languages, are an asset.
  • Team-working abilities.
  • A flexible, problem-solving approach to known, as well as unforeseen, challenges.
  • Professionalism, agility and affability.

 

More Information:

To learn more about the WCC assembly, please visit (website): https://www.oikoumene.org/

Only online applications will be considered.