Job Description: Project Manager - NIC Strategic Initiatives Office of the Bishop
Independent Contractor Position (part-time)
Organizational Summary The Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church is a regional area of the United Methodist Church covering the top 1/3 of the State of Illinois. The conference is composed of 6 geographic districts and 364 churches. The conference offices are located at 77 W. Washington, Suite 1820 in downtown Chicago. The work of the conference is to support the local churches as they make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. (www.uncnic.org)
The Annual Conference Shepherding Team (“ACST”) as the following key responsibilities:
Providing coordination of the ministry, mission and vision of the NIC.
Discerning a 5-year vision plan; presenting it for approval by NIC; communicating it throughout the NIC, monitoring and adapting it on an annual basis.
Focusing NIC resources to equip local churches and ministry settings to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Advocating, monitoring and celebrating diversity at every level of leadership throughout the NIC.
The Northern Illinois Conference has identified 3 strategic goals for focus over the next two years (2019-2021). These goals are (1) to grow and reach new disciples of Jesus Christ, (2) to live out the conviction that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching and (3) to increase the number of highly vital congregations.
The NIC Project Manager will be an independent contractor working directly with the NIC Director of Connectional Ministers, the NIC leadership team, Co-Chairs of the ACST, and members of ACST. The Project Manager will ensure deliverables, coordinate with committee leaders and staff to ensure all projects are moving forward in accordance with plans and timetables; relevant information is provided to work team leaders in a timely and appropriate manner; coordinate communications with NIC staff, ACST work team groups; and develop content tools for effective communications.
A collaborative, dedicated, adaptable, self-motivated individual is needed who can work effectively in a large, complex organization with constituents from many different areas, and varying expertise.
Accountability will include managing a portfolio of critical projects with strategic and operational importance to the organization. The Project Manager will develop project work plans and related performance metrics to ensure all project activities are executed against established timelines and budgets.
Job Responsibilities and Duties
The NIC Project Manager will coordinate activities supporting the on-going development of the strategic goals through conference teams focused on each of the prioritizes.
The project manager will work toward the successful integration/transition of goals into operational practices of the Conference and the local churches it serves.
Lead activities including project scope, definition, resource allocation and management, information distribution and coordination. Provide proactive, clear, concise and timely communication regarding project status and overall performance reporting among team members, NIC Leadership (project sponsors) and key stakeholders.
Consistently apply standard process improvement and project management methodologies throughout each strategic project. Responsible for developing and maintaining collaborative and productive relationships with internal and external key stakeholders and team members.
Must be able to effectively manage project risks, issues and barriers that arise within the project and recommend mitigation strategies, as needed, to achieve the desired result. Recommends solutions that add value, strengthen project or operational outcomes, exhibits understanding of both and project leadership and stakeholder needs.
Reporting Structure Reports to Assistant to the Bishop/Director of Connectional Ministries Supports the NIC Leadership Team and Co-Chairs of the ACST Coordinates with ACST Strategic Implementation Team Leaders Coordinates and facilitates information-sharing among ACST Team Leaders and NIC Staff
Job qualifications & skills Required:
BA in Business Administration, Economics, or Communications or related fields.
Minimum 5-8 years project or program management related experience
Demonstrated project management and organizational skills, demonstrated analysis and problem solving skills, excellent oral and communication skills
Strong collaborative leadership skills; demonstrated ability to effectively establish and maintain working relationships with peers and constituents at all levels of the organization.
Strong multi-tasking skills to effectively manage multiple complex set of strategic initiatives in different stages simultaneously
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft: Word, Excel, and Power Point.
Experience in large faith-based and/or non-profit organizations.
Master’s degree, MBA or MHA (or) Professional Certification in area of expertise.
Working knowledge of the United Methodist Church structure and the Northern Illinois Conference
Experience in anti-racism work
Inquiries and Resume may be submitted to: Woody Bedell at email@example.com
Additional Salary Information: Minimum $30,000 to Maximum $40,000
Expected 20 to 15 hours a week
Expected duration 2 to 3 years
About Religious Organization
Our conference includes more than 370 churches and 30 new faith communities spanning the upper one third of the state of Illinois.
The purpose of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference is to make disciples for Jesus Christ—by equipping its local faith communities for a ministry of witness, justice, hope and love, and by providing a connection for mission beyond the congregation; all to the
glory of God.
The conference office is a primary resource for providing financial and program resources to churches and church leaders of the Annual Conference