Outside Opportunities

To advertise your position openings on our web site, please e-mail the information to Careers. Be sure to include the position's title, contact information and a brief paragraph that describes qualification requirements and position responsibilities in the same format found below.

For all outside positions, you must contact the agency listed and not the ELCA Churchwide office. The ELCA Application for Employment form should only be used when applying for Churchwide office positions.

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center
Executive Director

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center seeks a motivated and deeply committed Executive Director to lead the ministry of the Center and serve as its primary spokesperson and advocate for its mission. The Executive Director, who is directly accountable to the Board of Directors of Spirit in the Desert, provides inspired leadership for all aspects of operations, including strategic planning, administrative policies and procedures, program and resource development, constituency relations, financial accountability, staff supervision, and marketing and communications.  To Apply: Visit www.spiritinthedesert.org for additional information about Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to John D. Kautz at jdlkautz@gmail.com or by mail to John D. Kautz, 2640 E 8th Street, Tucson, AZ 85716 by August 31. 2015. Questions – contact John D. Kautz at his email address or by phone 623-680-4673.

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center seeks a motivated and deeply committed Executive Director to lead the ministry of the Center and serve as its primary spokesperson and advocate for its mission — “A holy place where people experience hospitality and renew their callings in the world…especially in the 3rd Chapter of Life.” 

The Center, founded in 1993, is one of a kind and located in the unique Southwest. The Executive Director, accountable to the Board of Directors of Spirit in the Desert, provides inspired leadership for all aspects of operations, including strategic planning, administration, program and resource development, constituency relations, financial accountability, staff supervision, marketing and communications. Visit www.spiritinthedesert.org.
Closing Posting Date: July 30, 2015.

St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Youth Director-Full Time

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church is seeking a full time Youth Director to lead our Middle School and High School age youth.  The ideal candidate will foster Christian community through building relationships with young people that strengthen their commitment to the church and grow in faith in Jesus Christ.    We seek a professional leader with 3-5 years of experience who has a solid understanding of the foundations of the Christian faith, the Lutheran tradition, and a strong desire to nurture young people in the faith.  The Youth Director will be someone who can generate new ideas and programs and who values a team concept of ministry. For more information or to submit your resume, contact us at:  jobs@saintmartins.org

Salem Lutheran in South St. Paul, Minnesota
Music Director

Salem Lutheran is a lively, growing congregation with a vibrant handball ministry that spans from age 4 through adult. We are currently searching for an individual who could be director both our experienced adult bell choir and a large group of youth and adults of wide-ranging abilities who play in our learner choir. Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights. The choirs ring in worship three Sunday mornings a month. If interested, please send a letter of interest and resume to Kay Tellekson at ktellek@aol.com or calling 651-457-6661.

Galilee Lutheran Church, Pewaukee, WI
Director of Christian Life- Full Time

We are seeking a full partner in ministry, with an active faith centered in Jesus Christ, to create and nurture a culture of active congregational members.  This organized, professional leader will build, develop and facilitate programs that enable growth and renewal in each Galilean’s Baptismal life.  This people-person should be excited to share their theological depth and Lutheran understanding of Christianity within a growing, dynamic community.  The key to success for this leader will be his/her ability to engage and equip Lay Leaders to build excitement for all ministry areas and activities, with a focus on program coordination.  Qualifications: Minimum three years’ experience,   with youth and family ministry, or equivalent ministry training Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience A strong Christian faith in God’s saving work in Jesus Christ An understanding of Lutheran Christianity in the Lutheran Christian contex  tFor complete Job Posting and Description see: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CZB2XgENC56jFGK0qV0TIG4e0jAMv9-S1aGrKLR4kHs/edit?usp=sharing or contact Pastor Jay Ford, pastorjay@galileelc.org

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Austin, TX
Director of Children’s Ministry

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is in the process of re-developing family ministry and is looking for a Director of Children’s Ministry to work with the Family Ministry Team (Director of Youth Ministry and Associate Pastor) in this process. This position is an opportunity to help build a Family Ministry in a place that is bursting with new energy. In the last year, the Family Ministry Team developed a platform for faith formation called “A Faith That Fills” with five values (community, hospitality, participation, learning, and prayer) which will be central as we move forward. The Director of Children’s Ministry will primarily focus on ministry with children from birth to 5th grade and their families (Sunday school, camp, VBS, family events, etc…) while collaborating with church staff in serving the congregation. This position will provide many opportunities to use your gifts and talents, making it your own; it will require strong interpersonal skills, self-motivation, and strong follow-through. www.shephills.org. For further information see job description.
Apply: Email cover letter & resume to Pastor Felix Malpica (felix@shephills.org)
Closing Date June 30, 2015

