Job Number: 22-49
Opening/Closing Date: May 13, 2022 to May 25, 2022

Description

The Office of Vocation in the Ministry and Employment Unit of The United Church of Canada is seeking an individual to fill the role of Office of Vocation Minister, deployed to Northern Spirit, Living Skies and Prairie to Pine Regional Councils, on a full-time (35 hours/week) permanent basis.

The Office of Vocation Minister, as part of a team of regionally deployed and General Council Office based staff, supports the processes for the discernment, training and the determination of their fitness and readiness for accreditation of ministry personnel, the fulfillment of continuing education standards, and the formal processes for oversight and discipline. The main areas of focus are:

  • Candidacy Pathway: Staff resource to the Candidacy Board in their assigned region(s) and provide training for candidacy boards; Ensure paperwork from candidacy board is added to OV database; Be available for vocational conversations with those thinking about ministry; Co-ordinate mandated orientation sessions for those discerning, discernment retreats or other events; Initiate candidacy pathways on ChurchHub; and support supervised ministry education: as a staff resource to communities of faith around becoming a learning site; ensure training of lay supervision teams; equip and name educational supervisors.
  • Mutual Recognition: Orient ministry partners to the pastoral relations covenant system; and Ensure the community of faith is prepared to receive their ministry partner.
  • Admission: Ensure communities of faith are prepared to meet the requirements of them with respect to the admission process; Orient the pastoral charge supervisor to their distinct role; and Ensure the pastoral charge has intercultural awareness, and has done some racial justice training.  
  • Ministry Personnel: Provide expertise to resource ministry personnel issues, and co-ordinate with regional council staff as invited; Follow up on issues of non-compliance of standards (i.e. mandatory training); Resource formal complaints procedures to ensure that they are carried out in a consistent, just and equitable manner across the church; Work with ministry personnel when remedial work is required; Support the fulfillment of continuing education standards; and Liaise with the regional council about accreditation and issues of standing with respect to the pastoral relations covenant process.
  • Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy and Procedures: Ensure the formal complaint goes to the Office of Vocation coordinator, participate in the administrative leave conversation(s) and be the local resource for the ministry personnel and the community of faith.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 4 years’ post-secondary education (University Degree, Theological Degree or training, Human Resources training);
  • 5 years’ related experience working with ministry personnel and pastoral charges;
  • Knowledge of the life and work of The United Church of Canada with a demonstrated understanding of the various perspectives on ministry within the Church;
  • Working knowledge of The Manual, together with experience working within the courts, policies and ethos;
  • Appreciation for and commitment to the vision of becoming an intercultural church and the Indigenous Calls to the Church;
  • Highly developed communication skills (both verbal and written) together with superior human relations and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to relate policies and procedures to faith and to reflect theologically on policy;
  • Solid computer skills with a demonstrated ability to use various forms of digital communications and social media;
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships, working collegially and constructively within a staff team, with cultural sensitivity and awareness;
  • Strong administration, time management, planning, organizational and implementation skills;
  • Education, leadership, mediation training would be an asset;  
  • French, Indigenous or other language skills would be a definite asset in the context of some regional councils.
  • Good judgement, discernment and analysis skills;
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively within the regional councils; and
  • A commitment to maintain confidentiality and appropriate boundaries at all times.

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 United Church of Canada, 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.

Working Conditions

This position works remotely from home or from a regional council office. Sitting and viewing a computer screen for long periods, keyboarding/using voice recognition software, intermittent physical activity including sitting, standing and being on the phone for long periods of time will be required. Attendance at occasional evening and weekend meetings together with travel within the regional councils and within Canada will be required.

Compensation

Salary will be based on skills and experience, within the category 8 salary range of $71,636.08 - $95,515.18.  Pension and group benefit plans coverage and annual vacation round out this compensation package.

To Express Interest

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