The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with approximately 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the U. S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. ELCA congregations are centers for evangelical mission, where people of faith celebrate, learn and connect with one another and others around the world through service and weekly worship. The ELCA has a well-positioned ecosystem of associated ministries, including 26 colleges and universities, seven seminaries, and 121 outdoor ministry sites and separately incorporated ministries.
The Executive for Administration (EA) serves as the chief operating officer for the ELCA’s churchwide headquarters located in Chicago. The EA will work closely with the presiding bishop and all ELCA staff leaders. Importantly, the EA position presents the unique opportunity to be deeply involved in the redesign of the churchwide leadership structure and to serve as a primary driver of the strategic planning process, including addressing challenges facing congregations such as an aging membership and diversity in membership.
The ELCA seeks a strategic leader who is passionate about its work and the opportunity to make a lasting impact for the church in the U.S. The successful candidate will possess extensive knowledge and experience in strategic planning, general management, operations, and administrative leadership; understanding of business functions such as human resources, finance, program management and marketing/ communications is desirable. A minimum of 7 to 10 years of experience in leading and setting the direction of a complex organization is required.
This person will have excellent interpersonal skills: the ability to motivate, attract and work collegially and collaboratively with diverse populations to present, communicate, and engage effectively in both verbal and written form.
The qualified individual will have a demonstrated ability to build trust and credibility, coach, guide, mentor and develop leaders, as well as a proven track record of managing complex budgets and operational portfolios successfully.
While the EA is not required to be Lutheran, it is important that candidates have knowledge of the Lutheran church, its history, theology, mission and structure.
A Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance, or a related field is required; a Master’s in Business Administration preferred.
To apply, send a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3jHyQuu. (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For best consideration, applications should be received by Friday, November 20, 2020.