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.
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.
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.
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.