The Black Staff Association of the United Methodist Church is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of black staff serving The United Methodist Church in staff positions with UMC boards, agencies, conferences, jurisdictions, and districts. BSA will work collaboratively with all segments of The United Methodist Church in order to strengthen relationships that help to equip staff to more effectively network, empower and engage missional in our communities as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our global world.



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2017-2018 BSA Officers

Rori Blakeney
Discipleship Ministries – Young People Ministries

Vice President
Royya James
United Methodist Communications

Maurita Bowie
General Commission on Religion and Race

Nominating/Program Committee Chair
John W. Coleman Jr.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Communications Chair
Sharon Dean
General Council on Finance and Administration

Harris K. Tay
West Ohio Conference


GBCS is hiring a Digital Communications Associate

The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church is the presence of the church on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. GBCS is tasked with implementing the Social Principles, which contain stances taken on social issues and policy by The United Methodist Church. The 2012 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church states that GBCS “shall show the members of the Church and the society that the reconciliation that God effected through Christ involves personal, social, and civic righteousness….(and will) inform, motivate, train, organize, and build networks for action toward social justice throughout society, particularly on the specific issues prioritized by the board.”

Main Responsibilities

Website maintenance

  • Perform daily content maintenance on agency website
  • Assist in the creation of a new Wordpress website and aid in the transition of information from old site to new
  • Meet with various teams to plan and develop site content, style and appearance
  • Use web content management systems to analyze website usage statistics
  • Collect information for reports to foundations and boards
  • Carry out quality assurance checks on content
  • Report technical problems to IT support staff
  • Assist with legal issues, such as copyright and data protection

Database management

  • Ensure database is segmented effectively for targeted communication
  • Perform list maintenance to ensure accurate data for subscribers
  • Manage the scheduling, testing, and deployment of email campaigns and action alerts
  • Aid in the creation and deployment of regular mass emails

Other communications duties as assigned

  • Analyze technology trends and ensure the organization is kept current with tools and programs to effectively communicate through digital platforms
  • Help tell the story of the organization through writing, photography, video, and social media campaigns
  • Travel domestically and internationally as assigned to accompany program staff and communicate the work (no more than 10% of your time)


The Digital Communications Associate will report to the Director of Communications.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or related field
  • Proficiency in Wordpress or similar content management system
  • Basic understanding of HTML
  • Proven experience working with CRM software such as Salsa, Salesforce, NationBuilder, etc.
  • Competent writer and editor of web and email content
  • Comfort with photography, video and design programs such as the Adobe suite
  • Ability and desire to learn new tasks
  • Good organizational skills and an ability to meet and impose deadlines
  • A passion for social justice and an understanding of The United Methodist Church


Hourly wage range is $27-$30 per hour and depends on experience. Benefits include retirement benefits, paid vacation/sick leave, paid holidays, comprehensive medical, dental and accidental death insurance; other benefits as outlined in the Employee Personnel Manual. This is a full-time non-exempt position with potential for overtime.

Hiring Policy

The General Board of Church and Society is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.

Procedure and Deadline

To apply applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.
Send to: Assistant General Secretary for Human Resources, and the Director of Communications,

Incomplete applicant information will not be considered.
Position available immediately
Open until filled
No agencies or phone calls please.

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Oct 19, 2016.

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