The Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests (BMC) seeks a visionary and compassionate leader to serve as our next Executive Director

Founded in 1976, BMC is a vibrant organization that cultivates an inclusive church and society and cares for the Mennonite and Brethren lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied community. BMC continues to nurture and provide support for lgbtq people through gatherings, community building, and  lgbtq-positive theological and spiritual resources. BMC’s work is also carried out through a model that includes congregational-based organizing to create a more open and inclusive church through the Supportive Communities Network (SCN). SCN has grown through the work of dedicated community members and clergy to be a vital and prophetic witness holding denominational leadership accountable to their denomination’s vision of social justice. BMC is financially stable thanks to those who have partnered to continue the work of the organization. We are excited to see where we go under the leadership of our next Executive Director.

The Executive Director, in partnership with the BMC Board of Directors,  is charged with shaping the work of the organization and ensuring it enacts the values of lgbtq justice while connecting meaningfully with the Brethren and Mennonite communities. The ideal Executive Director will not only be a leader who has a strong queer voice and understanding of Anabaptist communities but also possess skills and/or experience related to nonprofit management and financial sustainability. 

Compensation: This is a full-time, exempt position, with evening and weekend work based on need. The annual base salary is $60,000 and will be commensurate with experience and includes a health insurance and retirement benefits package.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to BMCExecutiveSearch@gmail.com with “Executive Director” in the subject line of your message. Your cover letter should highlight why you want to lead BMC, how you are personally suited to the role, and your vision for BMC. The applications will be considered on a rolling basis. All questions regarding the position and application process can be directed to the email above.

The Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests (BMC) Executive Director Job Description

Position: Executive Director

Responsible to: Board of Directors

Reports to: Board President

 

Vision and Leadership

  • Work with the BMC Board to shape the direction and program priorities of the organization

  • Identify and respond to the changing needs of the lgbtq Brethren and Mennonite communities

  • Serve as the spokesperson for BMC representing the organization’s vision and mission

  • Build and maintain diverse partnerships with those in Supportive Communities Network (SCN), Brethren and Mennonite denominations, other justice-building organizations, and the wider lgbtq community

Program Management and Operations

  • Develop and implement programs, resources, and community-building initiatives for lgbtq people connected to the Brethren and Mennonite traditions

  • Work with and promote SCN

  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring and on-boarding of new staff and volunteers as needed, and ensure that job descriptions are clear, regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place

  • Work with, support, and provide regular updates to the Board

Fiscal Management

  • Oversee the formation of the BMC budget in conjunction with the treasurer to take to the Board, and ensure organization operates within that budget

  • Define a strategy that supports the long-term financial health of the organization and cultivates relationships with donors

  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices in the day-to-day financial needs

  • Receipt donations and send thank-you notes in a timely manner

 

Desired Qualifications:

Requirements

  • Understanding of lgbtq issues and needs in the secular world and in religious organizations

  • Connection to Brethren and/or Mennonite communities and knowledge of church structure and dynamics

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong community-building and facilitation skills

  • Able to develop innovative/creative solutions to problems

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to travel 

 

Assets

  • Experience working in non-profit organizations

  • Theological or seminary training

  • Connection to lgbtq organizations at local, regional, or national levels

  • Knowledge of web development

  • Social media skills

  • Experience in developing and delivering training resources

  • Experience in fundraising

  • Experience working with Board governance structure

  • Experience in developing and managing budgets

  • Understanding of intersectional justice work