Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (Office of the General Assembly)
Louisville, KY, United States of America

Overview


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 400 staff members in several national entities: Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Investment and Loan, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, and Presbyterian Women.

Job Skills / Requirements

1. Contributes to the development of a new ecumenical vision for our church and the churches to which we relate, acknowledging their gifts, enhancing mutual trust and broadening full church fellowship, strengthening the common witness to the one faith and the one God.

2. Prepares and equips the Stated Clerk to participate in ecumenical work as the Head of Communion and chief ecumenical officer of the denomination. Represents the Stated Clerk as directed. Prepares correspondence on behalf of the Stated Clerk as necessary and updates the Stated Clerk regularly on appointments and other correspondence.

3. Represents the PC(U.S.A.)’s stance, polity and Confessions while working with bodies such as the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., Churches Uniting in Christ, Christian Churches Together, various ecumenical dialogs, and full communion agreements and covenants.

4. Works in partnership with staff from the Presbyterian Mission Agency to provide staff services to the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.

5. Coordinates the PC(U.S.A.) formal relationship with appropriate interreligious tables and organizations, while collaborating with the Presbyterian Mission Agency on their work in interreligious relations.

6. Work to further the ecumenical formation of Presbyterian students in seminaries and to assist Presbyterian seminaries in living more fully into the ecumenical culture of theological education.

7. Works with staff across the Office of the General Assembly to ensure that the church’s ecumenical vision is understood and informs the overall work of the agency, encouraging OGA staff to look for opportunities to accomplish work in partnership with other denominations. Works with the Presbyterian Mission Agency and other entities of the General Assembly to foster greater understanding and coordination of the church’s ecumenical work.

8. In collaboration with the Manager for Ecumenical Networking and Resource Development, provides support for mid councils as they and their churches engage the ecumenical community both locally and regionally, creating a framework for congregations and mid councils to engage one another ecumenically in practical ministry

9. Coordinates the orientation and activities of Ecumenical Advisory Delegates and ecumenical visitors to the biennial General Assembly. Coordinates, in collaboration with GACEIR and in cooperation with OGA staff and the Committee on Local Arrangements, the ecumenical service at the General Assembly.

10. Develops and strengthens relationships with the PC(USA)’s ecumenical delegates, representatives, and participants to dialogs, denominational assemblies, and ecumenical meetings and gatherings. Prepares all participants for their engagement, equips them for leadership, and provide on-going connection.

11. Coordinates the PC(U.S.A.) efforts toward unity and cooperation with other churches and Christian communions.

12. Leads the ministry of ecumenical relations by fostering a collaborative and creative environment that aligns with the vision and values of OGA and the mission of the ecumenical relations area.

13. If eligible, the Director may be elected as an Associate Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, or may be appointed by the Stated Clerk, and confirmed by the Committee on the Office of the Stated Clerk, as an Assistant Stated Clerk of the General Assembly.

14. Other duties as assigned.


Requirements:
- Advanced degree required; a graduate degree from a Presbyterian seminary or other related graduate degree preferred.
- 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 ecumenical service, articulating a vision for the ecumenical work of the General Assembly.
- Demonstrated ability or capacity to work with those from other faith traditions and to communicate the essential beliefs and practices of the reformed faith and the PC(U.S.A.).
- Demonstrated ability or capacity for group facilitation and consultative work.
- The Office of the General Assembly seeks applicants who value differences 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 governing body lines.
- Demonstrated cultural proficiency.
- Ability to effectively manage interpersonal relationships.
- Fluency in English and excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- Thorough knowledge of the mission, polity, systems, and structure of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Able to use current technological equipment.
- Ability to sit for extended periods. Ability to travel both domestically and internationally to attend meetings, conferences, and the biennial General Assembly. Ability to transport computer and other technological equipment.
- Fluency in Spanish, Korean, French and/or German.

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 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, 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 disability 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