Canon for Mission Advocacy, Racial Justice, and Reconciliation – Episcopal News Service

Canon for Mission Advocacy, Racial Justice, and Reconciliation – Episcopal News Service


Position Title: Canon for Mission Advocacy, Racial Justice, and Reconciliation

Institutional and Missiological Summary:

The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, known as the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) is a non-profit Christian religious organization devoted to participating in God’s mission. ECCT provides oversight and administrative support for over 150 Episcopal parishes on behalf of the close to 60,000 Episcopalians living in the state. ECCT is one of over 110 dioceses that collectively form The Episcopal Church, a U.S.-based member church of the world-wide Anglican Communion. 

The Episcopal Church in Connecticut affirms that the mission of God is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ (Book of Common Prayer, page 855). Left to our own desires and devices, humanity will seek our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people and with all creation. (Book of Common Prayer, page 850). God in Jesus, however, embodies another way: the way of love that leads to justice, wholeness and right-relationship with God, with other people, and with the goodness of creation. Through baptism we become followers of Jesus (disciples) and are sent as apostles to participate in God’s mission of restoration and reconciliation in the world. Because we believe that each and every person is created in the image of God and equally deserving of God’s abundant love, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut is committed to dismantling systemic racism, white supremacy and anti-Black bias as participation in God’s mission. Relatedly we are called to: care for the goodness of God’s creation; overcome income inequality in Connecticut and its injurious effects on education, housing, and access to health care; to prevent gun violence; to limit the expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut, and to welcome refugees and immigrants in our communities.

Position Description:

The Canon for Mission Advocacy, Racial Justice, and Reconciliation will assist Episcopalians in Connecticut to effect God’s mission by pursuing wholeness, justice, and right-relationship especially in our commitment to dismantling systemic racism, white supremacy and anti-Black bias. Recognizing the intersectionality of racism and white supremacy, the Canon will also assist Episcopalians in Connecticut to participate in God’s mission through the care for the goodness of God’s creation; overcoming income inequality in our state and its related effects on health care and education; preventing gun violence; limiting the expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut; welcoming refugees and immigrants, and working for housing equity and affordability.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Racial Justice:

The Canon is the primary staff person to support Episcopalians in Connecticut in our professed commitment to dismantling systemic racism, white supremacy, and anti-Black bias at the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. The frame of reference for the position is defined by resolutions of the ECCT Annual Convention specifically Resolution #7 of the 2021 convention: https://ecctconvention.org/resolutions/acknowledging-confronting-systemic-racism-white-supremacy-anti-black-bias/ . The Canon will be directly responsible for overseeing and implementing diocesan wide anti-racism training programs as called for by Annual Convention. The Canon will work closely with lay and ordained leadership to support ECCT parishes in efforts to dismantle systemic racism, white-supremacy, and anti-Black bias including discovering and documenting historic complicity in racism, and processing addendums to Parochial Reports. In addition, the canon will work with historically Black congregations, and other congregations with majority people of color, in matters of clergy transition, leadership development, stewardship, and spiritual support. The canon will work collaboratively with and support the work of the Task Force on Reparations and the Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation Ministry Network.

Mission Advocacy, and Reconciliation

Because of the intersectionality of racism and white supremacy as a system, the Canon will assist Episcopalians in Connecticut to pursue God’s mission of reconciliation in the areas of: overcoming income inequality in our state and its related effects on education, housing, and access to health care; gun violence prevention; anti- expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut, and welcoming refugees and immigrants. As such, the Canon will help support training, advocacy, and collaborative initiatives with wider Episcopal, ecumenical, inter-faith, and community-based organizations including: the Office of Government Relations of The Episcopal Church, Episcopal Public Policy Network, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT), Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA), Connecticut River Conservancy, Open Communities Alliance, and others.

Qualifications:

The following qualifications are representative of the knowledge, experience, skills, and/or abilities to be successful in the position.

