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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:

Education/Training:

Associate’s degree or equivalent of training and experience.

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 Ministries (Part-time), Southminster Presbyterian Church, Arlington Heights, IL

Posted 4.25.17

Organization Description: Southminster Presbyterian Church is a mid-size church located in Arlington Heights, a northwest suburb of Chicago. Our mission is "Come, Connect, Grow and Serve!"

Web Site: http://www.spcah.org

Job Requirements: Southminster Presbyterian Church is seeking a Director of Children’s Ministry to join our team in the fall. Working with children from infants through fifth grade, the Director’s goal is to facilitate Christian Biblical learning with fun and exciting programs that help children grow in their faith. Responsibilities • Provide vision and leadership for children’s ministry program • Work with Children’s Ministry Team to provide a biblically sound and vibrant children’s program • Recruit, equip, train, and inspire volunteers • Maintain program growth through promotion, inviting, and personal conversations • Utilize the spiritual gifts of the congregation • Grow and enhance the program as needed • Attend Children’s ministry conferences on an annual basis • Background check and educate all adults on protocol when working with children Church School/Worship • Direct Sunday school programs during the school year • Direct the annual Vacation Bible School • Plan and execute children’s chapel time/children in worship • Organize the Christmas play/choir for the chosen Christmas service • Evaluate new curriculum as needed Faith Development/Fellowship Events/Mission Opportunities • Direct family nights and the other special events (i.e. Seder dinner, church picnic etc.) • Oversee the Kid’s Christian library • Plan communion class • Encourage, develop and coordinate mission projects (Operation Christmas Child, Feed my Starving Children, etc) • Direct and plan Easter Children’s activity

Time Commitment: Approximately 20 hours/week Number of hours varies by the scheduled events and time of year.

Benefits: Two-weeks/per year paid vacation equivalent to work week. (three weeks after five years). Job allows for three Sundays off during school year. Additional time off, without pay, is negotiable.

Experience/Skills: • Reformed theological grounding • Organizational skills (self-starter, detail-oriented, multi-tasking, and can delegate) • Ability to use Microsoft Word, create PowerPoint presentations, manage an Excel worksheet, use a digital camera, and scan pictures, etc. • Good inter-personal skills with both children and adults • High energy, enthusiasm, and creativity • Warm, caring and demonstrates a willingness to know and love the families at Southminster • A great passion for God’s children

Contact Name: Sandy Ushev

Contact Address: 916 E Central Road Arlington Heights, IL 60005 United States

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

Director of Children and Youth Ministries Organization, Galesburg First United Methdoist Church)

Posted 4.11.17

Organization Description: A growing and reviving church in the heart of a mid-sized city, Galesburg (Illinois) First United Methodist Church.

Job Requirements: Provide leadership, direction and oversight to the First UMC’s ministry with children and youth. Planning, coordinating and leading (personally or through supervising volunteers) ministry activities such as Sunday School, weekly youth gatherings, Vacation Bible School, special events, youth mission trips, fun activities, a possible mid-week gathering for children, and other programs as needed within a ministry plan. Recruit, train, and deploy adult volunteers within the children’s and youth ministries, including acquiring background checks and maintaining Safe Sanctuaries policies. Maintain communication between the church and parents. Develop ways for children and youth to connect with the larger First UMC community. Connect with schools and the larger community. Assess the church’s facilities and present a plan for maximizing usage and attractiveness of the building for youth and children’s ministry. Attend meetings and worship services as necessary.

Qualifications: Strong faith in Jesus Christ; the ability to communicate the Christian faith with children and youth in a way that encourages commitment and discipleship; Degree in ministry and/or education; self-starter who can also work as a part of a team; familiarity with United Methodist teachings. Ministry experience is strongly preferred.

Contact Name: Rev Vincent Rohn

Contact Address: 120 N. Kellogg St. Galesburg, Il 61401 United States

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Contact Phone Number: (309) 342-3197

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Application Instructions: A full job description is available at firstumcgalesburg.org. Resumes can be sent to: Rev. Vincent Rohn, 120 N. Kellogg St. Galesburg, Il. 61401; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; fax: 309-342-3198.

Director of Religious Education Organization, The First Unitarian Church of Chicago

Posted 3.28.17

Organization Description: Want to build a progressive religious education program in a growing, multiracial, multicultural church? Want to help kids to grow their spirits and serve the world? You can do it at First Unitarian Church of Chicago: we’re seeking a new Director of Religious Education to begin this summer. First Unitarian Church of Chicago is a vibrant multiracial and multicultural congregation of 150 members and 55 children and youth located six miles south of downtown Chicago in the Hyde Park neighborhood. We are in a time of change: energized and growing. We are seeking someone to be part of the First Unitarian leadership team, to collaborate, partner with, and complement our ministers. The incoming DRE will have significant ability to shape and grow our program. Our ministers and leadership believe strongly this is a cornerstone position for the church to live its mission. We’re at a moment in time where the RE program is poised to expand: it needs a leader who brings an entrepreneurial sense and is energized by building a program. Our co-ministers will work closely with you and deeply support your leadership in “re-planting” the RE program over a period of years. Our Religious Education Program currently serves 55 children and youth and is an integral part of the congregation. Curriculum-based classes serving preschoolers through 5th grade and the junior youth group (6th through 8th grade) run concurrently with worship services from September through June. Children are in the sanctuary for the first 15 minutes of the service, then go to 60-minute classes. Summer programming serves pre-K through 8th graders. Nursery care is year round. A High School youth group has been inactive several years.

