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CTS Staff Positions
Student Success Specialist
- Description: The seminary seeks to hire a Student Success Specialist. This position will report to the Academic Dean and VP for Academic Administration. The goal of this position is to develop enrollment management and retention strategies to encourage qualified students to complete their degrees after matriculation. This includes managing the Chicago Theological Seminary financial aid program, implementing a student retention program and acting as the Primary Designated School Official for international students.
- Position Description: Available HERE.
- Essential Job Functions:
- Develop strategies and programs to encourage student persistence and completion, beginning at the point of matriculation, including strategies for students pursuing their degree primarily or completely online.
- Advise students and prospective students on the Federal Student Loan programs, Seminary institutional scholarships and externally funded scholarship opportunities.
- Coordinate and act as liaison for Federal Student Loans with the Student Loan Consultants.
- Work closely with the Admissions, Registrar, Community Life, and Dean’s offices to counsel students and potential students about strategies for success in graduate theological education.
- Serve as Primary Designated School Official for international students. Serve as liaison among the Department of Homeland Security, international students, and other designated school officials (Dean, Registrar, Assistant Dean).
- Work with the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee, the Finance and Administration Office, and the institutional Merit and Need Based Scholarship Program to coordinate financial aid at CTS in order to best serve our students.
- Develop needed policies and procedures to ensure compliance and monitor compliance with federal regulations. Provide clarity to students, staff and faculty.
- Provide expertise and help to strategize in the institutional dialogue about the future development of financial aid resources, enrollment management and retention at CTS.
- Coordinate, with the Finance and Administration Office, the Federal Work Study Program.
- Provide regular reports on the seminary’s retention and financial aid program to President and Board of Trustees.
- Carry out periodic educational programs for students on financial literacy. Work with the Finance and Administration Office and the external auditors in the conduct of the annual financial aid audit.
Coordinator, Annual Fund & Alumni Relations
- Description: The seminary seeks to hire an ANNUAL FUND & ALUMNI RELATIONS COORDINATOR in Advancement. This position will report to the Annual Fund & Alumni Relations Manager. The ANNUAL FUND & ALUMNI RELATIONS COORDINATOR is responsible for the coordination of annual fund activities.
- Essential Job Functions: The ANNUAL FUND & ALUMNI RELATIONS COORDINATOR is responsible for completing the day to day tasks related to ongoing solicitation, execution and follow up of campaigns, programs, events, and essential activities related to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of the churches, individuals and alumni prospects and donors.
- Position Description: Available, HERE.
Executive Director, Benevolence Farm (Alamance, NC)
Organization Description: Stable housing and gainful employment are critical for the successful transition of women returning from prison. Benevolence Farm will fulfill this crucial need in North Carolina through an innovative social-enterprise based program that will offer housing, employment, life skills, and career development while providing naturally grown, local food to the community.
A guiding principle of Benevolence Farm is fiscal, operational, and programmatic sustainability. Utilizing a working farm, Benevolence Farm will ground women who have been released from North Carolina prisons in the healthful and healing power of nature and community while bringing together the critical resources and skills formerly incarcerated women require for success. The transitional living program based on 13 acres in Graham, North Carolina will serve up to 5 women initially and 12 women eventually. Residents may stay for up to 2 years and will be partially self-supporting through growing their own food, their labor contribution to the farm, and the sale of harvests through local farmers markets, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and sales to restaurants and institutions. A portion of harvests will be provided to low-income communities through partnerships with food banks and churches.
- Develops and oversees implementation and evaluation of resident programming.
- Maintains sound working relationships with community groups and organizations.
- Promotes active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's work.
- Maintains official records and documents, and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
- Supports comprehensive strategic planning process and ensuring planning decisions are used in setting annual program/project/personnel goals.
- Works closely with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to recruit, train, and maintain a strong, balanced Board of Directors.
- Promotes Board of Director engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning, resource/financial development, program development, and overall organizational wellness.
