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Advancement Administrative Assistant – Part Time
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 VP 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.
- 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.
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.
Chicago Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Director of Recruitment & Admission
Description: Chicago Theological Seminary is looking for a professional, results-oriented person with enthusiasm to fill incoming classes of students focused on preparing to become religious leaders leading social change through a rigorous experience of obtaining a graduate degree at one of the top progressive seminaries in the world. This position requires a perceptive person who is capable of relating to a wide diversity of people and is able to promote our programs to a net positive impact on our enrollment.
For 160 years Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) has been at the forefront of bold conversations and informed social actions. Our commitments to ongoing dialogue, academic research, and social activism are demonstrated time and time again throughout our historical and present participation in rigorous theological education and social justice movements. CTS occupies a particular space intersecting the academy with diverse communities of faith and community activists, all jointly committed to transforming the world towards greater justice and mercy.
Major responsibilties include but are not limited to:
- Develops strategy, implementation and analysis of recruitment objectives on an annual basis—this is a results oriented role
- Generates pipeline for student prospects for CTS degree programs through ongoing engagement; face to face, on-line and on and off campus recruiting events
- Guides and oversees online communication and follow-up with prospective students using ASCEND CRM which enables CTS to streamline the recruitment process and admissions lifecycle to drive better results
- Works collaboratively with Advancement to ensure that CTS marketing initiatives (advertising, website, social media, etc.) are maximized for recruitment efforts
- Reviews application files and makes merit award recommendations
- Coordinates the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee along with the Academic Dean
- Supervises department staff (currently, the Associate Director of Recruitment Initiatives, the
- Assistant to Recruitment and the Registrar, and the part-time Recruitment Systems Manager as well as student workers)
- Actively participates in the cultivation and management of prospects throughout the enrollment management process
- Cultivates and stewards relationships with key influencer individuals and groups
- Supervises the use of the ASCEND and RADIX systems to ensure disciplined and accurate prospect management, record keeping, filing, and data collection
- Works collaboratively with the Student Success Specialist to ensure that prospects and applicants have adequate financial data for informed decisions and that scholarship awards are promoted and leveraged to build the strongest incoming class possible
- Oversees CTS’ recruitment presence at events, conferences, etc.
- Works with the Academic Dean, the Registrar, and the Student Success Specialist on retention and enrollment management
- Prepares regular reports for the CTS Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees
- Oversees departmental budget
- Works with CTS staff to ensure a student centered approach to recruitment and retention
- Other duties as assigned
- Knowledge of graduate theological education or related field
- Bachelor's degree in a related field and three (3) years related experience, one (1) of which includes professional sales and/or direct marketing-related experience; or, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.
- Willingness to travel on behalf of CTS
- Demonstrated knowledge of graduate admissions practices and principles
- Strong database/CRM skills, including ability to utilize ASCEND data
- Demonstrated understanding customer service perspectives and needs
- Familiarity with enrollment management theory and practice
- Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills
- Ability to analyze data and create statistical reports
- Commitment to hospitality and to a culture of active welcoming
- Commitment to confidentiality and to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rules of confidentiality
- Commitment to the Vision, Mission, and Commitment Statements of Chicago Theological Seminary
Applications & Nominations: Confidential inquiries are welcomed and nominations are invited.
Nominations should include contact information for the individual being nominated. Submit nominations to the e-mail provided above.
Application materials are being reviewed. Search is open until position is filled.
Chicago Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer - July 2016, Director of Recruitment & Admission
Children's Ministry Coordinator - Wicker Park, Urban Village Church (Chicago, IL)
Organization Description: At Urban Village Church we hinge our ministry work on being, bold, inclusive and relevant. We are looking for someone who exudes those attributes and can translate them for the youngest members of our community. Applicants for this role are responsible for planning, marketing and implementing the Children and Family Ministries program at our Wicker Park site. This includes Sunday school volunteer opportunities for children and families, evangelism efforts, community outreach and social events.
