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.

Internship in the LWF Communion Office (lutheranworld.org)

Position: Advocacy Intern in the Office for International Affairs and Human Rights, Department for Theology and Public Witness
Place of Assignment:
Geneva, Switzerland
Starting Date:
1 September 2015
Duration of Contract:
Maximum one year
Required Qualifications:
University graduate in areas relating to international affairs and human rights. Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy. Aptitude for working in an international, ecumenical, multicultural environment. Computer literacy, especially with Word, email and Internet search engines. Familiarity with website, blog and social media tools would be an advantage. Fluency in written and spoken English. Working knowledge of French, German and/or Spanish would be an advantage. Candidates for this position require a church endorsement by an LWF member church and must be younger than 30 years. Download the job description.

Applications (including motivation letter, detailed curriculum vitae in English, church endorsement and copies of diplomas and work certificates), with the names and e-mail addresses of three references (two professional and one character) should be sent by 30 April 2015 to: 
Ms Aline Ritchie,
Head of Human ResourcesThe Lutheran World Federation
P.O. Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland,E-Mail: anw@lutheranworld.org.
Closing date: April 30, 2015

Grace Lutheran Church, LaGrange, IL
Director of Student Ministries

Grace Lutheran Church of La Grange is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation.  With a mission of being the heart, hands, feet and voice of Christ in the world, the church has a strong tradition of reaching out both in the local community and the world.  The vibrant, growing congregation has an average worship attendance of 350 people, young families and seniors alike.  Guests and new members often comment on the welcoming and positive spirit at Grace.   The Director of Student Ministries is responsible for partnering with parents to lead students (infant through high school) on a life-giving journey with Christ.  They will inspire students and families to welcome all, build relationships that lead to growth in faith, and reach out and love like Jesus.  They will cast the vision of Student Ministries and reproduce leaders who love to impact the lives of students. 

The ideal candidate will have a four year degree and at least five years of experience leading teams in children/student ministries.  They will be equipped to begin making an impact immediately.  They will possess exceptional communication skills and have a determination to explore new ways of doing ministry. The candidate will have a proven track record of reproducing leaders and engaging students in worship and small groups.  An understanding of the Orange strategy would be very advantageous. Contact Sara Harris, Grace Lutheran Church, Executive Director, 200 N. Catherine Ave, La Grange, IL  60525, (708) 352-0730.
Closing date: April 30, 2015

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL
Director of Children’s Ministries

Do you have a passion for helping children grow in faith and sharing God’s love with the smallest among us? St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington Illinois is searching for a Director of Children’s Ministries. This full-time position is directly responsible for planning and implementing all programming ministries involving children two years through 5th grade, including but not limited to the Joy Zone Sunday Morning program and Vacation Bible School. Candidates must have strong organizational skills with a passion to lead and motivate children and their parents and caregivers in their Christian walk; be able to encourage, recruit, and lead a strong volunteer core; and maintain effective and regular communication with parents and program leaders. The successful candidate will be a key member of our staff team as we engage and equip people to embrace Jesus Christ in a Growing, Christ-centered, Spirit-led community. Pay is commensurate with experience and education. A college degree and proven program leadership experience required. The supervisor of this position is the Associate Pastor of Family Ministry and Missions. St. John’s is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and an established, energetic congregation of 2,500 members. Bloomington-Normal is located 125 miles south of Chicago in a metro area of approx. 170,000 and is home to Illinois State University and State Farm Insurance.  The complete job description and application can be found at www.stjohnsbloomington.org. To apply for this position, send the completed application and resume to shari@stjohnsbloomington.org no later than April 6.

Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA
Director of Discipleship Ministries

Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church invites applicants for the position of Director of Discipleship Ministries. This member of the Ministry Staff directs and supports the Discipleship Ministries of the congregation for members and participants of all ages, in cooperation with the Pastors and the Christian Education Committee, and within the policies and guidelines of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The position is .6 FTE. Minimum Qualifications:  (1) Be able to teach according to Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, 2) Three (3) years of experience in child development/education. For more information and a full position description, visit www.jobs.SALChome.org Send resume via email or post to: Mary Mills, 2650 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA  98007, mary@SALChome.org For more information, contact Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church: 425-746-2529 or info@SALChome.org
Closing date: April 30, 2015

Wheat Ridge Ministries, Itasca, IL

Wheat Ridge seeks a talented and deeply committed President/Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization and serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the Wheat Ridge mission—“Lutherans seeding new ministries of health and hope in the name of the healing Christ.” Wheat Ridge Ministries has helped seed more than 1,900 new health and human service initiatives in 40 states and 40 countries around the world. The President, who is directly accountable to the Board of Directors of Wheat Ridge, provides inspired leadership for all aspects of operations, including strategic planning, administrative policies and procedures, program services, resource development, constituency relations, financial accountability, staff supervision, and marketing and communications. For more information about the position and the application process, please visit www.wheatridge.org/presidentsearch or contact Pam Tedesco, Administrative Assistant to the President, at 800.762.6748.
Closing date: May 1, 2015

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL
Good Shepherd is a 4,000+ member Christian church with the primary mission to “Reach and Transform Spiritually distracted people so we all come to love and serve God.” Every member of our staff, including this position, is challenged to help fulfill that mission.Good Shepherd is currently recruiting for three positions:

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ADMINISTRATOR: This position is full-time, including occasional weekend and Sunday hours.  Responsibilities include planning and implementation of the faith development for families and children ages birth through 5th grade.  Typical duties include; modify curriculum for ages birth through 5th grade; prepare and edit curriculum; create environments, activities, and ministry which facilitates learning and encourages spiritual growth; assist in development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of faith milestones and family events; write or find curriculum for special events.  This position requires the completion of a Bachelor's degree in education, religious studies, or related field or three to five years’ relevant experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY COORDINATOR: This is a part-time position – 15 hours per week including Sunday mornings.  This position is responsible for overseeing the worship service for children’s ministries.  Typical duties include; span of care for all leaders serving 2 year olds through 5th grade; recruit, train, and equip all small group, large group, student leaders, tech leaders, and first impressions team; recruit and guide coaches and team leaders; assess leader placement and reassign as necessary and develop teens as leaders serving in children’s ministries.  This position requires the completion of some college coursework and two to three years’ relevant experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: This is a part-time position – 15 hours per week; Monday 9:00-noon, Wednesday 8:30-5:00 and Thursday noon-4:00.  This position is responsible for performing a variety of receptionist/secretarial work.  Typical duties include; answer multi-line phone system; interacts with staff, volunteers, and visitors on a daily basis; answers questions and directs individuals to the appropriate person or proper location; composes, types, edits, and proofreads letters, emails, brochures, slides, databases and other related reports utilizing power point, publisher, word and other programs; prints, collates, assembles and mails documents; completes filing, faxing, & scanning documents.  This position requires the completion of a High School diploma or GED and three years of experience in general office practices utilizing Microsoft office (work, PowerPoint, excel, publisher).

To apply, interested candidates should email resume and cover letter describing your interest as to goodshepherdemployment@gmail.com as early as possible and by the preferred date of April 10, 2015.  Please do not contact employer directly.

Lord of Mountains Church, Dillon, CO
Director of Christian Education

Lord of the Mountains is a vibrant mountain congregation with a strong tradition of living our faith in Summit County and beyond through outreach, music, and education.  We are theologically progressive and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America though many of our visitors and year-round members come from other religious traditions.  We look for a Director of Christian Education to join a staff that enjoys working together and places great emphasis on making our ministry a joint effort between staff and congregation. We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate to work with the Education Committee to implement programs and provide vision for growth of Children and Youth educational programs and activities at Lord of the Mountains.   For a complete position description or to submit a resume, please contact Katie Romanoski at 970-468-6809 or lotm@lordofthemountains.org. April 30, 2015

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, UNYS Upstate New York Synod
ELCA Communications Director