- Develops annual budget and prudently manages organization's resources.
- Establishes rigorous accountability standard for grant and budget tracking.
- Obtains financial contributions, grants, and in kind donations to support programs and services.
- Develops and sustains a diverse funding base, including corporate and foundation giving, and an individual donor base.
- Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
- Recruits, hires, and supervises farm manager, fundraising and administrative assistant, program manager, volunteer and outreach coordinator (VISTA) and other personnel not under the supervision of the aforementioned staff.
- Prepares for anticipated growth of the organization: developing and implementing appropriate human resource policies and procedures, including training, career development, succession planning, and performance management for all staff.
- Promotes an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, cooperation, open and frequent communication, teamwork, and a common organizational vision.
- Coordinates volunteer management in collaboration with full-time VISTA member who serves as Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator for the organization;
- Represents the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
- Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive manner.
- Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
- Fundraising experience, including attracting foundation and corporate support; ability to identify, steward, and solicit individual donors.
- Nonprofit management experience, including strategic planning.
- Strong management and supervisory skills and experience.
- Budget development and administration experience.
- Media relations and marketing experience a plus.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and grant writing.
- Strong conflict resolution and decision making skills.
- An affinity for working with a culturally and politically diverse community.
- Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture encouraging teamwork and collaboration.
- Commitment to fiscal, operational, and programmatic sustainability.
How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to info (at) benevolencefarm.org Anticipated start date for position is April 1, 2016. Priority will be given to applications received by February 1. Position open until filled. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Multifaith and Intern Coordinator, Elon University (Elon, NC)
Organization Description: The ideal candidate will have interest in student engagement, programming for students, interest and experience in multi-faith community and conversations around identity, and an understanding of the nature and culture of a university context. In addition, candidates will possess personal maturity, curiosity about diverse worldviews and traditions, strong administrative and communication skills, and the ability to form appropriate and caring relationships with a wide variety of students and campus community members.
- Supervise and train Truitt Center intern cohort in student engagement, multi-faith dialogue and exploration, and interfaith program development and event management:
- Plan and run (with Chaplains and other staff) fall and winter intern retreats and training events.
- Coordinate all PR for Truitt Center multi-faith and festival events, working with interns to produce TC newsletter, social media postings, and managing timing and distribution of advertising, flyers, table tents, etc.
- Direct interns in developing relationships and collaborations with student organizations and departments across campus.
- Organize and implement (with student leaders and interns) special festivals and events from diverse religious traditions, and work with other chaplains and staff to support festival events in other areas of religious life. This includes working with Program Assistant on set-ups, catering orders, technology needs, and budgets.
- Work with interns and staff to assess and improve programs, to mentor student leaders, and to promote student leadership development.
- Supervise and coordinate Numen Lumen: A Thursday inspiration:
- Develop diverse and engaging program and schedule of speakers and musical/artistic performances from the community that includes students, faculty, and staff.
- Supervise Numen Lumen publicity, weekly hand-out, assessment, and development.
- Manage Numen Lumen catering, technology, and set up needs.
- Manage Numen Lumen website, communications, and participant invitations.
- Work with Chaplain to implement campus multi-faith initiative:
- Support traditions and religious life groups, and students without religious affiliation or identity.
- Organize and lead annual trip to IFYC Interfaith Leadership Institute training with students.
- Advise with staff support Interfaith Living Learning Community.
- Convene, lead, and support monthly Multi-faith student council (MFC).
- Support Multi-faith SAGES Program (with Chaplain).
- Plan and coordinate January wInterfaith series with Chaplain, and Elon Community Church.
- Develop and implement (with Chaplain and other staff) Communications/Social Media plan for Truitt Center that promotes our multi-faith engagement efforts (telling our story).
- Contribute to the assessment and improvement of Truitt Center events, programs, engagement, and experiences.
- Assist Program Assistant through:
- Coordination of Numen Lumen Pavilion facilities management.
- Truitt Center budgets.