Job Requirements: Essential Functions:
- Practices a bold, inclusive and relevant faith in Jesus Christ
- Is passionate about and attentive to the spiritual growth and development of children
- Supports and contributes to the mission and vision for the Children and Family Ministries program that is reflective of and integrated with the mission and vision of Urban Village Church
- Creates informational materials for programs and market/communicate programs to families and congregation members via church bulletins, e-newsletter, printed materials and social media
- Maintains administrative processes for Children and Family Ministries including registration, attendance tracking and retention
- Recruits, trains and supports volunteers for the various Children and Family Ministries, including Sunday school
- Selects and supervises volunteer childcare providers
- Monitors and enforces Safe Sanctuary Policy for Urban Village Church and offers regular trainings on this policy for volunteers and staff
- Education: Bachelor’s Degree
- 1-2 years of previous experience in program planning and implementation. 1-2 years previous experience working with children.
- Required Skills:
- Training and evaluating teachers, interpersonal and communication skills, program development and implementation
- Core Competencies
- Planning and Organizing
- Developing relationships and teams
- Ability to inspire children
Contact Name: Rev. Hannah Kardon
Application Deadline: Friday, August 12, 2016
More information about this position can be found HERE.
Associate Rector, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Chicago, IL)
Organization Description: Established in 1876, St. Matthew’s is part of the Diocese of Chicago and is comprised of over 400 baptized members. We are shaped by our mission: “Building Community in a Complicated World: St. Matthew's is a safe, sociable and caring community, where acceptance and our journey of faith bring us together. We welcome all and our commitment to others inspires us to reach out, take action, and make a difference.” We are looking for an enthusiastic and resourceful Associate Rector to assist the Rector by leading the active Formation and Outreach ministries and managing a wide range of administrative and clerical duties to keep the business of the church running smoothly.
Job Requirements: The Associate Rector will actively participate in worship and lead the Formation and Outreach ministries. In partnership with established volunteer teams, she or he will manage and implement all children’s and youth programming and organize spiritual formation and outreach opportunities that “meet parishioners where they are” and help them to connect their faith across seven days, including support for spiritual practice in everyday life.
In addition, the Associate Rector will assist the Rector in managing the administrative aspects of church life, acting as the executive director of the business of the Parish. This includes responding to inquiries, creating and delivering the Sunday bulletin and other Parish communications and reports, managing lay staff, coordinating building users, cultivating and coordinating volunteers, and overseeing the clerical records for the Parish.
Other expectations include engaging in a week of continuing education annually, acting as a sounding board for the Rector, and being an engaged partner with other parish leaders.
- Ordained within the Episcopal Church (or one in full communion)
- Experience nurturing spiritual practices within a theologically diverse community
- Business acumen and experience managing others
Highly Desirable Skills and Abilities
- Experience in leading children and youth, preferably in progressive learning environments
- Office management and experience managing others
- Skilled organizer of both people and information
- Able to express a mature spiritual point of view, with an openness to other’s views, opinions and questions
- Proven ability to cultivate, coordinate and work effectively with a network of volunteers
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Expertise using digital tools to effectively communicate with people of all ages - familiarity with Constant Contact, web management and social media is a plus
Contact Name: Ms. Edie Hertel
Minister for Racial Justice, The Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ (Cleveland, OH)
Organization Description: The Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ is seeking an independent, innovative candidate with a working knowledge of critical race theory. Critical race theory is an analytical lens that recognizes racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society and examines existing power structures, based on white privilege and white supremacy, that institutionalize racism and perpetuate the marginalization of people of color.
- Develop a comprehensive and strategic approach and curriculum for racial justice which includes a short-term and long-range racial justice program plan that engages all settings of UCC to dismantle racism in church and society.
- Work with staff colleagues in the national setting to explore and understand the intersection of racial justice with other justice issues (i.e. human rights, environmental justice, public education, criminal justice, etc.).
- Coordinate the ongoing work of the current church-wide initiative, Sacred Conversation on Race, which includes collaboration with national staff persons, conference and local congregations, and UCC trainers and facilitators.
- Coordinate the development of new resources that will engage all settings of the UCC, ecumenical, and interfaith partners in the study of racism and related dynamics such as white privilege, internalized racism, individual and systemic racism, etc.
- Represent JWM and the national setting of the UCC in all settings of the UCC, ecumenically, and in interfaith settings as appropriately related to this portfolio.
- Provide leadership within JWM, General Synod, and other settings of the church as appropriate in developing public policy positions and making policy statements on issues of racial justice.
- Develop and nurture ecumenical and interfaith partnerships on racial justice.
- Serve as lead JWM coordinator for Synod resolutions where issues of racial equity are present.
- Demonstrate theological understanding of racial justice in both verbal and written articulation of our mission in its broad range of concerns.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, graduate degree highly preferred.
