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 275 staff members who provide overall support for the mission of the church.
THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL MISSION CO-WORKER POSITION BASED IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC of the CONGO.
In a country in which the PC(USA) church partners have a long-standing commitment to transforming lives through education, this coworker will assist the Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa (CPK) and Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) education departments in the development, support, implementation and evaluation of strategic plans to expand and strengthen the churches’ primary and secondary education programs. This work will involve accompanying our partners and learning from their experiences and context in order to engage them purposefully in locally sustainable initiatives that will move their educational ministries towards excellence. These initiatives will include building their capacities in infrastructure, teacher skills and training, administration and community involvement. The mission coworker will work closely with PC(USA) constituents engaged in this work, seeking to facilitate their active involvement with the Congo Mission Network in achieving the CPK and CPC goals for education excellence, and helping to make connections with NGOs working in related fields.
The mission co-worker will be based with CPK, which will their primary partner supervisor. Up to 30% of their time can be dedicated to working with the education department of CPC in coordination with the CPK work schedule.
Description of location:
The Presbyterian World Mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) works with partners around the world. This position will be based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Essential Tasks and Responsibilities:
1) Understand the CPK’s vision and goals towards a competitive, high quality education program and help the CPK develop a strategy to achieve realistic goals.
2) Assist CPK in devising and implementing an ongoing professional development program to equip and assist administrators and teachers in improving the quality and impact of classroom instruction.
3) Assist the CPK to build the proficiencies necessary to develop and cultivate relationships with PCUSA and other organizations for collaboration in the field of education. Help the CPK strengthen its capacity to manage resources for effective ministry while building the trust of local stakeholders and other potential partners. While not assuming the role of fundraiser, assist the CPK to develop its own plan to cultivate local and global support through communication of the CPK’s education strategies and goals.
4) Assist CPK to develop and implement realistic and sustainable strategies: for the retirement and recruitment of teachers, and to address particular challenges in its poorest schools, including: teacher compensation, infrastructure that inhibits learning, availability of didactic materials and quality of instruction.
5) Upon request by the 31st ECC Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) be available for up to 30% of time to similarly accompany the education work of the CPC.
Required education and languages:
• Education: Must have a degree in education or a related field. Advanced degree in education preferred.
• Language: Fluency in English is required. Must have or be able to develop knowledge of French or Lingala language skills. Language training is available.
Required skills, experience, licenses, and certifications:
• Need for experience in leadership/management roles in the education field with demonstrated ability to lead successful efforts that have resulted in meaningful and measurable progress.
• Training in participative strategic planning and participative evaluation are desired.
• Several years of teaching experience is desired, and experience training teachers or resourcing teacher training is a strong advantage.
• Must have a non-authoritarian collaborating and mentoring style of work. The person must be able to provide opportunities and alternatives, but be comfortable waiting for others to respond without plowing ahead.
• An active teaching credential is not required, but is desired.
Required ecclesiastical status (any of the following):
PC(USA) Christian Educator
Member of another Christian Community
Member of PC(USA) Congregation
Minister of another denomination
PC(USA) Candidate for Ordained Ministry
Length of first term of service and preferred starting date:
Start date: Approximately January, 2019
End date: December, 2023 (renewable)
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 benefit package including:
Company Paid Benefits
Death and Disability
Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Flexible Spending accounts
403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
Group Term Life Insurance
Critical Illness Insurance
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Individuals living with disability encouraged to apply.
Screening Requirements: Criminal Background Check, Physical Exam, Psychological Assessment
This job reports to the Area Coordinator for Africa
This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.
Number of Openings for this position: 1