Employment Opportunities

Job listings within the Metropolitan Chicago Synod

How to Post a Job

To post a job opportunity, please send the information to Jeff Drake at the synod office by:

E-mail: jdrake@mcselca.org

Fax: 773-248-8455

U.S. Mail:

Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA
1420 W. Dickens Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Job listings should be 150 words or fewer.  

When the position has been filled, please send an e-mail so that the page may be updated, or call Jeff Drake at 773-248-0021. 

Positions are listed for three months on the synod webpage. After three months, the listing will be removed unless requested otherwise.  A notice in MetroWord, the synod's monthly newsletter, will direct readers to the synod's webpage for the most up-to-date employment listings.


Posted: February 16, 2017
Trinity Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn - Director of Youth and Family Ministry (DYFM) (full-time)

Trinity Lutheran Church, 9701 South Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453, is seeking a full-time director of youth and family ministry (DYFM).

The DYFM works in collaboration with Pastor, Church Council, and congregational volunteers to model his / her own faith in Jesus Christ, and to nurture Christian faith and values in Trinity Lutheran Church congregation through events such as education ministries, service projects, retreats, mission trips, and social activities. The DYFM will play an integral leadership role in articulating and implementing a vision for a congregation-wide ministry of faith building and will forward the church’s mission through education designed to expand faith formation for all ages and applied through social ministries and service projects. The DYFM must be available for worship services every Sunday and special services held during Advent and Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. The DYFM will be responsible for overseeing all youth and education ministries, including activities held weekends, evenings, and occasionally overnight.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s degree; Biblical and/or theological training
  • Emphasis on youth and family ministry; Lutheran background is desirable
  • Strong communication, social intelligence, organizational and computer skills
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Ability to pass a background screening

Download complete position description as a PDF.

HOW TO APPLY: Please email a current resume and statement of interest to youthposition@trinityol.com.

E-mail is preferred but print resumes and statements of interest will also be accepted by U.S. mail at the following address:

Pastor Michael Borcherding
Trinity Lutheran Church
9701 South Brandt Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: 708-422-0193


Posted: February 15, 2017
Edison Park Lutheran Church, Chicago - Youth and Family Ministry Director (full-time)

Edison Park Lutheran Church, in the northwest corner of Chicago, is seeking someone to help nurture and bring a passion for sharing the good news of Jesus with families.

The director will work with the staff team and the entire congregation to provide leadership in working with, and equipping people for ministry, and have an active presence, and encourage participation by families in worship and the congregation’s life. The 40 hour position does include benefits. Primary responsibilities include grades 7-12 and parents, and working in collaboration with other ministry areas.

Candidates need good organization and communication skills, understand the importance of teamwork and be a positive force for expanding the mission. The director must have the ability to be active in ministry at Saturday and Sunday worship, evenings and weekends and provide leadership and presence on retreats and youth trips. It’s a wonderful ministry opportunity, a great ministry team, a supportive congregation, and a setting with great mission potential in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Applications with a cover letter, resume and three references may be sent to the email or church address below.

Rev. Dr. Michael D. Sparby
Senior Pastor
Edison Park Lutheran Church
6626 N. Oliphant Ave
Chicago, IL 60631
msparby@edisonparkchurch.com
773-631-9131
www.edisonparkchurch.com


Posted: February 14, 2017
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Woodridge, Administrative Assistant (part-time)

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 W. 75th Street, Woodridge, IL 60517 (near-I-355), is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant.

Provides secretarial services to the Pastor and Church Council, manages the church office, and is responsible for effective and cordial communication with church members and public contacts. Manage building usage, keep weekly and annual statistical records, and take responsibility for the management of office supplies and equipment.

A creative and collegial spirit is a must.

Skills required include but are not limited to: Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Social Media, Mail Chimp, and Google Calendar. 15 hours/week, with additional hours in weeks preceding Holy Week/Easter and ChristmasFestivals. Must be able to make good use of time.

Knowledge of and respect for the rhythms of congregational worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or proven willingness to learn are valuable assets.

Resumes and a cover letter may be sent to info@popwoodridge.org.


Posted: February 08, 2017
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park - Administrative Assistant (Part Time)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph Street, Oak Park, IL 60302 (http://www.goodshepherdlc.org), is seeking a part-time administrative assistant.

