FAITH AND JUSTICE EDUCATOR
Membership and Leadership Development
United Methodist Women – National Office is the policy-making body that manages and oversees the programs and projects of United Methodist Women (UMW). We accomplish this by equipping women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, workplaces, governments and churches and to advocate for the oppressed and dispossessed with special attention to the needs of women and children. UMW builds supportive communities among women; engages in activities that foster growth in the Christian faith, mission education, and Christian social involvement, while working for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems while providing educational experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world. United Methodist Women is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds (men and women) to apply for employment. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements in terms of qualifications. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered unless specifically stated otherwise.
About The Section of Membership and Leadership Development
The Section of Membership and Leadership Development continually seeks ways to strengthen the organization of United Methodist Women by encouraging participation of all women. M&LD has been instrumental with enhancing membership, by developing leaders, strategic planning, organizational development and language ministries.
Summary of Responsibilities
United Methodist Women’s Faith & Justice Educator is responsible for developing transformative educational seminars/curricula and methodologies that guide people to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the connections between their faith and the call to build a more just society. The Faith & Justice Educator will ensure that the educational methodologies employed in social justice educational seminars/curricula operate in a clear, compelling manner in keeping with the mission, vision and values of United Methodist Women.
Essential Job Functions (other related duties may be assigned):
Using transformative pedagogies that integrate Biblical, theological, and social justice educational methodologies, plan, design and implement educational seminars as requested by various constituencies independently and collaboratively.
Maintain critical awareness of and engagement with current social issues and social movements through research, trainings, and learning experiences.
Strategically assess and develop a network of resource persons and organizations for seminars.
Engage in the continuous development and documentation of innovative practices that combine Biblical interpretation, theological understanding, and social justice educational methodologies for seminars and other educational activities.
Utilize both digital and social technologies that foster shared learning in planning, implementing and follow-up of seminars.
Evaluate program through both critical reflection and by collecting and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data for continuous improvement and innovation.
Strive to ensure diversity, inclusivity and equity in all aspects of the work.
Support the planning and implementation of transformative educational programs to fulfill United Methodist Women initiatives and strategic priorities.
Works collaboratively with United Methodist Women staff members in the Transformative Education area and across the organization to fulfill organizational goals.
Perform other job related responsibilities as assigned.
The Faith & Justice Educator has no supervisory responsibility but position may involve supervising interns.
This position may be requested to participate on special projects and/or events planning team. Participation in these circumstances is factored into the overall evaluation of performance.
This position requires contact on a regular basis with individuals and groups which are not part of the church’s official structure. In all areas of United Methodist Women’s ministry, confidentiality in relationships must be respected.
Facilitation: Demonstrates the capacity to guide processes for small to larger groups, paying attention to group dynamics and diverse learning styles and cultural/language differences.
Knowledge of Educational Methodologies: Demonstrates the ability to apply educational methodologies to social justice issues that integrate Scriptural and theological understandings.
Attention to Detail and Accuracy: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, monitors own work to ensure quality and applies feedback to improve performance.
Adaptability and Flexibility: Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages challenging demands and is able to navigate through frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.
Organization: Consistently able to organize work to meet deadlines. Ability to direct and multitask effectively under pressure.
Excellent Interpersonal and Team Building: Works independently and within a team to achieve individual and organization goals; Shares best work knowledge and practices freely and is open to coaching and feedback. Ability to work cooperatively and smoothly with a variety of people to accomplish tasks.
- Communications: Demonstrates effective verbal and written communication. Communicates effectively with staff, members, participants, and other external partners. Listens to others to ensure understanding and contributes meaningful information during meetings. < > High level of integrity and dependability while demonstrating respect for others, discretion and consistency in word and deed, able to accept changes and constructive feedback.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Ability to critically analyze situations and takes initiative to effectively plan and solve problems within his/her scope of work and seeks direction as needed. Strategic thinker.
- Professional Demeanor: Approaches others in a professional manner. Reacts well under pressure and always treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions and follows through on commitments. Demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement of processes, procedures, and policies. Copes effectively with change and is comfortable working with uncertainty.
Specific measures of satisfactory performance, both objective and subjective, will be developed in consultation with the Human Resources Director, the department’s Assistant General Secretary & direct supervisor and in harmony with United Methodist Women’s mission, cultural principles, and annual leadership priorities. This document will be the primary basis of future performance reviews and continuance in the role of the position.
United Methodist Women is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds (men and women) to apply for employment. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements in terms of qualifications. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered unless specifically stated otherwise. This position description is a guide to the primary duties and functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and work environment conditions. Position descriptions are reviewed and may be revised to meet the changing needs of United Methodist Women at the sole discretion of management.