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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.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force – Organizer (two openings)

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.

Deadline for Applications: January 20, 2012

ABOUT THE POSITION: We are currently seeking to fill two organizer positions. These positions will work as part of a dynamic team on issues of importance to the LGBT community. Under the supervision of the Director of the Academy or their designee, these full-time positions start February 17, 2014 and will be based in the Task Force’s office in Washington, D.C

These positions will be part of the Academy for Leadership and Action, a department working to Build Power, Take Action and Create Change by waging winning campaigns at the ballot box, the statehouse and in communities of faith, building the capacity and infrastructure of the movement by investing in both people and organizations, and creating and disseminating a shared worldview of a transformed society.

The Academy expects a standard of excellence—to think, act and evaluate at every stage of the work, whether they are counting votes in a legislative campaign or building relationships at the Bishops and Elders Roundtable. The Academy builds teams to lead inspiring, cutting-edge work for direct political action, as well as long-term leadership and organizational development throughout the movement.

DUTIES OF THE POSITION: Organizers contribute to and lead various aspects of the following projects:

  • Organize in communities fighting for LGBT policy change on ballot measure and legislative campaigns by recruiting, motivating and inspiring volunteers, volunteer leaders and staff of campaigns and equality organizations to master the core concepts of building big teams, grassroots fundraising, coalition building and leadership development;
  • Organize in faith communities fighting to change denominational policy so that LGBT people can participate fully in all aspects of the life of their faith community, as well as move people of faith to action on political justice campaigns;
  • Develop curriculum, train, facilitate and coach participants for:
    • The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change (Academy Sessions and institutes, including the Racial Justice Institute);
    • The Leadership Exchange (a 3 day cohort experience teaching values based organizing and people centered management);
    • The Trans Leadership Academy (skills based training for transgender and gender non-conforming people),
    • Naming our Destiny (capacity building for organizations do systemic change work led by and serving queer people of color);
    • Circuit Riders (1 hour to full day one-time trainings)
    • The Online Organizing Academy (online university for organizers) at department retreats and various Task Force cross departmental trainings;

IDEAL CANDIDATE’S SKILLS, QUALITIES AND EXPERIENCES:

  • 1-5 years organizing experience on community issue, legislative and ballot measure campaigns;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and great curiosity about all aspects of the LGBT community, especially with regards to trans justice, communities of faith and communities of color;
  • Demonstrated ability to give and receive critical feedback;
  • Experience and desire to take calculated risks;
  • Is self-aware and self-reflective;
  • Accountable to and values track able, measurable, quantifiable outcomes;
  • Is an excellent problem-solver;
  • Proficient and passionate trainer and ability to develop curriculum using adult learning theory;
  • Great relationship builder and ability to inspire others to take action;
  • Prefers and thrives in collaborative environment;
  • Desire and ability to travel extensively, even on short notice;
  • Understands the intersections of oppressions and has a Power, Privilege and Oppression analysis;
  • Demonstrated capacity and desire to work in a multi-cultural environment where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, real or perceived gender identity, physical ability, and spiritual practice is an important value; and
  • Spanish fluency is strongly preferred.

COMPENSATION:

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

These positions are part of our collective bargaining unit.

TO APPLY:

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 “Organizer” 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.

Many Voices seeks an energetic Communications Associate to provide support for Black church organizing in Washington, DC, North Carolina and nationally.

Mission and strategy

Many Voices envisions a Black church and community that embraces the diversity of the human family and ensures that all are treated with love, compassion, and justice.

To fulfill that vision, Many Voices is transforming the inaccurate narrative that the entire Black church is negative.

  • We raise the voices of Black gay and transgender Christians who, despite rejection and condemnation, contribute so much.
  • And we equip and bring forward influential Black leaders to demonstrate that their support for LGBT equality and justice is deeply rooted in the Black religious experience and entirely consistent with being Christian.

We do this to create space for a new, thoughtful dialogue about fairness, equality, and justice for everyone.

