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Scholar in Residence – Religious Institute

RELIGIOUS INSTITUTE 21 CHARLES STREET, 140 - WESTPORT, CT 06880 - 203-222-0055 - WWW.RELIGIOUSINSTITUTE.ORG

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Religious Institute (www.religiousinstitute.org)
Scholar in Residence
30 to 40 hours per week
$30,000 to $40,000 annually
75% to 100% of cost of “bronze level” on health insurance exchange covered
October 1, 2014 –September 30, 2015 (may be renewable for second year)
Westport, CT accessible by Metro North commuter rail

General Purpose

The Scholar in Residence will provide direct program assistance on grant funded programs, including administrative tasks, online network management, conference and travel management, and research. The Scholar in Residence will also assist in general Religious Institute projects as needed.

Essential Duties

  • Provide research, program, and dissemination assistance on domestic and international reproductive justice, LGBT full inclusion, and sexuality education projects.
  • Support project-related programs, events, and workshops including travel and conference planning (in collaboration with Office Director), coordination with host institutions, and arrangement of conference calls.
  • Coordinate and schedule social media postings.
  • Coordinate administrative tasks for specific projects, including filing, maintaining contacts, and general clerical assistance.
  • Provide research and writing for publications, including creating new program resources.
  • Represent the Religious Institute on coalition calls and meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Demonstrated commitment to sexual justice.
  • Recent M.Div. or M.P.H. or related graduate degree
  • Experience in not-for-profit agency in office-based job preferred.
  • Experience with WordPress templates/websites, PHP, and/or Filemaker a plus.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to take initiative in setting priorities and capacity to work independently on multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff.
  • Excellent oral communication, editing, and research skills. Public speaking skills preferred.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated use of MS Office programs, proficiency with social media, demonstrated ability to use (or learn to use) web-based programs such as Formstack, Google forms, Survey Monkey, Mail Chimp, etc.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to godoi@religiousinstitute.org. Review of applications begins immediately until position is filled.

Communications Director job opening at More Light Presbyterians

Communications Director (part-time)

This job is title is “Communications Director” — because that’s the closest approximation we could find — but really this position is about so much more. An ideal candidate (could it be you?) is somebody who’s willing to be bold about what’s possible for MLP’s communications in the future. We want creativity, collaboration and — above all else — somebody who wants to dive in and make this job their own. The movement for LGBTQ inclusion in the church and world is in an exciting place right now. We are in the process of achieving marriage equality in the PC(USA) as we are working on expanding our welcoming congregations. More Light Presbyterians is leading this movement, shaping the conversation and setting the course for the coming years. Everything this position does is vital to this effort.

One thing to note is that MLP doesn’t expect the ideal candidate to have all of the qualifications listed here. (But if you’re a unicorn and you, in fact, do have all of these then by all means please apply immediately if not sooner.) We’re more interested in somebody who has some of these qualifications but is willing to learn the others they’re lacking. We want somebody who’s going to work hard, be a team player and show real passion for our mission. MLP is dedicated to leadership development and if you have some but not all of these qualifications, apply anyway! We can make sure you get the training you need along the way.

Essential Responsibilities 

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to create and implement integrated communications strategy that reinforces key messages consistently across communications channels.
  • Develop opportunities for media exposure for MLP, via press releases, advertising and coverage of events
  • Co-Convene with MLP Board point person the Editorial Board blogger team.
  • Create, schedule, and monitor social media content including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Create bi-weekly e-newsletters including identifying and soliciting content, writing, and formatting text and photos.
  • Oversee website content creation and monitor for accuracy, up-to-date news, active links, and consistency across organizational pages.
  • Coordinate the production, printing, and distribution of MLP mass mailings including the More Light Update, quarterly appeal letters, and other documents as requested.
  • Manage registrations for MLP’s bi-annual National Conference, General Assembly events, and smaller events. Create registration forms and documents as needed to assist Board members in managing conferences and events.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to frame issues for specific audiences (Presbyterian and secular)
  • Broad knowledge of relevant software, network management and social networking processes, including MS Office, Google docs and google apps, wordpress, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills required to manage multiple fast-paced projects simultaneously
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite software (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) or Final Cut Pro or iMovie a plus

Reports to: MLP Executive Director

Location: MLP’s Executive Director is based in Washington, DC, but MLP operates a virtual office, collaborating online. You can do this position from anywhere with a solid internet connection.

To apply, please click here: http://bit.ly/MLPcomms to submit your application, resume, cover letter, and 2-3 writing samples. If you have managed a twitter handle or facebook page please provide a screen shot of your most successful work. The application period is open until August 3.

Program Associate, Believe Out Loud

Collegiate Church Corporation


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Program Associate, Believe Out Loud
Non Exempt (1 FTE)
Believe Out Loud Program Director
Intersections, Midtown NY
Up to mid-$40’s

Program Summary

Believe Out Loud, an online network empowering Christians to work for LGBTQ equality, seeks a passionate and organized Program Associate to provide support across our program areas. This position is ideal for an individual with strengths in online engagement, communications, and operations. The Program Associate reports to the Program Director of Believe Out Loud and is a collaborative voice within our three-person team.

