Pacific Mountain Regional Council and Chinook Winds Regional Council of The United Church of Canada are seeking an individual to fill the role of Executive Minister, serving both western regions on a full time permanent basis (35 hrs/wk). As this position serves 2 Regional Councils in the geographic area of Alberta and British Columbia, the successful candidate should live somewhere within those regions.
The Executive Minister provides leadership, counsel and support for the governance and administration of the regional councils, supervises staff of the regional councils, and engages the regional councils in the priorities and decisions of the General Council. General Council deployed staff of the Office of Vocation and the Philanthropy Unit will work in parallel relationships with the regional councils. All staff within each regional council report to the Executive Minister.
The Executive Minister will be accountable to the Executives of the two Regional councils and report to the General Secretary, General Council. This relationship will be guided by a Memorandum of Understanding to be developed between/amongst the regional councils being served and the General Secretary of the General Council. Covenantal relationships are being developed between the regional councils and the Indigenous Church.
Specific Outcomes and Key Position Functions:
Relationship to the regional councils
- Is the senior staff and executive officer of the regional councils and their executives;
- Provides leadership, support and counsel to the regional councils’ governance bodies;
- Is accountable for and provides leadership and oversight of the administrative work of the regions;
- Communicates and interprets the decisions and perspectives of the regional councils and their Executive to the General Council, other regional councils and communities of faith;
- Fulfills the duties outlined in Manual Section D.3.4.2.
Supervision of staff
- Provides supervision of all regional council staff, conducts performance reviews, and when required, takes responsibility for the termination of staff after consultation with the General Secretary, General Council, the General Council Human Resources Staff, and the President of the regional council.
Leadership and connection with the General Council and other regional councils
- Provides management leadership to the denomination in conjunction with other Executive Ministers and General Council senior staff;
- Attends the General Council Executive if called upon as a staff resource;
- Attends General Council Meetings as a staff resource;
- Communicates and interprets the perspectives of the regional council and its constituency to the other regional councils within The United Church of Canada and/or to the General Secretary;
- Engages the regional council in the priorities and decisions of the denominational council;
- Communicates and interprets the decisions of the General Council and its Executive to the regional councils, and its communities of faith.
- The Executive Minister does not provide program support apart from any governance support identified by the Executive of the regional council.
Qualifications & Experience
Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Strong commitment and active membership in The United Church of Canada;
- Five to seven years of related experience in ministry/church leadership and/or senior level management;
- Thorough knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the doctrine, polity and policies of The United Church of Canada, and ability to share this knowledge clearly within the conciliar system that has evolved in the regional councils;
- Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) with the ability to communicate competently and effectively from an informed theological perspective and express ideas clearly, in worship, in public and with the media;
- Ability to help the church community make informed decisions, and to articulate the denomination’s position on a wide range of issues;
- Commitment to support the church’s work of reconciliation, and its desire to be intercultural and bilingual;
- Sensitivity, respect for, and an openness to working creatively, openly, transparently, tactfully and diplomatically with, the diversity, social and cultural realities of the regional council;
- Demonstrated facilitation, administrative, supervisory skills, and a collegial consultative leadership style with a commitment to a coordinated team approach;
- Excellent analytical skills and judgment in dealing with critical issues is required;
- Experience in fiscal management and planning, and an ability to develop and monitor budgets, read and understand financial statements;
- An awareness of organizational development concepts together with a willingness to explore new initiatives, new learnings and the flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the church;
- Ability to discern appropriate pathways through complex issues, problems or opportunities and the impact or implication of decisions and actions;
- Ability to manage a wide range of administrative responsibilities;
- Experience with conflict and change management;
- Ability to effectively use a variety of electronic communications and technology tools.
This position will work from both regional council offices, (in Burnaby and Okotoks), and will support each one equally. Attendance at evening and weekend meetings will be required at times. Considerable travel within the regional councils with some travel within Canada is required. This is a permanent full-time term position (35 hours/week) effective June 2019.