Role description

The associate will work closely with the Co-Directors on all aspects of outreach and communications including social media, events, fundraising and data management, coordination with partner organizations, and communication with Many Voices’ constituents.

Many Voices’ employees work from home offices in Metro Washington, DC and at other locations as required. Many Voices reimburses full-time employees for cell phone and high-speed internet services and any other equipment that is required to conduct Many Voices’ business. Travel is infrequent.

Qualifications

The successful candidate must be strongly committed to Many Voices’ mission, brand, and invitational approach. In addition, we are looking for an individual with excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to work independently and as part of a larger team, and a sense of humor. Specifically:

  • Strong communication skills, both written and interpersonal;
  • Grounding in Black church context;
  • Experienced with basic HTML and multiple online platforms including social media, database management, Adobe Creative Suite, and mass email marketing;
  • Takes pride in time management and attention to detail;
  • Effective team player who both takes initiative and knows when to check in;
  • Minimum two years’ experience in grassroots/community organizing or comparable work;
  • An ability to balance immediate and long term needs;
  • Talent for thinking strategically to ensure effective delivery and coordination of Many Voices’ programs, communications, and organizational goals.

Salary will be determined based on experience. Start date is as soon as possible upon hiring.

To apply

Please email the following to jobs@manyvoices.org:

  1. A one-page letter that includes your Black church experience and salary requirements
  2. Your resume
  3. Two very brief writing samples (fundraising, media, marketing, or other written materials)
  4. Three references with email and phone contact information

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Many Voices does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality; sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; age, height, weight, physical or mental ability; veteran status or military obligations; or marital status.

VALLEY MINISTRIES MCC Director of Congregational Life

vmWe are currently accepting resumes/applications for the position of Director of Congregational Life. Deadline for filing is January 10, 2014

 Job Summary

 Church

Valley Ministries Metropolitan Community Church
4118 Coronado Ave.
Stockton, CA 95204
209-810-9500

 Job Type

This is currently a part-time position with the potential of becoming full time as church growth and objectives are obtained.

 Qualifications

Musical ability to direct and oversee worship band, worship team, media for worship

Minimum education: an Associate’s Degree (or equivalent) and knowledge of the Bible, Christian teachings and principles.

Experience: planning and presenting programs and/or events.

(Some appropriate combination of the above education, knowledge and experience)

 Special Requirements

This position is required to work some evenings and weekends.

The person hired for this position will be expected to become a member of Valley Ministries MCC.

 About the Job

 Description

Valley Ministries Metropolitan Community Church is a Bible based, Christ centered church. We are an all inclusive church ministering particularly to the LGBTQI community. Our mission statement is: “Valley Ministries is a church alive which exists to communicate God’s love, to celebrate God and accept all people in order to encourage maturity in Christ, empowering people to share God’s love.”

 Purpose

To develop, coordinate and execute programs and ministry events, for all ages, that will introduce Valley Ministries to those in the community seeking a spiritual home, a caring refuge or simply a safe place to go to be with others. To provide programs that:

  • To direct and develop musical aspects of worship working with the senior pastor
  • Promote spiritual growth
  • Increase membership
  • Offer social events as entry points to church membership
  • Continue to enrich all in the congregation from the time they enter as a first time visitor until the time they depart.

 This position will report directly to the Senior Pastor.

 Examples of Responsibilities

  • To create a spiritual path, through programming, that will fit most of the needs of an individual regardless of background, spiritual maturity, etc.
  • To prepare and present programs for all ages, to include adults, young adults, teens and children.
  • To attend staff meetings.
  • To assist in the examination of the programs offered for Youth
  •  To assist senior pastor with on-going programs of the church

 Examples of Skills and Abilities

Ability to treat all individuals with respect and dignity.

Ability to build friendly, honest and professional relationships with staff and congregation.

Ability to organize a variety of programs for a variety of ages.

Ability to operate a personal computer using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Ability to clearly communicate, both verbally and in written form.

Ability to deal effectively with the public at large.

