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Project Manager & Administrator
Lake Forest , Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 02/09/2011
Categories: Administrative - Management
Job Type: Part-Time
Organization: SCHOLARLEADERS INTERNATIONAL (www.scholarleaders.org) exists to encourage and enable Christian theological leaders from the Majority World for the Majority World.
The Need: The rapidly growing Majority World church urgently needs theological leaders who will educate and prepare pastors, found and lead institutions that provide training for pastors, and address theologically the pressing issues in their societies. These issues – including presenting Jesus to followers of other religions or to atheists, responding to extremes in poverty and wealth, health crises and rapidly growing consumerism, working in societies dominated by corrupt and despotic governments, responding as Christians to sometimes-militant Islam – are significantly different from those encountered by the church in the traditionally Christian West.
Historical Focus: We were formed in 1984 as the Christian International Scholarship Foundation (CISF) to support the education of proven Christian leaders from the Majority World who had exhausted educational possibilities in their home countries. We granted scholarships, primarily at the doctoral level, in theology and related disciplines, to students who had been accepted by leading evangelical schools of theology in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. Graduates returned home to staff, lead and sometimes found schools of theology, to address pressing theological issues, and to found and lead other ministries.
In a 2000-01 strategy review we considered changes in Majority World theological education and reached two primary conclusions: First, in part due to leaders we had sponsored, some Majority World schools were ready to begin their own doctoral programs. Together with a few established programs in Asia and South Africa, these provided viable alternatives to the West for advanced education. And they offered advantages related to being closer to the scholar’s home context. Second, we increased focus on China, along with Africa and Brazil, as regions of greatest need and opportunity. From that time we have worked directly with Majority World institutions to identify scholarship candidates and discuss other opportunities to advance theological leadership.
From 1984-2010 we sponsored more than 200 students from over 50 countries to study at 22 institutions in 11 countries. About half the students we now sponsor are studying outside of America and Europe. An extraordinary 95% graduate and return home to serve.
Current Priorities: In 2010 we decided to selectively broaden the program to encourage life-long professional growth and leadership effectiveness. As part of that broadening CISF was rechristened SCHOLARLEADERS INTERNATIONAL. Specific programs now include:
• Theologian & Faculty Development: as above, primarily scholarships; each recipient has specific, practical objectives that require advanced education.
• PressOn: assistance for scholars when they return home, including seed funds, counsel and other help for new ministries.
• ScholarLeader of the Year: recognition and a monetary award, and an important opportunity to address theological leaders outside the recipient’s
• PeerLeader Forum: regional gatherings of theological leaders to address strategic issues and counsel one another regarding leadership challenges.
• InSights & Publication: to encourage particularly gifted scholars to publish regarding theological and leadership issues, for the benefit of other leaders.
Administrative Opportunity: This role is to provide ‘glue’ to enable us to keep the ministry functioning smoothly despite its complexity. We currently sponsor over 40 scholars from 24 countries for study in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Central African Republic, Costa Rica and Hong Kong. We have active relationships, sometimes projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Our staff will soon be five, in three or four locations. And our board is from all over the USA, plus one Brazilian.
Position: Project Manager & Administrator
Reports to: President (functional to VP, Development and VP, Programs)
Location: Lake Forest, Illinois
Overall: Administer diverse domestic and international staff, programs and communications, coordinated across several locations. Oversee the office, technology platform, and contracted support.
Description: In collaboration with other staff, map planned programs, events and communications to a detailed master calendar for staff activities, office hours, key meetings, consultations and other events. Oversee timely completion and coordination of core tasks.
Support VP, Programs to review and effectively present applications for scholarships and other support to the Board.
Support VP, Development to assure the mailing list is maintained accurately and with consistently high quality.
With outside team, produce and distribute printed materials.
Oversee relationship with the outside accounting team. Working with them, provide financial and donor data to staff.
Support staff by coordinating calendars for various meetings and by arranging some conferences. Arrange donated (mileage) flights.
Create, produce and distribute the staff & Board prayer calendar.
Prepare and distribute notes from staff and Board meetings.
Administer the office, including telecom, mail, expenses, payments.
As a team member, provide input and ideas regarding all aspects of the ministry, including: program, communications, colleagues, scholarship and other program candidates, Board enrichment.
Join the team in prayer for theological leaders, ministry colleagues, donors, Board and staff.
Aspirational objective: With President, organize and help lead one Majority World trip per year, in part as an opportunity for Board
and donors to learn and participate.
Experience: Project management, administration. Computer applications.
Strengths: Organized and able to organize others; efficient. Encourager. Effective written communicator. Desire to commit long-term.
Values: Enthusiastically affirm SL’s mission. Affirm Statement of Faith without reservation. Appreciate other cultures and alternative perspectives. Other-centered; team player. High personal standards.
Time: 60 percent (approximately); four or five partial days per week.