Reports to: Director, Center for Transforming Engagement
Department: Center for Transforming Engagement
FLSA Category: Exempt
Average Hours per Week: varies
The Transforming Faith Communities Coach guides teams of five to eight volunteer congregants through a process of discerning congregational identity, listening to community, and designing a project that aligns identity and belonging into mission. More about the program can be found online here.
The position provides professional experience and training in organizational development and team dynamics. Coaches will become well versed in processes for strengthening organizational identity, discerning mission, and aligning identity and mission. In addition to guiding a congregational team in their context, Coaches are expected to instruct in at least one large-group session; curriculum and support are provided.
All Coaches meet regularly with each other and staff of the Center for Transforming Engagement to debrief and contribute input for program development. As such, the Coach may act as liaison between participants and staff. New Coaches work closely with ongoing instructional staff to understand the content, its framework, and delivery.
Relevant Information for Applicants
- Alumni of The Seattle School degree programs or Resilient Leaders Project programs are highly encouraged to apply.
- Applicants with experience in congregational settings, group dynamics, or team leadership are highly encouraged to apply.
- The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is an independent, multi-denominational graduate school with the mission to train people to become competent in the study of text, soul, and culture in order to serve God and neighbor through transforming relationships.
- The Center for Transforming Engagement furthers that mission through building the capacity of leaders and their teams to cultivate trust, resilience, and belonging.
- In its offerings, CTE prioritizes scholarships and funding to leaders of color and those who work in historically underserved communities.
Contract Term: January 2023 through February 2024
The Coach is responsible to:
- Guide a congregational team (5-8 participants) through listening processes of their congregational identity and mission into the community, and work with them to design a grant fund-able proposal for a project to benefit their surrounding community.
- Present material and work with teams in all onsite, in Seattle program sessions on the following Saturdays from approximately 9am to 5pm:
- January 21, 2023
- Feb 18, 2023
- May 20, 2023
- Sept 16, 2023
- Feb 17, 2024
- Participate in all online program sessions on the following Tuesdays from approximately 5:30pm to 8:30pm:
- March 28, 2023
- June 20, 2023
- Nov 14, 2023
- One congregational site visit to their team’s location, recommended between September and November.
- Engage regularly with program staff in planning and debrief/evaluation sessions. Meetings are typically 90-120 minutes, via zoom, and scheduled collaboratively.
- Be responsive to administrative needs and communications (emails, calendaring, etc.).
- Be available in between units for occasional in-person or virtual consultation. Coaches typically visit the site of the team they coach twice throughout the program year.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theology & Culture, Masters in Organizational Leadership or Development, or equivalent preferred (current students are eligible).
- Three or more years of experience in church leadership, lay or ordained, strongly preferred.
- Experience in group facilitation, community development, group dynamics, and/or qualitative research is a plus.
- Interest in ethnography, design thinking, deep listening.
- Sensitivity to the dynamics of groups and learning processes.
- Capability to hold boundaries, exercise influence, and engage others with effective interpersonal skills.
- Creativity for solving problems and implementing change.
- Acceptance of theologically diverse worldviews.
- Proficiency in, or willingness to learn, Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive/Docs) and Zoom.
- Understand professional ethical responsibilities of confidentiality, dual relationships, and diversity issues, and willingness to adhere to related policies of The Seattle School.
- Commitment to developing and improving personal and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- Familiarity and appreciation for the mission and values of The Seattle School; appreciation of the intellectual diversity of the educational mission, research, and scholarship conducted in a Christian seminary context that attempts to engage a postmodern era with the sensitivity to multiple theological orientations.
- Able to work some evenings and weekends (see dates, above).
Compensation & Benefits
$2,300 for the program year (14-month period).
In-class hours are eligible for CEUs.
This is a less-than-part-time position with hours that fluctuate throughout the year based on program rhythms and is ideal for those with flexible work schedules. The time commitment for this position is approximately 65 hours over a 14-month program year.
Hiring Process: Staff and faculty feedback will be considered as part of alumni candidate evaluation. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate awareness and attunement regarding the impact multicultural and intersectional perspectives have within educational and professional settings. Interview invitations will be issued by Friday, September 23, 2022. Interviews will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 10-12pm and Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 1-3pm. We recommend blocking those times on your calendar. Explanation for hiring decisions will not be given.
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Application Deadline: September 18, 2022 11:59 pm
About the Employer
Established in 1997, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology resides in the heart of the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The Seattle School offers three interdisciplinary graduate programs: M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Master of Divinity, and M.A. in Theology & Culture. Focused on a transformational education through deep relationality, the school is committed to train people to be competent in the study of text, soul, and culture in order to serve God and neighbor through transforming relationships. Employees at The Seattle School strive to hold the capacity to see relationally and to see each other beyond social categories, allowing room for the complexity and nuance that is asked of us to live as the global body of Christ.
Federal employment non-discrimination rules preserve the freedom of faith-based organizations to hire according to faith. State and local employment civil rights laws include a similar exemption for faith-based organizations such as The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.