Send CV and cover letter to Personnel Committee at bethhoule@gmail.com.

Introduction
The Good Shepherd Church Administrative Assistant is a key connecting role in the life and ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The role represents the ministry of the church, its members and the Pastoral leadership team led by our Pastor and supported by the member Personnel Committee. While the office may be quiet 50% of the time, the other 50% is filled with people using the building and correspondence and communication with members and the larger community. We welcome a team member in this role who will relish being part of a ministry team, and who sees the value of the administrative work necessary to connect people and foster our ministry to serve in God’s name.

16 hours/ week (ideally 2, 8-hour days but this is negotiable); 4 paid vacation and 3 sick days.

This position reports to the Pastor; supports the work of the Pastoral Team including the Pastor, Director of Christian Education, Music Minister, and Communications Coordinator as well as lay leaders and volunteers.

BASIC FUNCTIONS

  • Provides administrative support for Pastor, salaried staff, and volunteers
  • Coordinates parish activities
  • Provides key reporting, bill paying, service contract review, check processing
  • Serves as back up to the Communications Coordinator role

ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Publications

  • Prepare high quality weekly and special service bulletins in a timely and efficient manner by collaborating with the Minister of Music and liturgy planning team
  • Work with staff and volunteers to include announcements of regularly scheduled and special events
  • Update and refine Sunday bulletin information
  • Inform newsletter staff of changes and updates in parish life and events
  • Type, prepare, and/or edit letters for selected or mass mailings and reports, including the congregation’s annual report, flyers, and news releases
  • Prepare labels for mailings and address, stamps and mails envelopes
  • Write and distribute routine mailings and review postage use
  • Copy monthly newsletter
  • Schedule volunteers to assist in collating and mailing monthly newsletter
  • Prepare new member and visitor information packets

Secretarial

  • Review, open, and distribute incoming mail and e-mail
  • Prepare outgoing selected and mass mail
  • Answer telephone calls, record and deliver messages
  • Organize and maintain office files
  • Maintain office supply inventory and monitor its expense
  • Submit annual office supply budget to Finance Committee Chairperson
  • Monitors use, maintenance, and repairs of office equipment
  • Updates contracts on equipment
  • Schedule substitute office manager during absences
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Facilitates annual insurance review and renewal

Record Keeping

  • Coordinate and prepare the Sunday bulletin signup sheets and report results to Committee chairs and lay leaders
  • Prepare report on weekly financial offerings for the Finance Committee
  • Maintain parish activity calendar
  • Coordinate use of church space to internal and external groups
  • Inform new groups on procedures for building use
  • Record complaints about the building and deliver to Property Committee
  • Maintain membership statistical reports as required by Synod, including baptisms, weddings, and funerals
  • Create files and reports for information gathered in annual or special congregational surveys
  • Prepare monthly and annual reports of membership statistics needed for congregation council approval
  • Maintain parish directory

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Associate’s degree or higher

Experience: At least three years work experience as an office secretary, administrator, or manager

Other:

  • Able to work without direct supervision
  • Excellent people skills, including an ability to relate to people in a warm and welcoming manner, communicating the love of God and the congregation’s mission
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Multitasking ability
  • Problem solver who is able to prioritize work
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and database management
  • Familiarity with typical church ministriesViews the work itself as a ministry

Tasks

  • Facilitate all aspects of Space Rental program
  • Bookkeeping (writing & distributing checks; keeping current open-bill accounts like Augsburg Fortress, Home Depot, Quill and Amazon; look up checks written and account numbers on request)
  • Keep member, visitor and associate database and update as required
  • Publish bi-annually a member/active-non-member/staff directory
  • Keep a current online church calendar
  • Office equipment purchasing/leasing (might be better with Property Committee)
  • Office supplies purchasing
  • Produce calendar portion of monthly newsletter “wrap/spread”
  • YES! Sheet result reporting (might be better in Epistle producer’s task list—doing this because it falls on one of my work days)
  • Track Council & volunteer positions for up-to-date contact persons; update lists pursuant to position changes
  • Answer phones when in office
  • Monitor phone and e-mail messages for important information, pass along to committee chairs and other staff when appropriate
  • Locate office helpers during office staff absences, including filling in for office staff absences 
  • Meetings: weekly staff meeting, annual review meeting
  • Prepare Confirmation and Baptismal certificates
  • Monthly Report of the Parish: compile figures and note highlights
  • Publish Annual Report to the Congregation: compile 50 pages of reports, including budget, annual parish report, various staff reports, committee and officer reports, design & layout of final document, print copies for distribution by constitutional deadline
  • Annual report to the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA
  • Monitor and track membership changes, including transfers out, new members joining, baptisms, confirmations, requests for removal, Council action removals
  • Report “property” issues to appropriate persons
  • Schedule & meet maintenance persons
  • Responsibility for AT&T internet and phone accounts
  • Website updating not completed by others
  • Ordering sustainable coffee hour supplies for kitchen and set up Green Waste areas
  • Handling items of a “miscellaneous” nature
  • Compile “Faith in Action” numbers for Monthly Parish Report

