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Area Executive for Southern Asia - Application Close Date: August 19, 2022 

Ministry Team Global Ministries - Cleveland  
Reports To Associate General Minister and Vice President, UCC and Co-Executive for Global Ministries  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 9  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary  
Description

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Administer the Southern Asia Office of Global Ministries, serve as the major link to churches, ecumenical organizations, communities, and other partners in the region, and provide pastoral care to and supervision of mission co-workers assigned to the region. Direct the education and advocacy efforts on issues related to the region.

As member of the Global Ministries staff team, this position also reports programmatically to the Co-Executive and President of the Division of Overseas Ministries, Christian Church (DOC)

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Understand the needs and priorities of the region, especially as they relate to partners, and explore/develop opportunities for mutual ministries, including the assignment of mission co-workers, grant allocations, interpretation resources, and other programs and projects.
  • Provide specialized knowledge on the nature of the Southern Asia Office’s work, and the religious, social, economic, political and cultural life of the region.
  • Interpret partner programs and public issues related to the regions to UCC and Christian Church (DOC) constituencies, and other interested persons through speaking engagements, correspondence and preparation of printed resources.
  • Network with primary stakeholders and constituents in the UCC and DOC to ensure issues in the region and the work of the office are known.
  • Participate in budget development and recommend financial support and staffing for global ministry in coordination with global partners and other ministry and area offices as appropriate.
  • Participate in the interview selection and orientation process for all mission co-workers, as a part of the Mission Personnel Committee.
  • Administer the appointment of missionary personnel in the region and supervise performance.
  • Provide pastoral care and recommendations for professional development for mission personnel in the region.
  • Administer the budget for the Southern Asia Office and Special Funds.
  • Represent Wider Church Ministries and the Division of Overseas Ministries at relevant ecumenical and interfaith organizations, and on boards and foundations in relation to work in the region.
  • Hire, train, supervise and assess performance of shared Program Assistant.
  • Work with the Associate General Minister, legal counsel and treasurer for Global Ministries (CLE) to oversee property interests in the region.
  • Work with partners, staff and constituencies in order to advance regional advocacy priorities.
  • Identify advocacy priorities working with Global Advocacy Team and with Resource Development in identifying and raising funds for missional priorities.
  • Maintain effective contacts with other ministries within the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (DOC) on concerns related to the region.
  • Engage in financial development initiatives, especially as they relate to the region.
  • Attend and participate in staff and other UCC and DOC related meetings including DOC Regional meeting, conference annual meetings, General Synod and General Assembly.
 
Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study such as theological degree or equivalent experience; advanced degree in international studies or related field preferred.
  • A commitment to and understanding of global Christian mission in its broad range of concerns.
  • Commitment to and experience within the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (DOC), as well as an understanding of the churches' polities and structures.
  • Experience or knowledge of living and working in Southern Asia, especially in the life and work of the church; an understanding of area religions and fluency in a major language of the region, as well as English.
  • A commitment to the ecumenical movement and to working within specific ecumenical programs and structures such as the National Council of Churches of Christ and the World Council of Churches.
  • An understanding of and commitment to interfaith relations, and to working with institutions and organizations of a variety of faith traditions.
  • Evidence of disciplined Biblical and theological study and ability to articulate and witness to one's faith perspective;
  • Competence to deal with complex intercultural, international and theological issues as they bear upon the implementation of Christian mission.
  • Ability to function effectively and creatively on a staff team and to communicate well with a wide range of constituencies and partners in this country and overseas.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills; experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation, budget development and administration, and supervision of staff.
  • Extensive travel required with ability and flexibility to travel within the U.S. and region as needed.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Membership in the UCC or Christian Church (DOC).

COVID-19 Update: Protecting the health and safety of our employees is a top priority. Full COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment (proof of record will be requested during the onboarding process).

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.

It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the NMUCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the NMUCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.

The National Ministries United Church of Christ (NMUCC) endeavors to recruit employees from backgrounds that vary by race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, genetic information, past, present or future service in the uniformed services, religion, or any other
legally protected characteristic under applicable federal, state or local law. The
NMUCC is proud to be a multicultural, multiracial, open and affirming, accessible to all, equal opportunity employer.

 
Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid Health, Dental, Life and Pension Benefits  
Application Deadline August 19, 2022  
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