- Support and cover front office as needed.
- Sharing duties as arranged.
- Engage with students, faculty, and staff around issues of identity, worldview, inclusive community, and interfaith dialogue.
- Meet regularly with Truitt Center staff, Student Life Division, and Multi-faith Advisory Committee.
- Other duties as assigned to support students, staff, faculty, and the multi-faith initiative at Elon.
- Report to Chaplain.
Qualifications: Experience working with multifaith engagement and working with students in a diverse and inclusive context. Bachelor's degree (minimum requirement), Master's degree welcome.
Contact: Diana Abrahams
Application Instructions: Apply through Elon's employment website. Here's the full job listing: https://elon.peopleadmin.com/postings/3251
Congregational Pastor, First Congregational Church (Waseca, MN)
Organization Description: We are a caring and friendly congregation seeking a Pastor with similar characteristics who can lead us in our Christian walk.
Job Requirements: Our congregation desires a Pastor who lives what they preach, is a good listener, is a community-oriented team player, has an energy for youth leadership, and delivers a dynamic, real-world message. Our 100 member congregation is financially stable; located in a quality community with excellent schools, recreational activities, and lakes; and is close to large metro areas.
Qualifications: Our 100 member congregation is financially stable; located in a quality community with excellent schools, recreational activities, and lakes; and is close to large metro areas.
Director of Youth and Outreach Ministries, Park Ridge Presbyterian Church (Park Ridge, IL)
Organization Description: Park Ridge Presbyterian Church (PRPC) is a multi-generational and growing congregation with 250+ members located in Park Ridge, Illinois (northwest suburb of Chicago, IL) whose vision is to “Share God’s Love, Grow in Faith, and Serve as Disciples.” PRPC has a strong commitment to support adolescents and people of all ages develop an active relationship with Christ so that they can navigate life as followers of Jesus and be able to share the love of God with others.
Job Requirements: The Director of Youth and Outreach will be responsible for supporting and leading the expansion of both the youth ministry and outreach ministries into a comprehensive and multi-faceted programs. Responsibilities currently include spiritual and programmatic leadership of a high school Sunday morning small group, co-lead confirmation class of 8th grade students, and community service projects. Summer programming includes an annual high school mission trip. Outreach ministries include special events, local, and global missions.
This position reports to the Senior Pastor and collaborates with the Director of Children’s Ministry and Congregational Life to facilitate strong transitions and engagement of children, youth, and families at various stages of development. Strong technological skills are required to facilitate current and evolving use of the Internet and social media applications for communication, promotion, and outreach.
- Envision, design, and implement a comprehensive youth ministry for students that would include participation in Sunday morning worship, service opportunities, and fellowship.
- Provide a caring and encouraging environment where all young people can be open about their challenges and explore, question, discover, grow, and share their faith.
- With the moderator, engage in the leadership of the youth and family ministries committee.
- Connect with parents for support and involvement within the ministry.
- Work cooperatively with all church staff.
- Manage youth communications through all available means, including church website and social media venues.
- This position is devoted 50% to youth ministry and 50% to outreach ministries.
- Develop and maintain budgets for youth and outreach ministries.
- Shape and implement the strategies used to achieve the goals and objectives.
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications:
- Strong personal faith and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
- Comfortable working within a PC(USA) congregation and in a Reformed theological setting with tolerance for different interpretations of the Bible, and belief that the ultimate salvation of mankind was provided by Jesus Christ unconditionally for those who believe in him.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (minimum) or related experience.
- Experience in working with and leading youth programs.
- Core Competencies:
- Strong organization and time management skills.
- Strong written and verbal, listening, and interpersonal skills.
- Strong technical skills and proficiency in PC or Apple software applications and communicating with parents and volunteers using email, text, and social media.
- Terms of Employment:
- Full time, salaried, and exempt position with Sunday and holiday responsibilities.
- Salary commensurate with education and experience.
- Compensation may include on-site housing (3 bedroom manse).
