Social Ministry Organization Engagement Manager

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-764372
    • Job Location: CHICAGO, IL
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: March 24, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Through the Service & Justice unit, the ELCA Churchwide Organization fosters and facilitates this church’s engagement in service and promotes efforts to call and act for justice. It engages in mission, service, and justice in accompaniment with churches and organizations in other countries; serves as the means through which churches in other countries engage in mission to this church and society; engages with communities, coalitions and networks, congregations, and synods in service and justice work within the territorial jurisdiction of this church; and provides guidance to members on matters of social justice.

Job Purpose
This position is responsible for strengthening and enhancing the ELCA’s relationships and engagement with Social Ministry Organizations (SMOs) in coordination with Lutheran Services in America (LSA) and managing the SMO affiliation process in coordination with the Office of the Secretary. It is also responsible for management of endowment grants under the purview of the Building Resilient Communities (BRC) team and identifying opportunities to synergize and streamline across other ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response grants. This position will also support internal coordination within the BRC team and fulfill the administrative roles of the team.

Job Responsibilities
1. Deepen and extend the ELCA’s engagement with SMOs and serve as a key relationship holder for programmatic engagement and liaising with LSA in coordination of these efforts; this includes representing Service & Justice (S&J) in various networks convened by LSA, and identifying new opportunities for engagement in line with S&J and BRC strategic priorities and synergies with ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response programming.

2. Manage the SMO affiliation process in line with the "Path to Affiliation" document and in coordination with the Office of the Secretary; this includes instilling an understanding of what relationship with the ELCA means, supporting prospective affiliates through the process, communication with Synods/Bishops and other stakeholders, review of all documentation, conducting regularly scheduled reviews, ensuring SMO databases are up-to-date, as well as providing feedback to enhance/streamline the affiliation process.

3. Serve as liaison among SMOs, LSA, and Synods to build relationships across stakeholders, ensure effective coordination and support, analyze common challenges, and identify new strategies for engagement to strengthen collective impact.

4. Manage endowment grants (LSA children endowment, LSA elderly endowment and others); this includes management of grant processes in the ELCA GrantMaker system (application and review, award notification, payments, reporting, etc.), providing assistance and communication with grantees, coordinating review committees, and overall tracking of grant documents and data; it also includes facilitating internal financial processes for release of endowment funds in coordination with Office of the Treasurer (OT) and coordinating with grants managers to identify opportunities to streamline processes.

5. Support internal BRC team coordination and integration; this includes ensuring teamwide structures (e.g. Teams channels, activity plan trackers, etc.) are utilized and updated, and fulfilling the administrative roles of the team (file management, archiving processes, etc.).

6. Perform other duties as required.


Nature, means and frequency of travel required to perform this job. Minimal travel. Some travel by plane, car, train and other forms of transportation 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. Knowledge of the ELCA ecology and role of Social Ministry Organizations and LSA; excellent interpersonal relationship skills and ability to navigate these systems; familiarity with the SMO affiliation process, including governance and legal frameworks and processes, etc.

2. 2-3 years experience in grants management and grants management systems, including relating to endowment funds.

3. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment; Demonstrated intercultural competencies.

4. Outstanding organizational skills, detail oriented and thorough. Agility and flexibility, disciplined, able to meet deadlines, self-starter, able to work under pressure of demanding priorities and deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

5. Understanding of and appreciation for the vision, spirit and mission of the ELCA, ability to operate within the accompaniment values for mission.