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Florida United Methodist Foundation

The Position

The President of the Florida United Methodist Foundation is responsible for implementing the vision of the Florida United Methodist Foundation within the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. 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 lending, stewardship education, motivation, fundraising, planned giving, and asset management. The Foundation has 16 employees and manages assets in excess of $280M.

The Florida United Methodist Foundation was established by the Florida Annual Conference which elects the Foundation’s 21-member Board of Directors. The Board meets quarterly to conduct business and uses a variety of Committees to support ongoing work of the Foundation. The President serves as an ex-officio member of the Board and is accountable to the Board of Directors.

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications

The requirements for President are a bachelor’s degree and ten or more years in senior leadership. Preferred qualifications include an advanced 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, volunteer coordination, and Biblical knowledge and theology.

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 full 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 themselves to the ministry of the Florida United Methodist Foundation and who exhibits “intra-preneurialism” 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 and affirming the connectional system of The United Methodist Church will be crucial to success in this position. The Board desires demonstrated success in executive leadership; systems, personnel and financial management; stewardship education, investments and fundraising.

The Board is seeking a candidate who will lead from the organizational 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.
  • 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 educational, consulting, development, investment and financial administrative services.
  • 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 serve the needs of diverse groups in the Florida Conference.
  • 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, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

The Foundation

The Florida United Methodist Foundation was established in 1966 and since that time has accumulated over $280 million in assets. Core ministries of the Foundation include loans for new church construction, expansion, refinancing, maintenance and repair; development, investment management, planned giving and endowment programs; stewardship development; and financial services.

The Foundation and its Board of Directors is committed to implementing a strategic plan that was adopted in 2013.
The Strategic Plan articulated the following vision: as the preeminent stewardship resource institution for education, consulting, development and financial services, the Florida United Methodist Foundation will be recognized as the first choice for churches and agencies seeking to develop faithful stewardship ministries.

As the organization lives into its desired future, the organization will continue to grow and change to accommodate new programs and ministries.


Competitive salary based on qualifications and experiences, with an excellent benefit package. This position is open until filled with first review of applications on November 17, 2014.

How to Apply

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Questions should be directed to Julia Novak or Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

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