Director of Vocational and Spiritual Development - Develop Leaders

    • Job Tracking ID: 512954-672700
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 18, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 7 - 10 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Director of Vocational and Spiritual Development oversees ministry initiatives contributing to pastoral formation, health, wellness and development- with the intent of building a bridge towards lay training and development. Presently, these initiatives include Sustaining Pastoral Excellence, Thriving in Ministry and Financial Leadership. This position will guide and foster the evolution of new/existing objectives to reduce and alleviate some of the stressors that inhibit effective pastoral leadership.

This role will continue to strengthen coordination with the broader mission and ministry of the ECC (denominational, regional conferences and local congregational, and affiliate ministries) to maximize stewardship, coordination and program effectiveness.


  • Serve as the strategic leader and custodian of the resources, programs, and efforts deriving from the Lilly Grant Programs.
  • Ensure strategies and services provided are responsive to the needs of the pastoral community as identified in the grant proposals, specifically:
  • For Sustaining Pastoral Excellence and For Thriving in Ministry:
  • build teams and mentoring relationships across generations;
  • lead developments and formulate Cohorts;
  • assess and lean into the wisdom and gifts of the ministerial community; and
  • discern and develop the formation of new ministries.


For Financial Leadership:

  • Address personal financial challenges (managing debt, saving for the future, securing retirement, understanding taxation) of constituency;
  • Equip churches to develop financial acuity;
  • Assemble and promote a library of financial health resources; and
  • Deploy pastoral financial advocates and motivate the advocate team to champion this initiative with the goal of service and sustainability.
  • Develop, implement and manage multi-year strategic plan and sustainability strategies for initiatives.
  • Value and nurture relationships with partners and advocates (conference treasurers,
  • superintendents, CTC representatives) and others throughout the ECC network.
  • In partnership with the Executive Minister of Ordered Ministry and Develop Leaders,
  • convene and help chair the advisory committee’s engagements.
  • Serve as an advisor to the Board of the Ordered Ministry and the Executive Committee
  • of the Ministerium.
  • Manage the grant resources with prudent stewardship principles.
  • Serve as primary voice in fundraising efforts as we look to sustain program initiatives for
  • the long term.
  • Produce business reports that encompass metrics and benchmarks that lead to
  • improvements in operations, strategies, outcomes and stakeholder relations.
  • Recruit and engage constituents in various advisory and service teams to live into the
  • grant programming initiatives.
  • Oversee operations and developments to ensure legal, regulatory and mission
  • compliance are maintained.
  • Develop mechanism and tools to monitor, track and measure outcomes and outputs
  • that create a culture of continued improvement.
  • Provide timely reports to the Lilly Foundation as required under the grant agreements.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Minister of Develop Leaders.


Experience and Skills:

Required: Master’s degree in Business Administration, Program Development, Finance or Ministry. Advanced degree in Leadership desired. Previous work with the Lilly Endowment a
plus. At least seven (7) years of proven, visionary leadership in business, program development, grant management, nonprofit administration, or related field. A deep knowledge of the ECC
pastoral community and the ECC affiliate entities, as well as, a commitment to the mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church.


  • Demonstrated ability to embrace a vision and pursue it enthusiastically; a visionary strategist.
  • Demonstrated ability to enlist and manage resources including personnel, finances, expertise and trust.
  • Intercultural, cross-cultural sensitivity and strength.
  • Mastery of Microsoft and Windows applications and possess computer competency with familiarity of basic communication, database, project management and accounting programs. Comfortable with virtual communication tools (including video conferencing, phone conferencing, etc.).
  • Adaptability and flexibility in leadership.
  • Strong entrepreneurial, organizational, social and communication skills.
  • Influential and effective team leader/player.
  • Able to work with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to maintain personal life balance.
  • Self-starter, able to work well independently.

Able to work well in professional office setting, but occasionally works in remote locations. Able to engage in domestic travel periodically. Must be versatile and able to work for prolong
segments sitting or standing. Must engage frequently with office tools and equipment, such as: computer, copier, phone, web-conferencing equipment, cell communication, printers, etc.
Must be able to occasionally lift or move items, less than 40lbs.