Executive Director of Church Operations – Episcopal News Service

Summary of work

The Executive Director of Church Operations is responsible for managing all business and administrative affairs of the Church so that the Rector, Vicar, and program staff can focus on preaching, teaching, pastoral care and the advancement of the mission and ministries of the Church.

Main duties

Serves as a member of the senior leadership team working as a partner in ministry with the rector, vicar, and associate rector(s). As the Chief Executive of the Church, the Executive Director of Church Operations is responsible for managing all business and administrative affairs of the Church, developing policies and procedures to ensure efficient operations. efficient and effective ways of working with Church members and staff to achieve Church goals.

Key management responsibilities include: finance, human resources, property and grounds, information technology, office and administration, stewardship and other related duties as determined by the Rector or the sacristy. The executive director of church operations has direct supervisory responsibility for members of the administrative and facilities staff


The Executive Director of Church Operations reports to the Rector, receiving policy guidance from the Vestry, Finance Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and Stewardship Committee.


The executive director of church operations need not be a member of St. Stephen’s, but must have a commitment to the mission of the church and its community. In addition, the Administrator must have:

  • Executive level experience in a business or non-profit organization
  • Proven leadership experience and management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Mature judgment to work with a wide range of constituencies and ability to make decisions while creating an environment of consensus
  • Financial management skills
  • Bachelor’s degree with a strong concentration in accounting and/or an MBA and/or 3 or more years of experience in church administration
  • The candidate must have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Some supervisory experience and previous work in the not-for-profit sector is a plus
  • Knowledge of ACS accounting software is a plus
  • A sense of humor is required


  • Four weeks of paid vacation
  • Excellent health and dental insurance
  • Episcopal Church Pension Plan with Church Contribution and Matching
  • Paid vacation
  • A friendly and welcoming environment
  • Compensation commensurate with experience
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