Northwestern Minnesota Synod ELCA
Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship

The Northwestern Minnesota Synod seeks a full-time, Moorhead-based, assistant to the synod bishop.  This is a term call, commencing September 1, 2015 and ending August 31, 2019.  This assistant will work in collaboration with other members of the synod pastoral staff (bishop, another assistant to the bishop and ½ time Director for Evangelical Mission) in faithfully fulfilling the responsibilities of the office of bishop as outlined in *S8.12 of the synod constitution.

The Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship will have specific ministry foci and individual responsibilities related to these foci.  He/she will attend to other duties as the bishop shall from time to time assign.   He/she will also share some responsibilities with other members of the synod pastoral staff.  For further information and full job description visit the Synod Website: www.nwmnsynod.org

Letters of application or nomination should be sent by June 15, 2015 to Bishop Lawrence Wohlrabe, NW MN Synod ELCA, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN 56562 (or via email to wohlrabe@cord.edu). Questions may be directed to Bishop Wohlrabe at the synod office, phone 218.299.3019.

Luther Seminary (various positions), St. Paul, MN
Assistant to the President and Director of Board Relations

Luther Seminary invites applications for an Assistant to the President and Director of Board Relations who will provide exemplary administrative service and support to the President, the Board of Directors and the Foundation Board.  The President and this position work closely with the two boards to assure their knowledge and understanding of the mission of Luther Seminary and to increase their leadership, effectiveness and support.

Contextual Learning Associate
Luther Seminary invites applications for a Contextual Learning Associate who will execute successful training and ongoing maintenance of internships programs. The contextual learning associate will join collaborative work in tending internship pathways for all MDiv students at Luther Seminary, including significant attention to the training, coaching, and evaluative processes involved in all internship models.  A major component of this work is facilitating cluster meetings for all ELCA seminary students in Regions 1 and 3.  Furthermore, this position will facilitate research and program innovation at the intersection of Luther Seminary’s curricular goals and vital congregational leadership.  This position connects deeply to the mission of educating leaders for Christian communities.

Contextual Learning Coordinator for Christian Public Leader
Luther Seminary invites applications for a Contextual Learning Coordinator for Christian Public leader who will develop and maintain vibrant Contextual Learning environments for all MA and MDiv students in the Christian Public Leader (CPL) courses (FE0521-0524) at Luther Seminary.  This position will prioritize an ongoing institutional commitment to the development of strong contextual learning partnerships for residential and distributed learning students, both locally and nationally.  This position connects deeply to the mission of educating leaders for Christian communities.

Director of Human Resources
Luther Seminary is seeking a consultative and collaborative individual to provide leadership and direction for the institution’s Human Resources needs. This position will serve as a resource to the President, faculty, staff and students in regard to all human resources functions. 

For more information, and job description details go to www.luthersem.edu and click on the employment link at the bottom of the page.

HOW TO APPLY: Direct applications or nominations to; Office of Human Resources
Luther Seminary. 2481 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, employment@luthersem.edu . Please include cover letter, current CV, and list of references with application.

Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. Women, persons of color, and those fluent in Latin American, African, or Asian languages and cultures are encouraged to apply. Close posting date:  September 1, 2015. 

Luther Seminary is located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of 3 million people. Nestled in the heart of the cities, it is in close proximity to the University of Minnesota, three other seminaries and numerous private colleges and universities. This provides access to diverse thought, cultures and faiths see more www.luthersem.edu.  

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree, Arizona
Executive Director

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center seeks a motivated and deeply committed Executive Director to lead the ministry of the Center and serve as its primary spokesperson and advocate for its mission — “A holy place where people experience hospitality and renew their callings in the world…especially in the 3rd Chapter of Life.”

The Center, founded in 1993, is one of a kind and located in the unique Southwest. The Executive Director, accountable to the Board of Directors of Spirit in the Desert, provides inspired leadership for all aspects of operations, including strategic planning, administration, program and resource development, constituency relations, financial accountability, staff supervision, marketing and communications. Visit www.spiritinthedesert.org for additional information and the complete position description. 

