Job Description

Ministry Engagement Advisor (Ministry Engagement and Support)
Louisville, KY, United States of America


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:

Lead the effort in engagement and support in a specific geographic area of the U.S.  Directly solicit support for the ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and the Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.  This includes World Mission, Compassion, Peace and Justice ministries, Racial Equity and Women Intercultural Ministries, and Theology, Formation and Evangelism, Per Capita and any other ministries or programs as assigned.

  1. Promote and interpret Matthew 25 as they relate to the directional goals of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
  2. Promote and interpret the work and priorities of the Office of the General Assembly.
  3. Increase knowledge and engagement in the mission of the Presbyterian Church. U.S.A.
  4. Increase confidence in the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Office of the General Assembly.
  5. Solicit gifts in support of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Office of the General Assembly from congregations and individuals.  (There may be occasions when there will be an opportunity to solicit funds from mid-councils and private foundations.)

Job Skills / Requirements

  1. Support and encourage the mission, vision, identity, values and mission work plan of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Office of the General Assembly in attitude, work ethic, behaviors, and relationships!
  2. Interpret and promote the mission of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. in support of the ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Office of the General Assembly. Maintain the highest ethical standards of fundraising.
  3. Cultivate, solicit and steward congregations and presbyteries in order to build and maintain relationships which sustain and increase financial support. Serve as a knowledgeable and articulate spokesperson for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Office of the General Assembly.  Each MEA may have a ministry area that they have particular expertise.  In certain instances, they may be called upon to work in another region in order to best present to a congregation or a donor.
  4. Set up appointments with individual donors for themselves or with a program staff person. Provide background, a briefing and plan for the call.
  5. Work collaboratively with Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and Office of the General Assembly (OGA) program staff.
  6. Participate in program planning; provide an “ask” at events as appropriate.
  7. Adhere to the expectations of reporting contacts and activities and submit weekly reports to the Development Operations office.

Essential Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; Bachelor of Arts in Communication or Education is helpful.  A Master of Divinity degree is a plus.
  • 3+ years in fundraising with non-profits or church organizations
  • Knowledge of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). A member of an active congregation of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. is especially helpful in this work.
  • Solid understanding of the research and analysis required for successful fund raising.
  • Proven success record with building a successful fundraising program.
  • Willing and able to travel, make own arrangements and maintain personal records.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills are required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products.
  • Membership with an active congregation of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. is especially helpful in this work.

Required Competencies:

  • Emotional Maturity & Adaptability: The Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) is a multi-national organization and both the PMA and the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) serve many constituencies with a wide variety of perspectives, values, and interests.  Further, PMA and OGA are innovative organizations in a significant state of evolution where changes happen regularly and routinely. The successful candidate will possess a positive disposition, be well differentiated, and not easily thrown off balance or become negatively reactive.
  • Intercultural Competence: Ability to interact and communicate with individuals from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and to respect different work styles and personality types.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with a focus on building and maintaining strong relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Successful candidate will possess a bias toward responsibility. They will claim their own mistakes, seek to make it right, and celebrate their wins while sharing credit with their colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to deliver results without close supervision or support. Must be an organized, self-starter, able to complete projects and meet goals.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, to meet targets and to be flexible.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and contribute to team identity and growth; works cooperatively with others to accomplish goals and objectives.

Helpful Skills:

  • Have a deep understanding and commitment to cultural and racial ethnic inclusiveness.  Values diverse groups, ethnicities, genders, communities, cultural constituencies and points of view.  Able to relate well to people from all walks of life and of varying theological perspectives
  • Ability to speak one or more languages other than English very helpful

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires the ability to travel.
  • Requires the ability to work evening/weekend hours on occasion to support events/programs/travel.
  • Requires the ability to see, hear, speak, type, write, and move from one location to another while performing tasks.

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 Manager, Ministry Engagement and Support

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1