By Jaclyn K Jones

Director of Communications and Development, NCC, Washington D.C.

September 16th, 2014 in Job Postings

Director of Communications and Development

National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA

 

The Director of Communications and Development is responsible for managing the public relations work and fundraising efforts of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC). This position will be located in the NCC’s Washington D.C. offices.

 

Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been a leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The 37 NCC member communions — from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches — include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

 

Essential Functions

 

Under the direction and supervision of the NCC President and General Secretary, the Director of Communications and Development will:

 

 Work closely with the Council’s Communications Committee to develop communications strategies and execute programs to deliver communications objectives throughout the organization.

 

 Work closely with the Development Committee to implement the Council’s development plan and provide creative leadership regarding fundraising opportunities and objectives.

 

 Produce and edit an electronic newsletter and lead the Council’s social media efforts.

 

 Maintain contact with communications staff of NCC member communions and partners and strategize with them on matters of mutual interest and concern.

 

 Maintain contact with and develop strategic relationships with members of the secular and religious media to ensure the NCC has a high public profile.

 

 Manage the Council’s public relations, brand and reputation, create and distribute press releases, action alerts, and marketing campaigns.

 

 Maintain the NCC’s website and databases, ensure it is regularly updated and remains up to date technologically and create rich and creative content that is optimized for search engines.

 

 Be familiar with the NCC’s public policy positions and those of its member communions and represent the Council as directed by the President/General Secretary.

 

 Assist in the preparation of the Council’s Christian Unity Gathering (CUG) including working with the President/General Secretary, the planning committee, and other staff in preparing the agenda and assisting with the logistics of the CUG.

 

 Ensure the Council’s communications ministry is carried out with sensitivity to gender, racial, economic, disability and intergenerational lenses.

 

 Equip, train and resource regional and local faith-based organizations related to the Council’s mission and priorities.

 

 Undertake other projects/work/functions that may be assigned by the President/General Secretary.

 

Essential Qualifications

Degree in journalism, communications, or related field is preferred.

 

 Previous website management experience is preferred.

 

 Knowledge of HTML and experience working with Dreamweaver is preferred.

 

 Experience working with Sala or other CRM systems is preferred.

 

 Training in theology and ecumenism is preferred.

 

 Demonstrated experience in managing a comprehensive strategic communications and media relations program to advance an organization’s mission and goals.

 

 Superior oral and written communications skills.

 

 Demonstrated track record in development and fundraising is desired.

 

 Passion and experience for ecumenism and the work of the National Council of Churches.

 

 A track record of collaborative leadership and team building within complex religious organizations.

 

 Integrity and an ability to establish and maintain trust amongst diverse constituencies and team members, and an ability to engage with proficiency with others in various leadership positions.

 

 Creativity, forward thinking abilities and technologically savviness.

 

 Familiarity with the public policy positions of the NCC and member communions.

 

 A record of and ability to infuse race, gender, and economic equality with sensitivity to disability and intergenerational concerns, throughout the organization and its work in tangible, efficient and creative ways.

 

 Ability to manage and oversee a budget.

 

 Significant familiarity with community organizing techniques.

 

 Ability to make timely, intelligent decisions and take action after considering options and available information.

 

 Membership in an NCC member communion preferred.

 

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary of $75,000 and 9% pension benefits, 22 days of paid vacation, and a significant health care insurance subsidy.

Procedure and Deadline

Send a cover letter and resume by September 30, 2014 to:

 

Ms. Elspeth Cavert

Office Manager

National Council of Churches of Christ

110 Maryland Ave. NE

Washington, DC 20002

elspeth.cavert@nationalcouncilofchurches.us

 

Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace, Washington, D.C.

September 16th, 2014 in Job Postings

Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace

National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) is seeking applicants for the position of Associate General Secretary (AGS) for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace. This position will be located in the NCC’s Washington D.C. offices.

Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been a leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The 37 NCC member communions — from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches — include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

 

Essential Functions

Under the direction and supervision of the NCC President and General Secretary the Associate General Secretary of Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace will:

 Be the primary staff to support the Convening Table on Joint Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace, including working closely with the co-conveners, ensuring the accuracy of the membership roster, sharing pertinent information with the table’s membership, and aiding the table as it moves forward.

