Job Number: 21-37
Opening/Closing Date: July 22, 2021 to August 20, 2021
Description

The Executive Minister Theological Leadership supports the General Secretary and all units of the General Council Office in the articulation of theological perspectives undergirding and informing policy and program development, our ecumenical and inter-faith relations, and supporting the church’s relationship with its theological schools and educational institutions.   

The Executive Minister Theological Leadership maintains a focus on our articulation of mission, ministry and theology in the United Church and emerging theological and mission thinking. There is also a requirement for the incumbent to understand the broader issues of social justice, cultural contexts and political structures as they play out in the wider world. They will demonstrate strong leadership skills and provide guidance both to the General Secretary and the senior management team while supporting the work of the General Council.  They are the advisor to the General Secretary of the General Council on theological matters and the relationships with the theological schools and ecumenical relationships. This position would intersect with staff in the areas of: ecumenism, educational competencies, migrant church and global partnerships. They will provide support to the various initiatives relating to mutual recognition of ministries and full communion agreements.  

Working with theological schools, the Executive Minister, Theological Leadership will manage the church's relationships with the Deans and Principals. They will monitor the MOU agreements with the schools with respect to United Church representation, as well as manage the theological schools' grants.  

The Executive Minister, Theological Leadership will endeavor to support the comprehensive work of The United Church of Canada Foundation and The United Church of Canada, creating a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and partnership, both within and across units and regions.  

Please note: Position responsibilities and reporting relationships are under review. Additional responsibilities within the scope of the job category may be added at a later date. 

The main areas of focus for this role are: 

  • Theology Inter-Church/Inter-Faith Leadership (40%)   

  • Theological, Biblical, Historical, and Pastoral Advisory (30%)  

  • Lead Staff working with Theological Schools (20%) 

  • United Church of Canada Archives (10%) 

Qualifications/Education/Competencies/Experience 

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, education, experience and ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • PhD, ThD, DMin or equivalency in biblical studies, church history and/or Christian theology;  

  • Thorough knowledge of The United Church of Canada, its history and processes;  

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret theological perspectives and provide insights as to how they affect the church;  

  • Good relational skills;  

  • Experience working within the mission and ministry of The United Church of Canada and a member in good standing of The United Church of Canada;  

  • Experience in ecumenical and interfaith contexts;  

  • High degree of effective written and oral communication skills with the ability to articulate the vision and theology of the United Church of Canada with a predisposition to listen, hear and model openness to other ideas;   

  • Experience articulating complex issues clearly, concisely and compassionately to diverse groups;  

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the ecumenical and inter-faith processes. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, The United Church of Canada will provide assistance to employees who request accommodation throughout their employment with us, unless the position is deemed to be a bona fide occupational requirement and/or to the point of undue hardship considering issues of health, safety and cost. 

This position works from the General Council Office located in Toronto, Ontario in an open area concept office under normal working conditions. They interact with lay staff, ministers, volunteers, executive officers. Manual dexterity required to use a laptop computer and peripherals. Intermittent physical activity including sitting, standing, and lifting.  Occasional overtime will be required and attendance at occasional evening and weekend events and meetings may be required. 

Currently due to COVID-19 employees are working both from the office at times and remotely from their homes on secure devices, and are available by email and phone during regular hours Monday to Friday. 

To request a copy of the full position description, please email: careers@united-church.ca.  

Compensation

This is a category 12 position with an annual salary of $106,829.21 - $142,439.38 (Lay Equivalent rate) / $94, 663.00 - $126,216.92 (Order of Ministry rate) 

To Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume, quoting the job number to: Human Resources, e-mail careers@united-church.ca by August 20, 2021. 

We expect to hold interviews in the first two weeks of September 2021.