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Church World Service – Grassroots Organizer

Reports to: Associate Director for Immigration and Refugee Policy
Team: Immigration & Refugee Program
Location: Flexible remote location
Grade: 4
Starting salary: $40,000 – $45,000
Status: Exempt, Non-Bargaining Unit

Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.

To Apply:
Please visit the link below to apply directly online to this position:
http://cws.applicantstack.com/x/apply/a2h9xbor70c9

Please note that CWS does not accept resumes for positions that are not posted.  All applicants are required to submit their resume using the on-line applicant tracking system.

Communications
CWS uses Applicant Stack for all communications, please be sure to check your e-mail frequently and please check your junk/spam folder.  Due to the volume of applications that we receive, only those individuals shortlisted will be contacted.

Primary Purpose:

The main responsibilities will be to develop effective grassroots organizing and education efforts as directed by CWS advocacy priorities at the local, state and federal levels. The Grassroots Organizer will take direction from the National Grassroots Coordinator and collaborate with CWS refugee resettlement offices and affiliates, communities of faith, and partners around the country; build the education and organizing capacity of CWS member communions and partners; maintain records of all grassroots activities and contacts; collaborate with key partner organizations on events in support of immigrants rights and humanitarian foreign assistance; and work with CWS advocacy staff to relate grassroots activities to relevant local, state and national decision makers. The Grassroots Organizer will function as a part of the CWS Advocacy Team and the Immigration and Refugee Program Team, and as such will participate in strategic planning and program meetings, collaborate with CWS refugee resettlement offices and affiliates and communions, and maintain frequent communication with other CWS partners and constituents at the regional levels.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist the National Grassroots Coordinator in developing multi-issue grassroots organizing structure;
  • Map out local organizing committees throughout the country;
  • Work with CWS refugee resettlement offices and affiliates, support CWS member communions and their congregations, and other faith- and community-based partners to assess needs, identify leaders, develop resources, and organize and lead trainings and events;
  • Connect faith-based organizations with partners in their regions, including youth and community and migrant rights organizations;
  • Maintain familiarity with existing web-based, print, video, and new media resources on immigrants rights and humanitarian assistance, and develop and update resources as needed;
  • Collect information on local events to share electronically and in-person with public officials;
  • Coordinate with the Associate Director for Immigration and Refugee Policy and the Director for Advocacy to ensure organizing and education is informed and collaborative;
  • Conduct organizing and education trainings for constituents coming to DC and preparing for in-district visits to their public officials;
  • Track all events to evaluate effectiveness by region and as a consolidated report to inform future organizing work;
  • Track all relationships and manage contacts, identify and map local partners and maintain database to enhance commitments to mobilizing for immigrants rights and humanitarian assistance;
  • Organize meetings, trainings, conferences and events on grassroots organizing;
  • Work with the CWS Media Team to implement communications that generate visibility and awareness of the work of CWS and its affiliates and partners;
  • Consult with local organizing committees on strategic campaign development and implementation to educate the public and policy makers about the negative consequences of local immigration enforcement efforts and of cuts to foreign assistance;
  • Educate CWS offices and affiliate and local faith communities on civic participation initiatives such as voter registration, voter education and voter protection;
  • Assist in the implementation of the CWS seed grant program for local organizing efforts;
  • Assist the CWS Media Team with online organizing activities through social media;
  • Strengthen leadership development among CWS refugee constituents and build local organizing capacity among refugee groups so that they are educated and prepared to do effective education and organizing on issues that impact refugee communities, including immigrants rights and humanitarian assistance.

Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field

Experience:  A minimum of three years experience in grassroots and community organizing, social justice work, immigrant and refugee rights, and/or campaigning.  Familiarity with immigration and refugee issues and international humanitarian assistance. Experience working with immigrants and refugees on community projects. Must have experience conducting trainings and developing resources, planning events, managing a budget and working with partners from diverse faith traditions, immigrant and human rights organizations, and service providers. Well organized, with excellent communication, writing and speaking skills. Ability to travel domestically.  Able to work flexible hours, some evening or weekend and off-site work may be required.  Familiarity with faith-based and humanitarian organizations. Experience working with immigrants, refugees, youth, and experience working with local print, radio, TV and/or non-traditional, new and social media a plus.

Other Skills:  Computer literacy in new media, social media, word processing, spreadsheet and database applications, webinar technology, video editing, and Microsoft Office applications preferred. Fluency in Spanish or languages spoken by refugees in the United States (ex: Somali, Nepali, Karen, Arabic, preferred.

Other Requirements:  This position is for one year with possibility of renewal.  The position also requires frequent travel across the country, including but not limited to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Minnesota, Indiana, Nebraska, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and California.