 Work closely with colleagues on the NCC’s priority emphasis on issues related mass incarceration and be involved with various initiatives and organizations such as the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition.

 Work closely with staff colleagues and others on the NCC’s priority emphasis on interreligious relations with a focus on peace.

 Coordinate the NCC’s “SOS communicator’s email list” created to notify member communions of advocacy letters the NCC has signed on to.

 Be active in the Washington Interreligious Staff Community (WISC), attend WISC monthly meetings and its annual retreat, be aware of the WISC working groups and monitor for appropriate occasions when NCC priorities are highlighted and when the NCC may choose to sign on to Advocacy letters and/or participate in meetings with Administration or Congressional offices.

 Work closely with colleagues in planning for the NCC’s Christian Unity Gathering.

 Serve as liaison to the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) leadership team.

 Serve as liaison to New Fire, the young adult network related to the NCC.

 Serve as liaison to the NCC’s Intergenerational Think Tank (ITT).

 Serve as liaison to the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative and the Circle of Protection.

 Serve as liaison to the Committee on Religious Liberties.

 Serve as liaison to Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence.

 Along with other staff, assist with preparation for meetings of the NCC Governing Board and committees.

 Perform other duties, as assigned.

 

Essential Skills and Requirements

 Membership in an NCC member communion.

 Education, training and expertise in the content area of the Convening Table on Justice and Advocacy.

 Deep understanding of ecumenism (theology and history), interchurch relationships, and pertinent ecclesial concerns.

 Facilitation, consensus building and ability to connect people, ideas, work and resources.

 Significant familiarity with community organizing techniques.

 Passion and experience for ecumenism and the work of the National Council of Churches.

 A track record of collaborative leadership and team building within complex religious organizations.

 Integrity and an ability to establish and maintain trust amongst diverse constituencies and team members, and an ability to engage with proficiency with others in various leadership positions.

 

 Creativity, forward thinking abilities and technologically savviness.

 

 A record of and ability to infuse race, gender, and economic equality with sensitivity to disability and intergenerational concerns, throughout the organization and its work in tangible, efficient and creative ways.

 

 Significant familiarity with community organizing techniques.

 

 Ability to manage and oversee a budget.

 

 Superior oral and written communications skills.

 

 Advanced degree in theology, minimum Masters of Theological Studies, Comparative Religion or related field preferred or significant relevant experience.

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary of $116,225, and 9% pension benefits, 22 days of paid vacation, and a significant health care insurance subsidy.

Procedure and Deadline

 

Send a cover letter and resume by September 30, 2014 to:

Ms. Elspeth Cavert

Office Manager

National Council of Churches of Christ

110 Maryland Ave. NE

Washington, DC 20002

elspeth.cavert@nationalcouncilofchurches.us

 

Director of Music and Organist, Sharon, MA

September 16th, 2014 in Job Postings

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish – Sharon, MA

Director of Music and Organist

Overview

The Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Director of Music and Organist is responsible for developing the overall music program of the parish. The Director of Music and Organist will provide leadership to and support for the parish vision which emphasizes music as an integral component of liturgy and essential form of prayer; placing liturgy as central to our life as Catholics. In this capacity, the Director of Music and organist will work closely with the Parish Staff to bring this vision to fruition with an emphasis on development of a singing assembly/congregation. Reports to the Pastor.

Responsibilities

Ensures appropriate music for all parish liturgical services

Develop and direct the following choirs: children’s choir, adult choir,

funeral choir, teen mass choir, special occasion choirs; including conducting rehearsals, recruitment of members, scheduling and promotion of these opportunities to enhance liturgy

Conduct choirs and provide music at liturgy on weekends and Holy Days. Current schedule includes Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Sunday at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., monthly Teen Mass at 5:00 p.m., with additional Masses and liturgies scheduled for Holy Week, Easter, Christmas and Holy Days.

Work with cantor trainer to recruit, develop, train and coordinate cantors.

Work with families and couples to plan appropriate liturgical music for weddings and funerals.

Develops assembly repertoire/weekly musical selections.

Participates in the planning and coordination of special seasonal and sacramental events with other staff members.

Participates actively as a member of the Pastoral Staff.

Participates actively as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Prepares and administers the music budget.

Selects parish music resources.

Creates seasonal worship aids as needed.

Reports music reprint license use to appropriate vendors.

