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Online Learning Center Programming Coordinator – 1 Year Contractor Position

The MCC Office of Formation and Leadership Development (OFLD) is seeking an Online Learning Center Programming Coordinator for a new contract position to perform as required and mutually agreed the following services:

 

A. Take the lead on identifying topics and presenters for online courses and webinars;

B. Advise the OFLD ont he potential for virtual technology for leadership development, training, care and connection, and spiritual development;

C. Function as a project manager for webinars offered by the OFLD;

D. Interface with all MCC offices to identify topics and presenters for online offerings;

E. Follow up with presenters to determine availability;

F. Coordinate scheduling and keep the Master Calender for the Online Learning Center; and

G. Provide occasional technical support and trainig for OFLD webinars.

 

This position will be accountable to the Director of the OFLD for the length of the contract, starting 1 November 2014 and ending 31 December 2015.

Application deadline is October 17th

This contract position is not a hired staff position and therefore is not eligible for employment benefits. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter to MarinaLaws@MCCchurch.net

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

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

World Student Christian Federation

WorldStudentChristianFederation

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

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

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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.