Contact: Rev. Josh Erickson
- Resume and cover letter that highlights your qualifications and includes a statement of faith that identifies why you may feel called to this position.
- Visit http://www.parkridgepresby.org/staff for more information about the PRPC ministry team.
Application Deadline: February 29, 2016
Lincoln LGBT Resource Center Coordinator,Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC), Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
Organization Description: The Lincoln LGBT Resource Center is purposefully housed within the area of Student Identity Development and Inclusion Initiatives at Gonzaga University. By partnering closely with the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) and other allies within the University, the Center focuses on three strategic goals related to student identity development, student support, and campus education and awareness. The Lincoln LGBT Resource Center upholds the University’s mission and promise of the holistic development of all students, in particular to “foster a mature commitment to the dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet.”
The Student Identity Development and Inclusion Initiatives area at Gonzaga serves all students by:
- Continuously supporting the success of historically underrepresented student populations through developing community, active mentorship, and personal empowerment.
- Providing social justice focused programming and resources that foster and promote a community of equity and inclusion that guides and challenges all to respect and value human differences.
- Collaborating with students, staff, faculty, and alumni to develop creative programs designed to increase and advance individual and collective intercultural competency development.
- Addressing campus climate concerns.
- Assist with creating and implementing sustainable department initiatives which focus on cultivating multicultural education, leadership development, and social justice issues specific to the LGBT community
- Develop and sustain collaborative programming within the Student Identity Development and Inclusion Initiatives area that raise awareness, educate and develop community for the students and the larger campus constituency including Intergroup Dialogue
- Develop an environment within the Center that is welcoming and inclusive
- Meet with students individually and in group settings to address issues related to campus climate needs and promote equity and inclusion through a variety of activities and programs
- Assist with the design, implementation and assessment of diversity training programs for student leaders, residence halls and student clubs and organizations.
- Provide training, support, and appropriate resources related to LGBT students retention and successful graduation
- Coordinate University “Safe Space” training program which educates, faculty, staff and administrators on LGBTQ issues
- Create, implement, and sustain intentional and educational social gatherings, outreach services, university wide events, and community advocacy programs, including but not limited to continuing the “Out to Lunch with Allies” events and annual “Always Our Children Retreat”
- Research, evaluate and assess outcomes of Lincoln LGBT Resource Center programming in context of University and department mission, as well as industry best practices.
- Support departmental and university sponsored and co-sponsored programming focused on social justice and improving the climate for a diverse campus community.
- Assist with creating and implementing sustainable department initiatives which focus on cultivating multicultural education, leadership development, and social justice issues specific to diversity. Including the Intergroup Dialogue initiative, using intergroup dialogue pedagogies to facilitate workshops and trainings to promote the development of participants’ awareness, knowledge, and skills.
- Oversee the conceptualization, development, implementation and maintenance of social media communication outreach efforts including department websites and other sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). Assist with the conceptualization, design, implementation of department marketing materials and campaigns
- Using best practices recommendations, develop and implement social media-based programs outreach to promote student learning related to intercultural competence.
Music Director (part time), Community Protestant Church UCC (Mundelein, IN)
Organization Description: Community Protestant UCC is a small, fairly traditional, open-minded, mission-oriented, and proudly UCC congregation in the Northwest Chicago suburb of Mundelein.
Job Requirements: The music director will organize and lead the music ministry of the church, collaborate with the pastor in planning and leading the music for worship. For pdf of job requirements, click HERE.
- Coordinate and plan (in consultation with the pastor(s) and accompanist) all musical elements of worship services, including: hymns, anthems, prelude, offertory, postlude, and music during distribution of Communion elements.
- Supervise and direct all musical staff and volunteers.
- Play/lead singing at Sunday Services (currently 9:30am).
- Play/lead as scheduled for special services, including but not limited to: Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
- Recruit and lead musical talent from within the congregation (revive a currently dormant adult choir, launch a children’s choir and other ensembles, etc.).
