Current Openings & Community Opportunities

Interested in applying for a staff position at Wesley Theological Seminary? Please send your cover letter and resume by e-mail to the Director of Human Resources at Please specify the position for which you are applying (see below for opportunities). Hard copies can be sent via mail to:
Director of Human Resources
Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016.
Further questions can be directed to (202) 885-8552.

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Faculty: History of Christianity

Wesley Theological Seminary invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the History of Christianity, commencing July 1, 2015. General competence in all areas of church history is expected, and special expertise in the patristic era and in Methodist or Wesleyan studies is highly desired.  Membership in The United Methodist Church is required. Teaching responsibilities will include core introductory courses as well as elective courses. Experience and expertise in online instruction will be advantageous. Rank is open, but we expect to appoint at the Assistant or Associate level. Ph.D. required; M.Div. or equivalent degree preferred. Wesley Theological Seminary is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to building a diverse community. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Robert Martin at The cover letter should indicate interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as commitment to the mission of the school.

Director of International Student Services

Department:  Community Life


Responsible for ensuring compliance with immigration, providing orientation for all international students and for serving as a resource to international students.


  • Update all international students in SEVIS system with registration updates 3 times per year (start of each semester and summer session)
  • Process all Optional Practical Training applications for graduating international students
  • Assist students applying for employment authorization
  • Process all Curricular Practical Training applications for international students working in churches off campus
  • Apply for reinstatements for any students who go out of status
  • Follow up on all current international students to make sure they have registered for the required 9 hours per semester (2 times per year)
  • Process any exemptions to the 11 hour rule – medical or emergency withdrawals
  • Audit international student files yearly to insure compliance with SEVIS requirements
  • Apply for reinstatement with SEVIS every two years
  • Sign I-20s for travel every year for all current international students.  Let international students know others on campus who have signing authorization.
  • Provide guidance on TOEFL testing to the institution for admissions requirements
  • Explain tax reporting requirements to international students every spring
  • Work with the Associate Dean for Community Life to provide follow-up assistance to international student graduates who are pursuing R visa and/or permanent residency applications
  • Work with any special situations – travel visas, immersion questions, travel and return to country
  • Ensure institutional compliance with all SEVIS F-1 regulations and stay up to date on all regulatory changes
  • Produce Social Security and DMV documentation for students needing to secure U.S. identification
  • General guidance, counseling and support
  • Ensure Registrar’s office evaluates all incoming international student transcripts  for advance standing


The successful applicant will have served as a “Primary designated School Official.” The ideal candidate must have proficiency in Microsoft Office, and database management. The ability to work with people from a variety of countries and cultures is essential.  Must have a creative approach to organizational systems; consistent attention to priorities, deadlines and details; an ability to handle multiple projects at the same time; function independently; and work cooperatively with others in a fast-paced environment.  Applicant should be a self-starter, reliable, energetic, and produce high quality work. Completion of a BS or BA degree is preferred. 

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to


Development Specialist

Department: Development


The Development Specialist reports to the director of alumni and donor initiatives and is a core member of the development team.  Provide daily administration for a comprehensive program of alumni relations and fund-raising, focusing primarily on social media and crowd funding activities to grow donor contributions each year.

The Development Specialist is responsible following areas:

  1. Donor Communication, Engagement, and Records
  2. Annual Fund Program
  3. Events


Donor Communication, Engagement, and Records:

  • Work closely with the Development team in all aspects of alumni and donor engagement, including identifying potential donors and maintaining electronic contact. Oversee general communications with donors and alumni and ensure response to individual inquiries.
  • Plan, implement, and monitor strategies to involve alumni in a wide variety of activities such as student service learning, service on school advisory boards and committees, participation in events and identifying additional opportunities Ensure accurate and complete alumni records in coordination with the Raisers Edge Database

Annual Fund Program

  • Oversee Wesley’s online giving presences and plan, develop, and execute 3 crowd-funding campaigns for each fiscal year.
  • Work closely with the Development and Marketing team in all aspects of alumni and donor engagement, including identifying potential donors and maintaining electronic and print contact. Work to implement solicitation strategies targeting alumni and entry level gifts.
  • Assist in developing engagement events and marketing communication strategies as well as coordinating their role in annual giving campaigns.


  • Help implement all aspects of local, regional, and national alumni and donor events.
  • Develop timelines, schedules, and logistics for annual special events
  • Represent Wesley Theological Seminary at specific local, state and national events



Bachelor's degree required in public relations, communications, marketing or related field.