Essential Duties
Online Engagement / Communications

  • Engage members by coordinating daily posts on six social media networks;
  • Monitor and moderate member engagement across Believe Out Loud’s online networks;
  • Identify multi-media content to promote mission and resources across online networks;
  • Create branded content to engage audiences across online networks, as needed;
  • Collaborate with Senior Editor to ensure publication of daily blog and email newsletters, as needed;
  • Support Director and Senior Editor in designing and implementing digital strategy to engage core audiences across Believe Out Loud’s online networks;
  • At all times, represent and uphold brand of Believe Out Loud.

Operations

  • Administer merchandise, including sales and fulfillment of online orders;
  • Ensure all donors receive follow-up correspondence from Believe Out Loud;
  • Implement, oversee and maintain Believe Out Loud’s volunteer program;
  • Liaise with denominational partners and LGBTQ movement partners, as needed;
  • Assist with event planning, as needed.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Associate’s degree in communications, new media, theology, or related field ideal.

Qualifications

  • Strong communications skills, including writing, editing, and social media engagement;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a small team;
  • Ability to meet daily deliverables while managing multiple ongoing projects;
  • Proficiency in MS Office software, including Word, Outlook and Excel;
  • Understanding of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube,
  • Flickr, and social media management systems;
  • Passion for creating LGBTQ-affirming spaces within churches and Christian denominations;
  • Nuanced understanding of both LGBTQ and Christian faith communities.

Working Conditions:
Position resides in open work space environment. Normal work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday with occasional weekend hours. Employee may be required to visit a variety of direct service settings across the community. Additional mobility is required during this activity. Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects (up to 25 pounds) during the course of the workday. Business casual is the expected style of dress with occasional business professional attire for meetings and special events.

How to Apply
Please send résumé and cover letter to Lucretia Holden, Director of Operations & Human Resources at lholden@intersections.org. Please reference BOL Program Associate in the subject line. Submissions will be accepted be accepted until midnight, Friday, August 8, 2014.

COLLEGIATE CHURCH CORPORATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

ORGANIZATONAL SUMMARY
Intersections International is a dynamic, multi-cultural, multi-faith, global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York, the oldest corporation in North America, dating back to 1628. Intersections is dedicated to building respectful relationships among diverse individuals and communities to forge common ground and develop strategies that promote justice, reconciliation and peace. It is an innovative organization with a small diverse and dedicated staff. For more information visit us at www.intersections.org.

About Collegiate Church Corporation
Collegiate Church Corporation is part of Collegiate Church, the oldest Protestant Church in North America with a continuous ministry since 1628. It has ministered under three flags – Dutch, English, and American. It is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. The Collegiate Church maintains four places of worship under the care of one Consistory – Fort Washington, Marble, Middle and West End Churches. It operates under a charter granted in 1696 by King William III of England acting upon a petition for religious freedom. The charter was confirmed in 1753 by the legislature of the colony of New York and continued in force by the Constitution of the State of New York.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer & Trans*gender Intersectional Justice – West Coast Conference Organizer

World Student Christian Federation North America

Student Christian Movement, USA

UTOmnes

Gender and Sexuality Working Group U.S.A

lgbtqwscf@gmail.com

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer & Trans*gender Intersectional Justice – West Coast Conference Organizer

The World Student Christian Federation North America (WSCF-NA) and the Student Christian Movement- USA (SCM-USA) are seeking a dynamic, and energetic organizer for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer & Trans*gender focused conference of the Student Christian Movement (USA).

SCM-USA is a progressive national ecumenical Christian organization.

 

Work location: Anywhere in the US, Preference for West Coast Resident

10 Hours a week @ $20.00/hour wage. No benefits.

Start date: ASAP

End Date: November 15th, 2014

 

The WSCF and SCM are building a national movement of progressive Christian students and young adults who engage in the work of peace, justice and global action, following Jesus’ Good News. The WSCF, through the SCM-USA, builds local and global networks, provides opportunities for leadership training, Biblical and theological reflection, ecumenical movements, mutual support and global solidarity actions.

 

This fall we will be holding a west coast regional conference addressing intersectional justice issues for LGBQ & Trans*gender people in our faith communities in the U.S. The conference will prioritize workshops and presentations on issues urgent for LGBTQ people that include but are not limited to: racism and racial justice movements, immigration, disability, poverty, mass incarceration, HIV & AIDS, street violence and systemic barriers targeting gender non-conforming and Transgender people. This conference seeks to further the work of empowering and healing our church communities through creative, educational, and faith-full tools and resources.

 

The SCM-USA LGBTQ Conference Organizer will:

 

  • Plan the 3 day long 2014 LGBTQ Conference to be held in the Fall (preferably October) of 2014 including:

o   Work in close communication with the WSCF N.A. Regional Regional Secretary and the Coordinating Chair for LGBTQ issues for preparation of the conference

o   Find, finalize, and prepare conference location and venue and communicate with its staff

o   Connect current SCM groups to the conference

o   Recruiting and planning worship leaders and service(s) for the conference and its participants

o   Connect and develop relationships with already existing LGBTQ movements within a diverse range of Christian denominations in the U.S.

o   Create a resource booklet of LGBTQ and other relevant resources for participants to return to their communities/SCM chapters with

o   Develop conference program

o   Recruit workshop leaders and presenters (specifically those that address the issues described above, and whose work prioritizes the leadership and knowledge of communities heavily targeted/impacted by a specific issue.)

o   Organize housing and transportation venues or resources

o   Prepare conference materials

o   Design and implement web-based publicity and communication through email, phone, and social media.

