Program Director, Young Adults in Global Mission Leadership Formation & Alumni Engagement

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-626098
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 22, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Context Information

On behalf of the ELCA, Global Mission stewards relationships with companions in every corner of the globe; funds long-term, sustainable health and development projects; responds to international disasters; listens to companion church bodies and supports companion priorities by sending global personnel and through program grants and leadership development opportunities; and receives the gifts of Christian witness from the global church to build our own capacity in the United States

Job Purpose

This position develops and leads a strategy for the active engagement of Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program alumni that will impact the vitality of ELCA congregations and leadership for the future of this church. This position provides direction for the leadership and faith formation of YAGM volunteers.

Job Responsibilities

1. Develop and implement a strategy for a well-connected, dynamic YAGM alumni network whose engagement impacts the vitality of ELCA congregations and other critical ministries and shapes the leadership profile needed for the future of this church. This strategy will connect returned volunteers to the YAGM alumni network.

2. Interpret the YAGM program and the accompaniment model of mission engagement across the ecology of the ELCA. Develop and leverage relationships with local, synodical, and churchwide constituencies which relate to discernment for rostered ministry, leadership for emerging ministries, models for theological education, young adult ministry, and other related networks.

3. Provide leadership and direction for faith formation and vocational discernment with Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteers. Develop theological and pedagogical foundations for the annual discernment, orientation, and re-entry events, as well as additional opportunities for leadership development during and after the volunteers’ period of service.

4. Provide theologically grounded pastoral support and responsive action to YAGM volunteers from the time of their application, through their period of international service, and into re-entry.

5. Lead the YAGM program in its commitment to continuing to become an anti-racist program that is racially and ethnically diverse. Direct strategies for support of women YAGM volunteers, and for those who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer (LGBTQ+) community.

6. Direct the application review and selection process for the YAGM program. Oversee the development and implementation of program promotion and recruitment strategies.

7. Direct the development of the YAGM event and deployment budgets. Administer program policies and procedures.

8. Performs other duties as required


Overnight domestic and international travel totaling approximately 30-40 days per year. A valid driver’s license is 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.

Normal office activities with long periods of sitting and some light lifting.International and domestic overnight travel.Handicap accessibility of facilities, transportation, and site visits cannot be guaranteed for the international travel portion of this position.

International travel often involves overnight flights, carrying heavy suitcases, long car/van rides over very difficult roads, and extensive walking when onsite visits, and requires very good general health and the ability to tolerate malaria prophylactics.

Experience and Skills:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of the ELCA and to its Global Mission programs, relationships, and the accompaniment model for mission. Substantial experience relating to multiple constituencies across the breadth of the ELCA ecology. Highly relational personality with a vision and passion for the now and future leadership of this church.

2. Direct experience in international service and a demonstrated understanding of the impact of international service on the faith, leadership, and vocational formation of US young adults. Understanding of current social, political, economic, and theological trends impacting US young adults, and an awareness of how these things relate to young adults’ experience of church.

3. Experience with program development and management. Understanding of models for service, learning, and vocational discernment that are grounded in Lutheran theology. Ability to communicate complex theological, social, and pastoral themes in a clear, engaging, and inspiring style.

4. Exceptional communication and public presentation skills, including substantial experience with public speaking. Outstanding interpersonal, analytical, and critical thinking skills. Skill in developing, motivating, and leading volunteer teams.

5. Ability to articulate the systemic nature of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and transphobia. Understanding of the impact that these issues have on interpersonal and institutional relationships. Active commitment to anti-racism, justice for women, and justice for people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Required certifications or licenses:

Theological education at the MA level or above is strongly preferred.

ELCA rostered minister, preferred.