Director of History and Records/PHS Executive Director (Church Wide Ministries)
Philadelphia, PA, United States of America

Overview


- With national offices in Louisville, Kentucky, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) focuses on the national and international mission work of the church. It serves and works with congregations, presbyteries, and synods as the central provider of resources that enable individuals, congregations, and governing bodies to carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. The work at the Presbyterian Center is carried out by approximately 400 staff members in several national entities: Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Investment and Loan, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and Presbyterian Women.

 

<b>Position Purpose:</b>

·       To strongly and effectively communicate the mission and vision of the Presbyterian Historical Society of the PC(U.S.A.) to all of its constituencies. *To design, build and lead the PHS into the future.
*To lead in fundraising for operations, building needs, new programming, and endowment, keeping with PHS’s values, mission, vision, and goals.
*W
orking closely and building trust with colleagues in the Office of the General Assembly for broader collaboration and the understanding of how our past informs our present and future.

Supervises:
·       Director of Program
·       Director of Development
·       Director of Communications
·       Director of Technical Services
·       Senior Administrative Assistant 


 


Budget Accountability: $2,500,000








 

Job Skills / Requirements

 


 
1. Works closely with the PHS Board of Directors to develop a strategic plan for the development and future of PHS and update the plan as changing conditions may warrant. 
2.      In partnership with the PHS Board, and the Director of Development, he/she is responsible for leading and monitoring all development and fundraising activities for operations, programming and endowment with our mid councils, Presbyterian congregations, individuals and foundations. 
3.      Responsible for collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the history of American Presbyterianism with mid councils, congregations and individuals, to preserve the PHS for all generations.
4.      Through constant assessment of the needs of PHS constituencies he/she will provide oversight to the development of programs that connect PHS directly with congregations, mid councils, seminaries, academic institutions, individuals, and the General Assembly of the PC(U.S.A.), and provides materials (electronic and written) that will promote the services available from PHS.
5.      Works with staff across the Office of the General Assembly to ensure that the church’s current and future work is understood in the context of our history and that the histories represented in the PHS collection inform the overall work of OGA.  Works with the Presbyterian Mission Agency and other entities of the General Assembly to foster greater understanding and use of the church’s historical records. 
6.      Serves in an ex-officio capacity to the Board of the Presbyterian Historical Society and is responsible for the coordination of their meetings.  7.      Serves on the OGA Leadership Team. 
8.      Provides oversight of OGA records and publications and coordinates the taking of plenary session minutes at General Assembly. 
9.      Represents the Presbyterian Historical Society in the scholarly and archival community (regional and national), the general public, and networks with other historical societies and historians.


 





Additional Information / Benefits


<b>Additional Duties and Responsibilities:</b>
1.      Gives oversight to the preparation of the PHS annual budget with appropriate staff; monitors per capita and restricted income budgets.
2.      If eligible, the Director may be elected as an Associate Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, or may be appointed by the Stated Clerk, and confirmed by the Committee on the Office of the Stated Clerk, as an Assistant Stated Clerk of the General Assembly.
3.Serve as Senior Editor or Editor of The Journal of Presbyterian History.


REQUIREMENTS:


 


Education:  A Master of Arts in American history and/or an MLS in Information Science with a specialization in archival administration. 


 


Skills, experience and competencies: Demonstrated experience with increasing responsibilities of management and administration in an archival repository with a reference library component or an equivalent education, training and experience. Should have experience and a proven track record of fund raising, donor relations, grant development and public relations experience. The incumbent should have knowledge of Presbyterian history, polity and ecclesiastical organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  The incumbent will have skills in developing relationships with a wide variety of individuals both within and outside of the PC(U.S.A.) with the ability to manage and motivate people. Excellent verbal, writing, and organization skills. 


 


Sensory or Physical Requirements:  Ability to sit for extended periods of time. Ability to travel extensively both domestically and internationally to attend meetings, conferences, and the biennial General Assembly, as well as visiting donors and supporters. Ability to transport computer and other technological equipment.


 


Desired Qualifications:  In addition to the above, a PhD in history, preferably in American Church History, or a related area.  The person would have strong leadership, management, and communication skills, and possess a proven record in development and fund raising.  Experience as an editor, especially as it relates to the planning and production of The Journal of Presbyterian History.  Fluency in Spanish or Korean.


<b>Benefits:</b>



The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a competitive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Pension Plan, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan Vacation Days, Sick Days, Paid Holidays. 

The Office of the General Assembly is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law.  Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

Candidates from Presbyterian communities in the global south and other historic Presbyterian Communities of Color, preferably with theological training and fluency in languages other than English, are encouraged to apply.


This job reports to the Deputy Stated Clerk

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1