 

Qualifications

 

  • Passion for empowering students and building young adult leadership
  • Familiarity of the SCM’s and WSCF’s core values including its political and theological orientation as a progressive Christian movement
  • Experience working on LGBTQ issues within a Christian faith community, or faith based organization
  • Experience working on issues based in, and relevant to communities of color in the U.S.
  • Clear understanding of issues distinct and specific to Transgender communities
  • Former conference organizing, or event planning
  • Experience in ecumenical settings, work, or organizing
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience

 

The conference organizer will be supervised by and work in conjunction with the WSCF North America Regional Secretary, Luciano Kovacs, the SCM-USA National Organizer, and the Coordinating Chair for LGBTQ issues Sonny Duncan, and supported by SCM members and lumni.

 

SCM-USA prioritizes building a staff team that reflects the diversity of communities we serve. People of color, immigrants, transgender and gender non-conforming people are encouraged to apply.

 

ROLLING DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS. Start Date as soon and hire is finalized. Please submit a CV, and contacts for three references and a short essay on your vision of how to execute the goals of this conference. For more information, contact Sonny Duncan, lgbtqwscf@gmail.com

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EXPANDING THE COUNCIL OF ELDERS MCC’s Moderator Requests Your Input

RevNancyRev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC, is preparing to appoint up to five additional MCC members to serve on the Council of Elders, which serves in a pastoral role and directs the spiritual life of MCC. The appointment process will conclude by June 2015, at which time the Council of Elders will consist of the Reverends Nancy Wilson, Darlene Garner, Hector Gutierrez, Mona West, and the new members.

The Moderator is asking for the assistance of current and former Elders, members of the Governing Board, MCC clergy, and Lay Delegates to identify prospective appointees from among lay and clergy members of MCC. To submit a recommendation, complete the on-line recommendation form (Click Here for Form) by 31 July 2014.

 

In addition to meeting the qualifications of Elders as defined in UFMCC Bylaws, prospective appointees must meet the following selection criteria:

  1. Be loyal to MCC and to MCC’s mission, vision and values
  2. Have demonstrated giftedness in pastoral and spiritual leadership
  3. Be sensitive to cultural difference
  4. Be able and willing to embrace diversity
  5. Be MCC clergy or a graduate of the MCC lay leadership development program (Leadership Empowered for Active Discipleship, L.E.A.D.)
  6. Possess demonstrable theological depth
  7. Be committed to global justice
  8. Model excellence and high standards in ministry
  9. Be capable in ecumenical and interfaith ministry settings

Once the recommendations have been submitted, the Moderator will then ask the prospective appointees to complete an application form and to indicate their willingness to participate in the selection process that has been designed by the Moderator and approved by the Governing Board.

 

General Conference Mandates regarding the Council of Elders

(UFMCC Bylaws Article V.E.3.a and b)

 

COUNCIL OF ELDERS:  The Council of Elders of the UFMCC is that body authorized by the General Conference to serve in a pastoral role and direct the spiritual life of the Fellowship.  This Council shall consist of a Moderator and Elders appointed by the Moderator, subject to approval by the Governing Board and affirmation by General Conference.  All UFMCC Elders are deemed professional ministers and are authorized to perform all of the Rites and Sacraments of the church.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:  Elders must be those individuals of obvious spiritual quality and leadership who are mature, have sound judgment, have a proven record of accomplishment as lay or clergy members within the Fellowship, and have successful experience in envisioning and strategic planning for the future.  Elders must be excellent communicators, skilled motivators and teachers, self-motivated and devoted to continuous learning.  Further, Elders must be capable of understanding and working within sound fiscal guidelines, be sensitive to cultural differences, and be able and willing to embrace diversity.  It is desirable that the Council of Elders reflect the diversity of the Fellowship.

 

DUTIES:  The primary responsibility of Elders shall be to give pastoral leadership and care to enable the Fellowship in our spiritual journey.  The Elders shall exercise spiritual and pastoral authority to build a shared vision for the UFMCC, prepare the UFMCC for the future, and support UFMCC’s strategic direction.  The Elders serve as official representatives of the Fellowship in the areas of public and community relations; provide oversight and support to congregations; consult with churches on issues related to church development; and fulfill other ecclesial and ceremonial duties.

 

Further Clarification Regarding the Council Elders

 

1. All members of the Council of Elders will be volunteers, including Elders who may also be a compensated member of MCC staff. While continuing to be compensated for their work, such Elders would not be compensated for their service as an Elder.

 

2. By 2015, the Council of Elders will include the Moderator, the Rev. Elders Hector Gutierrez, Mona West, Darlene Garner, and 4 or 5 new Elders.

 

3. Every effort will be made to ensure that at least one-third of the members of the Council of Elders live outside of the United States.

 

4. Every effort will be made to ensure parity in terms of gender identity.

 

5. Every effort will be made to ensure that at least one of the members of the Council of Elders is a young adult (18 to 35 years of age) at the time of appointment.