Develops parish musicians and hires professional musicians for holy days and special occasions and prepares their repertoire and arrangements.

Schedules cantors (or develops a volunteer to do so) and maintains choir library and parish musical resources (or develops a volunteer to do so).

Participates actively in community/parish events.

Participates actively in the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Contact

Send cover letter and c.v. to Kathryn Manela  kkmanela@hotmail.com

For additional information about the parish, see http://www.myolosparish.org

Chief Program Officer, General Board of Discipleship, Nashville, TN

September 16th, 2014 in Job Postings

Chief Program Officer

The General Board of Discipleship is seeking the right individual for the position of Chief Program Officer with the department of Program Administration.

The person in this position will provide direct leadership and oversight of the programmatic development and implementation of all ministry programs of GBOD (Upper Room Ministries, Ministries with Young People, New Church Starts – Path I, Leadership Ministries, and new initiatives) to ensure their alignment with the Strategic Plan of GBOD and its goals and objectives developed in support of the vision and mission of GBOD. She/he will work directly with the General Secretary, Chief Administrative Officer, and the Associate General Secretaries to align all ministries with vital congregations.  She/he also give general oversight for all ministries to fulfill the mission of the local church (Paragraph 120 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline) by developing and maintaining the core process (Paragraph 122 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline) of vital congregations, as well as, serve as a member of the executive staff leadership group.

This position requires the incumbent to be a person of pronounced hope and vision, deeply rooted in Christian faith and practice. He or she must have advanced knowledge and experience in the areas of organizational change and leadership; demonstrated knowledge and experience in staff development and supervision; demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in strategic planning, organizing, training, team building and decision making; strong communication skills and demonstrated cultural sensitivity; professing membership in The United Methodist Church; knowledge of The United Methodist Church structure and polity; continuous improvement and professional knowledge; computer and electronic media skills.

 

Education Masters of Divinity; Masters, Business Administration; Masters, Science or equivalency.

Experience Eight plus years of experience in strategic planning, change management, and coaching and supervising staff in United Methodist churches or other businesses/agencies. 

Specialized Knowledge Experience and knowledge of the structure and systems of the United Methodist Church;  demonstrated expert level of knowledge and experience in planning and implementing strategic directions for organizations, organizational change and leadership; demonstrated personnel and supervisory skills.

How to Apply Please submit your resume with a cover letter reflecting a personal statement as to why you are interested in this position, with emphasis on your particular gifts and skills that might equip you to be successful in this position.  Please send your submission to:

Tina Blankenship

GBOD-Human Resources P.O. Box 340003 Nashville, TN. 37203-0003 Fax: 615-340-7565 recruit@gbod.org

The General Board of Discipleship is an Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V EOE

Application deadline: September 30, 2014.

Director of Student Ministry at Ooltewah UMC in TN

September 16th, 2014 in Job Postings

Ooltewah United Methodist Church (http://www.oumclive.org/) of Ooltewah, Tennessee, is a well-established United Methodist Church that is enjoying new growth and development springing up around it.  The church is seeking a full-time Director of Student Ministry to oversee youth programs and lead a team of ministry staff and volunteers in fulfilling the church’s mission of “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  Ooltewah United Methodist is blessed to have a strong core group of youth, dedicated volunteers, and a great staff and pastors.

Primary responsibilities of the Director of Student Ministry will include:

  • Developing relationships:  Establishes relationships with youth, parents, and volunteers through church, community, and school events.  Ensure that relationships are being built between the adult leaders of Ooltewah UMC and the youth.
  • Programming leadership:  Ensures that all details of youth programs and events are addressed to build an engaging and welcoming atmosphere in which spiritual and leadership skills can be developed.
  • Equipping staff and volunteers:  Recruits, trains, and equips volunteers, regularly, to provide spiritual support and encouragement in working with the youth in the youth ministry.

The qualified candidate will have:

  • A deep faith in Jesus Christ
  • A love for youth
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry or in a related field
  • Five years experience in working with youth
  • Three years experience on a church staff, preferably a larger, multi-staff church environment
  • Experience in recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers
  • Alignment with the beliefs and practices of United Methodist tradition and theology
  • Be skilled in connecting with youth and parents, energetic, a team player, and adept in using social media

Interested candidates can submit a cover letter and resume to Debra Malone at office@oumclive.org .

