Job Description

Coordinator for the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (Compassion Peace and Justice)
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.

Position Purpose:

Provides staff leadership to the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy; administers the work of the committee and supervises the Unbound managing editor and designated support staff; coordinates the work of committee and staff with OGA, the General Assembly and PMA divisions through strategic planning, proposals, liaison arrangements; works with ecumenical bodies in policy development; interprets the social policy witness of the General Assembly to the General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), ecumenical bodies and society at large, and provides advice and counsel concerning the Church's social witness.

 

Job Skills / Requirements

Roles and Responsibilities (list in order of priority):

  1. Supports the committee (ACSWP) in achieving its goals and its assigned functions; working collaboratively with committee members, staff and volunteers; facilitating the committee and leading its staff in the planning, implementation and evaluation of its functions and structure by:
    1. Developing and employing organizational structures which support the mandates of the General Assembly, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and the ACSWP;
    2. Proposing a budget and staff rationale which supports the mandates of the General Assembly, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and ACSWP;
    3. Exercises administrative oversight of the organization, including financial reviews, maintenance of personnel policies, and dissemination of information;
    4. Enhances the effectiveness of staff by encouraging collegial relations and utilizing team development skills and activities as appropriate;
    5. Serves as member of the Compassion, Peace and Justice Coordinators’ Team for information and staff support, participates with other divisions in staff week meetings, staff teams, and consultative processes.

  2. Facilitates the processes of research, writing, editing, online posting, updating, and interpretive tasks integral to the formation of social policy witness in accord with General Assembly policy.

  3. Facilitates and participates in the provision of advice and counsel on social policy to the General Assembly, its entities and the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.
  4. Provides the committee with research briefs with respect to current work or update of current policies, and for A&C’s. Provides policy analysis on the items referred to ACSWP from the General Assembly actions. Has a thorough understanding of current PCUSA social witness policies.
  5. Collaborates with peers in other ministry areas, apprising of policy work, resolutions, A&C and of other recommendations of the committee, to ensure how ACSWP can help with policy creation for their needs and to ensure there is not duplication of efforts.

  6. Relates the work of ACSWP to the ministry area and bodies of the PMAB for coordination of social policy development, program administration of social policy and monitoring the effectiveness of social policy witness, serving on committees and staff teams as needed.

  7. Provides for interpretation of social policy of the General Assembly, including facilitating the formation of networks within the church, the academy, ecumenically and in society in order that the witness and work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) may be heard, as well as benefit from the insights of others.

  8. Oversees and facilitates the administrative, planning and budgeting activities of the committee.

  9. Performs other duties as negotiated with the Director Compassion, Peace and Justice.

Essential Position Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree, M.Div. plus additional relevant study in ethics and/or social science discipline is preferred.

Experience:

  • Five years of experience in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in a congregational or governing body setting with responsibilities in administration, social justice/social witness, and group process, OR combination of education and experience to fulfill the role.
  • Capacity to work with extremely sensitive issues, commitment to the Church and its prophetic witness, competence in theological, ethical and social analysis.
  • Ability to communication effectively orally and in writing
  • Composition, editing, teaching and interpretive skills.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness and sensitivity in working with staff colleagues at all levels of the church.
  • Skill in group process. Demonstrate concern for wide range of social issues.

Helpful Skills:

  • Additional education in theology, ethics or social and public policy analysis.
  • Skill in designing and facilitating group process, enhancing participation of staff and elected members.
  • Listening, planning and working with other members of the Church and the staffs of governing bodies at all levels in the formation and interpretation of social policy witness.
  • Ability to respect and be sensitive to the diversity of the church; have the capacity to communicate with a pluralistic constituency; have a style of management which encourages participation, shared responsibility, respect and collaborative endeavors. Be open to reform of church policy with a readiness to explore wide range of social concerns.

Required Competencies:

  • Knowledge of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) social witness, mission, structure and history.
  • Matrix and project management.
  • Ecumenical social witness and activities

Physical Requirements

This position may travel occasionally, both domestically and internationally, by air and other means of transportation.

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 Associate Mission Director

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1