Job Description

Director of General Assembly Planning (Office of the General Assembly)
Louisville, KY, United States of America

Overview

The national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), based in Louisville Kentucky, serve with mid-councils, congregations, worshipping communities, and partner organizations to carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ. Approximately 400 individuals, diverse in race, age, gender, sexual orientation, faith, skills, and more, come together as colleagues to work for a world where justice reigns, peace prevails, and God’s love extends to all people. This community comprises the staff of several national entities: the Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Investment and Loan Corporation, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Presbyterian Women, and the Administrative Services Group.

BASIC FUNCTION: This position calls for a commitment to Jesus Christ and to the Christian faith, as well as a commitment to the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as noted in its theological confessions, the Book of Order, and the actions of the General Assembly.  

The Director demonstrates a commitment to continue to dismantle white supremacy, sexism and racism in the Office of the General Assembly and the PC(U.S.A.).  The position fosters collaboration, innovation and openness with colleagues, constituents, and the wider church.  It calls for servant leadership with an open and consultative operating style with colleagues in and beyond the Office of the General Assembly, guided by the goals set for the planning, execution, and review of the biennial General Assembly and sharing leadership in establishing and carrying out advanced planning for meetings and future assemblies. 

Job Skills / Requirements

 

  1. Coordinates, on behalf of the Stated Clerk, the planning and execution of the biennial General Assembly of the PC(U.S.A.). Works closely with the Stated Clerk, staff of OGA, other agencies and entities, and other groups who participate in the various aspects of the General Assembly. Provides leadership for the continued reshaping general assemblies that build a Christian community of prayer, worship, study and reflection, engage the broader community, and enable better processes for discerning the mind of Christ by the church.
  1. Assists the Stated Clerk, Deputy Stated Clerk, and the Office of the General Assembly to understand the broader context of the business of the General Assembly and trends that may exist. Ability to understand the intricacies of current assembly processes while being able to envision and enact new ways of conducting the assembly’s business and bringing greater equity to the whole of the assembly.
  1. Ensures the provision of meeting services to committees, special committees, and commissions of the General Assembly, as well as denominational events as appropriate. Explores, initiates, and implements agreements to provide meeting services to other entities as possible.
  1. In partnership with the Moderator of the General Assembly and the Stated Clerk, works to interpret the work of the General Assembly and its purpose for the whole church (G-3.05 from the Book of Order).
  1. Represents the Stated Clerk in work with local groups of the host presbytery and city. Works to foster greater connection and relationship between the denomination, the city and the presbytery that serves as host.
  1. Leads the Assembly Planning Team by fostering a collaborative and creative environment that aligns with the vision, values, and mission of OGA. Builds and leads teams to plan and execute various aspects of the assembly.
  1. Ensures the list of business to be referred is delivered to the Stated Clerk, and once approved submitted to the Committee on Business Referral or the Committee on Bills and Overtures. Also ensures that the distribution of referrals to General Assembly agencies of actions taken by the General Assembly, both during the assembly session and between them.
  1. Coordinates the selection of assembly committee leaders, as well as personnel needed for the assembly, including volunteers, committee leadership, and staff roles while at the assembly.
  1. In partnership with the Deputy Stated Clerk, works with the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly to ensure appropriate governance and policy decisions related to the assembly.
  1. Serves as a primary point of coordination with the Presbyterian Mission Agency and other assembly agencies in handling the planning and coordination of the General Assembly.

Education: Graduate degree required – MBA, MPA or similar, or an MDIV paired with relevant experience.  If an MDIV degree, preference for degree from a Presbyterian seminary. 

Skills, experience and competencies:  A strong Christian faith, a deep commitment to and active ministry in both the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the church ecumenical, and a passion for the gospel are essential qualities for the person to be selected for this position. The position requires a person who is a Teaching Elder or a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Five to seven years’ experience in executive leadership service, articulating a vision for the work of the General Assembly and the importance of gathering the community together to discern the mind of Christ.  Capacity to analyze and understand the finances of the assembly and the impact that an assembly has on a city and region and can work to leverage those impacts for the benefit of the denomination.  Ability to utilize project management skills in order to lead teams and accomplish the work.

The Office of the General Assembly seeks applicants who value difference and the benefits to be derived from working with a broad range of people.  Ability to work in a consultative and collaborative style within and across agencies, councils, and entity lines.  Demonstrated cultural proficiency.  Ability to effectively manage interpersonal relationships.  Fluency in English and excellent communication skills.  A thorough knowledge of the mission, polity, systems, and structure of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Able to use current technology. 

Sensory or Physical Requirements: Ability to sit for extended periods of time. Ability to travel to meetings, conferences, and the biennial General Assembly. Ability to transport computer and other technological equipment. 

Desired Qualifications: Fluency in Spanish and/or Korean.

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.

Presbyterian Church (USA) is committed to being not only an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the U.S. government,
but with the inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation as well.

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