Diocese accepting applications for Director of Whitaker Institute post

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Position: Director, Whitaker Institute of the Diocese of Michigan
Reports to: The Bishop of the Diocese
Classification: Exempt
Status: Full time

Summary of Position:

The Director of Whitaker Institute is a full-time position for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan (EDOMI). This individual serves as the primary resource for all baptized ministers in formation for leadership – both lay and ordained. The Director will oversee all activities of Whitaker Institute which includes supervising the Program Assistant and working with the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan to coordinate the Academy for Vocational Leadership. The Director will collaborate with the Bishop, the Ministry Developer, other members of diocesan staff, the Commission on Ministry, and the Whitaker Institute Advisory Council to implement the overall formation strategy.

Essential Duties and Areas of Responsibility:

  • Serve as a part of the leadership team with the Bishop and other staff
  • Work with the Bishop, Ministry Developer and Canon for Congregational Life in developing, revising and constantly improving our work in discernment, formation and sending forth people equipped to engage God’s mission
  • Serve as a resource to all in formation processes, including
  • Working with the archdeacon(s) and the Academy to provide ongoing education and support for deacons and those in the diaconal ordination process
  • Working with the Ministry Developer and the Academy to provide ongoing education for those in the formation process for team ministry
  • Working with the Ministry Developer to facilitate a regular support and spiritual formation group for those in the ordination process who are attending local ecumenical seminaries
  • Collaborating with seminaries, colleges, church-wide offices, and other diocesan training programs
  • Coordinate and oversee Whitaker Institute programming, including the design and delivery methods. This includes collaborating with the Commission on Ministry and the diocesan staff to ensure that baptized ministers and those in the process for holy orders are up to date with licensing requirements and expectations and overseeing the continuing education requirements for lay and clergy members of the household, including:
  • Licensed lay ministry training for preachers, worship leaders, Eucharistic ministers and visitors
  • Required Safeguarding and anti-Racism training programs
  • Assist with and help coordinate regular and special formation programs of the diocese, including:
  • An annual mission conference (Becoming the Household of God/Ministry Fair in May)
  • Annual leadership training for vestries with the Bishop and Canon for Congregational Life
  • Convention, clergy retreats and conferences, and workshops as requested by the Bishop
  • The Fresh Start program for clergy new to the diocese
  • Promote the vision and purposes of the WI through
  • Congregational visits for Whitaker promotion (Sunday Supply, if ordained)
  • Producing the Whitaker Monthly newsletter with the program assistant
  • Collaborate with the Whitaker Institute Advisory Council to support the work of WI through publicity, fundraising, and financial planning. This includes working with the program assistant in overseeing and improving registration, payment and financial oversight processes.
  • Serve on boards and committees as appointed by the Bishop

Qualifications/Specific Skills:

  • Collaborative work style, ability to build consensus and work effectively with a team
  • Strong knowledge of Episcopal Church structure and language
  • Leadership development experience
  • Effective communication – interpersonal, written, verbal, social media
  • Visionary yet well-organized with an ability to prioritize and handle detailed information
  • Demonstrated ability to self-start
  • Supervise staff – assistant and instructors – by offering direction, support, training, and feedback

Experience and Education:

  • Master’s degree in education, theology, or divinity (preferred)
  • Ordained in the Episcopal Church or familiarity with Episcopal Church polity(preferred)
  • 5+ years of formation experience, faith-based and/or non-profit (preferred)
  • Technical proficiency with office systems and software

Benefits and Compensation:

  • Benefits package includes pension contributions, medical and dental insurance, group life insurance as well as short and long term disability insurance. (Benefits to begin on date of hire).
  • Business expenses reimbursed per EDOMI policy (including mileage and cell phone service)

Please contact Canon Jim Gettel, Canon for Congregational Life with questions at jgettel@edomi.org or (313) 833-4424. Please forward resumes and an accompanying cover letter to Canon Gettel by February 28, 2017.

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