Executive Director – Charis Ministries (Chicago, IL)

Young Adult Ministry, FT Employee
Charis Ministries (Chicago, IL)

Executive Director
Charis Ministries, a unique Jesuit ministry serving young adults and one of the nation’s leading Catholic young adult ministry programs, seeks a dynamic leader, passionate about reaching those in their 20s and 30s with the gifts of Ignatian Spirituality. Founded in 2000, Charis is a work of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, providing opportunities for spiritual growth through eight themed, peer-led retreats based in Ignatian Spirituality. Retreats are offered in the Chicago area and through its Partner Program in 36 cities throughout the country, reaching nearly 1000 young adults each year.

The executive director is responsible for all aspects of the ministry. These include programming, fund-raising, marketing, partnerships and finance. He/she will direct the ministry’s activities in accordance with the strategic plan. The executive director will forge key relationships with benefactors. He/she will form collaborative partnerships for increasing the reach and attendance at Charis events locally, regionally and nationally. The executive director will have an understanding of finances and will define, with the Governing Board, the steps necessary to ensure Charis’ sustainability.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience of Ignatian Spirituality and, in particular, retreats in the Ignatian tradition. He/she will have strong leadership and team building skills with experience in managing a small organization. Good communication skills and effective fund raising skills are essential. The new director will raise awareness of Charis’ mission and programs. He/she will be comfortable with technology and imaginative about its use for evangelization with those in their 20s and 30s, and for the creation of greater operational efficiencies. A degree in a related field such as pastoral ministry is preferred.

The Executive Director is appointed by the Provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province and reports to the Governing Board. Reporting to the Executive Director are a director of administration and programs, a partner program coordinator and the following part-time staff members: business manager, grant coordinator, major gifts officer.

Cover letter detailing expression of interest and resume with references by: April 30, 2014
Preferred employment date:
The position will be open July 1, 2014 but the starting date is flexible.
Submissions and inquiries to:
Charis Ministries Search Committee [email protected] (0)

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