Director, Lutheran Office of Public Policy California (LOPP-CA)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-642601
    • Job Location: Sacramento, CA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 02, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: December 15, 2018
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Job Description:

Job Context Information

The Domestic Mission unit shall foster and facilitate the work of synods, congregations, and partners in making congregations vital centers for mission and in creating coalitions and networks to promote justice and peace. Its work includes accompanying new and revitalizing congregations as centers for mission; leadership development; enhancing faith formation supporting multicultural ministries and the commitment of this church to diversity and inclusivity; fostering relationships with educational partners; facilitating the engagement of this church in advocacy; and related activities that serve the evangelical mission of synods and congregations.

Job Purpose

The director is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy California (LOPP-CA) using as a foundation the policy priorities established by ELCA social statements and memorials and the objectives, guidelines, principles, and assumptions of the ELCA World Hunger Program. This position works in close collaboration with the LOPP-CA Policy Council and, through elected or appointed leaders, with ELCA California synods; Lutheran social ministry organizations, Lutheran seminaries, colleges, and universities; other agencies and institutions located in California; ELCA Advocacy; and the ELCA state public policy office network.

This position works to fulfill the strategic priorities of ELCA World Hunger, including prioritizing ministry and projects that are transformative, holistic and integrated, workingthrough and as churches and congregations, always looking for complementary and partnership opportunities, direct engagement and leadership of people who themselves are experiencing hunger and poverty and improved internal impact reporting and cross-unit work.

Responsibility includes: building and nurturing the Lutheran community in what it means to be a public church; advocating with state government based upon research, analysis, and theological consideration of public policy issues; working to develop advocacy networks; modeling the love of Christ for both those oppressed in society as well as oppressors; supporting collegial relations with coalitions having public policy concerns and commitment similar to those of LOPP-CA; being the public voice for this office in synods, congregations, to other institutions, and the media; and administering the office, budget, personnel, and resources. This is a full-time position located in Sacramento, CA.

Job Responsibilities

1. Develop and nurture a Lutheran statewide advocacy network which includes educating and empowering Lutheran disciples through presentations and trainings in congregations, conferences and synod gatherings, developing public church and faith formation resources and providing tools and support for moral deliberation.

2. Advocate on state legislative issues with state legislators, legislative and administrative staff, and other public policy leaders, and testify at appropriate hearings.

3. Serve as staff liaison between the three synodical offices, the ELCA Advocacy Office in Washington, and the state government. Assist the bishops, synod staff, committees and task forces, Lutheran agencies and institutions to be equipped and informed to take action on public issues and participate in public events. Serves as a member of the ELCA Advocacy Team and participates in team meetings.

4. Participate in ecumenical and human service coalitions that advocate for public policy positions in harmony with issues identified by the ELCA and LOPP-CA Policy Council.

5. Ensure communication of the work of LOPP-CA through print and online media, including website and advocacy action alerts.

6. Manage the office, including budget and resources.

7. In conversation with the LOPP-CA Policy Council, synods and Lutheran agencies and institutions, identify policy issues that impact California and are consistent with the theological and public policy commitments of the ELCA, especially those commitments that relate to people who are hungry, in poverty, are discriminated against and that relate to creation care. Create and pursue a public policy agenda based upon these issues.

8. Perform other duties as required.


Extensive travel within California. Includes day trips (2-3 times/month) to synods or congregations within driving range and occasional overnight trips and for all Synod Assemblies. In addition, one four-day annual meeting in Chicago is required and a three-day annual meeting in a state capitol is also 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.

Involves moderate physical activity, particularly lots of walking and stairs when doing visits throughout the State Capitol building

Experience and Skills:

1. Extensive experience in direct legislative engagement and coalition advocacy. Knowledge of political dynamics, legislative and administrative processes and procedures is critical.

2. Understanding of the biblical and theological basis of this church and its commitment to public policy advocacy. Strong awareness and knowledge of the church, its mission and its organizational expressions.

3. Experience working with synodical leadership, lay leaders and rostered leaders in congregations, social ministry organizations, educational institutions and other ELCA organizations and structures. Proven ability to work with ecumenical, interfaith and human service coalitions.

4. Strong research and analysis skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to design and lead public forums and moral deliberation processes.

5. Knowledge of social issues, the various points of view they elicit and a demonstrated ability to help diverse groups with different agendas find a common voice.

6. Experience in budget management.