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CTS Staff Positions

Advancement Administrative Assistant – Part Time

Posted 1.23.17

Position Description:

Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), a seminary affiliated with the United Church of Christ, serves over forty different Christian and non-Christian faith communities by preparing men and women for the next generation of religious leadership. Founded in 1855, CTS promotes a progressive, forward- looking philosophy and is at the forefront of religious scholarship, interreligious dialogue and transformative leadership. The seminary seeks to hire a part-time Advancement Administrative Assistant. The Advancement Administrative Assistant is responsible for assisting the administrative and operational functions of the Advancement Department and providing administrative assistance to the Vice President of Advancement, the Manager of the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations, and the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Coordinator. Key job functions include The Advancement Administrative Assistant will support the Advancement Department primarily in the areas of gift entry, gift processing, and gift stewardship. S/he will assist in the day-to-day administration and operations of data maintenance, revenue reporting, and budget tracking.

• Prioritizes all gift processing activities and ensures accurate entry of gifts and constituent information.

• Accurately enters the daily receipt of gifts (checks, credit cards, electronic payments, transfers, stock gifts, pledges, matching gifts, and in-kind gifts) for unrestricted and restricted contributed revenue.

• Monitors and performs all necessary action related to gift stewardship including donor tax acknowledgement letters and personal thank you notes from the Advancement Department.

• Researches inaccuracies in the donor database, seeking to correct and standardize all data, providing support to the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Manager and Coordinator.

• Generates contributed revenue reports on a weekly basis, performing a quarterly reconciliation process in conjunction with the Department of Finance.

• Tracks departmental expenditures and reconciles them with the accounts managed by the department.

• Assists Vice President of Advancement with assigned administrative duties as needed

• Keeps records and documents organized and appropriately filed for the advancement department.

• Initiates departmental expenses for reimbursement or payment.

• Assists in handling telephone calls and emails, as well as providing customer service to all constituents.

• Provides organizational support to the department as needed.

• Attends events, lunches, and other meetings as necessary.

• Performs other duties as necessary.

Minimum qualifications:


Associate’s degree or equivalent of training and experience.


2 years of office experience with word processing, spread sheets, and databases. Experience with proofreading, data entry, and a basic fluency in computer operations is required. Knowledge of or experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus.

Time Requirement:

Must be able to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours/week, preferable in the afternoons, and be able to schedule extra hours during peak times.

Skills and abilities:

Must have a high level of attention to detail with a critical degree of accuracy regarding data entry and analysis; good interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to prioritize work and perform multiple tasks simultaneously while adhering to deadlines; good problem-solving and analytical skills; ability to take responsibility, to work well with a team and independently; ability to understand directions and complex policies and procedures; ability to deal with confidential data.

To Apply – Please submit a current résumé, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Application materials are being reviewed. Search is open until position is filled.

Chicago Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer

External Jobs

Director of Children's Education Organization, First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, IL

Posted 3.23.17

Organization Description: The First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake is an Open and Affirming congregation in the Chicago Suburbs on the threshold of an exhilarating new chapter in its 175-year history. As we lean into the future, we believe that God is calling us to build upon our robust and relevant Children’s Education program. The First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake seeks a Director of Children’s Education who has a love for God’s youngest children. This is a 10-15 hour/week position with room for growth and we cannot wait to see what God has in store.