 

6. Elders serve for five years as members of the Council of Elders; the Moderator may extend an appointment as many times as seems appropriate:

    • For the purpose of transition, before the end of 2015, the Moderator would modify the appointments of the Rev. Elders Hector Gutierrez, Mona West, and Darlene Garner to serve until 31 December 2018, at which time the appointments could be extended, if deemed appropriate by the Moderator.

7. An appointee who has been approved by the Council of Elders and the Governing Board will join the Council of Elders immediately upon affirmation by General Conference and will serve until 31 December of the fifth year following affirmation.

8. Elders serve at the pleasure of the Moderator and, in accordance with UFMCC Bylaws, the Moderator may remove an appointment at any time, with or without cause.

9. The processes for accountability, discipline, and removal of an appointed Elder (Bylaw Article V.E.3.c) and for filling a vacancy on the Council of Elders (Bylaw Article V.E.3.d) will remain the same.

10. Upon resignation or retirement from the position of Elder, all former Elders (including those who served in former systems, are still on staff in some capacity, or are active in other ministry positions) are referred to honorifically as “Elder,” but do not serve on the Council of Elders unless appointed by the Moderator.

11. All Elders retain the title as long as they maintain active membership in MCC and continue to abide by the Elders Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for MCC Ministry Leaders.

 

Implementing the Role and Responsibilities of Elders

 

The Role of Individual Elders

Each appointed Elder fulfills specific responsibilities as assigned by the Moderator consistent with those duties as defined in UFMCC Bylaws. Collectively, the appointed Elders fulfill all of the duties of Elders as defined in the UFMCC Bylaws.

 

The Role of All Elders

All appointed Elders serve on the Council of Elders.  The Council of Elders has three important roles:

  1. To be a discerning, spiritual and pastoral body that assists the Moderator in the role of spiritual, pastoral and prophetic  leader of MCC, as well  as offering spiritual and pastoral leadership to local churches and Networks;
  2. To approve standards for affiliation of MCC churches globally; and
  3. To approve the Clergy Manual that governs MCC clergy globally.

As members of the Council of Elders all Elders fulfill the following responsibilities:

 

1. As requested by the Moderator, be available to:

      • Support the Moderator and the Senior Leadership  in providing spiritual leadership for MCC
      • Visit Network gatherings
      • Assist with leadership development efforts.
      • Serve as an official representative of MCC in the areas of public and community relations.
      • Undertake ecclesial and ceremonial visits to churches.
      • Counsel with the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Board.
      • Provide pastoral and spiritual support and mentoring for clergy and lay leaders as needed and requested

2. Participate actively in meetings of the Council of Elders.

3. Participate actively in training and professional development opportunities offered to members of the Council of Elders.

4. Be familiar with MCC Bylaws, policies, procedures, and processes.

5. Ascribe to and actively promote the MCC statements of vision and mission.

6. Be familiar with and actively promote MCC programs and events.

7. Attend General Conference and Network gatherings.

 

Budgetary Considerations

 

The budget for the Council of Elders is developed by the Moderator and senior staff assigned by the Moderator in accordance with the policies and processes of the Governing Board. The cost of all appointed Elders to attend and participate in the General Conference and in meetings of the Council of Elders will be borne by the UFMCC within the approved budget.  The cost of fulfilling specific assigned responsibilities are borne either by the UFMCC within the approved budget and authorized by the Moderator, or by local congregations or other organizations per the terms of a mutual agreement.

Position Opening: Student Christian Movement (SCM)-USA National Organizer

World Student Christian Federation

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Student Christian Movement, USA

 

 

World Student Christian Federation

North America Regional Office
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 700
New York, NY 10115
phone +1-212-870-2470
fax      +1-212-870-3220
wscfna@gmail.com

 

Position Opening:  Student Christian Movement (SCM)-USA National Organizer

The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) and the Student Christian Movement- USA (SCM-USA) seek a dynamic, energetic organizer for the Student Christian Movement (USA), a progressive and social justice US national ecumenical movement.

Work location: Anywhere in the US, with a preference for New York City

The WSCF and SCM are building a national movement of progressive Christian students and young adults who engage in the work of peace, justice and global action, following  Jesus’  call to bring good news to the poor, proclaim release of the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  (Luke 4:18)  The WSCF, through the SCM-USA, seeks to build local networks of engaged students on campuses and communities and provide opportunities for leadership training, Biblical and theological reflection, ecumenical engagement, mutual support and global action.  The SCM is a member of the WSCF which includes over one million members in 90 countries around the world.