Responsibilities: Responsible for shaping, advancing and managing a comprehensive strategy to promote the mission, strategic priorities, key messages and identity of the synod. Develops, implements and monitors  communications; relationship building with lay/rostered leaders and congregations; produce and oversee publication production and media releases/coverage; recruit, mentor and lead volunteers to create resources for communicating the Gospel; ensure maintenance, updating and care of equipment needed for communications. Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Marketing with minimum 3 year’s experience in related field.  Primary skills required to perform the job include: leadership and organizational skills; ability to work independently; take initiative; meet deadlines and follow tasks through to completion; excellent proven verbal and written communication skills; ability to manage and execute multiple projects and measure outcomes using date collection methodology; working knowledge of current and future communications tools; knowledge of various publication software including Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Constant Contact), and Word Press; photography and videography skills a plus. FT position with benefits reports to the Bishop, UNYS.   Full job description at: http://upstatenysynod.org/download/general/Communications%20Director%20Position%20Description.pdf. To apply send letter of interest and resume by April 7, 2015 to: Bishop John S. Macholz, c/o Kathy Neugent, kneugent@upstatenysynod.org or mail to: 5811 Heritage Landing Drive, 1st Floor, E. Syracuse, NY  13057.   
Closing date: April 30, 2015

First Lutheran Church, San Marcos, Texas
Child Development Director

We are seeking an experienced child development director who must meet or exceed the minimum qualifications for a CDC director with educational credentials and related experience. We prefer a college degree in child development, education, or associated fields. The director is required to administer the daily operation (Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm) of the Kids of the Kingdom Child Development Center in compliance with First Lutheran Church and the State of Texas minimum standards. It is the director's responsibility to ensure that children, age’s infant through preschool, are provided a healthy environment with opportunities for developing stable and caring relationships, as well as fostering cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical growth. Online application and information about the center may be found at www.kidsofthekingdomcdc.org. Please send resume to the following email: sm.kids.care@gmail.com.
Closing date: April 10, 2015

Saint Luke, Slinger WI
Alternative Worship Music Leader

Be a part of a vibrant new music ministry! To meet the needs of a growing congregation, St. Luke is in the process of creating an alternative worship service. The vision for this service includes the addition of contemporary music and instrumentation. The Worship Music Leader's primary responsibilities will include planning music, coordinating musicians and leading music during the worship service. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the creation and implementation of a fresh new worship experience! Please see attached job description for details and information on how to apply.http://www.stluke-slinger.org/docs/Music_Leader_Job_Description_01-27-2015.pdf.
Closing date: April 10, 2015

Celebration Lutheran Church, Sartell, MN
Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Celebration Lutheran Church is seeking a Director of Youth and Family Ministries – Senior High and Young Adults for a full-time position. We welcome a person who demonstrates a strong commitment to Christian Faith and Lutheran doctrine. Applicants must have a passion to energetically lead and motivate both youth and parents in their Christian walk. Proven communication and organizational skills, a college degree and experience working with youth in grades 9-12 are crucial. We believe our Youth and Family Ministries significantly enrich Celebration’s tradition of guiding young people and their families in Christ-centered lives of celebrating, growing and serving in God’s name. 

If you feel this position is a good fit for you, submit your resume and cover letter by April 1, 2015 to:

Terry Hagen, Director of Operations, Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pine Cone Rd N , Sartell, MN 56377, thagen@celebrationlutheranchurch.com, 320-255-0488 ext. 109 , For additional information about this position, check out our website at www.celebrationlutheranchurch.com.
Closing date: April 15, 2015

Resurrection Lutheran Preschool, Huntington Beach, California
Preschool Director

Resurrection Lutheran Preschool is seeking a Preschool Director. College graduate preferred with experience as a preschool director or teacher.  Preschool program is currently half day with the potential for after preschool enrichment programs.  We are seeking a person with the personality and ability to provide leadership and stability for the program.  A person who can clearly articulate the mission and objections of a Christian school.  Salary range is negotiable and competitive depending on experience. 

Please email resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation to rlpdirectorjob@verizon.net.  No telephone calls please.   Applications will be accepted by March 23 or until position is filled
Closing date: April 3, 2015

First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, MN
Cantor (Director of Music)-Full time

First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, MN, invites applications for a FT position as Cantor (Director of Music).  This person will lead the people’s song as organist, conductor, and supervisor of the total music program of the parish.  Candidates should be deeply rooted in Lutheran theology and practice, open to the incorporation of varied musical styles into a strongly liturgical worship tradition and attentive to the involvement of youth in the musical life of the church.  Applicants should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in music and ideally some experience as a church musician.  The position is available early summer.  Salary and benefits commensurate with ALCM recommendations. 