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience in race conscious work.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of the United Church of Christ, its history and polity especially its commitment to prophetic ministry in the church and society.
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including some forms of published thought.
- Demonstrated experience and ability to broaden the understanding of racial justice that includes the broader diversity of race and ethnicity.
- Demonstrated skills in social and cultural analysis, particularly in the areas of race and racism.
- Ability to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious settings with a demonstrated commitment to pluralism in the workplace.
- Ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships with persons representing a wide variety of racial and ethnic realities and perspectives.
- Demonstrated written and verbal language skills in English including teaching and public speaking.
- Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively.
- Ability and willingness to travel as necessary.
This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.
It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.
The United Church of Christ National and Global Ministries is a Multicultural, Multiracial, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Equal Opportunity Employer.
Application Instructions: Apply HERE.
Director of Christian Education, Winnetka Congregational Church (Winnetka, IL)
Organization Description: The Director of Christian Education (DCE) is a valued member of the program staff at Winnetka Congregational Church (WCC). The DCE is responsible for the development, organization, and operation of the WCC church school programs for Junior Kindergarten thru Grade 6, as well as for the youth programming (outside of church school) for Grades 5-6. The DCE will be the primary contact for members regarding these programs.
Depending upon the candidate’s interest, the DCE position might also be structured to include youth programming for Grade 7 (outside of church school).
Job Requirements: Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Recruit WCC volunteers (teachers) to teach classes, as well as ongoing communication with teachers. Serve as a floating resource on Sunday mornings during Church School.
- Assist in the creation of, and keep track of, teaching schedules for each Church School class. Help teachers find substitutes, as requested. Serve as a resource to teachers as they prepare weekly lesson plans for each class.
- Develop printed materials and other communications regarding church school information, such as posters, monthly newsletters, weekly bulletin and WCC Messenger announcements, and postings on the WCC website. Send Church School updates and pertinent information to families via email, Facebook, and other avenues of communication
- Manage the registration process for church school, the database input of church school family information, including medical conditions and special needs, and track and maintain church school attendance
- In conjunction with the lay committees and pastoral staff, provide teacher training for Safe Church policies, curriculum usage, classroom management, and teaching techniques.
- Provide regular programming for 5th & 6th graders ―and (possibly) for 7th graders―that allows for fellowship, faith formation, christian education, mission opportunities, and service within the church.
Compensation, Hours and Availability:
- Competitive compensation package
- The Program Administrator should work 25 hours per week: Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday. May increase to 25+ hours per week in busy seasons. Weekend retreats.
- Personal faith in God through Christ and a passion working with youth and children
- Experience in leadership (paid or volunteer) in a Christian youth and children’s ministry
- Ability to help youth and children connect in meaningful ways with the church and to grow in their discipleship of Christ
- Team player, self-starter, well organized, caring and compassionate listener, creative and flexible
- Bachelors degree preferred
- Good written and verbal communication skills
Director of Youth Ministries, University Church (Chicago, IL)
Organization Description: There exists here at UChurch a strategy and vision for youth ministry (0-18 yrs), one born out of two years of prayer, planning, and intense conversation with parents, youth, and pastoral staff. We are now looking for someone to help implement that strategy, keep the church aligned to this vision, and garner support from the wider community. Experience and joy in working with youth, pastoral experience, and any experiences that demonstrate acumen in leadership and project management are all required.
Time Requirement: 15 hours per week (average), for a minimum of 2 years, beginning Sept. 6, 2016
Salary and Benefits: $1200-$1500/month, commensurate with experience
Reports to: Senior Pastor
Communicates with: Pastoral Staff and Christian Development Committee
Credentials: M.Div degree preferred; At least 2 years experience working with young people; able to pass criminal background check.
- Help tailor and execute a long-term vision for children and youth programs and ministries.
- Relationship building that provides pastoral support to the youth of University Church and the volunteers of the youth ministry.
- Welcome and orient visitors and new members to the vision and programming of the youth ministry.