Competencies:

Communication
Ensure effective exchanges of information with others.  Examples of skills and behaviors include speaking to others respectfully; expressing ideas in a logical, organized way; sharing information appropriately; and clarity and conciseness in written communication.

Relationships
Ensure constructive and supportive interactions with others.  Examples of skills and behaviors include being positive and supportive when working with others; sharing information and resources freely; resolving conflict constructively; and proactively working to remove obstacles to success for others.

Job Knowledge
Utilize and apply job related knowledge to complete job tasks at a level that meets or exceeds expectations.  Examples of skills and behaviors include utilizing job knowledge to solve problems or develop new approaches; maintaining or enhancing skills through continuing education; and taking on projects that will develop or enhance skills.

Teamwork
Work effectively and contribute as a member of a team.  Examples of skills and behaviors include supporting other team members by sharing information; covering the work of others during absences, vacations, etc.; and actively participating in developing ideas for ways to increase team effectiveness.

Problem Solving
Analyze information and develop solutions to challenges that arise during the course of performing a job.  Examples of skills and behaviors include researching and collecting facts; defining the issues and the parties affected; formulating options/solutions for addressing the problem; and engendering support for and implementing the solution.

Operational Leadership
Successfully lead a group to achieve operational goals.  Examples of skills and behaviors include priority setting; timely decision making; planning and organizing; delegation; and managing and measuring work.

Building and Leading Effective Teams
Earn the respect of team members, create strong morale and spirit on the team and utilize the unique skills of all team members.  Examples of skills and behaviors including managing diverse relationships; flexibility; being open and receptive; running effective team meetings; and exhibiting integrity and trustworthiness.

Strategic Leadership
Accurately anticipate future consequences and trends and translate them into the fulfillment of workable strategies and plans.  Examples of skills and behaviors include problem solving; dealing with ambiguity, creativity; innovation management and business acumen.

Earlham School of Religion – half-time teaching faculty appointment in Theological Studies

POSITIONS AT ESR

The Earlham School of Religion (ESR) seeks candidates for a half-time teaching faculty appointment in Theological Studies to begin July 1, 2015. Half-time constitutes teaching 3 courses per academic year. This will be a one-year contract, renewable annually contingent upon funding. Relocation to Richmond, Indiana is optional. While no committee work is expected, the candidate would be expected to regularly participate in faculty meetings, either in person or electronically and to provide academic advising to students. Courses would be a combination of online, 2-week intensives, or residential semester courses.

Qualified candidates will have a doctoral degree in Christian theological studies with an expertise in the area of Quaker theology. Candidates must also be in conversation with contemporary trends, such as emergent church, “unaffiliated” spiritualties, and/or other areas where the Quaker witness intersects with contemporary society. Candidates would be expected to contribute to the required courses of Theological Studies currently in the curriculum: Introduction to Theological Reflection, Contextual Theology (generally in conjunction with a 2-week trip to a foreign or domestic site), Constructive Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Dialogue.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated teaching ability, including the application of emerging educational technologies through online and hybrid courses.

ESR is a seminary of the Religious Society of Friends, though over a third of the students are other than Quaker. ESR has about 100 students and is part of Earlham, sharing its campus with Earlham College, a respected liberal arts college of about 1200 students. ESR is also in partnership with Bethany Theological Seminary, a seminary of similar size, which serves the Church of the Brethren, another historic peace church.

Qualified candidates from the Religious Society of Friends, women, and minorities are especially invited to apply. A cover letter explaining interest in the position, vita, and the names of three references may be sent no later than December 31, 2014 to:

Stephen Angell
Search Committee Chair
Earlham School of Religion
228 College Ave.
Richmond, IN 47374

Applications will begin to be reviewed in December and the search will continue until the position is filled.

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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INT-2014-BOL PA
Two-Year Grant Funded Position (eligible for benefits)
Program Associate, Believe Out Loud
Non Exempt (1 FTE)
Believe Out Loud Program Director
Intersections, Midtown NY
Up to mid-$40’s

Program Summary

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

Essential Duties
Online Engagement / Communications

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

Operations

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

Education and Experience Requirements

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

Qualifications

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

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

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

COLLEGIATE CHURCH CORPORATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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

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

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

World Student Christian Federation North America

Student Christian Movement, USA

UTOmnes

Gender and Sexuality Working Group U.S.A

lgbtqwscf@gmail.com

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

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

SCM-USA is a progressive national ecumenical Christian organization.

 

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

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

Start date: ASAP

End Date: November 15th, 2014

 

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

 

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

 

The SCM-USA LGBTQ Conference Organizer will:

 

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

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

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

o   Connect current SCM groups to the conference

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

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

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

o   Develop conference program

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

o   Organize housing and transportation venues or resources

o   Prepare conference materials

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

 

Qualifications

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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