Knowledge of email, SKYPE, online teaching software, etc.

Ability to represent Valley Ministries MCC and its mission to community groups and organizations.

 Salary

Annual salary range is $14,000–$16,000, negotiable and commensurate with education and experience. There are no benefits allotted to this position at this time. (Contract options are also negotiable.)

 To learn more about Valley Ministries MCC, visit our website at: www.valleyministries.com

 Submit resume and Supplemental Questionnaire to

Lambda Legal seeks a staff attorney

Lambda Legal seeks a staff attorney to engage in cutting-edge impact litigation, public policy advocacy, and education furthering Lambda Legal’s mission.  This position will be based in the Midwestern Regional Office, in Chicago. The attorney will devote approximately 50% of his or her time to the national work of the HIV Project and the other 50% to work in Lambda Legal’s other priority areas in the Midwest Region.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.  Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. 

Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, such as federal and state constitutional law issues; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; child custody, visitation, assisted reproduction, and adoption; foster care and juvenile justice; sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal justice system, and other areas; asylum and immigration policy; and anti-LGBT harassment and violence.  Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. TexasRomer v. EvansBoy Scouts of America v. DaleBragdon v. Abbott, University of Alabama v. GarrettIn re Marriage CasesVarnum v. BrienBenitez v.  North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, and Brandon v. County of Richardson.  For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org 

Lambda Legal’s HIV Project filed the first HIV-related discrimination lawsuit in this country and since then has helped maintain and expand protections across the country for people living with HIV. The HIV Project has played a key role in interpreting and enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act and continues to achieve significant victories on behalf of people experiencing HIV discrimination in many areas of their lives, especially in employment and public accommodations.  Recent litigation includes a victory in the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of an HIV-positive man denied employment as a City of Atlanta police officer, a settlement from an Arkansas assisted living facility that ejected a man after learning of his HIV status, an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act as a method of correcting insurance market failures and addressing discrimination against people living with HIV, and an amicus brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals that helped prevent the deportation of an HIV-positive immigrant convicted of solicitation for oral sex.  The HIV Project achieves law and policy reform through impact litigation, extensive policy advocacy with federal and state government officials, and public education initiatives.  

Responsibilities:  The Attorney will devote approximately 50% of his or her time to the national work of the HIV Project and the other 50% to work in Lambda Legal’s other priority areas in the ten states in the Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin), and increase Lambda Legal’s presence as a force for civil rights there.  The attorney will handle all aspects of litigation in precedent-setting cases, as well as engage in education efforts and policy advocacy.  Litigation responsibilities include devising litigation strategies to produce the greatest positive impact most efficiently, conducting each stage of litigation in trial and appellate courts, writing amicus briefs, organizing amicus strategies, supervising Lambda Legal cooperating attorneys, assisting with the screening of requests for legal assistance, and investigating and developing potential new matters. 

In addition, attorneys on staff often consult with private lawyers who are handling matters related to Lambda Legal’s areas of expertise, advocate with government agencies and officials, and advise policy makers.  The attorney will engage in public speaking, write for a variety of audiences, and help implement education strategies to advance public knowledge and change dialogue about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and HIV-related legal issues.  The education work involves frequent interviews with print, radio, television, and web reporters.  Some travel is required.

Qualifications: Applicants are expected to possess experience sufficient to allow them to work with substantial independence in furtherance of Lambda Legal’s mission in all areas of our work.  Applicants should have a minimum of four (4) years experience as a practicing attorney, including litigation experience that prepares the applicant to handle law reform litigation.  

All applicants should have a high level of independence and initiative, excellent speaking and writing skills, the ability to produce the highest caliber legal work, creativity, good judgment, and a willingness to work with others toward the most effective strategies and initiatives to advance civil rights.  In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to talk and write about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.  

Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal.  Prior work on behalf of the LGBT community and/or people living with HIV is highly desirable, as is fluency in Spanish and/or other languages in addition to English.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of Lambda Legal scale.  Excellent employer-paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.