Web Site: http://www.firstuchicago.org

Job Requirements: Director of Religious Education - First Unitarian Church of Chicago This is a three-quarter time (30 hrs/week) position which begins 7/1/17. ACCOUNTABILITY: The DRE is supervised by the Senior Co-Ministers. HOURS: Three-quarter time (30 hrs./week), including Sunday mornings, weekly meetings with the Senior Ministers, and some evening meetings. COMPENSATION: We offer a competitive salary and benefits that meet the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Fair Compensation Guidelines. RESPONSIBILITIES: The core goal of this position is to develop a vibrant religious education program that takes seriously the spiritual and moral development of children. -Leading Programming Building our RE programs will require an effective administrator as well as educator and leader. The DRE creates strategy, develops content as needed, coordinates and supports volunteers in implementing current programming: weekly classes; a Coming of Age program; childcare for infants and toddlers (including supervision of paid caregivers); support of intergenerational activities; summer RE program. -Program Support and Administration Recruit, train, support, oversee, and recognize volunteer teachers. Work collaboratively with and support the RE Council. Communicate with families and the congregation as a whole. Develop, submit, and manage the RE budget. Report monthly to the Board of Trustees. -Professional Development Continuing education experiences and mentorship. Membership and participation in collegial professional development groups. If not credentialed by LREDA, the church will support you in the credentialing process. -Worship Collaborate with the Senior Ministers to develop, implement, and lead the Time for All Ages in each service, multigenerational services, and periodic children’s chapels. -Strategic Program Development There are a number of areas to (re)build in the RE program. Not all of these can be solved in a single year, but they will need to be addressed over the first few years: 1. Evaluate current curricula and programming. Select and implement new curricula and programming as appropriate. 2. Develop communication and engagement strategy for families and children 3. Develop best practices and processes for teacher recruitment 4. Develop strategy to maximize RE Council effectiveness and evolve council’s role 5. Develop outreach strategies to make our programs visible in the larger community 6. Launch high school youth group. 7. Develop strategy for OWL comprehensive sexuality education programming for children and youth 8. Leadership, with the Senior Minister, RE Council, and Board of Trustees, to develop and implement a comprehensive Safe Congregation Policy.

Qualifications: REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s Degree in related field; experience and comfort working independently and collaboratively in teams; demonstrates an ability to supervise others; effective communication; volunteer management; process and strategy development; project management skills; ability to work autonomous and independently; familiarity and appreciation for liberal religion. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Unitarian Universalist affiliation. BA or Masters in education-related field. Education leadership and management experience. Experience in teaching, administration, supervision of staff and volunteers. Credentialing as a religious education professional under the UUA, or a ministerial candidate or in fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Contact Name: Rev. David Schwartz

Contact Address: 5650 South Woodlawn Chicago, IL 60637 United States

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Contact Phone Number: (612) 998-4591

Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

Application Instructions: APPLICATIONS Please send cover letter, resume, a document sharing your philosophy of religious education, contact information for 2-3 references, and any other supporting documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 24, 2017.

Camp Counselor, Eagle Lake Camps

Posted 3.28.17

Organization Description: Eagle Lake Camps is located in the mountains about an hour’s drive from/just outside Colorado Springs, CO. However, Eagle Lake Camps is growing and will be running programs in 7 states across the country this summer. A ministry of The Navigators, Eagle Lake Camps has been operating and changing lives for 60 summers. We’re committed to the disciplines of knowing Christ and making Him known. We accomplish this through exceptionally well-run programs, life-on-life ministry, meeting kids where they are at, and living out contagious fun. As one of our 250 college-aged staff, you will be a part of impacting approximately 8,300 campers across 5 major programs this summer. We love it here and “You belong here!”

Web Site: http://eaglelakecamps.com/jobs

Job Requirements: Do you want to come on the adventure of a lifetime? Do you want to impact the next generation? How would you like making incredible friends, growing closer to God and having a ton of fun? If these sound like your idea of an amazing summer, we’d love to hear from you! Eagle Lake Camps is searching for the very best college-aged counselors who have: • A desire to minister to kids • A passion for being outdoors • An excitement to grow closer to Jesus • And ridiculous amounts of contagious enthusiasm If your adrenaline is pumping and you are now second guessing all other jobs you have applied for, or perhaps this is the first time you have even thought about a summer job, we would love to hear from you either way. To get started, go to: eaglelakecamps.com/apply or give us a call at 800-873-2453 today.

Qualifications: A heart for God and a heart for man.

Contact Name: Allison Bell

Contact Address: 3820 Nth 30th Street Colorado Springs, CO 80934 United States

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

Contact Phone Number: 1-800-873-2453

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Application Instructions: https://register.eaglecamps.org/Login/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fHR%2fApplication Fill out the online application today!

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.

Web Site http://www.fcc-cl.org/

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

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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.