- Recruit/lead musical talent from outside of the congregation, as needed (special worship needs, etc.).
- Manage, maintain, and supplement the church’s music collection within a given budget.
- Ensure compliance with applicable copyrights.
- Organize and maintain musical equipment and choir robes.
- Serve as substitute during vacations of other musical staff.
- Be available to play, for extra compensation to be provided by those requesting services, for weddings, funerals, memorial services, as needed
Application Instructions: For consideration, email a current résumé (or other brief description of experience) to the contact email. Please, no in-person applications.
Church Planting Resident, Urban Village Church (Chicago, IL)
Organization Description: Urban Village Church (UVC) is a five-year-old multi-site church serving four neighborhoods in Chicago, with a current weekly attendance of around 400 adults. Our mission is to create Jesus-loving, inclusive communities that ignite the city. Our core values are:
• Bold – deeply rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
• Inclusive – welcoming diverse people from across the spectrum of identity, and
• Relevant – practicing Christianity as a way of life.
Believer and doubter, gay and straight, Republican and Democrat – all people are welcome here. Rooted in the United Methodist tradition, we are a church that seeks to welcome people from many traditions, including “nones.” Committed to church planting and the Jesus way of discipleship, we are at once evangelical (in the fullest sense of the word) and inclusive. An increasingly multiethnic church, we are committed to the life-long project of anti-racism. We have a robust history of training and equipping leaders for planting: several former Urban Village student pastors and interns have gone on to plant churches or missional communities themselves.
Job Description: To further our long-term vision of building an inclusive, high-impact, discipleship-focused church planting movement in Chicago (and beyond), we are excited to extend the Urban Village Church Planting Residency Program into a third year, in partnership with Path 1, the church planting ministry of The United Methodist Church.
We seek a Church Planting Resident to engage a year of deep learning, hands-on ministry, and focused preparation. This position is not an internship but a one-year, full-time, stipended ministry position that is part of a large, active, and diverse ministry team. The resident will share significant pastoral and leadership responsibilities and will receive weekly coaching from Urban Village Church’s founding/lead pastors.
Our belief is that after a year of intensive residency, the resident will be prepared to lead the planting of a new church.
- Preference is given to People of Color
- Lay, clergy candidate, or clergy (due to granting agency, all applicants must be United Methodist)
- Experience serving and leading in a faith community or faith organization
- Spiritual maturity and vitality
- Desire to plant new churches
- Driven to reach people for Jesus Christ
- Experience in growing ministries from small to large
- Commitment to a “church without walls” (radically inclusive, anti-racist, anti-oppression)
- Strong leadership and team-building skills
- Commitment to reaching the unchurched, including the “nones”
- Receptive to the needs of others and committed to building relationships
- Creative mind and flexible work habits
- Commitment to learn about and engage a personal stewardship/fundraising plan
- Willingness to be held accountable to goals
- Engaged in regular spiritual practices
- Candidates of any age welcome; young adult candidates and/or candidates with gifts for young adult ministry encouraged to apply
- Candidates from diverse denominations and traditions welcome to apply
- Availability and desire to plant a church after the completion of the residency
- Commissioned and Ordained candidates, as well as those hoping to be commissioned in summer 2016, must let their Bishop and District Superintendent know that they are applying.
- Candidates must submit a letter of interest including a short statement of personal faith, theology, and vision for church planting; a résumé or CV; and a list of three references.
- Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a resident is hired.
- Interviews will begin in February and continue through winter, with an anticipated announcement in early spring 2016, and assumption of ministry responsibilities during early summer 2016.
Educational Ministries Coordinator, First Church of Lombard, UCC (Lombard, IL)
Organization Description: First Church of Lombard, a 550-member, progressive, outreach-oriented, Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ located nineteen miles west of Chicago, seeks an educational ministries coordinator.