Application: The position is open until filled, and may start as soon as January 2, 2014.  Interviews may start as early as November 29, 2013.  Send resume, brief writing sample (preferably including discussion of a constitutional, discrimination, federal courts or other complex issue), and a letter or email explaining your interest in the position and how you learned of the job opening to:

Graciela Gonzalez
Lambda Legal
105 W. Adams, Suite 2600
Chicago, IL 60603
ggonzalez@lambdalegal.org

Include the words “Staff /HIV Project Attorney position” on the first line of the address of the envelope or the subject line of the email transmitting your application materials.

No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal will not accept phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, transgender people, and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.

Community & Continuing Education Program Coordinator – Pacific School of Religion

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Employment Opportunity

Community & Continuing Education Program Coordinator

Organizational Overview
Since its founding in 1866, Pacific School of Religion (PSR) has served as a multi-denominational Christian seminary. PSR stands at a remarkable crossroads of faith and learning communities. PSR has formal relationships with three denominations: the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Half of PSR’s students come from these three traditions. Other PSR students come from faith traditions as diverse as Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and several other mainline denominations and new religious movements.

PSR participates in the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical consortium of nine theological schools. PSR students use the GTU’s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, one of the largest theological libraries in the United States. PSR is located one block away from the University of California, Berkeley, where students have access to resources of one of the world’s great research universities. For more information about PSR, please visit our website at http://www.psr.edu.

Reporting to the Director of Community and Continuing Education, the part-time Community & Continuing Education Program Coordinator will provide administrative support for the Department of Community & Continuing Education, with a particular focus on the Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) program. The Program Coordinator will also develop and maintain relationships with community, instructors, and students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
General Administration

  • Create and maintain all records of CCE classes and students, in collaboration with the Dean’s office, Business office, and I.T. office
  • Develop annual course schedules and recruit/confirm course instructors, in collaboration with the CCE Director
  • Prepare instructor contracts and associated paperwork, in collaboration with the Human Resources office
  • Manage set-up and execution of online course spaces, including faculty technology training
  • Prepare reports with the CCE Director for PSR administration, faculty, and trustees
  • Respond to CCE/TEL program inquiries & correspondence

Recruitment

  • Develop program materials including print and web, in collaboration with PSR Communications staff
  • Recruit students & institutions for CCE & TEL
  • Serve as CCE/TEL spokesperson as needed at churches, conferences, and elsewhere
  • Maintain networking relationships with denominational representatives
  • Execute key elements of program marketing plans

Student Support

  • Facilitate student registration
  • Work with individual TEL certificate students to ensure smooth completion of their programs of learning
  • Enroll students in online courses and prepare/train students in new learning technologies
  • Develop and maintain a consistent system for follow-up with CCE students
  • Develop and maintain a TEL alumni/ae network, in collaboration with PSR Alumni Relations

Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience and/or Education

  • MDiv degree from an accredited ATS seminary and ordained or hold equivalent status.
  • Understanding of lay education and certified ministry education needs in the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Metropolitan Community Church, Disciples of Christ, and/or Fellowship is desirable.

Skills 

  • Demonstrated administrative skills, including promotion experience
  • Good written communication skills
  • Well organized and attentive to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collegially with faculty, staff, and students in an interdenominational, multi cultural community of diverse theological perspectives
  • Ability to build trust and relationship with prospective students
  • Competence to effectively and enthusiastically communicate the programs and opportunities offered by the CCE and TEL programs
  • Openness to different faith and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to manage sometimes conflicting priorities
  • Flexibility to function creatively in a team setting with faculty, students and staff
  • Proficient with MS Office applications; familiarity with and ability to train others in new educational technologies such as Adobe Connect and Moodle.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Majority of the work is indoors. Extensive online, face-to-face and phone contact with instructors, students, faculty, staff and prospective students. The noise level in the office is generally quiet. Some travel is expected.

Hours of Work:
This position is part-time. The job responsibilities should be completed in 24 hours per week. Hours may be flexible, including evenings and weekends as needed.