Specific relevant work experience:

  • Experience in customer, alumni and/or donor relations with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with a variety of constituencies.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with faculty, staff, students, alumni, other constituents, and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, and implement, constituency programs and communications activities, along with a talent for motivating and coordinating volunteers.
  • Strong oral and written skills with high degree of office management/administrative skills.
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals.
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.
  • Experience with email marketing tools, social media and website content management systems a plus.

The ideal candidate will have experience in event planning and volunteer management and coordination, as well as excellent interpersonal and administrative skills. Experience in development and with Raiser’s Edge software as well as familiarity with the church preferred.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to


Executive Assistant


The Executive Assistant is a regular full-time position providing administrative support for the Office of the President and the Distinguished Professor of Public Theology.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure that all visitors are greeted in a professional manner.
  2. Ensure that all telephone calls are answered and addressed in a professional manner.
  3. Open and sort all mail including email.
  4. Assist in maintaining the President’s calendar and the Distinguished Professor of Public Theology’s calendar.
  5. Make all travel arrangements for the President and the Distinguished Professor of Public Theology, i.e., flight arrangements, hotel reservations, car service and any other necessary reservations.
  6. Track expenses, submit vouchers and prepare purchase orders as necessary.
  7. Enter prospect donor notes in Raiser’s Edge as necessary.
  8. Draft and finalize miscellaneous correspondence.
  9. Schedule meetings and logistics of meetings as necessary.
  10. Other duties as needed.

Non-Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in preparing materials related to activities of the Board of Governors.
  2. Assist in maintaining office files, mailing list, and Board files.
  3. Assist in public relations matters.
  4. Other duties as assigned.


The successful applicant will have a combination of education and experience demonstrating an ability to perform at an executive level.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills and organizational skills. Possess initiative, be energetic and a self-starter, able to establish priorities, and handle multiple priorities while maintaining professionalism. Familiarity with church life. Able to maintain confidentiality and work well with others.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville SEEKING:


 Full-time: January-August 2015

(with possible extension)

UUCR is a large mid-size congregation with vital worship and programming, strong lay leadership, and 75 children and youth in average attendance. We are looking for an experienced, creative person to walk with us through an exciting time of transition. Commitment to UU principles and values and familiarity with UU curriculum required.


Please contact Reverend Lynn Strauss at


Church Administrator

Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ

Reports to:  Senior Pastor

Hours: 20 hours per week

This position ensures the efficient and effective management of the administrative operations of the church, including:

  • communication with members and visitors
  • support for Sunday services
  • maintenance of the membership database
  • management of rental facilities
  • oversight of church office administration

This position requires a high degree of professionalism, excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, up-to-date computer skills, and attention to detail.  The Church Administrator supports the life, values, ministry and mission of the church.

Salary and benefits:  Salary commensurate with experience and comparable positions.  Benefits include:  flexible hours, paid vacation and holidays, sick/personal leave.

Send resume and cover letter to: 

John Osborne, Search Committee Chair

Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ

3400 Lowell St. NW Washington, DC 20016


Coordinator of Christian Discipleship and Ministry (Community UMC)

Part Time: 26 hours/week

Community United Methodist Church in Crofton, Maryland seeks a part-time Coordinator of Christian Discipleship and Ministry (26 hours/week). Prospective candidates may view the position description on the church's web site Applicants should submit a cover letter, a résumé including three references, and a 1-2 page statement about his or her understanding of Christian discipleship and ministry. Applications should be sent to feliciakidney@comcast.netby September 30, 2014.

Youth Minister  – (Nineteenth Street Baptist Church)

Part Time: $10,000-$12,000 per year (Hours: Negotiable)

The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church is seeking a candidate for the position of Youth Minister. This individual shall profess a personal Christian faith, and demonstrate a passion for, and commitment to, youth ministry.

The successful candidate must have a heart for youth, be able to flourish in a team atmosphere, be self-initiating, and self-motivated. Skills in teaching, planning, evangelism, discipleship, counseling and prayer will be needed to facilitate an effective ministry in guiding the youth of our church and surrounding community in their Christian spiritual formation and growth.


  1. Enrollment in seminary or graduate of seminary
  2. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  3. Technical expertise with a wide array of media to enhance the teaching/preaching experience for youth


Provide leadership of our Youth Church under the supervision of the Senior Pastor and meet with him weekly. This includes preaching for, and leading those services.      

Supporting already established youth programs:  Manhood Training, God’s Daughters and those youth activities sponsored by the Church School, as well as developing proposals for new initiatives.

Creating and/or working on events and activities that foster an atmosphere of outreach and service. This may include but is not limited to: community events, youth mission trips, outreach to the local community and collaboration with other area youth ministries for combined events.

