Religious Freedom Program Coordinator

Department: Content
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt
Date Prepared: November 2021

Summary/Objective

The Freedom Forum’s Religious Freedom Program Coordinator, working with the Religious Freedom Specialist, will act as a resource for educators, civic and community leaders, journalists and the public on religious freedom and religious literacy; develop accessible, general interest content about religious tolerance with a goal to reduce fear about “other” faith and nonfaith traditions and show how minority faiths often petition to protect all our religious freedoms; and partner with religious organizations and other invested parties (businesses, nonprofits, etc.) to broaden our audience through education and outreach. This person will report to the Religious Freedom Specialist.

The Freedom Forum fosters First Amendment freedoms for all. The religious freedom work of the Freedom Forum is grounded in a commitment to religious liberty as an inalienable right guaranteed by the First Amendment; the civic responsibility of citizens to guard that right for others, including those with whom we disagree; and the respect necessary for civil discourse across differences.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Provide administrative and expert-knowledge support toward the development of new religious freedom resources including videos, documentaries, audio and written content.
  • Write clearly, effectively and compellingly about religious freedom, religious literacy and dialogue for both general and specialized audiences.
  • Identify and build relationships with partner organizations, stakeholders and donors to extend the reach of the Freedom Forum’s religious freedom work.
  • Support the planning and implementation of programs and events including summer teacher institutes, panel discussions, interviews, etc.
  • Communicate information to stakeholders during virtual and in-person workshops, events, and meetings.
  • Work with social media team to ensure events, resources and other Freedom Forum opportunities are promoted on social channels.
  • Identify, schedule and interview relevant stakeholders, talent and other individuals involved or featured in Freedom Forum resources. 
  • Travel as necessary to present to diverse groups and source content for religious freedom resources.
Competencies:

The Religious Freedom Program Coordinator must demonstrate knowledge/expertise in two key areas:

  1. Basic understanding of the First Amendment, specifically religious liberty as an inalienable right as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution for people of all religions and none.
  2. Basic knowledge of the academic study of religion and its difference from devotional approaches to religious literacy and religious freedom.

Other required competencies:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with preference given to applicants with degrees in religious studies, classics, philosophy, history, political science, law, sociology or other similar fields.
  • Project management, project management tools, organization, leadership and personal initiative
  • Partnership development, building relationships with individuals and organizations across ideological and religious differences
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact with diverse groups of people 
  • Technology skills, including Microsoft 365, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, Excel, etc.
  • A collaborative and drama-free approach to problem solving
  • Capacity to work remotely, with the ability to demonstrate progress through agreed milestones, and confidence raising issues or concerns.
  • Preference given to applicants with skill in areas such as graphic design, video production, and/or other similar creative talents.
Application Process

Step 1.  Please email your application to [email protected] with a cover letter, resume and three references. Combine these documents into one PDF and name your file LastName_FirstName_Application. Your cover letter should emphasize your competences and skills, as articulated above, and explain how this position might fit into your career goals.

Step 2. After electronically submitting your application, please complete the pre-interview questions at this link: https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/Ac26qD

Step 3.  Applicants who are invited to an interview will be asked to present a portfolio of work that demonstrates proficiency in the competencies and skills outlined above.

If you have any questions about the application process or the Freedom Forum, please contact David Callaway at [email protected].

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of required position responsibilities. Duties and responsibilities may change.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement: Our Unique Differences Are Our Greatest Strength

Diversity is an integral part of the Freedom Forum’s history ̶ and it is vital to our future. Our founder, Al Neuharth, championed the hiring and promotion of women and minorities across the country as chair and CEO of Gannett. His legacy lives on at the Freedom Forum, where we are committed to creating an environment where everyone across race, gender, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, physical ability and life experience is respected, valued, encouraged and supported. Diversity fuels inclusion. Everyone offers a unique perspective; we welcome yours.

The Freedom Forum is committed to an ethical workplace, and our code of ethics reflects this commitment by promoting integrity, innovation, inclusivity, collaboration, accountability, respect and engagement. Competitive benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as paid time off and a 401(k) Plan.

The Freedom Forum is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, age, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.