The SCM-USA National Organizer will be responsible to

  • Plan the 2015 annual national Leadership Training Program to be held in the spring of 2015, which will include
    • Staff the Leadership Training Program’s PrepCom
    • Find, finalize and prepare conference location and venue and communicate with its staff
    • Connect current SCM groups and individuals in planning the national event
    • Develop conference program
    • Recruit participants
    • Prepare conference materials
    • Design and implement web-based publicity and communication, including work on a database and website.
    • Help with fundraising
  • Help implement and execute programmatic decisions by SCM-USA advisory board, WSCF North America Regional Committee and other SCM groups, including local activities and other regional or national programs
  • Facilitate the formation of new local chapters of the Student Christian Movement USA
  • Administer local seed grants disbursed to SCM chapters
  • Provide communication and support to the World Student Christian Federation, including the US Trustees of the WSCF and help connect US students to WSCF global events
  • Stimulate and facilitate the articulation of global analysis and theology for US students, as well as the development of new strategies aimed at making the SCM’s work more effective and relevant at local, national and global levels
  • Research and write grant proposals and help in fundraising strategies in conjunction with WSCF North America Regional Secretary, SCM-USA advisory board and the WSCF US Trustees.
  • Help maintain and expand SCM/WSCF website, social media  and database
  • Help Regional Secretary with administration of national office

Qualifications

  • Passion for empowering students and encouraging leadership
  • A good grasp of the SCM’s ministry and “raison d’être”
  • Understanding of the political and theological orientation of the movement, including its social-justice work
  • Experience or exposure to the SCM’s work on a national or regional level and/or experience in an organization with similar objectives
  • Adequate understanding of the Christian Churches in the US; appreciation of the wider ecumenical movement in the US and internationally is an asset.
  • Ability to interpret the work and vision of the SCM to churches and ecumenical bodies and relevant organizations
  • Commitment to working in an social-justice framework
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Inter-faith experience is an asset.

The conference organizer will be supervised by the WSCF North America Regional Secretary, Luciano Kovacs, located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York City, and supported by SCM members and alumni.  Salary is $20/hour for an average of 18 hours a week.  No benefits.  Position begins immediately for a 12 month contract with the possibility of renewal and expansion of position.

The successful candidate will have the vision, passion and skills to help nurture the emergence of an ecumenical student Christian movement in the US; be committed to peace, social, economic and gender justice; and desire to work as part of an international community. SCM-USA  is LGBTQ affirming.

Deadlines for applications June 20. Estimated starting date for position, July 15.  Please submit cover letter, cv and contacts for three references and a short essay on your vision for a social justice, student-led grassroots ecumenical movement . For more information, contact Luciano Kovacs, wscfna@gmail.com

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force E-Learning Manager

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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people, and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all.

About the Academy for Leadership and Action

The Academy works to develop leadership competencies in three focus areas:

  • The ability to win short-term victories for the LGBT community at the church house, the state house and the ballot box;
  • The ability to build an organization’s capacity to act, which includes the ability to raise money; manage staff, board members, and volunteers; and build long-term relationships with a broad cross-section of progressive movement leadership.
  • The ability to frame publicly LGBT issues within a broader progressive struggle for justice.

E-Learning Manager

Position location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Leadership Programs Director

Snapshot of the Position: The E-Learning Manager is responsible for the successful growth and day-to-day management of the Task Force’s innovative Online Organizing Academy.

Strategic Outcomes of the Position:

  • Increase the availability, reach and breadth of Task Force training curriculum and resource materials  through utilizing e-learning / distance learning technologies.
  • Establish the Task Force as the organization leading innovative cutting-edge online training that’s continually fresh and relevant to the needs of the LGBT and Progressive movement.
  • Promote the Online Organizing Academy as a place for innovation, sharing tools, trading organizing  and change making strategies and successes, in short create a virtual community for our partners in  the movement.
  • Create and analyze real and robust data about who it is that we’re reaching and teaching so that we  can hold ourselves accountable and so that we can tailor our methods to meet the needs of our  students, volunteers, community leaders.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the overall successful refinement and implementation of the OOA business plan, including managing the program budget by actively participating in the annual budgeting process and budget evaluation systems, coordinate and support a robust marketing and communication plan, manage capital purchases required to sustain effective technology, collaborate with the Task Force Development department to raise funds and support smart growth of the business plan, hire and work with necessary contractors;
  • Manage the growth of a robust learner community by creating systems to support individual learners and supervisors on how to maximize results in the OOA with learners and teams of learners, develop strategic opportunities for OOA learners to interact with each other and establish social media platforms to connect learners to one another and to advisors in the movement;
  • Manage an evaluation system to determine the overall program effectiveness;
  • Manage collaborative efforts to integrate the use of the OOA into programmatic work both in and outside of the Academy – for example, Finance and Admin, Winter Party Festival, Pink & Purple, and Creating Change, as well continue to grow the use of the OOA in Academy programming;
  • Manage the development and refinement of curriculum, resource materials, report tools and survey data. This includes expanding the use of e-documents, web video, podcasts, webinars and the like; tracking, building and maintaining a living archive of Academy curricula; and leading a team of instructional designers to build, film, edit and narrate key curricula into the Online Academy format.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of five years of experience leading the creation and execution of innovative training curriculum around various facets of grassroots organizing, advocacy, fundraising, or organizational development;
  • History of leading strong in-person training within a variety of training environments with a strong command of the components of adult learning theory;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill; demonstrated ability to communicate with a wide and diverse set of audiences;
  • Ability and experience with conducting needs assessments from partners and stakeholders and using that data to provide appropriate support;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with software applications necessary for developing professionally produced training curriculum and materials;
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media and various technology platforms that engage and support a virtual community; and
  • Some experience contributing to the LGBT movement, as a volunteer or paid staff person.

At times, this position may require extensive travel – applicants should be willing to travel a minimum of 10 days per month.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan with employer contributions.