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Job Requirements: • Oversee Sunday morning education programs for children from birth to 8th grade • Identify and implement creative, age-appropriate curriculum for children • Recruit, train, coordinate, and provide ongoing support to teachers and classroom facilitators • Manage set-up and maintenance of classrooms and equipment; ensure adequate supplies are ready and available for teachers and classroom leaders • Communicate regularly with families, Associate Minister, and Christian Education Ministry to assess ongoing needs and identify areas for potential growth • Manage volunteer and paid Nursery staff on Sunday mornings; coordinate supplies and maintenance • Collaborate with Children Education Ministry and Outreach Ministries to provide outreach opportunities for children and families • Work with Christian Education Ministry and the Associate Minister to host special events for children and families. • Coordinate mailings, calendar, and office-oriented business with FCC secretarial staff; provide relevant written material for bulletins, newsletter, and eblasts; arrange special communication pieces as needed • Receive, count, and record Sunday School offering • Maintain Children’s Education accounts, registration files, and attendance records • Provide staff leadership and support to the Christian Education Ministry in collaboration with Associate Minister • Serve as a resource to Membership Ministry and staff regarding new and returning visitors in Sunday School program • Communicate with Associate Minister about pastoral concerns Qualifications * • Personal faith in God through Christ, and a passion for serving children and families • Demonstrated experience in leadership and working with children • Commitment to spiritual development, religious education, and emotional health of children and families • Knowledge of child development, classroom management, and educational methodology • Working knowledge of the Bible • Ability to identify and synthesize creative curriculum activities for children • Competence in computer and technology usage—both for identifying new children’s resources, and for communicating with families, church, and surrounding community • Dedication to personal faith formation and professional growth as an educator • Ability to work independently and on a team • Excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills • Discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality

Contact Name: Rev. Emily Davis

Contact Address: 461 Pierson Street Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014 United States

Contact Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Phone Number: (815) 459-6010

Application Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

Application Instructions: Please send cover letter and resume to Rev. Emily Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Field Education opportunity available, if desired by candidate.

Campus Minister at Missouri State University Organization

Posted 3.23.17

United Ministries in Higher Education (UMHE)/Ekklesia Organization Description Our mission, “Greeting the university community with the grace of the Christian gospel,” is the core of our ministry. We believe that Jesus and his message of hope and example of love informs and guides how we live with each other and our place in the world. With deep roots in the ecumenical movement of the 1960’s and 70’s, today we are a progressive Christian voice promoting interfaith respect and relationships, social justice, vocational mentoring and discernment, and the union of faith and critical thinking. Our historic denominational partners are the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA, and the United Church of Christ. Our student-centered programs focus in four areas: • Relationships: Offering conversations, community building, programming, and retreat experiences for students where they can explore questions of faith and life in safe, challenging, and inclusive settings. • Engagement: Bringing speakers to the campus community who challenge students and others with essential topics within our shared future. • Advocacy: Working with and supporting student populations who are often marginalized by society. • Discernment: Mentoring and guiding students within their faith journey, the development of critical thinking skills, and their vocational discernment as they experience higher education. Asking the question: “How are you going to serve the world that God loves?” Creativity, networking, vision casting, relationship building, and risk-taking guide how we live our mission within the MSU campus community. We are open and affirming. We believe all people are precious. In 2014 we became a part of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. “Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation” initiative. This CMTEV grant has served to enhance our programs and relationships across campus by raising the level of conversation about vocation with students and others within the Missouri State University community.

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Job Requirements: The Campus Minister is responsible for providing the creative leadership that enables and guides our programs and ministry. The Campus Minister is responsible for supervising and enabling other professional staff, mentoring student Peer Ministers or Interns, and working with the Board in guiding program goals, administration, and managing the budget. Within the Missouri State University community, the Campus Minister is a respected and sought-after partner. MSU is a public institution with approximately 24,000 students on its main campus. Finally, a significant part of our campus ministry is our partnership with UMHE Campus Housing, Inc. This subsidiary of our campus ministry owns a forty-bed house currently leased to the MSU Iota Beta Chapter of the Theta Chi Fraternity. This relationship provides us with the opportunity to engage members of this social fraternity and provides a significant income stream for our campus ministry. The Campus Minister has served as staff and facility manager for the UMHE Campus Housing, Inc.

Qualifications: A successful candidate for the Campus Minister position: • Will hold a graduate degree from an accredited Association of Theological Schools institution. • Will be a progressive Christian with knowledge and practice of progressive theology. • Will understand young adult personal and spiritual development. • Will have an understanding of the link between faith development and critical thinking skills with students and within a higher education setting. • Will have mentoring skills, especially in relationship to the vocational discernment of students. • Will be strongly committed to the full inclusion of all people, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or belief system. • Will have interfaith and multicultural experience. • Will possess significant pastoral skills. • Will have experience in staff supervision and development. • Will be able to work with diverse partners, including students, board members and volunteers, university personnel, and area congregations/organizations. • Will have the ability to think creatively with the development and implementation of inclusive and out-of-the box programming. • Will be a partnership builder, dot-connector, and person of vision. Also, desired: • Previous campus ministry experience. • Either a developed understanding of nonprofit and business management or the willingness to learn more about these areas. • Ability to utilize social media platforms. • Grant writing and reporting experience.