Organist/Piano Accompanist, First Parish UU of Arlington, MA

September 8th, 2014 in Job Postings

 

Background:
painting of treble clefFirst Parish in Arlington is a buoyant, vibrant and growing community of nearly 400 members with a youth group of more than 80 members.  At the heart of First Parish’s ministry is a thriving music program with a 30-member choir and a number of talented singers and instrumentalists.  We seek an accomplished and resourceful Organist/Pianist to join our staff in a part time position.  With the arrival of a new Music Director this fall and our current meeting house renovation, the incoming Organist/Pianist will join First Parish at an exciting and defining moment in the history of the congregation.

Please visit our website for more information about the First Parish Music Program.

Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Music Director, the Organist/Pianist performs at the organ and piano at Sunday services during the approximately 40-week program year. The Organist/Pianist is responsible for providing service music (prelude, postlude, offertory, incidental music) and for accompanying the choir and other musicians.  In collaboration with the Music Director, Minister and the Music Committee, the Organist/Pianist plans and performs music that enhances worship and the spiritual life at First Parish.  The Organist/Pianist must work effectively as part of a team in a faith community, including the music director, minister, worship and music committee members, fellow employees, church choir and members of the congregation.

This is a part-time position (10-12 hours per week) and is not benefits-eligible.  The program year runs from the Sunday after Labor Day in September through the second Sunday in June; the position is available on October 1, 2014.

Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent and church performance experience is required.  Advanced or Master’s level music study is desirable.  Excellent sight-reading and skill reading choral scores are essential.  Improvisational skills and a familiarity with diverse musical genres are essential.
A basic understanding of Unitarian Universalist or religious liberal principles will be helpful.

Requirements:

  • Provide organ and piano music for all worship services. Sunday morning:  rehearsal and worship service  (9:00 am – 11:30 am.)
  • Provide accompaniment for Thursday evening choir rehearsals (currently 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.), Children’s Choir rehearsals, when requested (currently 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays), and specifically arranged rehearsals with vocalists and/or instrumentalists.
  •  Current special services include two Christmas Eve services, two Easter services, and two music-focused Sunday morning services with a Saturday dress rehearsal immediately preceding each of these two services.
  • Facilitate congregational singing through musical accompaniment for hymns
  • Work in collaboration with the Music Director, minister and others planning worship services to encourage the musical talents and broad participation of members of the congregation.
  • Provide timely information regarding musical selections to the church office for publishing in the service bulletin
  • Recruit and prepare substitutes to perform during scheduled absences, in consultation with the Music Director.
  • Provide input on the condition of the church’s musical instruments to the Music Director and Music Committee so that appropriate maintenance and repairs can be arranged.

Compensation: Salary range $11-13,000 per full program year for the part time position.

How To Apply:
Interview and rehearsal audition to be arranged. Please send cover letter, resume and any relevant documents to musicsearch @ firstparish.info,  attention: Organist Search Committee.

Paper applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information:
The Organist/Pianist reports to the Music Director.

Providing music for private services outside of the regular Sunday morning services, such as for weddings and memorial services, is not part of the Organist/Pianist’s responsibility. However, Organist/Pianist has the first right to play for and be compensated for such services.

First Parish has a 16 rank E. & G.G. Hook tracker organ, (Opus 523, built in 1869, with three couplers, and two “composition pedals.”), Kawai and Steinway concert grand pianos, and a Yamaha electronic keyboard.

First Parish is accessible by public transportation via bus from Harvard Square or Alewife Station (Red Line).

Program Associate, John Templeton Foundation, West Conshohocken, PA

September 4th, 2014 in Job Postings

 

Job Title:  Program Associate, Philosophy & Theology Full-time or Part-time:  Full Time
Manager Title:  Director, Philosophy & Theology Department:  Programs

 Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Philosophy & Theology, the Program Associate will play a vital role in improving the efficiency and expanding the research capacity of the Philosophy & Theology area.  The Program Associate will assist in the full life cycle of the grant-making process and provide administrative support to the department.

 Primary Areas of Responsibility

×          Assist with all aspects of the proposal intake and proposal review process, from submission through grant award, including preparing documents for all Proposal Review meetings.

