Associate for Interreligious Engagement (Theology, Formation, and Evangelism)
Louisville, KY, United States of America

Overview

The national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), based in Louisville, Kentucky, serve and work with mid-councils, congregations and partner organizations 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, Presbyterian Women and the Administrative Services Group.

Position Purpose:

Provide formation that will equip Presbyterians for interreligious understanding and engagement grounded in Scripture, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PCUSA), General Assembly (GA) theological statements, and the Reformed tradition through writing, speaking, resourcing the congregations, and councils of the PC(USA), and consulting throughout the denomination. Assist OGA staff as needed in support of the interreligious work of the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (GACEIR) and other PC(USA) agencies.

 

Job Skills / Requirements

  1. Develop and carry out strategies and resources that equip Presbyterians, particularly in congregations and mid-councils, to engage neighbors of other religions faithfully, in ways consistent with the policies and confessions of the PC(USA).
  2. Develop and maintain relationships with interreligious partners to further the work of equipping members of this denomination to engage neighbors of other religions faithfully.
  3. Work with the Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations to provide staff services for the interreligious work of the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (GACEIR).
  4. Maintain communication with the Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (Office of the General Assembly) regarding developments with interreligious partners.
  5. Represent the PC(USA) at interfaith tables, and with interfaith organizations as called upon, doing so in ways consistent with the policies and confessions of the PC(USA).
  6. As needed consult with the Stated Clerk, the Executive Director of the PMA, the Director of Theology, Formation, and Evangelism, and other staff colleagues in matters pertaining to interfaith work, relationships, and advocacy.
  7. Respond to general inquiries about the theological views of the PC(USA) from individuals, particularly inquiries regarding other religious groups.
  8. Governance: work on General Assembly referrals as assigned by and in consultation with the Coordinator for Theology and Worship. Prepare reports for GA and for the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, as assigned. Serve in staffing roles that support the General Assembly, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and other agencies as needed.
  9. Engage in research and writing project(s) on topics that address the situation of the PC(USA). Topics for such work will be shaped in conversation with colleagues in the Office of Theology & Worship.
  10. Work effectively with colleagues in the Office of Theology & Worship, the Theology, Formation, and Evangelism Mission Area, other parts of the PMA and other agencies to strengthen the ministry of the PC(USA).

Essential Position Requirements:

Education: Master of Divinity degree; Ph.D. or equivalent in one of the theological disciplines preferred.

Experience: 5-7 years 

Required Skills: Significant experience working with interreligious initiatives and organizations; thorough knowledge of at least one other religious group; diplomatic relational skills; detailed knowledge of the theology of the PC(USA) as found in its Constitution and General Assembly theological statements; excellent writing and speaking ability, project management, ability to work comfortably in MS Office.

Required Competencies: A member of the PC(USA) with a broad and detailed knowledge of the ways and ethos of the PC(USA); significant knowledge of and experience with followers of at least one religious group other than Christians; excellent ability to communicate ideas clearly in spoken and written form; ability to work comfortably in MS Office.

Helpful Skills: Proficiency in the English language and one or more additional languages very helpful. 

Physical Requirements: Ability to sit and work at a computer screen for long periods. Ability to travel to events, meetings, conferences.

 

Additional Information / Benefits

We believe a balanced life, with time for work, leisure, and spiritual nurture, makes us healthier and more productive colleagues at the Presbyterian Center.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a competitive benefits package for eligible employees 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, and Paid Holidays.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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. Individuals living with disabilities encouraged to apply.


This job reports to the Coordinator for Theology and Worship

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1