- Communicate regularly with families about programs, logistics and content
- Preach and teach on occasion, as support to Sr. Pastor
- Communication and connection of youth ministry with broader congregational life
- Coordinate youth participation in worship and special events
- Oversight of Safe Church Policy (background checks, training, supervision of volunteers)
- Participate in monthly Christian Development Committee meeting (usually after a Sunday worship), regular staff meetings (2x/month), and annual job performance review
- Nursery: Oversee staff, materials and supplies
- Encourage storytelling and activities
- Jr Church: Coordinate and train teachers
- Manage curriculum (foci: biblical literacy, creative arts, social justice)
- Confirmation: Work with Sr. Pastor to develop annual curriculum
- Create schedule, communicate expectations to participants and families
- Lead classes and/or train leaders
- Youth Group: Coordinate regular meeting time – lead and/or train leaders
- Plan activities and events – social justice, social, educational, leadership building, etc.
- Present budget for the upcoming year to the Pastoral Staff and Christian Development Committee (the committee will present to the Board for approval)
- Manage all youth ministry expenses and reimbursements, in conjunction with office manager.
Part-Time Christian Educator Job, Lyme Congregational Church (Lyme, NH)
Organization Description: Position Purpose:
The Christian Educator will be a self-starter who is responsible for the ministry of children, youth and families within the congregation and greater Lyme community. The primary focus of this ministry is to grow and organize programs that educate youth and families in ways that promote faith formation and service opportunities. The culture of our work is team and faith based. The Christian Educator will be directly responsible for leading programs, and will recruit, train and supervise volunteer teachers and leaders.
- Organize and teach Sunday School and mentor and encourage lay teachers
- Provide leadership in the assessment, planning and implementation of the ministry to children, youth and families in the congregation and greater Lyme community (nursery school through eighth grade)
- Work collaboratively with the Pastor and staff.
- Initiate, coordinate, participate and evaluate the development of a variety of Christian educational experiences for children and families
- Coordinate children’s and youth involvement in worship
- Provide teacher support and training
- Prepare a monthly calendar
- Communicate with young families about programming
- Contribute articles to the monthly “Lyme Church and Community Newsletter”
- With the Pastor and Christian Education Committee, serve as a resource person in the area of curriculum and related materials
- Insure that all children’s and youth programs operate under safe church guidelines
- Attend weekly staff meetings with the Pastor
- Attend monthly meetings with the Christian Education Committee and the Church Board
- Submit an annual budget to the Trustees
- Prepare an annual educational ministry report
- Participate in continuing education
Qualifications: This position may be filled by either a lay or ordained person. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree and experience teaching or working with children and youth. Commitment to the Christian faith is essential. Strong communication, organization, and motivational skills are important.
Terms: This is a salaried part-time position, 15 – 20 hours per week.
Contact Name: Pastor Amy Hayden
Application Instructions: Please send a letter of interest and resume to
Part-time Christian Educator
Lyme Congregational Church
PO Box 27
Lyme, NH 03768
Include the following:
- Education, church experience, work and relevant volunteer experience including title, dates, description of duties, duration (and reasons for leaving if appropriate)
- Three References including names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and capacity in which you know the reference. (At least one reference should be familiar with your church experience.)
Minister of Faith Formation, Wayzata Community Church (Wayzata, MN)
Organization Description: Wayzata Community Church is a large church, about 3,000 members, in a lake community in a western suburb of Minneapolis. Our vision is "to inspire the world with the inclusive love of Jesus." Our mission is to be a caring community, to actively extend a welcome invitation to all people, to boldly challenge our own complacency and to relentlessly share our gifts through life-changing mission and service. We offer dynamic programming for all ages including a growing summer camp ministry and a ministry called Parables for families of children with special needs.
Job Requirements: The role of Minister of Faith Formation is to provide inspiration, spiritual and organizational leadership, and varied educational opportunities to the adult population of WCC. This minister will be entrusted with the responsibility to oversee, facilitate, guide and inspire members of the congregation at all stages of their faith journeys as well as the lay volunteers and professionals who create, plan and carry out the many programmatic ministries at WCC. This Minister will provide direct leadership, support and guidance to the educational program staff called the Transformers (early childhood through our evolving young adult ministry). The Minister will also carry out general pastoral duties such as worship, preaching and pastoral care.
Qualifications: We are seeking a leader who is passionate and committed to faith formation through education that builds faith and community. We are excited to find a self starter who will work effectively on teams of clergy, staff and lay volunteers to collaboratively live out the vision and mission of Wayzata Community Church.
This is a full time position for a Minister with a Masters of Divinity who has standing (or willing to seek standing) in the United Church of Christ.
Contact Name: Laura Janckila
Application Instructions: Please send resume or profile to the contact email.
Application Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2016
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