Contact Name: Rev Jenn Simmons

Contact Address: 1515 S National Avenue Springfield, MO 65804 United States

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Contact Phone Number: (417) 869-9176

Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017

Children's Faith Formation Instructor, Embrace UCC, Bedford, TX

Posted 2.28.17

Organization Description: Embrace UCC is an Open and Affirming, loving and diverse, progressive and family-friendly church in the heart of Dallas / Fort Worth. We currently meet at the Bedford Boys Ranch owned by the city of Bedford and are in the search process for a new location. ALL are welcome (and embraced) here! LGBT+ persons (none of the letters are silent here!) serve in visible leadership positions within the church. Embrace UCC feels a special call to serve children on the autism spectrum and sensory differences because members with adult children remember the frustration finding churches. We strive to be people of Compassion, Inclusion, Liberation and Hope. We are people of Jesus – the ultimate liberal, who resisted the status quo of oppression and showed us the way to the abundant life God intends for all people. We invite you to join us on our journey of faith as we embrace the fullness of God’s plans for us, our local community and the world. Web Site

Job Requirements: Embrace UCC is seeking a teacher for their children’s faith formation program with leadership and organizational skills. Qualified candidate will teach children’s Sunday school at 11:30 for preschool through 5th grade using supplied curriculum, maintain supplies within budget, prepare additional enrichment activities and provide child care before/during worship. Qualified candidate will be responsible for supervising and coordinating childcare workers or volunteers.

Hours: Sundays 8:45a to 12:45p, weekly supervision meeting with Senior Pastor, some evenings for monthly meetings with leadership team and regular communication with parents. Occasional special events. Approximately 6 hours per week.

Qualifications: Prior experience with young children in classroom or worship environment. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Background Check required Preference given to those with special education experience and/or advanced theological training

Contact Name: Ms Melissa Ashmore

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Contact Phone Number: (817) 668-5933

Application Deadline: Monday, May 1st, 2017 Application Instructions: Please send resume by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For additional details leave a voicemail (817-668-5933) message with best time to call.

Youth Leader, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Bartlett, IL)

Posted 2.23.17

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Job Requirements: 1. Plan, set up, and lead weekly Youth Fellowship Approximate Time Per Week: 8 hrs. Includes planning time, set-up time, actual meeting time, clean-up time, communicating with youth and parents, recruiting adult helpers, and submitting newsletter notifications for programs. Youth Leader reports to the Minister of the church; program plans are to be cleared by the Minister of the church. 2. Be in worship each Sunday & available for Sunday School Programming Approximate Time Per Week: 2 hrs. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. with Fellowship Time after worship. Sunday School is dismissed part way through the worship service to attend class.

Contact Name: Rev Susan Tyrrel

Contact Address: 1320 W North Ave, Bartlett, IL 60103

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Contact Phone Number: (630) 289-1320 

Campus Minister Organization, Cal Aggie Christian Association, Davis, California

Posted 1.20.17

Organization Description: A progressive Christian and, now, multifaith campus ministry at the University of California, Davis (Central Valley).

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Job Requirements: Prefer licensed or ordained minister from United Methodist or Presbyterian Churches (our primary sponsors. Applicants from other denominations with previous experience working in or with these two adjudicatories may also be considered). Previous campus ministry training and experience strongly preferred.

Contact Name: Mr. Jim Cramer

Contact Address: 433 Russell Boulevard Davis, CA 95616

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Contact Phone Number: (530) 753-2000

Application Instructions: Open until filled. Please contact Board President Jim Cramer (above) for further information.

