Event Management, Program Management, Volunteer Management
4 Year Degree
Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) is a diverse, interfaith graduate school, committed to educating leaders who will transform the world toward greater justice and mercy. The seminary seeks to hire a Program Coordinator for the Thriving in Ministry Initiative in the Office for Advancement. This position, will report to the Manager of Alumni & Church Relations. The principal responsibilities include coordinating the development, maintenance, and evaluation for the grant-funded program. This position is grant-funded for five years (January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2023) with an opportunity for renewal.
The Thriving in Ministry Initiative at CTS will provide a full ecology of support for congregational leaders from and serving under-resourced and marginalized communities. Black, female, and/or LGBTQ pastors, who are marginalized by their identities and lived experiences, and/or those serving in marginalized congregational settings will participate in a cohort experience designed to deliver the time, space, and resources for self-care, reflection, and renewal. Together, participating pastors will address the personal and professional challenges of bi-vocational ministry, and strengthen pastoral administrative leadership skills in the context of under-resourced congregations and bi-vocational service.
Essential Job Functions
Develop actionable project plans to complete goals of the Thriving in Ministry Initiative, creating timelines of specific tasks and responsibilities, while monitoring milestones along with Manager of Alumni & Church Relations
Plan and execute programming within the Thriving Ministry Initiative that fosters lifelong relationships with alumni and faith leaders from all backgrounds
Coordinate on-site, off-site, and online events, with ability to direct event setup/teardown/evaluation, organize vendors, problem-solve, and extend hospitality
Maintain regular communication with the Thriving Ministry Initiative participants and partners via direct contact, mass emails, social media, website content, and print publications
Evaluate and report program activity to grant funder, leadership, and Board of Trustees
Track Initiative expenditures and reconcile the accounts managed by the department.
Establish and maintain regular interactions with all seminary alumni, locally and nationally, through a planned approach for communications and engagement via direct contact, mass email, social media, website content, and print publications
Update and maintain alumni website and online community
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree required; Master of Divinity, advanced theological degree, or equivalent experience within a religious congregation or organization is preferred
Experience in program management, external relations, or alumni relations required with demonstrated accomplishment in building and fostering productive relationships with volunteers and developing volunteer leadership
Event planning and execution experience is required
Cultural and theological competencies needed to build relationships with faith leaders from and/or serving marginalized communities
Demonstrably strong writing, planning, and organizational skills
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
Ability to prioritize work and perform multiple tasks simultaneously while adhering to deadlines
Ability to take responsibility, to work well with a team and independently; ability to deal with confidential data.
Familiarity with social media and communications tools such as MailChimp, WordPress, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, and Facebook preferred.
Time Requirement: Regular business hours are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM CST. Some travel, weekend, and/or evening hours may be required.
NOTE: This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
Chicago Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Chicago Theological Seminary that all applicants receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
About Chicago Theological Seminary
Chicago Theological Seminary, a seminary affiliated with the United Church of Christ, serves God, Christ’s Church, multiple faith communities, and the larger world by educating persons theologically and cultivating the intellectual, pastoral, and spiritual capacities of lay and ordained religious leaders, scholars, and activists who contribute to the increase of justice and mercy.