The Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) is currently accepting applications for a half-time Executive Director to help facilitate our mission of developing and supporting a national network of intentional communities in the Episcopal Church. Our communities are marked by young adults serving others in solidarity, promoting justice in community, deepening spiritual awareness and vocational discernment, and living simply in intentional Christian community.
In 2009, ESC was created through the collaboration of a handful of well-established programs seeking to increase their impact across the Episcopal Church through a pooling of resources and strategic partnerships for growth. With the help of significant grants from Trinity Wall Street and the Episcopal Church, ESC has seen that dream expanded, fulfilled, and expanded again. Now 25 programs strong with hundreds of alumni, a strong brand across the Episcopal church, and 180+ active corps members, ESC faces new growth opportunities and new challenges.
The church and the nation have changed significantly in the last eight years and with them the prospects for young adults. Changes in job availability, student debt, community needs, and cultural conflict weigh on young adults’ life decisions and the way they approach opportunities for service and development. ESC seeks to engage dioceses, church leadership, and community partners in continuously improving and evolving our model for engaging young adults in intentional and impactful service opportunities during a formative period of life.
While the action will always be on the ground in our local programs, ESC serves the important purpose of collecting the common wisdom of our programs, solving for efficiencies, and guiding our growth into those places we are most called to serve. With an emphasis on areas of administration, financial sustainability, corps member recruitment, and network development the Executive Director will be responsible for working alongside the Board of Directors and ESC program directors to steward the management of these priorities and the growth of the organization.
We seek candidates with strong administrative skills who can help formalize systems for communication and develop best practices across our programs. Ideal candidates will also have strength in development as we move from large grants-based funding to more diversified revenue streams of dues, small grants, and individual donors. Familiarity with year-long service programs for young adults and the Episcopal Church is preferred, but a willingness to engage, develop, and learn from a broad set of stakeholders is a must. The work is exciting and we are looking forward to hearing from many diverse candidates from across the country with a passion to partner and grow the impact of faith-based service on the lives of young adults.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com by May 1, 2017. Location is flexible dependent on candidate preference.
JOB TITLE: Executive Director DATE: April 3, 2017
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Consultants, Interns
Location: Not defined, dependant on current candidate location
Travel: ~15% travel is required
About the Episcopal Service Corps:
The mission of Episcopal Service Corps is to develop and support a national network of intentional communities in the Episcopal Church. Our communities are marked by young adults serving others in solidarity, promoting justice in community, deepening spiritual awareness and vocational discernment, and living simply in intentional Christian community. ESC nurtures programs in their particular gifts and callings while it promotes the sharing of best practices, nurtures new leaders, practices mutual accountability, and sparks a new vision for young adults and The Episcopal Church.
The Executive Director shall take primary responsibility to lead the Episcopal Service Corps in the areas of administration, financial sustainability, corps member recruitment, communications, and network development. As a half-time position, the executive director shall leverage a broad network of stakeholders (e.g., board and program directors) to empower their work and coordinate shared responsibility in these areas. The Executive Director will serve as ex officio board member and take primary responsibility to implement the vision of the Board.
KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS
- Leverage ESC and Episcopal network leadership, resources, and knowledge to support and equip program directors to 1) build sustainable programs, 2) recruit corps members, and 3) create healthy, meaningful experiences for participants and partners
- Oversee program director support initiatives to include: national gatherings, monthly calls, mentorship programs, and shared resources
- Provide technical support for program development, capacity-building, and best-practices
- Work with board and network leadership to grow the impact of ESC, including strategic recruitment of new ESC programs
- Collect, maintain and distribute data to support program development and further the overall fundraising, programmatic and strategic development goals of ESC and its member programs
- Develop and implement evaluative measures in consultation with member programs
- Oversee vendor relationships and collaborate to ensure ESC meets nonprofit best practices in systems, transparency, and oversight
Finances and Fund development
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with funders, church bodies, and individual donors
- Develop and implement fund development plan to diversify income streams in coordination with board and development committee
- Work with the Treasurer and Board to develop and maintain annual budget
Corps Member Recruitment
- Coordinate seasonal digital and in-person national recruitment activities with support of Recruitment Committee, Board, and Program Directors
- Plan and execute ESC presence at various events and institutions (churchwide conferences, campus ministries, colleges and universities, diocesan events, ecumenical gatherings, etc.)
- Coordinate with faith-based volunteer programs to enhance recruitment activities and build best practices
Communications & Network Development
- Broadly communicate the ESC story with constituents and potential partners via internal and external communications strategies
- Enhance ESC’s online presence through maintenance of website and oversight of social media
- Develop network of external stakeholders and partners
Other duties as assigned.
- 3-5 years nonprofit leadership experience preferred
- Self motivated and able to work independently and remotely
- Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, donor database software, social media, etc)
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships and work in a team environment, as well as a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of professionals
- Comfort operating at both the strategic level required for planning and the detailed level required for implementation
- Strong communication skills, written and oral
- High organization skills in managing multiple projects simultaneously
- Knowledge and familiarity with the Episcopal Church and yearlong service programs
This is a half time position with competitive salary and benefits.
No office space will be provided. Candidate may work from home or work with Board and programs to leverage local resources for in-kind space donation and/or administrative support (e.g. parish, program or diocese).
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume by May 1, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, no phone calls.
Episcopal Service Corps is an equal opportunity employer