  • Understanding of and commitment to the primacy of God’s mission in the world
  • Preference for a Person-of-Color
  • Ordination in The Episcopal Church
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment.
  • Significant experience in a variety of anti-racism training programs and capacity to oversee and develop anti-racism training programs for ECCT.
  • Commitment to dismantling racism, white supremacy and anti-Black bias.
  • Commitment to recognizing, understanding, celebrating and utilizing differences.
  • Experience and demonstrated background in community organizing, particularly Industrial Areas Foundation principles.
  • Experience in political advocacy and activism
  • Demonstrated networker across The Episcopal Church and with secular community organizations
  • Familiarity with the polity and canons of The Episcopal Church and ECCT
  • Demonstrated integrity, credibility, and confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to details.
  • Demonstrated “Team Player” instincts with mutual respect.
  • Ability to foster a team environment that is both productive and efficient.
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to manage numerous projects, processes, and prioritize efforts in a timely manner.
  • Experience in supervision of employees.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

Education/Experience:

Ordination in The Episcopal Church as a priest or deacon with demonstrated parish experience is required. Graduate degree in ministry or related theological field preferred. Direct experience in a variety of anti-racism training programs including those offered by such organizations as: Becoming the Beloved Community and Sacred Ground of The Episcopal Church, VISIONS, inc., The Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond, Kaleidoscope Institute, Courageous Conversations, and others.

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position will be supported by an Administrator for Licensing & Training. The Administrator is shared with the Canon for Mission Integrity & Training. ECCT leaders model a servant leadership style of management. Regular feedback in the form of check-ins, goal meetings, and annual review appraisals are expected of all supervisors.

Canons in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut are a direct report to the Bishop Diocesan. Quarterly goals are developed in consultation with both the Bishop Diocesan and the Bishop Suffragan. Regular supervision check-in with the Bishop Diocesan occurs approximately once a month.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a senior, exempt staff position in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. As a senior staff person in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, the Canon is expected to participant in various regular and ongoing meetings of the diocese beyond the immediate portfolio of the Canon including: Leadership Gathering, Mission Council, Faithful Futures, and weekly meetings of ECCT Staff, and Bishops and Canons. Hours of work average 40-50 hours per week including regular weekend responsibilities. A weekly sabbath day-off, usually on Mondays, is required for rest, renewal, and re-creation.

Travel:

Extensive travel across the diocese of Connecticut visiting with parish leadership and participating in parish worship is expected and basic to the position. Additional travel outside of Connecticut for Episcopal Church and ecumenical gatherings, including meetings of professional societies and organizations, is expected and supported. Travel expenses in Connecticut (mileage) and appropriate travel outside the state is reimbursed.

Affirmative Action:

The Episcopal Church in Connecticut believes diversity is of God and God’s good creation. We are dedicated to recognizing, understanding, celebrating, and utilizing differences in order to participate more fully in God’s mission. ECCT is particularly committed to racial healing, justice, and reconciliation in the Church and in society. Applications from individuals of historically under-represented identities are included in all ECCT staff searches. The Episcopal Church in Connecticut is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, employer.

Certificates and Licenses:

Valid Driver’s license with safe driving history

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of MS Office Suite.

Language Ability:

English is required, proficiency in Spanish and/or Haitian a plus. Strong writing and verbal skills are required. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from individuals or groups of mangers, church leaders, members and others.

Math Ability:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals who are differently abled to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, or lift; and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals who are differently abled to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Benefits:

Cash Salary ranges varies based on experience: $90,000-125,000. The Cash Salary includes an employee designated housing allowance. This full-time position entitles the incumbent to health, life, dental and disability insurance (ECCT currently contributes at least 85% of health care premiums and 100% of life, dental and disability insurance). As an ordained person in The Episcopal Church the Canon will receive full payments into the Church Pension Fund. Five weeks of vacation annually, retreat time and continuing education benefits are provided. Package remuneration include salary, housing, and social-security offset. Computer and other appropriate technology for the position is provided. “Employee Policy and Practices Handbook” for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut is found here: https://www.episcopalct.org/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/Employee_Handbook_2020.pdf

All benefit policies are subject to change based upon vote by the Mission Council of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

How to Apply:

Please email a Cover letter, CV/Resume, Completed OTM Profile, and Writing Sample* to Kayla Tubolino, HR Manager, ktubolino@episcopalct.org by May 31, 2021.

*Writing Sample: Please write a parish bulletin article (limit 1500-characters) explaining the relationship between racial justice and the mission of God, and inviting the congregation to engage in this work.





2021-05-27 09:42:37

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