Posted: February 08, 2017
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park - Church Communications Coordinator (Part Time)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph Street, Oak Park, IL 60302 (http://www.goodshepherdlc.org), is seeking a part-time communications coordinator.

Send CV and cover letter to Personnel Committee at bethhoule@gmail.com.

Introduction
The Good Shepherd Church Communications Coordinator is a key communications role in the life and ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The role represents the ministry of the church, its members and the Pastoral leadership team led by our Pastor and supported by the member Personnel Committee. While the office may be quiet 50% of the time, the other 50% is filled with people using the building and correspondence and communication with members and the larger community. We welcome a team member in this role who will relish being part of a ministry team, and who sees the value of the communications work necessary to connect people and foster our ministry to serve in God’s name.

24 hours/ week (ideally 3, 8-hours days but this is negotiable); 6 paid vacation and 4 paid sick days.

Reports to the Pastor and supports the work of the Pastoral Team including the Pastor, Director of Christian Education, Music Minister and Administrative Assistant.


Basic Functions

  • Provides communications and marketing leadership for the church based on the vision of the Pastor and Church Council
  • Coordinates communications activities
  • Produces key communications pieces and channels
  • Serves as back up to the Administrative Assistant role

Essential Responsibilities

COMMUNICATIONS
General

  • Website management, updating, and design
  • Gather/organize/monitor all incoming communication requests and photos
  • Solicit additional information from members, web, Pastor regarding events, programs, etc.
  • Solicit members to take photos at events, etc. for church photo library uses
  • Keep up with reports by pastor/council/committee reports, synod emails and local area news to be informed, but also spark new outreach ideas
  • Design/write/produce church ads, brochures, posters, inserts, postcards, pew cards for overall church marketing and specific promotions for events, ministries, marketing of church space rental, special requests
  • Create and send weekly email blasts

Shepherd's Staff monthly 12-page newsletter, editor/designer

  • Project manage and produce 12-page monthly newsletter
  • Review and share outline of article/photo ideas with pastor and email to members
    a week before deadline.
  • Edit/rewrite articles, search for appropriate art/photos
  • Search for appropriate art/photos and resize, revise, etc. 
  • Design/layout and prepare for print and web versions.
  • Print, schedule and oversee newsletter buddies
  • Post newsletters and deliver to post office. Note: Calendar, mailing labels, anniversary/birthday excel lists and printing the wrap is handled by Office Administrator.

Jazz Prayer

  • Design/write/produce postcards, posters, inserts, ads, reminder e-mail blasts 
  • Send out mailing 1-2x a year to churches/local organizations/jazz organizations
  • Maintain a binder of all bulletins/promos/notes

Internal and external branding and promotions

  • Design/write/produce church ads, brochures, posters, inserts, postcards, pew cardsfor overall church marketing and specific promotions for events, ministries, requests

WORSHIP ASSISTANCE
Sunday

  • Gather/coordinate information and art; layout/print/collate for bulletin (12pg), epistle (8 pg) and minimum of two inserts, includes Yes! Sheet. Create inserts if needed.
  • Prepare four leadership binders which include readings, hymns, oversized bulletins. Email reading/prayers document and bulletin to AM/lector.
  • Upload bulletin and epistle to website, download calendar week and post

Additional worship needs

  • Jazz Prayer program and leaders' guides monthly Sept. - May
  • Funeral bulletins and special email announcements
  • Additional bulletins for Christmas and Easter weeks
  • Send out reminders/monitor worship leaders lists as needed

OFFICE SUPPORT
Answer phones, monitor church email & two phone extensions, sort/distribute mail,
provide assistance for people who stop by office/misc requests, stamp envelopes and

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Associate’s degree or higher

Experience: At least three years work experience in communications

Other:

  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Knowledge of Ecumenical partnerships and typical local/global church ministries
  • Views the work itself as a ministry
  • Excellent people skills, including an ability to relate to people in a warm and welcoming manner, communicating the love of God and the congregation’s mission
  • Strong organizational skills; detail-oriented
  • Multitasking ability
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and database management
  • Web design experience (directing and/or developing)
  • Able to work without direct supervision; problem solver who is able to prioritize work

Posted: January 26, 2017
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) - Director of Financial Aid
The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for the policy procedure and day-to-day operations of the Financial Aid Office. The daily operations include management, planning, organization, and administration of financial aid awards, and federal student loans.

This position requires an individual who has excellent technological and financial management skills who can effectively use student information systems, as well as someone who feels called to work closely with students. Full time position with ELCA benefits, salary starting at $50,000. For a full description, please visit http://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Applicant Qualifications

The Director will engage a broad range of students, it is essential that they bring a high degree of intercultural competency. Interested applicants should have a minimum of 3 years experience working with financial aid in a higher education setting, and a bachelor’s degree. Applicants will need demonstrated ability to develop financial aid policy; capacity to respond in a caring and understanding manner; knowledge of federal student loan processes and requirements; experience with and familiarity with federal, state and institutional financial aid rules and regulations as well as current needs analysis and awarding techniques. LSTC is interested in strong and diverse candidates for this position. Women and/or persons from historically underrepresented cultural groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Profile of the Seminary

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in one of six graduate degree programs. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It seeks to build up the Body of Christ and work for a world of peace and justice that cares for the whole creation. LSTC is located in the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Join our team of employees committed to serving through the ministry of our school. More at www.lstc.edu.

Application Process

Please submit a letter of interest that includes: a) your reasons for applying, b) your work experience in financial aid, and c) a description of your experience with financial aid related software. Please send a current resume that includes 2 work and 2 personal references. Mail or e-mail your resume and letter of application to:

Office of Operations
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

employment@lstc.edu


Posted: January 26, 2017
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, Chicago - Bookkeeper (part-time)
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, 4300 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60613, has a job opening for a bookkeeper.

Detail-oriented person needed to do account payables, bill tuition, receive and acknowledge charitable donations, and record all activity in a church data management system. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who enjoys working with talented children, involved parents, committed staff, socially conscious pastor, and faithful congregation. Must also be able to generate monthly and year-end financial reports. Position is for 32 hours per weekly, paying salary commensurate to education and experience along with full benefit package. Send letter or interest and current resume to Chris Comella, School Principal, at ccomella@pilgrimchicago.org.


Posted: January 26, 2017
St, Luke, Glen Ellyn - Communications Coordinator and Administrative Assistant (part-time)

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 23W080 Butterfield Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, is looking for a part-time staff member to coordinate communications while performing general office tasks, and other assignments as requested. This part-time job (12-16 hours per week) requires a self-starter who is able to work with digital formats to write, edit, and distribute weekly e-mail and announcements using existing templates. This person will need to work with Pastor and Church Council on special projects as needed.

For more information see full job description posting at http://www.stlukeglenellyn.org/help-wanted/ or call Pastor Charles Plummer at 630-469-5552.

E-mail or send resume to:

Saint Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Attention: Pastor Charles Plummer
23W080 Butterfield Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

gestluke@yahoo.com 


Posted: January 20, 2017
Grace, Mount Prospect - Organist (part-time)

Grace Lutheran Church, 1624 E. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect, IL 60056, is seeking an Organist. Grace is a very active congregation and values the importance of music as an integral part of its ministry. The ideal candidate will have excellent organ skills as well as proficiency in playing piano and possibly other instruments. Candidate should preferably have a strong background in traditional liturgical music, while also being able to incorporate newer styles into our services

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as organist for weekly worship services each Sunday, holiday services, weddings and church funerals
  • Work with the Worship and Music Committee and Choral Director of Music to provide overall leadership and direction to Grace’s music ministry
  • Accompany choirs for rehearsals and worship services as needed
  • Music administration includes meeting with the Choral Director of Music and the pastor for planning worship music and selecting hymns
  • Work with the Choral Director of Music to manage annual music budget for purchase of new music and maintenance of musical equipment
  • Work with the Choral Director of Music to arrange for solo and special instrumentation as needed
  • Average of ten hours per week

Primary instruments: Allen Digital Computer Organ (MDS-55); Yamaha grand piano

Candidates may send their resume to tsaurmann@access4less.net

Information about Grace is at www.checkgrace.org.


Posted: January 09, 2017
Shepherd of the Lakes, Grayslake - Children's Ministry Coordinator and Youth Ministries Coordinator (part-time)

Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 285 E. Washington St., Grayslake, IL, 60030, has two part-time positions open; they could be held by the same person. Children's Ministry Coordinator is approximately 12 hours per week and Youth Ministries Coordinator is approximately 20. Inquiries may be directed to sotl@shepherdofthelakes.org or by calling the office at 847-223-4111. Full job descriptions and other information are available upon request.


Posted: December 13, 2016
The Deaconess Community, Chicago - Administrative Assistant (part-time)

The Deaconess Community, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631, is currently seeking an Administrative Assistant. We are a community of women who are public leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for coordinating the administrative functions of the Deaconess Community office. This position will also assist the leadership team, support staff, and standing committees with the following: planning, coordinating, implementing services, meetings, projects, and events.

Interested candidates are invited to send their resume and cover letter to Damika Davis at Damika.D.Davis@elca.org. Resumes will be reviewed upon receipt and the job will remain open until filled. Priority will be giving to resumes received by January 1, 2017.

To read the full job description, click here. To learn more about the Deaconess Community, visit http://deaconesscommunity.org.


Posted: December 13, 2016
The Deaconess Community, Chicago - Accountant (part-time)

The Deaconess Community, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631, is currently seeking an Accountant. We are a community of women who are public leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). The Accountant will responsible for payment processing, maintaining financial records and files, monthly reconciliations, financial reporting, and assisting in the budget preparation with the Director of Operations and the Executive Board Treasurer.

Interested candidates are invited to send their resume and cover letter to Damika Davis at Damika.D.Davis@elca.org. Resumes will be reviewed upon receipt and the job will remain open until filled. Priority will be giving to resumes received by January 1, 2017.

To read the full job description, click here.  To learn more about the Deaconess Community, visit http://deaconesscommunity.org.


Posted: December 08, 2016
Messiah, Wauconda - Assistant to Director of Music

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25225 W. Ivanhoe Rd.,  Wauconda, IL 60084, is looking for an Assistant to the Director of Music. They are looking for someone to lead the 5:00 p.m. Saturday worship and some Sunday services. Organ and piano are preferred and the congregation worships in both traditional and contemporary styles.

Please direct inquiries or forward resume to:
Rev. Dawn Mass Eck
pastordawn@messiah-wauconda.org
847-526-7161


Posted: November 21, 2016
Prince of Peace, Addison - Music Director (part-time)

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1213 W. Army Trail Blvd., Addison, IL 60101, is looking for a Music Director. Duties include organ and keyboard ability, choir directing, overseeing bell choir, praise band , and other instrumentalists, as well as cooperating with the pastor and music teams.  Multiple Sunday services, Wednesday evening services, holidays, weddings, and funerals are included. This is a part-time salaried position, with two weeks of vacation as a benefit. Resumes may be sent to:

Carol Bloemke
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
1213 W. Army Trail Blvd.
Addison, IL 60101

To receive a full job description or to ask questions:

seebloemke.carolcarol@aol.com
Prince_of_peace@sbcglobal.net


Posted: November 21, 2016
Prince of Peace, Addison - Director of Exapnded Ministries (part-time)

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1213 W. Army Trail Blvd., Addison, IL 60101, is looking for a Director of Expanded Ministries.  The purpose of this job is to develop and implement new programs within the church, and as well as communicating with the local school districts and community organizations. Some knowledge of Spanish would be helpful. This is a part-time salaried position of 20 hours per week, with gasoline, phone, and continuing education benefits.  Resumes may be sent to :

Carol Bloemke
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
1213 W. Army Trail Blvd.
Addison, IL 60101

To receive a full job description or ask questions, e-mail

Seebloemke.carolcarol@aol.com
prince_of_peace @sbcglobal.net


 
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