Deaconess Anne House Director
The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri comprises the eastern half of the state of the Missouri. Its jurisdiction is comprised of over 54 counties and includes 42 congregations. The Rt. Reverend George Wayne Smith was elected in 2001 and serves as the current bishop.
The Episcopal Service Corps is a national network of intentional communities for young adults ages 21-30. All ESC communities all are marked by serving others in solidarity, promoting justice in community, deepening spiritual awareness and vocational discernment, and living simply. Deaconess Anne House (DAH) is the St. Louis branch of the Episcopal Service Corps (ESC). DAH is located in Old North St. Louis (ONSL) and houses approximately 4-7 corps members for an 11 month term.
Position Summary: The DAH Director serves as a leader and mentor to the corps members living in the community. The Director also serves as a point of contact to the ONSL neighborhood and the Diocese of Missouri. By engaging with variety of non-profits, congregations, and justice movements, the Director helps to spread the Gospel, as well as build relationships and network for the benefit of the corps members and the communities in which they serve.
Employment Classification: Full-time, flexible hours, including travel.
Accountability: The DAH Director is a member of the Bishop’s staff and reports to and is responsible to the Bishop through the Canon to the Ordinary.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned)
Building Christian Community with Young Adults and Facilitating Program:
- Plan and facilitate opening and closing orientations and other retreats during the year.
- Plan and facilitate Friday formation days.
- Pray regularly with corps members and engage them in the tradition of Benedictine Spirituality.
- Coordinate details for weekly community dinner and Eucharist.
- Initiate and sustain relationships with ONSL neighbors and engage them with corps members.
- Attend neighborhood meetings and events when possible.
- Meet with individual corps members on a monthly basis.
- Facilitate and mediate if issues arise with corps members.
- Connect corps members with mentors and various justice movements in St. Louis.
- Coordinate, plan, and facilitate groups that visit for service projects or to learn about DAH.
Providing Executive Leadership:
- Coordinate recruitment efforts and interviews for the incoming program year.
- Visit colleges and career/service fairs regionally, representing DAH and ESC.
- Recruit non-profit partner sites and coordinate relationships and placement of corps members.
- Identify major house repairs, solicit bids, and facilitate the implementation of repairs.
- Maintain relationships with Diocesan churches and coordinate group visits to various parishes.
- Update and maintain DAH website and regularly update Instagram and Facebook.
- Work with advisory board, volunteers and supporters to vision and improve the program.
- Identify and invite clergy and community members to share assets with the DAH community.
- Participate in all ESC Director communications and events and serve in a working group.
- Create short- and long-term goals for DAH.
Qualities and Qualifications:
- Sincere commitment to Jesus Christ and a call to ministry and engagement with young adults.
- Passion for social justice and care and concern for the needs of the marginalized and oppressed.
- Educationally and theologically grounded in Holy Scripture.
- Articulate, passionate communicator and visionary leader.
- Ability to mentor and motivate.
- Ability to work under the authority and direction of the Bishop.
- Ability to work in high-stress environments.
Education or Experience:
- Open to lay and ordained candidates with a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Knowledge and appreciation of the traditions and practices of the Episcopal Church.
- Previous relevant experience (i.e. work with young adult and/or higher education ministry).
- Multicultural knowledge and appreciation.
- Serve as a member of the Bishop’s staff and represent the Offices of the Bishop and Diocese of Missouri in a professional manner.
- Organize and delegate effectively, and communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues, clergy, and lay leaders.
- Respect confidentiality.
- Submit and monitor the annual budgets for Deaconess Anne House.
- Requires flexible schedule; willingness to work weekends and evenings.
- Must be able to drive own vehicle.
- Must be able to travel and attend meetings and events outside of the office.
- Must be a self-starter and able to work independently.
This position is full-time with salary and benefits.
Please send a resume and cover letter, or general inquiries to:
The Rev. Canon Joe Chambers
Canon to the Ordinary