Job Number: 22-05
Opening/Closing Date: January 10, 2022 to February 10, 2022

The Ministry and Employment Unit of The United Church of Canada is seeking an individual to fill the role of Team Lead Policy and Programs for Ministry Personnel on a full-time (35 hours/week) permanent basis.

The General Council Office supports the mission and ministry of the communities of faith and regional councils.  It is the denominational expression of The United Church of Canada, working ecumenically and in global partnership. The United Church of Canada is committed to our intercultural context, living in right relations with the Indigenous Church, anti-racism and equity, and French Ministries.

The Team Lead, Policies and Programs for Ministry Personnel has individual and collective responsibility to provide leadership for The Office of Vocation and support a team in the development of denominational programs, resources and policies that enable the effectiveness and well-being of ministry personnel and support healthy pastoral relationships in The United Church of Canada.

This role includes serving as the Office of Vocation Coordinator. The Office of Vocation ensures faithful, well-equipped, and effective ministry personnel, where applicants are encouraged, candidates grow in learning and competency; where concerns are dealt with quickly and fairly, remedial work increases effectiveness of ministry personnel, and allegations of misconduct are investigated promptly and action taken for the well-being of ministry personnel and communities of faith. When this is done well ministry personnel feel respected. This role supports a faithful, productive, joy-filled team of 13 staff who are passionate about recruiting, equipping, and sustaining faithful and well-equipped ministry personnel. The main areas of focus are:

  • Coordinate the Office of Vocation - its committees, teams and boards.
  • Research and contribute to the understanding of emerging leadership needs of the church and trends in the professional vocation of ministry within the United Church and in North American religious vocation;
  • Supervise and provide leadership to the Office of Vocation Pastoral Relationship (OVPR) staff team;
  • Support denominational policy, program and resource development and implementation for bold, effective ministry personnel leadership and healthy pastoral relationships;
  • Foster effective and collaborative working relationships with regional council staff, with Indigenous Ministries and Justice, and with other General Council Office units, in the implementation of ministry personnel and pastoral relations policies and programs;
  • Manage budget, accountability with supervisor and participate in Ministry and Employment Unit manager meetings, etc. 


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.

  • A university degree and theological training, preferably at the graduate level;
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a critical theological perspective to policy and practices;
  • In depth knowledge, understanding and commitment to the principles, mission and ministry of the United Church; including right relations, anti-racism and equity, and French ministries.
  • Demonstrated appreciation for and commitment to the vocation of ministry personnel in The United Church of Canada;
  • At least 10 years of experience working with the councils (or previous four courts) of the church and their committees related to the vocation of ministry personnel including pastoral relations and ministry formation or equivalent;
  • Strong aptitude in relationship building and collaboration;
  • Demonstrated ability in project management, program development and design;
  • Critical thinking with ability to engage in both big-picture thinking and the detailed work of project implementation are assets
  • Excellent relational and inter-personal communication skills, together with experience working within a culturally diverse context. The ability to work in French, and/or in other languages other than English would be considered an asset;
  • Skilled at displaying empathy and building and maintaining genuine relationships that are based on trust.
  • Strong attention to detail, analytical acumen, intellectual curiosity, creativity, and a proven work ethic.
  • Competency with administrative and communication technologies.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, The United Church of Canada will aid 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, ministry personnel, volunteers, executive officers. Manual dexterity required to use laptop computer and peripherals. This position requires sitting and viewing a computer screen for long periods, keyboarding/using voice recognition software, intermittent physical activity including sitting, standing, and lifting (up to 20 lbs.) and being on the phone for long periods. Occasional overtime may be required.


Salary will be based on skills and experience, within the category 10 position range of $86,409.97 to $115,213.70. A defined benefit pension and group health and dental benefit plans coverage and annual vacation round out this compensation package.

To Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume, quoting the job number to Human Resources, e-mail: