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Requisition Number 14-0001
Post Date 1/24/2014
Title Part-Time Ecumenical and Interreligious Associate
City TBD
Description

JOB ENVIRONMENT The Global Partnerships Team in the Mission Department works to build domestic and international relationships to accomplish God’s mission in a changing world. Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations does this through its work with conciliar ecumenical bodies, interfaith organizations, both domestic and global and through advocacy and dialogue with full communion and other partners.

POSITION SUMMARY This position facilitates, empowers, encourages and assists in the work of coordinating committees and dialogues, researches academic, theological and historical aspects of ecumenical and interreligious work, and identifies parish resources that lead to web and social media mapping.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Associate serves as staff liaison for the United Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue committees, Lutheran and Moravian coordinating committees and Concordat panel of the Philippine Independent Church. Assists in meeting planning and agenda building with mission department associate staff; the work of committees as they move into deeper partnership and/or full communion by preparing resources for use by the committees through academic and theological research into ecumenical history and writings; and serves as a hub for communication among for Chairs and committee members.

The Associate (1) provides new and available resources on congregational space sharing, mission partnership, emerging ministries and worship, assists in building networks for communication and engaging dioceses in telling their stories; (2) manages social media (Facebook, Twitter and other applications as they emerge); and (3) works with Global Partnerships, Communication and others to develop and update current web pages and ecumenical interreligious library pages.

In partnership with the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (SCEIR) and Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (EDEIO), the Associate edits and researches major documents such as the ecumenical handbook, the Red Book and other ecumenical publications and ensures their accessibility. The Associate partners with EDEIO in mapping diocesan interreligious activities. This partnership includes interacting with the Communication Department in order to have a template or common application for the various existing mapping projects.

The incumbent works with church wide staff and others in supporting their ecumenical and interreligious work and ensures the smooth running of the said office and its work in the Mission Department and on behalf of the Presiding Bishop’s office. With the Deputy for Ecumenical and Interreligious Collaboration ensures the representation of the Episcopal Church to conciliar bodies such as the National Council of Churches, World Council of Churches, Churches Uniting in Christ, Christian Churches Together, etc.

Lastly, the Associate may perform other duties as they emerge and/or are assigned.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS This position requires a Masters in Theology or equivalent and previous ecumenical experience. Specific areas of knowledge and experience include Theology, Ecumenism, and Ecclesiology. The position also requires superior communication skills in writing, editing and public speaking. Effective time management skills as demonstrated in effective organization, setting of priorities, and planning are a must. Also required are critical thinking skills as seen through the ability to evaluate, analyze and interpret information and events in order to effectively respond and impact. Lastly but no less important are mature and excellent team, interpersonal, public relations and diplomatic skills in order to assure effective and clear contact with internal and external colleagues. We prefer an individual with practical experience in and knowledge about the history of theology and ecclesiology in an ecumenical and interfaith context as well as effective fluency in Spanish and/or French.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE Those who believe they are qualified are encouraged to apply by clicking on the Apply Online link. In addition to completing the profile and submitting your résumé in the space provided, please submit a cover letter that includes at least three professional references. If you encounter a problem with this online procedure, please contact HRM@episcopalchurch.org.

The Episcopal Church Center is the office of The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS), the corporate body of the Episcopal Church. The Missionary Society (DFMS) is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified members of groups protected against discrimination in employment under applicable federal, state and municipal laws as well as the Canons of the Church and resolutions of General Convention.

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