Contact John D. Kautz. Application Deadline: August 31, 2015

Atascocita Lutheran Church, Humble, TX
Office Administrator
Atascocita Lutheran Church is in need of a Director of Music and an Office Administrator.  Please contact Pastor Holt by email or phone at 281-852-7333. Close posting date:  July 31, 2015

Redeemer Lutheran Church (ELCA), Hinsdale, IL,
Director of Music Ministries
Redeemer Lutheran Church seeks a full time Director of Music Ministries.  The Director plans and coordinates the music program for our mid-sized church.  While our primary instrument is a Berghaus tracker organ, services vary in style and accompaniment.  The Director must be a talented organist willing to work in a variety of musical idioms.  The Director leads our festival and handbell choirs, coordinates with soloists and ensemble musicians, and organizes concerts and other special music events.  Candidates must be able to encourage and motivate congregational participation in worship and music activities and programs.  Working collaboratively with our Pastor and other staff, the Director creates and manages the worship and music budget, leads the Worship and Music Committee, maintains the music library and oversees the maintenance of the congregations’ instruments.  More information about Redeemer, including a full job description can be found on our website at www.redeemerhinsdale.org. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, CD or other music links, and references to Music Director Search Committee, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 East First Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521.  Candidates may also apply online at searchcommitteerlc@gmail.com.  The application deadline is June 15th.  The position start date is September 1, 2015.

Triumphant Love Lutheran Church in Austin, TX
Director of Operations

Triumphant Love Lutheran Church is seeking a qualified, experienced professional to serve as Director of Operations. Triumphant Love is an active and vibrant ELCA congregation located in Northwest Austin with an average worship attendance over 300 per Sunday.  Our purpose is to celebrate and share God’s grace by embracing all with unconditional love, engaging across generations, developing faithful leaders of all ages, and sharing stories of God’s hope.  The Director of Operations has primary responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the congregation.  This person will facilitate the program staff and ministry teams as they translate the church’s vision into specific ministries and align resources in support of ministry objectives.  Visit our website for full position description:  http://tllc.org/careers/.  Please send resumes to Pastor Steve Troisi (pastorsteve@tllc.org) by June 30, 2015

Zion Lutheran Church, Camas, WA
Youth & Family Minister

Join a vibrant community of faith in serving God as you work with young people and families of all ages to God's glory in the Vancouver-Portland Metro area!
Position Description:  Full-time, salaried, with benefits including health insurance, pension, mileage allowance, and continuing education. The Youth & Family Minister (YFM) is responsible to facilitate youth, children, family and Christian education ministry at and through Zion Lutheran Church.  As a spiritual leader this includes helping people grow in their love relationship with our Triune God, and in their relationship to the church and others.  Pastor Thomas Tweed, Zion Lutheran Church, 824 NE 4th Ave, Camas WA 98607, pastortom@zionluthcamas.org, (360)834-4201, ext 202, (360)600-5222.  Close posting date: July 31, 2015

First Lutheran Church, Algona, Iowa
Youth and Family Director

First Lutheran Church is seeking a Director for Youth and Family Ministry. He/she needs to be a self-starter and enjoys working with youth and families; works well with staff and volunteers; has the ability to initiate, organize and coordinate programming and events; is knowledgeable of and confident in working with the most recent media communication tools and other publicizing outlets to promote programs  Send resume to flcpastor@netamumail.com.  Contact Person: Pastor Marsha Smith at 515-295-3758 or 515-320-5776. Close posting date: July 31, 2015

Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bangor, PA
Minister of Music

Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church seeks a part time (15-20 hours/week) Minister of Music to lead a music program which invites all worshipers to participate joyfully and fully. This person will lead the music at one service each Sunday morning, and two Saturday evening services a month, plus scheduled special services, plus direct adult and children’s choirs. Prince of Peace has a historic Tracker pipe organ, which will be professionally refurbished in the coming year. Competitive salary commensurate with experience and education. See our website at www.popbangor.org for full job description and application. Please submit application/resume to Rev. Michael J. Scholtes at pastorMJS@gmail.com or 2445 Lake Minsi Dr., Bangor, PA 18013 or call 610-588-2355. Priority will be given to applications received by June 30, 2015.

