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.
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.
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.
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