  1. Modeling personal faith, encouraging our youth in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2. Actively engaging in prayer with and on behalf of the youth in our church and community, in partnership with parents and church members.
  3. Coordinating a balanced calendar of youth ministry activities/events
  4. Communicate well through announcements, the weekly Church bulletin, and a monthly Youth newsletter.
  5. Participation in main church worship services and additional events at the request of the Senior Pastor.

Accountable Relationships:

  1. Report directly to the Senior Pastor
  2. Additionally responsible to the Board of Deacons
  3. Member of the Youth Council
  4. Participate with Church School to implement shared goals
  5. Foster relationships with parents of youth

Additional Information:

Address: 4606 16th St. NW Washington, DC 20011

Please submit resume and cover letter to: Subject line: Youth Minister Search

Applications will be considered until the position is filled

Posted on 8.7.2014

Children's Christian Education Coordinator ( Cheverly, MD)

10 hours per week – 12 months

At Cheverly United Methodist Church, inspiring children is an important step in achieving our church’s mission of making disciples of all people.  As part of our mission, it is vital to have a strong children’s program to attract and grow disciples. 

Cheverly United Methodist Church is a small, but growing, congregation. Our average church attendance is 70 adults and 15 children per Sunday. Church services begin at 10:00 a.m. and end between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m.

Children attend church in the sanctuary at the beginning of the service and go to Sunday School after Children’s Time, which has a message from the pastor or other members of the church. Sunday School begins at about 10:15 and ends by 11:30 a.m.

Vacation Bible School usually takes place for a week during June and operates in the evening for two hours.

Education Requirements:
Required: High School Graduate with some college courses.
Preferred: College Degree in a related field such as Christian Education, Christian Ministry, Theology, or Religious Studies.

Experience and Skills:
Required: Complete familiarity with Protestant church services, music and Sunday school. Working experience in a Sunday School, Christian Education Program, Vacation Bible School (VBS) or other similar programs involving children. Demonstrated ability to develop a children’s Christian education program.
Preferred: 2 to 5 years experience working in a church environment in Sunday School, Christian Education Program, Vacation Bible School or other relevant programs. Demonstrated ability to incorporate Christian music into children’s programming.

Job Responsibilities:
This job description lists required tasks and responsibilities.  Other responsibilities may be added when deemed necessary.

  1. Provide opportunities for spiritual growth for children preschool through sixth grade by planning and teaching Sunday School lessons throughout the year.
  2. Schedule and participate in Children’s Time and develop other opportunities to involve the children in the congregational worship service and outreach opportunities (e.g., service projects).
  3. Ensure the environment and programs are safe for children.
  4. Effectively communicate children’s ministry activities to the pastor, children’s families, and the congregation.
  5. Gather input from families and volunteers on programming for continuous improvement.  
  6. Coordinate volunteers to ensure there is adequate, trained supervision for all activities.
  7. Track attendance and participation in children’s programs.
  8. Develop, plan, teach, and coordinate weeklong, 2 hour/day VBS program (10 hours of actively attended programming).
  9. Abide by established budget and purchasing guidelines as established by Finance Committee and pastor.

Additional Information
The Children’s Christian Education Coordinator reports to the pastor, and coordinates with children’s music ministry staff and other church groups, as needed.

Applicant must be eligible for employment (i.e., U.S. citizen or work permit).

Cover letters and resumes are due by July 18th and may be mailed or emailed to:

Cheverly United Methodist Church
2801 Cheverly Avenue
Cheverly, MD 20785

Employment will begin the week of August 25th, allowing two weeks of preparation prior to Children’s Time and Sunday School on September 7th

Posted on 7.15.2014



Reading Tutor

Volunteer Organization paid through Federal Work Study

Department: Financial Aid 

Hours: Up to 10 hours per week


Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to students in under-resourced schools across the country. Our highly effective and evidence-validated program has helped thousands of children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. For more information, please visit

You can make a difference in the life of a child in just one hour a week. Reading Partners connects passionate volunteers with struggling readers to help students build strong literacy skills, gain confidence, and discover a passion for reading. You can be a mentor, a leader, and a friend to student in need.

  • No formal teaching experience is required.
  • Commit just one hour a week.
  • Reading Centers are open Monday-Thursday at local schools across Washington, DC. 

 Reading Partners provides you with:

  •  A highly effective, easy-to-follow curriculum.
  • In-person training and on-site support from a full-time staff member.
  • The opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. 

Theyare now accepting new volunteers to become reading partners during the 2014-15 school year. Sign up here and a member of the Reading Partners team will contact you shortly to schedule your on-site training and get you started. Qualified candidates should also submit a cover letter and a resume to

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