XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Director of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington (over 1,400 in worship).
The Executive Director will assist the Senior Pastor with the implementation of vision and spiritual direction of Bethany Community Church, so that the Senior Pastor can continue his main responsibility of teaching, vision casting, and shepherding.
The Senior Pastor, Church Council, Finance Director, and Operations Director.
Areas of Responsibility
Execute the vision of the Senior Pastor throughout the Church Leadership Structure by:
- Meet regularly with the Senior Pastor for discipleship, prayer and planning.
- Attend the Church Council Meetings to bring updates and input for the church’s progress.
- Commit to the vision and become creatively involved in its development, articulation, and implementation.
- Develop the leadership structure of the church and oversee its effectiveness.
- Give oversight to the staff culture in such a way that culture increasingly embodies the ethics of servant leadership and commitment demonstrated by Christ.
- Commit to mobilizing and coaching, so that the ministry remains in the hands of the people (Eph. 4:12).
- Streamline job descriptions, communication, and authority paths to maximize personal creativity, strengths, efficiency, and effectiveness, while minimizing bureaucracy. Oversee the launching of new ministries that the Lord raises up, so that they are consistent with the church’s vision, values, and purposes.
- Direct the hiring of staff and also the formal procedure in dismissing or repositioning of staff.
- Handle personnel conflicts and troubleshoot program and ministry challenges.
- In cooperation with the Operations Director, establish church policies and procedures that effectively facilitate the vision.
Lead the Ministry Director Team by:
- Develop a streamlined, coordinated strategy for ministry for all ministries based on the church’s vision, values, and purposes.
- Guide the Ministry Director Team in setting and tracking specific, measurable goals to insure that the vision and purposes of the ministry are being achieved.
- Creat staff meeting agendas and lead those meeting in cooperation with the Senior Pastor and Operations Director so that the staff is informed, equipped, nurtured and a cohesive direction for ministry is provided.
Lead the Ministry Staff by:
- Setting and tracking specific, measurable goals to insure that the vision is being achieved.
- Equipping Ministry Staff for leading their Ministry Team meetings with volunteers.
- Oversee the budget development, budget adherence, and cash flow in conjunction with the Finance Director.
- Perform semi-annual performance reviews on direct reports and follow through with Senior Pastor.
The Executive Director will also assume other responsibilities as directed by the Senior Pastor subject to the approval of the church council.
- The top two professional requirements for this position are that the individual needs to be an exceptional manager and that they have the ability to lead a large organization.
- Significant experience in administration of a church or a business is required, with specific human resources, project management and/or financial background a plus.
- Minimum of ten years managing multiple staff of at least 6-8 people in a church and/or non-profit setting required. Experience working on a church staff is helpful but at least five years of marketplace experience is required.
- Work history on or with a church staff is preferred, so that the candidate has an understanding of the requirements and demands of a pastoral staff, staffing issues, church budgets and ministry development.
- A Bachelor’s degree is required and a MS, MBA or M. Div preferred.
- Spiritual gifts of leadership and administration with the ability to encourage others are required.
- Proven ability to provide strong input into an organization’s strategic direction. Ability to translate vision and mission into staffing, budget, and facilities plans.
- Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills and proven presentation skills.
- Proven ability in successfully serving as overall staff leader, developing policies and procedures, and hiring, developing, and terminating staff members.
- Background in organizational development with abilities to coach and develop staff and volunteers.
- Proven ability to develop and implement a plan to completion.
- Proven track record of getting projects and tasks completed on time and on budget while also working well with others in the process.
- Proven ability to excel while working in a rapidly changing, dynamic environment of diverse scope and constituencies.
- Background working with and developing annual budgets of at least $1 million, facilities management, financial management and administrative functions.
Full Time: 40 hours
Compensation: Full medical and dental benefits package, auto and expense account, and continuing education reimbursement.
Salary: Dependent upon experience