×          Review Online Funding Inquiries and invited Full Proposals and track grantee progress.

×          Track grantee documents and make recommendations to the Director and Program Officer on scheduled payments.

×          Assist the Program Officer in reviewing grantee-submitted reports.

×          Oversee all aspects of the External Review process for proposals submitted with the Program Associate’s Funding Area.

×          Respond to inquiries from Applicants, Project Leaders, and Grantees.

×          Support all general office administrative duties related to the Funding Area, including departmental correspondence, budgets, files, meetings and logistics.

×          Support all aspects of the department’s internally developed funding initiatives.

Criteria & Relevant Skills

×          Bachelor’s Degree required.

×          Some undergraduate coursework in philosophy and/or theology desirable but not required

×          Some competence in Spanish, Portuguese, or Mandarin is desirable but not required.

×          Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

×          Professional experience in a foundation or academic setting preferred.

×          Skilled oral and written communicator able to work with professionals across internal departments and communicate with external scholars.

×          Strong attention to detail.

×          Ability to take initiative for new projects and work independently.

×          A team player who is able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced office environment.

×          Demonstrated competence in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

×          Knowledge of the grant making process desirable but not required.

×          Ability to understand the Foundation’s mission and core themes.

×          Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission is essential.

 All applications should be submitted online at http://www.templetoncareers.org/.

Associate Minister for Youth and Children, First Baptist, Lexington, MA

September 4th, 2014 in Job Postings

The First Baptist Church of Lexington, MA is actively seeking an Associate Minister for Youth and Children.  This is a part-time position (15-20 hours per week) working primarily with the teen and children’s ministry of the church. Opportunities for preaching and other pastoral duties are encouraged related to the gifts and interests of the individual.  The First Baptist Church is a historic and progressive church located in downtown Lexington.  FBC is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts and cooperates with organizations and faith communities of other traditions.  Please reply to Rev. Dr. Mark C. Jackson, Senior Minister, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420 or markjackson@rcn.com.

Minister of Youth, Fisk Memorial UMC, Natick, MA

September 3rd, 2014 in Job Postings

The Minister of Youth/Coordinator of Youth Ministries is primarily responsible for leading the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) and coordinating and planning projects necessary to the development of educational ministry with youth.  This position reports to the Senior Pastor and is supported by the Youth Council and the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC).

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • specifically responsible for the UMYF program, which includes Sunday classes, evening fellowship, and special programs.
  • develop, coordinate, and teach Middle School /High School outreach ministries.
  • dedicate approximately 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year to the Spiritual nurturing of our youth
  • develop special programs for youth such as retreats, fun nights, recreation activities, service activities, educational trips, youth seminars, camps, etc.
  • coordinate with existing Sunday School Superintendent on all youth education.
  • administrative duties include correspondences, recruiting youth not participating, ordering materials and supplies, and at times performing various duties and tasks not specifically noted above in accordance with the needs of the youth and church.

BA preferred, minimum 2 years’ experience in Youth Ministry and/or Christian Education required.

Email, fax or mail letter outlining interest and capabilities, and resume (email preferred) to:

Email:           tcurrie42@gmail.com (chair SPRC) or fiskoffice@fiskumc.org or fiskpastor@fiskumc.org

Phone:          (508) 653 – 1674

Mail:             Attn: Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

                                                Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church

                                                106 Walnut Street

                                                Natick, MA  01760

Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church, located in Natick, MA is a faithful community drawing others to Christ.  To learn more:  http://www.fiskumc.org/

Youth Minister, UMC, Wayland, MA

August 29th, 2014 in Job Postings

Three co-operative United Methodist Churches in Framingham and Wayland, MA, are looking for a Part-time Youth Minister (15 hours per week). We are looking for an energetic and creative person to be our Youth Minister to promote fellowship, service, & spiritual growth among Middle and High School age youth. We are looking for a willingness to work with the pastors to design and promote various fun activities, service opportunities, and Bible study, in ways that enable our youth to discover and grow in their faith with Jesus Christ, and to know God’s desire to be part of their lives. For more information please contact: Rev. Don Hegeman Wesley United Methodist Church, Framingham, MA 508-875-3850  or  pastordon@rcn.com  and/or Rev. Ted Crass, Community United Methodist Church, Wayland, MA 508-653-0577 or cumcwayland@verizon.net .