This position is part of our collective bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your experience relevant to these responsibilities and qualifications and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations and contact information for three references. Applications submitted via e-mail for this position should be directed to hr@theTaskForce.org; please write “E-Learning Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC, USA (MCCDC) is seeking a full time Minister of Worship Arts.

 Minister of Worship Arts
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C., USA

 

The Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C. (MCCDC) is celebrating over 40 years as a Christian Church with a special ministry to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered community. MCCDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that maintains a drug and alcohol free workplace.

Position Overview:

This position provides worship, programming and celebration leadership for MCCDC’s dynamic and growing congregation.  As Minister of Worship Arts, the incumbent oversees all activities related to worship arts.  Currently there are two Sunday worship services at 9 AM and 11 AM, a Spanish Speaking Service at 6 PM on the last Saturday of each month.

Reports to:

Senior Pastor

Reported to by:

Paid musicians

Primary Goals:

Work within the guidelines and vision of the Senior Pastor for the body of Christ, in an effort to create and implement a music program that enlivens, enriches and enhances the overall worship experience for the congregation that will ultimately empower and change lives!

The worship style is blended with an emphasis on gospel, providing worship connection opportunities for a very broad range of people. In addition to gospel, The Minister of Worship Arts should be well versed in and capable of providing a variety of musical and worshipping styles from well-known hymnody to contemporary. He/she should also be able to provide inspirational and healthy leadership to ministry volunteers as well as work well in teams and small groups.

Remain in open communication with the senior Pastor or his/her representative to ensure that the Worship Arts Ministry is in good alignment with the overall direction and vision plan for the growth of the congregation.

To monitor musical trends in sacred music and seek to balance these trends with the overall vision and need of the congregation.

Primary Responsibilities:

Provide technical training, spiritual leadership, support and supervision for all Worship Arts Ministry groups as needed. Including but not limited to:  9 a.m. Praise Choir, Praise Team, Ensembles, Eclectic Praise, Joyful Strings, song leaders, soloists, organist, pianists, bass player,  percussionist and Moving Spirit (liturgical dancers).

A. This includes but is not limited to the following tasks and duties 

  1. Weekly staff planning meeting
  2. Regular rehearsals and additional rehearsals as needed in preparation for Sunday morning service and all other worship services as needed (including but not limited funerals/memorial services)
  3. Workshops
  4. Annual retreats
  5. One on one solo vocal coaching sessions as needed
  6. One on one vocal coaching sessions with song leaders as needed
  7. One on one training sessions with organist and pianists as needed
  8. Voice Classes as needed for choirs and ensembles
  9. Various team building activities such as choir administrative and section leader training
  10. Seek opportunities for on-going personal musical growth and development

 B. Annual Events – requiring research, coordination and planning

  1. Annual Christmas Concert
  2. Annual Black History Month Concert – February
  3. Annual Summer Concert – August
  4. Palm Sunday and Easter

C. Provide Technical Leadership, Spiritual Direction and Creative Programming to the                James T. Wilder Theater Ministry (Currently Inactive)

D.  Manage Music Ministry Budget

E.  Hire and Train Additional Musicians as Needed

F.  Keep all music Licensing (CCLI and others as needed), current

Secondary Duties/Responsibilities

A.  Provide MCC Fellowship Support Services as needed (conferences, workshops, etc.).

B. Increase MCCDC Visibility for reaching out to the community and reaching in to the congregation. Provide general choir growth and performance opportunity and advancement as appropriate within the LGBTQIA community and beyond.

C. Working with the Board of Directors and Stewardship Team to coordinate fundraising for ongoing programming and development of MCCDC and the Worship Arts Ministry.

D. Provide support to other staff, ministry leaders, board members and congregation as needed.

E.  Recognize special events and times in the life of the congregation such as but not limited to Church Anniversary, National Holidays, additional worship, and respond accordingly (at Pastor’s direction).

F.  Provide appropriate music and or leadership as needed for miscellaneous services, ceremonies and special occasions as needed.

Compensation/Benefits:

  1. Up to 40 hours per week, compensation and work schedule are negotiable.
  2. Benefit package includes health and life insurance, paid leave and holidays.  Retirement benefits may be provided after one year of service.

For more information please contact the Senior Pastor Reverend Dwayne Johnson at RevDwayne@mccdc.com and Rev Cathy Alexander at RevCathy@mccdc.com or call 202-638-7373 extension 802.

Seeking Contractor: Program Developer for Virtual Ministry

MCC desires to engage a qualified independent contractor to research and develop a virtual church program for MCC that functions synergistically with local churches and to manage the start-up. The contract will begin immediately upon engaging and is expected to end no later than 31 December 2015. The contractor will be accountable to the Director of the Office of Emerging Ministries.

It is expected that the contractor will engage collaboratively with existing MCC staff and volunteers to:

Phase 1: Assessment and investigation

  1. Identify the needs of people inside and outside of MCC that could be best met virtually by the denomination and those that could be best met virtually by churches.
  2. Identify the MCC congregations that provide effective, high-quality virtual ministries.
  3. Identify what kinds of support are needed by churches that would like to begin or to enhance virtual ministry.
  4. Research what other denominations provide in the way of virtual programming for outreach and their possible application within the MCC context.
  5. Research how mobile apps and social media can be used even more effectively by local churches and by the denomination to enhance accessibility to MCC, to increase effective communications, as a marketing tool, and as a fund-development tool.