For more information about the church and the position, consult http://www.flcstp.org/.Send applications to: Ruth Edberg, Chair of the Search Committee, First Lutheran Church, 1114 Traverse Road

St. Peter, MN 56082.  You can submit your application to the church office at musicflcstp@gmail.com.  Applications should include a cover letter, résumé, three letters of recommendation, and recording/video of relevant performance.  The Committee will begin reviewing applications on March 15. 
Closing date: April 3, 2015

Saron Lutheran Church, Big Lake, MN
Agape Christian Preschool

Agape Christian Preschool is seeking a Director/Teacher for the 2015-16 School Year.  Applicants must meet MN DHS Rule 3 Director and Teacher qualifications.  Experience working with preschool children and their families is desired. Please send cover letter and resume to agape@saron.org to apply.
Closing date: April 3, 2015

Christ Lutheran Church, Zionsville, IN
Director of Faith Formation for Children and Families

The mission of Christ Church Faith Formation is to equip families to know and trust Christ, to provide encouragement for families to nurture faith in Christ, to celebrate Christ’s grace, and to equip families to be servants in the world. We are seeking an individual to serve part-time as Director of Faith Formation for Children and Families, working with children preschool to grade 4. For a full job description: http://www.zionsvillelutheran.org/images/staff/DFF_Job_Description_-_1-29-15.pdf. Maximum 20 hours a week. Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in education).Please send resume and cover letter to officeadmin@zionsvillelutheran.org.  Closing date: April 3, 2015

Kaw Prairie Community Church (ELCA-PCUSA), Lenexa KS
FT Contemporary Worship Director

Responsible for leading KP’s guitar-driven, modern eclectic worship services (CCM covers & Crowder-esque hymns, with topical teaching series and weekly eucharist), building typical 5-7 person worship bands, overseeing tech and worship support teams.  Collaborative worship & creative arts planning, occasional choral/ensemble work— and weekly support of youth ministry bands for Sunday night youth ministry, as well.   Lead vocal/guitar skills, and strong leadership and interpersonal skills essential.  Full benefits, flexible schedule, creative & supportive teammates (current gifted staff person is leaving FT ministry for a career in IT).  Expected start would be May 1-June 30, 2015.  Email resume, ideally with media-links or samples, to hr@kawprairie.org
Closing date: April 15, 2015

St. Matthew Lutheran Preschool, Beaverton, OR
Preschool Teachers

St. Matthew is looking to hire some preschool teachers for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year (and beyond).  The hiring process is starting now, but the job will begin in late August.  Hours will vary Monday-Thursday.  Fair hourly wages D.O.E. are offered.  Interested applicants should submit a resume and references to St. Matthew Lutheran Preschool c/o Tonia Andersen, 10390 SW Canyon Rd. Beaverton, OR  97005.  Questions?  Email Tonia at cmctonia@comcast.net.  
Closing date: open until filled (March 30, 2015)

Bethany College, Lindsborg KS
Dean for Spiritual & Congregational Development

Bethany College seeks candidates for the position of Dean for Spiritual Development & Congregational Development who also serves as Campus Pastor at Bethany College. The vacancy was created by the departure of Pastor Noni Strand, Bethany College alum and campus pastor for 23 years. The position is expected to start no later than July 1, 2015.   See job description.

First English Lutheran Church in Oshkosh, WI
Education Coordinator

First English Lutheran Church is seeking a person to become a member of its ministry team as Education Coordinator.  This is a full-time position with benefits.  The ideal candidate should have a college degree in Education or related field and/or proven oneself as a qualified Christian leader.  The Coordinator administrates a total congregational educational program from baptism through adulthood. Please submit resume with salary requirements and references to J. Schmidt@1013 Minnesota St, Oshkosh, WI 54902.
Closing Date: March 30, 2015

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN  55901
Director of XYZ Ministries, Full Time

Gloria Dei is a creative and innovative community seeking to be church differently. This congregation has a nimble, multi-divisional, generational approach to ministry. The Director of XYZ Ministries works collaboratively to design, develop and deliver ministry opportunities for these generations and serve as chief council and advisor for the Senior Pastor of Generation XYZ. This person assists the pastor in fostering and implementing the vision for this ministry. We are looking for a team player who feels called to develop ministry opportunities among these generations, thrives in an environment of constant change, and has the capacity to advise and help implement creative ministry opportunities.
Closing date: March 30, 2015

Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Novato, CA
Executive Director

Good Shepherd Lutheran School is seeking a full time Executive Director - 40 hours per week year round.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  Qualifications:  A believing, professing Christian, and an active member of a Christian church.  BS/BA degree required; Administrative Services credential or MA/MS desired.  Minimum two year educational experience.  Strong organizational and management skills.  Plan, create strategies, and carry out responsibilities.  Works well with others and cooperates with School and Church leadership.  Must work well with Middle School, Elementary School, and Preschool Directors, Director of Admissions, and all staff to promote growth and school program.   Requirements for applying:  resume and professional references.  Job Description (https://app.box.com/s/dq8ue92f7re8fw2qy7p39mucpo25navi)
Contact:  Karen Kane (Karen.Kane@goodshepherdlutheran.org)
Closing Date:  Until position filled (posted 2/17/2015)

Cross of Life Lutheran Church, Brookfield WI
Director of Adult Vocal Ensembles

Cross of Life is seeking a Director of Adult Vocal Ensembles.  This position is responsible for all elements of group development, music selection, rehearsal and performance of our Adult Choir, as well as seasonal/occasional ensembles of that larger group.  For more details, please visit our website at www.crossoflife.org.  Cross of Life has a long history of excellence in its music ministry. And, more importantly, Cross of Life has an equally strong history of member participation in its music ministry. We are blessed with a broad array of individuals, from preschoolers through adults, who regularly share their time and musical talents in worship. Multi-generational musical leadership of our services is the norm.  Our musicians provide music at three services per weekend - one on Saturday, two on Sunday morning.  We strive to provide some flexibility in weekend scheduling for our music staff. To inquire about or apply for this position, please contact: Christine Standley, Director of Music Ministries, Email: chris@crossoflife.org, Phone: 262-785-9420.
Closing Date: March 30, 2015

St. Mark Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg, PA
Christian Education and Youth Director

Saint Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time Christian Education and Youth Director. This is a part-time position with an average of 15 hours per week. This position is responsible for designing, implementing, and supporting the ministry for the children, youth, and families at Saint Mark through Christian education programs, activities, and events. Some travel required. College graduate with certificate in education, early childhood education, or Christian education preferred. Prior teaching and/or practical experience is desired. Background check and clearances required. A complete job description is available by contacting the church office at 717-766-4482. Interested applicants should submit a resume via email to stmark117@gmail.com or by mail to St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 West Keller Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, Attn:  Michele Connor.  
Closing Date: March 30, 2015

First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, MN
Cantor (Director of Music) position

First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, MN, invites applications for a FT position as Cantor (Director of Music).  This person will lead the people’s song as organist, conductor, and supervisor of the total music program of the parish.  Candidates should be deeply rooted in Lutheran theology and practice, open to the incorporation of varied musical styles into a strongly liturgical worship tradition, and attentive to the involvement of youth in the musical life of the church.  Applicants should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in music and ideally some experience as a church musician.  The position is available early summer.  Salary and benefits commensurate with ALCM recommendations.  For more information about the church, the position, and how to apply, consult http://www.flcstp.org/
Closing Date: March 30, 2015

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.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Vienna, VI
Office Manager, FT

Emmanuel Lutheran Church seeks a full-time Office Manager.  Responsibilities include (1) providing administrative and programmatic support to the pastors, church staff, Congregation Council, and lay ministry leaders; (2) assisting congregation members and visitors; (3) preparing the church’s print media and church reports; (4) directing, coordinating, and overseeing office volunteers; (5) maintaining the church calendar and scheduling building usage; (6) maintaining church records and files; and (7) overseeing office databases. The Job Description, which specifies responsibilities, required qualifications and core competencies, and provides salary and benefits information, is posted on elcvienna.org.  Resumes and inquiries must be submitted to elcvienna.applications@gmail.com no later than March 1, 2015.  The expected start date is early May 2015.

Global-International positions

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 need 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. Resumes must be received electronically by March 31, 2015. For more information about UMN, view http://www.umn.org.np/.