Congregational Vitality, Program Director, Learning and Evaluation

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-619269
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: May 29, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Context Information

Working with Lutheran and ecumenical partners, the Domestic Mission unit of the ELCA will accompany new and renewed congregations as centers for evangelical mission. It will partner in the leadership for that mission, and with synodical and local systems support this mission and its leadership. The unit’s work includes candidacy, poverty and justice, advocacy ministries, ethnic specific and multicultural ministries, youth and young adult ministries, disaster response and relief; and relationships with institutions such as colleges, seminaries, outdoor ministries, campus ministries, Lutheran Services of America (LSA) and Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services (LIRS) and the ELCA World Hunger Program.

Job Purpose

The Program Director, Learning and Evaluation, promotes learning and diffusion of experience from congregational vitality and Holy Innovation efforts throughout the Church. Fundamental to these efforts is the creation of a learning culture grounded in inclusive and collaborative activities and processes from which congregational and synodical experience can be highlighted and shared.

To accomplish this mission, this position supports the Congregational Vitality (CV) team in its learning and evaluation of program activities, educational training events, and assessing the impact of the partnership grants process.It promotes Domestic Mission learning opportunities for staff and constituents. The occupant of this position is a catalyst and model for creating a learning culture throughout the DM unit and its ministry partners.

The CV team is a newly created team which seeks to significantly expand the number of congregations engaged in vitality efforts as set forth by the 2016 Tiger

Team recommendations.The CV team seeks to shape work with congregations through the prism of vitality.Vitality ministry will be deeply rooted in relationships, collaboration, creative and redundant innovation and a passion for learning and sharing that learning throughout the church.

Job Responsibilities

1. Congregational Vitality (CV) Learning and Evaluation:

*Convene Learning teams throughout the church and serve as a catalyst for the formation of varied learning communities that leads to the development of a variety of resources that articulate the learnings.

*Collaborate with existing learning cohorts, collectives and clusters and connect them to each other and other such communities within and outside the church.

*Develop working relationships and involvement strategies with individuals engaged in learning from the vitality efforts of congregations and other ministry partners.

. Collaborates with Research & Evaluation (RE) unit in the development of learning and evaluation systems for the related work.

2. Collaborates with leaders, congregations, clusters and collectives who are working on innovative ministries.Assists leaders in effectively measuring and evaluating these innovative ministries and sharing learnings throughout CV, DM and the church.

3. Collaborates with CV learning, leadership, and holy innovation vitality teams.Works closely with DEMs and Bishops in Synods to maximize learning from innovative ministries and the sharing of that learning.

4. Participation in the following:

*Serves as a member of the Congregational Vitality (CV) Team.

*Serves as a member of the DM DEM Partners Table

*Provides leadership on DM unit-wide and churchwide collaborative tables

*CV Staff person assigned to the CV Learning Team.

5. Oher duties as assigned


Occasional travel, 15-20%.Travel via air and or automobile.Valid driver’s license required.

Physical Effort.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. This position requires sitting for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience and Skills:

1. Demonstrated expertise and experience in developing learning cultures within large organizations.

2. Demonstrated capacity to serve as a catalyst for change.Must have an understanding of how change occurs and the ability to work creatively within the tension, complexity, and newness of a change dynamic.

3. Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with different leaders and across organizational boundaries

4. Demonstrated ability to work relationally, within innovative environments, achieving results through influence not authority.

5. Creative and generative thinker who can both inspire new thought and patterns of ministry and synthesize learnings to be effectively shared with large groups.

6. Team oriented person who has demonstrated experience working closely with multiple teams at churchwide, synodical, and local congregation and community levels.

7. Highly accountable and organized person who can work efficiently and effectively within a broad, decentralized system with many projects and experiments going on simultaneously.

8. Demonstrated experience in and commitment to ministry with ethnic communities, alongside leaders serving people experiencing poverty and among other diverse ministry contexts.

9. Knowledge of Lutheran theology and familiarity with the structure of the ELCA.

Required certifications or licenses:

Bachelor’s level required, Master’s level or demonstrated abilities preferred. Demonstrated relational skills and experience working with changing church environments and learning communities.