Deliverable: Research report that documents the findings

Phase 2: Recommend

  1. Use the learning identified in the investigation to develop a detailed plan and timeline for creating a virtual church program for MCC that functions synergistically with local churches.

Deliverable: Detailed proposed plan and timeline

Phase 3: Feasibility Testing

  1. Test the feasibility of the plan and make modifications as appropriate to meet our needs.

Deliverable: A final plan that can be agreed to by MCC

Required Skills:

  1. Can effectively gather and synthesize information.
  2. Is proficient at the use of online sources for information gathering.
  3. Experienced with the use of social media as a tool for building awareness and community for not-for-profit and/or church communities.
  4. Experienced with developing mobile applications.
  5. Can effectively assess the quality of user experience with web sites, social media, and mobile applications.
  6. Is fluent in English.
  7. Can write and speak effectively in English about the use of technology.

Other Qualifications:

  1. Can provide his/her own work tools, including but not limited to a phone, computer, and broadband Internet access.
  2. Is familiar with and respectful of MCC vision and values.
  3. Is a self-starter and works well without strict supervision.
  4. Able to travel.

The contractor will be compensated at up to $1,500 (USD) a month, commensurate with experience, for the duration of the contract. The position is not a hired staff position and therefore is not eligible for employment benefits.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15 February 2014. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and a relevant resume to:

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Director, MCC Office of Emerging Ministries
RevDarleneGarner@MCCchurch.net

 

 

NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASK FORCE  FAITH WORK DIRECTOR

799px-NGLTF_Logo.svg[1]OVERVIEW:

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (Task Force) seeks a visionary, action-oriented, collaborative leader for its faith work. The ideal candidate will have the deep religious grounding, movement-building experience, and political sophistication necessary to: 1) lead and significantly grow the faith work portfolio to its next level of impact and inclusiveness, 2) be a prominent public spokesperson for pro-LGBT religious perspectives, and 3) facilitate and lead networks of religious leaders.

Ideally, the new Faith Work Director will start March 2014, based in Washington DC.

THE TASK FORCE AND ITS HISTORY OF DOING FAITH WORK:

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people, and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all.

In a 2006 merger, the Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR) became the initial faith work program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Since then, the faith work at the Task Force has evolved to include a range of faith work initiatives. The faith work of the Task Force is located within the Task Force’s Academy of Leadership and Action to maximize the evolving collaboration and mutual learning between faith and secular organizing.

LOOKING FORWARD:

The faith work of the Task Force has a continuing crucial niche working to build pro-LGBT religious movement capacity and infrastructure and connect grassroots and grasstops leaders and strategies to accomplish policy change within faith settings, as well as at the state house and at the ballot box. The Task Force will continue – through its faith work initiatives – to leverage its network of relationships to engage in direct action, grow its impact and inclusiveness into the future. Through unique partnerships our efforts will be focused on clarity of vision, collaboration and achieving long-term change together. In a recent listening process, the Task Force was encouraged to focus on emerging movement needs and opportunities and to seek a Faith Work Director who has the capacity to lead the organization in this regard.

DESCRIPTION OF THE CURRENT PORTFOLIO OF FAITH WORK AT THE TASK FORCE

Faith work at the Task Force has several current areas of focus:

  • Intra-religious, denominationally-specific, capacity-building and policy change work. Increasing and diversifying the numbers of welcoming congregations and communities and supporting the living out of this commitment. Supporting the development of leadership working on organizational policy change and truly liberating, queer theology.
  • Creating and holding the collaborative and connective spaces within the pro-LGBT religious movement. This includes: training, sharing resources, collaborative organizing and thought-partnership with ecumenical, multifaith, and secular partners. The Task Force facilitates and convenes a faith network of three leadership circles: the Welcoming Church Program Leaders (WCPL), serving 18 denominations; the ecumenical Bishops and Elders Council (BEC) of 30 leaders; and the National Religious Leadership Roundtable (NRLR) of 100 multi-faith leaders. The 3 circles engage together during Practice Spirit, Do Justice at The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.
  • Creating models for effective faith work in secular ballot and legislative campaigns two years ago, the Task Force launched the Faith Partner Organizing Program and began working in deep collaboration with religious and campaign partners in several state and local campaigns to mobilize pro-LGBT religious infrastructure and develop grassroots lay leaders as campaign leaders and strategists primarily around marriage equality campaigns. That work continues to be refined based on our collaborations and best practices are being applied to local and statewide non-discriminatinon campaigns ands marriage equality campaigns in 2014.
  • Hosting a clearinghouse of pro-LGBT religious resources and a creator of reports, analyses and resources necessary for multi-faith pro-LGBT movement building and leadership development.

The Task Force values and is committed to: 1) developing sustainable grassroots religious leadership, 2) ecumenical and multifaith approaches, 3) an intersectional approach to movement building, and 4) developing intercultural sensitivity.