Job Description: The educational ministries coordinator supports the Christian Formation Team and Youth Ministry Team, working in close collaborative relationships with church members and fellow staff members to develop, guide, and support the educational ministries of the congregation, including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Youth Community, adult education, retreats, and other programs. The candidate needs to be available to engage with church members on evenings and Sundays, and attend monthly staff meetings. This 30-hour-per-week, salaried position reports directly to the senior minister. $38,000-43,000, based on experience.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess: * a commitment to progressive Protestant values; * solid administrative abilities; * theological knowledge; * spiritual and emotional maturity; * the ability to identify and develop leaders; * the ability to build and support strong lay teams; and * the ability to delegate effectively and trust others to fulfill their responsibilities.
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Administrative/Support Officer, Christian Charities USA (Macomb, IL)
- Administering Local Orphanage Homes/Churches with relief items e.g Food, Medicine, Toiletries
Manages and supervises the distribution of items to local churches/charity homes
Assures excellent service to provided homes by ensuring that their needs are catered for regularly by the Agency
Associate Pastor, All Peoples Church (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
- Organization Description: All Peoples is a cross-cultural congregation with a powerful and prophetic ministry in Milwaukee. We are one church with two campuses.
- Website: http://allpeoplesgathering.org
- Job Description: The associate pastor will reside at the Havenwoods campus and devote part of her or his time to the administration and development of that site. This includes primary leadership for the SEEDS worship service. The other portion of the pastor's time will be spent assisting at the Harambee campus and overseeeing youth ministry. The associate pastor is also expected to be involved in the the social justice work of the congregation.
- Qualifications: All Peoples Church is calling an associate pastor to serve at both campuses. The qualified candidate will have an M.Div degree, be rostered in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (or is eligible for a call through full communion partnerships or willing to participate in the process for eligibility) and have experience in a multicultural setting. It is a full-time call with salary and benefits at synod guidelines. A parsonage is provided.
- Contact: Rev. Steve Jerbi
- Application Instructions:
Youth Leader, Trinity United Methodist Church (Mt. Prospect, IL)
- Website: http://www.trinitymp.org
- Job Description:
Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Communicate and build relationships with all age groups & be a caring Christian person.
2. Provide for spiritual formation of youth & empower youth to discipleship in Jesus Christ.
3. Co-lead & anchor Sunday morning classes and Friday evening groups, and some Saturday and/or week-long activities with young people.
4. Collaborate with others in the design and implementation of youth ministry; oversee programs, retreats, mission/service trips, stewardship activities, outreach experiences.
5. Serve on Youth Council and Church Council
6. Attend and support dramatic, athletic and musical events in which youth participate.
Education and Experience Requirements:
1. Bachelor Degree; training and/or experience leading 6th-12 grade youth.
2. United Methodist Certification in Youth Ministries preferred.
3. Be at least 22 years of age
4. Valid driver’s license
5. Complete Safe Gatherings online training and background check (upon hire)
- Contact: Jacki Bogolia
Children's Minister, Berry Memorial United Methodist Church (Chicago, IL)
- Organization Description:Founded in 1909 as the Berry Memorial Methodist episcopal Church, Berry United Methodist Church has been serving the Lincoln Square community for over 100 years. Currently, we offer a vibrant worship experience for all people. As a reconciling congregation within the United Methodist Church, Berry is welcoming and affirming of all people regardless of your ethnicity, gender, social status, or sexual identity. We believe that you are beloved by God and you are welcome in our community. Berry also offers a growing family and children’s ministry which includes Godly Play, a program on Sunday morning during the school year where Montessori meets Sunday School.
Our Mission:Berry is an honest and compassionate community of spiritual seekers, inclusive of all. Through Christ’s example we are joyfully and intentionally living out God’s love while seeking creative ways to provide healing and wholeness to our world.
- Website: http://www.berryumc.org
- Job Requirements: Click HERE.
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Certification in Godly Play is preferred or willingness to become certified.
- Experience with young children.
- Application Instructions: To apply, please send a cover letter or personal statement, resume, and three references.
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