King of Glory Lutheran Church in Boise, Idaho
Director of Children & Youth Ministry

King of Glory Lutheran Church seeks a dynamic, focused individual to direct its  children and youth ministries. College graduate with 3-5 experience in education or youth ministry preferred.  Background check required. Equal Opportunity Employer. Email Julia at jbennett@koglutheran.org for a complete job description.Send cover letter and resume along with three professional reference letters and contact information to:   lnovey@koglutheran.org Or by ground:C&YD Search Committee Chair,King of Glory Lutheran Church,3430 N. Maple Grove Rd,Boise, ID    83704 ,Located in scenic Boise, Idaho, King of Glory Lutheran Church is a vital community of believers committed to ecumenical ministry and focused on building bridges as well as providing significant youth and community ministry.
Closing Date: August 1, 2015

Director/Minister of Music
St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Waukesha, WI

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, a large downtown congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is seeking a full time Director/Minister of Music. This person will work closely with the pastoral staff in assisting people in worshiping, thanking and praising God. This person will serve as the primary organist for three traditional services per week and have oversight over the contemporary service in addition to special services including weddings and funerals. This person will direct and/or supervise the directors of 9 choirs (children, youth, adults, vocal, bell and instrumental). Solid organ and piano skills, choral directing experience and the ability to work collaboratively with others in a mutual ministry setting are essential. St. Luke’s is blessed with a 30 rank Moeller organ in the sanctuary, a Tracker-action J. W. Walker and Sons organ in the chapel and a Steinway grand piano. Salary and benefits are negotiable. Interested persons are asked to send a cover letter, resume and three references with contact information by June 1, 2015 to:  Pastor Kathy Boadwine, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha, WI  53186 or e-mail requested information to kboadwine@stlukeslutheran.org.
Posting Deadline: June 15, 2015

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSS-SC)
President and CEO

Lutheran Social Services is seeking a President and CEO. Requirements include an advanced related degree; over 5 years of experience in leadership/management; and membership in a Lutheran congregation. A detailed profile of the organization and position can be accessed at www.lsscommunitycare.org/pdf/president-CEO-profile.pdf  or www.rdueaconsulting.com.  Contact: Robert Duea at rduea@cox.net or 623-570-8868.
Applications are due by July 30, 2015.

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSS-SC) is seeking a President and CEO. Requirements include an advanced related degree; over 5 years of experience in leadership/management; and membership in a Lutheran congregation. A detailed profile of the organization and position can be accessed at www.lsscommunitycare.org/pdf/president-CEO-profile.pdf  or www.rdueaconsulting.com.  Contact: Robert Duea at rduea@cox.net or 623-570-8868.
Applications are due by 7/30/15.

Global Finance Coordinator
Department for World Service
Place of Assignment:
Geneva, Switzerland
Starting Date: 1 July 2015
Duration of Contract:
Initial contract of 5 years
The Global Finance Coordinator is responsible for all financial matters for LWF/DWS Country Programs. He/she is a member of the DWS management team.
See job description for further information.

Global-International positions

UNITED MISSION TO, NEPAL
Executive Director

UNITED MISSION TO, NEPAL,  – is seeking a full-time Executive Director. Scenically beautiful, culturally diverse, geographically challenging – in spite of strong progress in recent years, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in Asia. The United Mission to Nepal (UMN) is a Christian development agency which, over the last 60 years, has made significant contributions in education, health, industry, rural and community development and peace-building. Currently, UMN works with grassroots organizations in 10 of Nepal’s districts, building their capacity to address the root causes of poverty and bring about sustainable change in their own communities, leading people towards the fullness of life that Jesus spoke about. UMN also continues to operate two hospitals that provide high quality holistic care, particularly to those who cannot afford it elsewhere. We are looking for a new Executive Director to lead UMN into the next stage of its development within the exciting context of Nepal.  NOTE:   This is not a salaried position; the postholder will be needed to seek support through one of UMN’s partner organizations. Further information available on  www.umn.org.np/ed_docs/EDRP2015.pdf.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS - Interested candidates, please submit resume and cover letter to Ann McConkey at umnedrecruit@gmail. Resumes must be received electronically by July 31, 2015 . For more information about UMN, view http://www.umn.org.np/.