Mental Requirements: 
Reading/Writing – Ability to read and interpret documents. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from individuals and groups.
Judgment/Decision Making – Ability to prioritize own work and to perform under time constraints to meet deadlines. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Verbal Communication Skills – Frequent and essential ability to communicate clearly orally.
Social Skills – Ability to relate collegially, cooperatively and effectively with students, faculty, staff, and church and denominational leaders.
Planning – Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.

Physical Requirements:
Vision – Close vision required for reading correspondence/reports and working with computer.
Hearing – Ability to hear verbal communication in person and on the telephone.
Clear Speech – Ability to communicate clearly in person and on the telephone.
Lifting/Carrying – Some lifting and carrying of files & printed materials.
Pushing/Pulling – Ability to push/pull desk and filing cabinet drawers.
Sitting – Ability to sit for long periods of time in meetings.
Manual Dexterity – Ability to use computer keyboard.
Ability to travel – Some travel to visit prospective students, churches and participate in various denominational gatherings.

Tools and Equipment Used:
Phones, computers, webcams, printers, fax machine, photocopier

Applications will be reviewed as received and should be submitted no later than October 28, 2013.

Application Process
Candidates should submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references to:

Laurie Isenberg
Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709-1323
lisenberg@psr.edu

PSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Communications Manager – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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.

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager is a full-time position and will be housed at the Task Force’s Washington, D.C. office.

Position Summary

The Communications Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the organization’s online strategic communications plan as well as serve as a generalist in the communications department. A significant responsibility is in being able to code eblasts, forms, webpages, press releases and work with the Task Force database. In addition, this position will manage visual assets including the image archive and must be a whiz with the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro. This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and will report to the organization’s Director of Communications.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Performs general and specific communications, marketing and web-asset related duties.
  • Coordinates and updates e-blast calendar, schedules e-blasts to segmented Task Force lists, and sends out weekly call for e-blast submissions from TF staff.
  • Coordinates launch of e-blasts and online campaigns.
  • Implements e-blasts and advocacy campaigns.
  • Helps create and update forms, event pages, advocacy centers and other modules.
  • Imports and exports data between fundraising and communication tools
  • Works closely with the database administrator to ensure data integrity is maintained.
  • Works with communications and membership teams to achieve effective targeting and testing for e-blasts.
  • Troubleshoots e-blast non-deliveries.
  • Creates all types of forms, including source codes.
  • Sets-up e-blasts from start to finish.
  • Manages images for web use.
  • Other duties as assigned by communications director

Qualifications: 

    • Significant project management skills and experience.
    • Broad range of communications, marketing, design and technical web skills.
    • Expert knowledge of HTML, word processing, database and spreadsheet programs.
    • Other programming language experience such as php a plus.
    • Extensive experience with a CRM such as Sphere, Luminate or equivalent and their interaction with Raiser’s Edge or equivalent, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro and other state of the art web and design applications.
    • Experience working with FTP access to servers.
    • Knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its issues nationally and regionally.
    • Demonstrated experience working in a multicultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and physical ability is an important institutional value.
    • College degree or equivalent experience.

Must be able to:

    • Write compelling copy for a news release, blog or action alert.
    • Code a stellar eblast that conforms to our brand book and style guide.
    • Follow and enforce a brand and style guide.
    • Work with the communications team and take initiative to ensure the Task Force is on the cutting edge of digital communications.
    • Update the website including coding in HTML.
    • Pitch a story to the media.
    • Create forms quickly, including registration forms, with proper code and design.
    • Create heavily stylized HTML.
    • Use and produce pages in the Gala module.
    • Manage images for our online assets.
    • Pinch hit for other members of the communications department including talking to press and managing social media accounts.
    • Troubleshoot and take initiative.

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 Task Force 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 “Communications 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.

Online Organizing Academy Manager – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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.

Online Organizing Academy Manager

Position location: Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Leadership Programs Director

Snapshot of the Position: The Online Organizing Academy 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 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 “Online Organizing 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.