Job Opening: Area Executive for Africa

Job Opening: Area Executive for Africa

Global Ministries of the Division of Overseas Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Wider Church Ministries, United Church of Christ

Area Executive for Africa
Ministry Team: Global Ministries-Indianapolis
Reports to: President of the Division of Overseas Ministries and Co-Executive for Global Ministries
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana (Hybrid)

Purpose and Function:
The Area Executive for the Africa Office of Global Ministries serves as the major link to churches, ecumenical organizations, communities, and other partners in the region, and provides pastoral care to and supervision of mission co-workers assigned to the region. Directs the education and advocacy efforts on issues related to the region.

As a member of the Global Ministries staff team, this position also reports programmatically to the Co-Executive and Associate General Minister and Vice President, United Church of Christ (UCC).

Typical Duties 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 Africa Office’s work, and the religious, social, economic, political, and cultural life of the region.
  • Interpret partner programs and public issues related to the region to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and UCC constituencies, and other interested persons through speaking engagements, correspondence, and preparation of printed resources.
  • Network with primary stakeholders and constituents in the Disciples of Christ (DOC) and UCC 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 mission 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 Africa Office and Special Funds.
  • Represent the Division of Overseas Ministries and Wider Church 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 Africa Office Administrative Assistant.
  • Work with partners, staff, and constituencies 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 DOC and UCC 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 DOC and UCC related meetings including DOC Regional meetings, UCC conference and annual gatherings, General Synod and General Assembly.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
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 DOC and UCC, as well as an understanding of the churches’ polities and structures.
  • Experience or knowledge of living and working in Africa, especially in the life and work of the church.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
Membership in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or United Church of Christ.

Applicants who receive a conditional offer for employment will be required to provide documentation or proof of vaccination status prior to first day of employment.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, and resume to Viktoria Varnado- Wooten, Executive Assistant to the President at by August 19, 2022.
The Division of Overseas Ministries is an equal opportunity employer.