Employment Opportunity


The Deaconess Community is seeking the following:


Director of Operations


Communications Support


Director of Operations

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Organization description:

The Deaconess Community supports and develops skilled and committed Lutheran women to offer servant leadership to all of God’s people through service in church and society. Members of the Deaconess Community are rostered leaders in the churches and organizations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and serve in a wide variety of roles and contexts.

Location: Chicago

Activity Area: Religious Organization

Category: Executive Director/Director of Operations

Applications review will begin August 1, 2013 and will continue until a selection is made.

Job Type: Full time

Salary Range: $50,000-$70,000


The Executive Director is responsible and accountable to the board of directors for overseeing the management and administration of the finances, programs and operations of the Deaconess Community, ELCA. The Executive Director is one third of the Leadership Team of the community; the other two offices being the Directing Deaconess and the Director of Vocation and Education (DoVE)

The Executive Director works in partnership with the board, directing deaconess, director of vocation and education and staff to implement the Community’s vision and direction for the organization.


The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities are administrative in nature and include: supervision of support staff, maintaining governing documents and confidential files; ensuring the organization complies with all applicable legal requirements.

The ED works closely with the treasurer, staff and Committee on Finance and Budget to provide financial management and leadership oversight of financial transactions, reconciliations and reporting and a high level of financial stewardship, interpreting such to all levels of the organization.

Oversees the selection and evaluation of suppliers, contractors, consultants and other professional service providers and, on behalf of the community, initiates appropriate contractual arrangements.

The ED provides leadership and participates in the life of the Community through seat and voice at all board and committee meetings. In addition, the ED is responsible for maintaining a master calendar of meetings and events, coordinating the administrative support needed for those meetings and events and ensuring that appropriate minutes and records are maintained.

In coordination with the Directing Deaconess and DoVE, the ED represents the community with external audiences and develops relationships on behalf of the community within the broader church and with other diaconal groups.

This is a full-time position based in Chicago. Less than 10% travel is expected.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Active membership in an Christian congregation
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 5-7 years in an organizational management position with a working understanding of non-profit organizations
  • Experience in supervising office staff
  • Working understanding of financial analysis and investment management
  • Skill in oral, written and electronic communications
  • Subject to all appropriate background checks


Salary range: $50-$70k

Full benefits package including ELCA pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, vacation and sick time.


Men and women who are not rostered with the ELCA or ELCIC are encouraged to apply, as are persons from ecumenical partner traditions.

Send resume and cover letter to deaconess.community@elca.org. Rostered leaders of the ELCA or ELCIC should also activate their RLP and have their synod office send it to deaconess.community@elca.org.


Communications Support

The Deaconess Community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is seeking a part-time (32 hour) Communications Coordinator.  The person in this position is responsible for implementing the Deaconess Community’s communications strategy.  This person supports a communication strategy that builds and strengthens relationships; presents a consistent image; and promotes the Community to internal and external audiences.


Communication Support:

  • In cooperation with Committee on Communications and the leadership team (Directing Deaconess, Director of Vocation and Education, Director of Operations), implements the overall communications strategy in support of the strategic plan;
  • Oversees the editing and production of all print, electronic and social media communications;
  • Seeks ways consistent with the communications strategy to tell the story of the  Deaconess Community’s ministry;
  • Attends meetings of the Committee on Communications and other Community events/meetings as necessary;

Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Communications/marketing degree or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of technologies (e.g., MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, web site management CMS tools, and social media tools) ;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, maintain confidentiality and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collegially
  • Attention to detail and willingness to learn
  • Familiarity with the theology of diakonia, and the vision and core values of the Deaconess Community
  • Participation in Deaconess Community staff meetings
  • Participating in a Christian worshipping community
  • Subject to all appropriate background checks
  • This position is based in Chicago at the Deaconess Community office


Full benefits package including ELCA pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, vacation and sick time.

Application Process

Send cover letter and resume to Sister Noreen Stevens, Board Chair, Deaconess Community noreen.stevens@spas-elca.org. If chosen for an interview, you will be asked to provide references as well as print and electronic samples for review.