The faith work director manages a current team of 3 staff and a number of consultants.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The faith work director leads and works on several scales:

  • Leads and manages the team of staff and consultants.
  • Leads faith work within the Task Force and collaborates with other staff in the Academy of Leadership and Action and across other Task Force departments.
  • Leads, collaboratively, the 3 circles of religious leaders that the Task Force convenes.
  • Leads in the public sphere as a prominent public religious leader and spokesperson.

The Faith Work Director reports to the Director of the Academy for Leadership and Action or their designee. Specifically, the Faith work director is accountable for the following:

  1. Organizing and inspiring faith leaders and networks to action. Articulates and leads with a clear and compelling movement vision. Collaboratively leads, facilitates, and organizes the faith network around shared vision to strategize and take action together. Organizes and oversees the staff and consultant team to support action and convening of the three circles.
  2. Publically representing the Task Force, faith network, and a pro-LGBT religious world view. Presenting an out front, compelling, world view and identity through public speaking and writing that is accessible to a variety of religious and secular public audiences. Working closely with Task Force communications staff on public communications. Responding to partner requests for preaching and public presentations. Participating in key collaborative meetings, bodies and projects with faith colleagues and allies in the movement.
  3. Long-term and strategic visioning, planning, and decision-making. Collaborating to ensuring the faith work program has a clear and compelling movement-building vision and impact-oriented theory of change, power analysis that is in line with and integrated with the overall Task Force strategic plan. Providing proactive and reactive counsel on faith issues to Executive and Academy management to help assure that Task Force decisions, strategies and public comments on LGBT and other social justice issues resonate with progressive faith communities. Making strategic decisions that are both disciplined and adaptive about opportunities and prioritization of resources and work.
  4. Fundraising and garnering support to grow the faith work. Diversifying and increasing funding necessary to realize the future vision of the faith work and sustain the movement overall. Building relationships with foundations and individual donors. Generating and conceiving of partnerships, programs, and projects that attract resources both within the Task Force and externally. Working with the Task Force Development Department to increase fundraising capacity, write grants and grant reports.
  5. Advancing multifaith, intersectional and interculturally sensitive approaches to build on, and expand, the established intra-denominational success in mainline, predominantly white, Protestant denominations. Integrating these approaches throughout the Task Force’s faith work, including resources (available online and in person) and developing the intersectional and diverse Practice Spirit, Due Justice space at the Creating Change Conference.
  6. Program Management. 1) Supervising staff and consultants in different locations. Maintain a positive work environment that develops people and fosters self-care in a hard working environment, 2) Developing and managing annual budgets in coordination with Task Force budgeting processes, 3) Overseeing management and development of projects and programs with effective delegation.
  7. Program Development. Advising on faith organizing and movement building approaches and training/curriculum development for legislative and ballot measure campaigns where the director has expertise and/or ensuring the necessary expertise is available for impactful work (including calling on the expertise of other colleagues within the Task Force.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Religious leader and professional with a history of service and a strong theological grounding. Immersed in their religious tradition. Able to inspire spiritual engagement of people in the movement. Sensitivity to and personal familiarity with issues facing LGBT religious/spiritual persons. Prefer welcoming movement experience.
  2. Action-oriented visionary with demonstrated passion and vision for pro-LGBT movement building and social change within and through faith communities. Experience within a social movement organization. Strategic thinker and decision-maker. Political savvy. Prefer experience and expertise with multiple models of organizing.
  3. Proven network and collaborative leadership style, skills, and experience. Experience leading and facilitating groups of leaders toward a common purpose and joint action. Works well on a team and develops the leadership of others.
  4. Multi-faith values, depth of approach, and experience.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to and skill working at the intersections of faith, LGBT, and other progressive justice issues.
  6. Cultural competence and history of developing intercultural sensitivity working across diverse races, ethnicities, socio-economics, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
  7. Exceptional written, oral communications skills. Strong, confident, and credible advocate and spokesperson for pro-LGBT, intersectional, multi-faith religious work. Able to articulate a religiously grounded, accessible argument for the faith work.
  8. Motivated and capable of fundraising to significantly increase the Task Force’s resources. Can conceive of partnerships, programs, and projects that attract resources.
  9. Trustworthy relationship builder. Exceptional interpersonal communication skills. Honest, compassionate, and approachable. Sense of humor. Has a significant network of relationships and positive reputation to benefit the Task Force.
  10. Proven senior manager (of staff and consultants, projects, programs, and finances). Virtual supervisory experience highly desirable.
  11. Energetic and comfortable with an intense pace. Likes to be on the move and is available to travel 50% time. Hardworking and able to work in a virtual environment with a small team. Models and supports emotional health and self-care.
  12. Significant theological grounding through some religious education is required.
  13. Computer literate and proficient in mobile communication. Familiarity and experience with current social media tools is ideal.

LOCATION

The Task Force seeks to locate the Director in the Washington, DC office to facilitate internal relationship building and collaboration, access to major media, and increase national visibility. The Director is expected to travel outside DC to connect with grassroots faith organizing leaders and work.

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan with employer contributions.

This position is part of our collective bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in being a member of the TaskForce staff, a resume addressing your experience and qualifications relevant to the position responsibilities and three examples of your work. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations and contact information for three references. Applications submitted via e-mail for this position should be directed to hr@theTaskForce.org; please write “Faith Work Director” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2014.