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President and Executive Director
United Methodist Frontier Foundation


The Position

The United Methodist Frontier Foundation (UMFF) manages approximately $38 million in church assets, the fees from which allow UMFF to provide stewardship services to the partner churches. The organization is seeking to grow and hopes to achieve $50 million in assets in the near future. The organization has a staff of an Executive Director, Office Manager and part-time accounting assistant. The Foundation also has a field staff of part-time consultants throughout the region.

The President and Executive Director of the Foundation is responsible for implementing the vision and mission of the UMFF in New York State, western Connecticut, and neighboring areas. As chief executive officer (CEO) of the Foundation, the President supervises all Foundation staff and implements all programs and services provided by the Foundation. In addition, the President plans, implements, and supervises programs in the areas of stewardship education (capital campaigns, stewardship workshops, financial planning for clergy and laity), fund management, and planned giving for congregations and individuals.

The President & Executive Director develops the annual operating plan and budget and also formulates and implements long-term and strategic initiatives. In overseeing funds management, the President will ensure that transactions are in accordance with General Accepted Accounting Principles and meet the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. In addition, the President supervises staff, works closely with area United Methodist bishops, district superintendents, pastors and laity of local churches, and serves as a resource to conference committees and churches in endowment and investment alternatives. As the public face of the Foundation, the President will relate to a variety of organizations throughout the annual conferences it serves and throughout the Connection.

The UMFF is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board meets semi-annually face-to-face and at other times by conference call or electronically as required. The Board utilizes a variety of committees to support the ongoing work of the Foundation.  The President & Executive Director serves as a member of the Board, and is appointed by and accountable to the Board of Directors.

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications

The candidate for Executive Director must have a university education, which includes a master’s degree and/or investment or fundraising credential, and must have demonstrated evidence of strong communication and leadership skills. Preferred qualifications include experience and/or degree in a relevant field (relevant fields include business, legal, and religion), and experience in the areas of marketing, finance, church administration, strategic and long-range planning, fundraising, volunteer coordination, and Biblical knowledge and theology. A candidate for this position must be willing to travel extensively throughout New York State and western Connecticut.

Location

The position serves two Annual Conferences. While the current UMFF office is located in the Conference Center of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, 20 Soundview Ave., White Plains, New York, it is anticipated that the new President would determine the best location within the state of New York.
The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, charismatic leader who is an excellent communicator – confident enough to supervise individuals with significant technical expertise and conversant in the realm of ministry and offerings of the Foundation. The person must be a bridge-builder who can collaborate with external stakeholders and partners to fulfill the mission of the Foundation, a person who will fully dedicate himself/herself to the ministry of the United Methodist Foundation, and who exhibits entrepreneurial skills while leading and motivating staff. The person will demonstrate a strong commitment to the local church and will possess a strong theological understanding of the concept of stewardship. An ability to work independently while functioning within the connectional system of The United Methodist Church will be crucial to success in this position. The Board desires demonstrated success in executive leadership; management of systems, personnel, and finances; stewardship education; investments; and fundraising.

The President and Executive Director should reflect the following values;

  • Wesleyan: As United Methodists, we are guided by a Biblical understanding of stewardship undergirded with John Wesley’s emphasis on God’s abundant grace. A working knowledge of the United Methodist Church polity is a must. Membership in the denomination is desirable, but not required.
  • Ministry: Our work and the services we provide is ministry in support of United Methodist efforts to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
  • Competence: We strive to provide superior financial services in the areas of administration, investment, education, consulting and development.
  • Collaboration & Teamwork: We work as a team to collaborate with, and support the mission and ministry of, the various conference agencies and local church entities which we serve.
  • Diversity: We celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and seek to be better equipped to recognize and meet the needs of diverse groups in our service area.
  • Socially Responsible Investing: The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church guide our investing.
  • Ethics: We embrace ethical standards as adopted by the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

The Foundation

The United Methodist Frontier Foundation was formed in 2005 by the consolidation of the New York-Connecticut Foundation and the United Methodist Foundation of New York West Area. A 21-member Board of Directors includes members with talents of clerical gifts, financial professionalism, and lay commitment to the Foundation’s mission and vision. The President and Executive Director is selected by and reports to the Board of Directors.

The mission of the UMFF is to encourage, empower, and support stewardship in churches and individuals throughout New York and neighboring states. The service area covers two annual conferences (New York and Upper New York Annual Conferences) over 79,000 square miles, 1,400 congregations, and over 300,000 people, including the entire state of New York and western and central Connecticut. The Foundation’s mission is supported by a vision of sound asset management with reasonable rates, education, and competent stewardship and leadership to both churches and clergy.

The Foundation and its Board of Directors are committed to implementing a strategic plan adopted in 2013, setting a strategic direction for the UMFF to be the preeminent stewardship resource institution for education, consulting, development, and financial services. As such, UMFF will be recognized as the first choice for United Methodist churches and agencies seeking to develop faithful stewardship ministries.

Mission

The United Methodist Frontier Foundation encourages, empowers and supports stewardship in churches and individuals throughout New York and neighboring states.

Vision

  • The ultimate vision of the United Methodist Frontier Foundation is to provide the means for United Methodists to strengthen the mission and ministry of local congregations by:
  • Educating, empowering and providing the tools for the support and funding of ministries of the church.
  • Acting as the trustee on behalf of UM Churches for building funds, mission endowments, scholarship awards, memorial funds, annuities, etc.
  • Providing competent leadership and resources for stewardship education for annual commitment programs, capital campaigns, endowment building and planned giving.
  • Educating ministers and trustees about personal and church finances in order that they will personally and institutionally be able to pursue their mission.

Core Values and Beliefs of the UMFF

  • Spirit-led and Mission-driven: Prayerfully by the Spirit of God, we are driven by the Foundation’s mission and guided by the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church.
  • In Partnership: Work with and support the mission of those with whom we work.
  • Servanthood: We focus our efforts on the needs of our investors to be successful.
  • Transparent: Our business practices are characterized by visibility or accessibility of information.
  • Socially Responsible Investing: Our investments follow the socially responsible principles as outlined by the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church.
  • Respect: Every partner, investor and person is treated with respect, civility, confidentiality and compassion.
  • Inclusive: We conduct all activities without regard for race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or ability.

Additional Information about the Foundation can be found at www.umff.org.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. To apply, go to thenovakconsultinggroup.com/jobs to complete a brief online form. You will then be prompted to submit materials. Please include: a cover letter, resume, 5-year salary history, and 3-5 professional references.

Compensation

Competitive salary based on qualifications and experiences, with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

This position has been filled and is no longer available.

Thank you for your interest.

Apply Online

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Applicant information will be kept confidential. Open until filled with first review of applications December 15, 2015. –POSITION FILLED–

Questions

Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or (513) 221-0500 .

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