Caregiver Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Bilingual (Spanish), AgeOptions, Oak Park, IL

Posted 1.20.17

Organization Description: AgeOptions helps older adults in suburban Cook County live their lives to the fullest by empowering them with information and resources. We partner with a network of other nonprofit community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. Therefore, AgeOptions can connect you or a senior you love with programs and services in your community, such as: In-home care Adult day services Telephone assistance to answer questions and link callers to the resources they need Problem solving with information specialists concerning care needs Nutritious meals Intervention and education to prevent fraud, abuse, and neglect Advocacy to protect the rights of older adults and assure that critical services are available Employment and volunteering opportunities. AgeOptions is committed to improving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of older adults and those who care about them – through leadership and support, community partnerships, comprehensive services, accurate information and powerful advocacy. AgeOptions is recognized nationally as a leader in developing and helping to deliver innovative community-based resources and options to older populations in transition and through our network of community agencies, serves approximately 200,000 people annually. AgeOptions receives federal, state, private, foundation, and individual charitable contributions. Our offices are conveniently located in downtown Oak Park near the Lake Street L Green line and Union Pacific west Metra train station. We offer a casual work environment with competitive salaries and strong benefit packages. To learn more about what we do, please visit our website at:

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Job Requirements: Under the leadership of the Manager of Community Programs and directly reporting to the Caregiver Coordinator, the Caregiver Outreach and Volunteer Specialist will coordinate volunteers and assist with outreach activities for Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB). The Caregiver Outreach and Volunteer Specialist will provide training and technical assistance for the faith-based and community organizations participating in CTLB and lead outreach efforts to raise awareness about CTLB among business, government and community leaders in CTLB target communities. With the help of this position, caregivers in the west suburbs will receive compassionate and culturally relevant support and training so that they can continue to care for their loved ones. Caring Together, Living Better is an innovative, community-based partnership in Chicago’s south and west suburbs focused on expanding and improving supportive services for informal (unpaid) caregivers of older adults. AgeOptions developed the south suburban partnership over the last seven years and started replicating the partnership in the west suburbs in 2013. The CTLB partnership consists of caregivers, older adults, representatives of governments, faith-based and other community organizations and service providers. The Outreach and Volunteer Specialist will help identify additional partner organizations and volunteers (especially among the faith community) and support partner organizations as they develop and expand volunteer-based caregiver support programs and implement AgeOptions faith-based caregiver training program. Duties include:

• Support partners as they develop, expand and sustain culturally relevant programs to support Latino and African American caregivers.

• Advise on the translation and implementation of a faith-based caregiver support curriculum into Spanish

• Facilitate caregiver support programs in Spanish and English

• Translate caregiver outreach and education materials into Spanish.

• Increase community awareness of CTLB especially with the end goal of serving more caregivers.

Examples of community outreach work includes distributing brochures and other materials, meeting with community leaders, and conducting presentations to professionals, older adults and caregivers. This is a highly cooperative position that will be working closely with the local funded partner churches/organizations and others. This is a full-time position working 35 hours per week. Evening and weekend hours may occasionally be required in order to attend meetings or provide outreach at events when working caregivers are able to attend. OTHER DUTIES Attends and participates in staff, unit and other meetings as required. Performs other duties as assigned. SUPERVISION This person does not supervise anyone. CONNECTIONS This person will partner with faith-based and community organizations, service providers and volunteers.

Please visit our website at Interested persons, please e-mail resume with cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to: (708)524-0870. EOE, older persons encouraged to apply. Please include salary history in cover letter. No phone calls please

Qualifications: Verbal and written fluency in Spanish and English required. Experience working in Latino and African-American communities highly preferred. Bachelor’s Degree and two years experience in communications, social services, community organizing, volunteer coordination or related area or five years of related experience. Experience working in low-income, diverse communities highly preferred. Ability to travel locally with valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance required. This position will be located in Oak Park, IL but will involve extensive travel among west suburban towns including Bellwood, Berwyn, Cicero, Maywood, Melrose Park and Bellwood.

Contact Name: Ms. Sarah Stein

Contact Address: 1048 Lake Street 300 Oak Park, IL 60301 United States

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Contact Phone Number: (708) 383-0258

Application Instructions: Please email resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.