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Director of Children’s Education, Elmhurst (part-time)

The Director of Children’s Education (DCE) has the primary staff responsibility for oversight and management of the children and youth Christian Education programs at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church. The Christian Education program includes congregation members from 3 year olds through high school, including Sunday School, the mid-week after school program for grades 1-8 and Vacation Bible School.

A. The DCE will work closely with the Christian Education Commission (CE) to recruit and manage volunteers to provide meaningful Christian Education for the congregation’s children and youth.
B. S/he will recruit and train all volunteers who work with children and youth.
C. S/he will evaluate and select age and content-appropriate curriculum for the Sunday School, mid-week programs and Confirmation classes, in consultation with teachers, the Pastor and CE.
The DCE is responsible for the development of the yearly budget for Education and has day-to-day oversight of all Education-related budget items in consultation with CE.
D. S/he is responsible for coordinating and participating in the grade 1-5 mid-week program.
E. S/he will organize and direct Vacation Bible School.
F. S/he will oversee the Safe Practices Committee and see that all are properly trained, and members are informed of a policy in place.
G. S/he will meet regularly for staff meetings to plan and coordinate programming.
H. S/he will continue to educate him/herself through participation in ongoing continuing education events.
I. S/he will be the point of contact for new families visiting the church and work to build the family into church membership.
J. Other duties or responsibilities assigned by Head of Staff.

The average time is 20 hrs/wk. During the program year (especially when the mid-week program is in session) there will be weeks when the hours will be higher, and other times (Summer, except for the week of VBS) when the hours are less. The DCE may exercise flexibility in the use of his/her hours, but the following will be normal components:
A. Weekly attendance at Sunday School (September-May) & the Wednesday after-school (3:30-7:30pm) program (September-March)
B. Vacation Bible School
C. Training/planning meetings with teachers prior the start of each program
D. Monthly attendance at Christian Education meetings
E. Weekly attendance at Staff Meetings, or with Pastor

A. The DCE is an employee of the Church, hired by the Session and accountable to the Pastor.
B. The DCE will provide brief written monthly reports to Session.

Required Skills and Experience
A. The DCE may be a lay person or ordained clergy.
B. Display strong organizational and communication skills to coordinate volunteers, staff and families.
C. Be creative and seek ways to continue offering exciting programs.
D. Demonstrate enthusiasm, skill and a passion for working with children in a Church setting.
E. Demonstrate an ability to understand and implement Christian & Reformed curriculum.
F. Have an ability to interpret and integrate religious education into the ministry of the church.
G. Demonstrate proficiency in computer programs, including Google docs, PowerPoint, Excel and Word.

A. The DCE will need to have regularly scheduled office hours and be present on Sundays from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
B. S/he must have a flexible schedule to accommodate the program schedule.
To apply: Submit resume to ypccesearch@gmail.com

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Business Administrator (part-time), Libertyville, IL

First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville is seeking qualified candidates to fill the part-time position (25-30 hrs/wk) of Business Administrator. This position reports to the Head of Staff with dotted line responsibility to the Chairs of the Business Affairs and Personnel committees and is primarily responsible to provide support for the financial, business operations and personnel functions of the church; and to provide leadership to, and supervision of office staff and volunteers engaged in church ministry.

The qualified candidate will be expected to:

  • Support all aspects of the church’s business and financial functions with guidance from the Business Affairs committee members. These functions include but are not limited to membership and contribution records, general ledger and accounts payable, budgeting and payroll.
  • Use technology and spreadsheets to ensure the integrity of financial data and reporting; facilitate communication; track data; and prepare reports.
  • Work with insurance providers in Worker’s Compensation, property/casualty, and liability.
  • Support the development of stewardship programs.
  • Purchase computer equipment, software, furniture, supplies and manage inventory.
  • Manage existing real estate and assist in the financial planning for future facility development.
  • Manage office functions and schedule and supervise support staff; set production schedules and deadlines; delegate tasks; and monitor and evaluate progress towards successful goal completion.
  • Recruit, screen and recommend candidates for support staff positions as needed
  • Work with appropriate committees, officers and leaders to implement the business affairs and personnel policies and procedures of the Church.

In addition, the qualified candidate will

  • Have a college degree and 5+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Be well organized, detailed-oriented, and a problem-solver.
  • Enjoy working with people.
  • Be resilient and flexible with the ability to adapt to quickly changing circumstances.
  • Have good communication and supervisory skills.

If interested, please email resumes to: firstpreslibstaffopenings@gmail.com and reference Business Administrator in the subject line.

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Financial Accounting Manager, Lake Forest, IL

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest (FPC) is seeking a full-time Financial Accounting Manager. This position reports to the Director of Business Operations and is responsible for finance, accounting and reporting activities.

The Financial Accounting Manager will lead all day-to-day finance operations including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, payroll, fund raising activities, administration of endowment portfolio investments and grants administration. The Financial Accounting Manager shall ensure that FPC has the necessary systems, policies and procedures in place to support an effective financial accounting program and that it will annually receive clean audits.

The Financial Accounting Manager will work closely with Church pastoral staff, administration team members and volunteer leaders, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures, but also to explore how the finance and accounting function can support the operations of the Church, including but not limited to the affiliated Pre-School and Rummage Sale.

A candidate should have a comprehensive understanding of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and standardized accounting software systems, such as QuickBooks or ACS Technologies’ Church Management Software, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting and investment management/accounting. The candidate should exhibit a collaborative work style that is proactive, accessible, and able to interact openly with others.


  1. Manage all finance and accounting operations
  2. Coordinate preparation of the budget, financial forecasts and report variances
  3. Process payroll within ACS Technologies Software
  4. Prepare and publish timely monthly financial statements and other financial reports


  • Produces monthly and annual financial statements, trend reports, and key metric information
  • Oversees day-to-day financial operations; manages the development of and implementation of financial policies, procedures, internal controls and systems, assuring conformance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Oversees and reviews journal voucher preparation and reconciliations.
  • Coordinates development of operating and capital budgets with program committees and the Director of Business Operations; develops financial accountability systems and forecasts to monitor budgets.
  • Manages and coordinates the annual audit, in coordination with the Director of Business Operations.
  • Prepares periodic grant reports in compliance with grantors.
  • Maintains current knowledge of the priorities facing each Church Committee and/or Program and works toward finding efficiencies within Church operations; uses information to assist Church Committee leader ship in decision making.
  • Evaluates financial systems and procedures and determines effectiveness in accomplishing the Church’s mission and objectives; makes recommendations to the Director of Business Operations for changes and improvements in allocation of resources.
  • Understands, applies and explains Church financial and administrative policies and procedures to managers, staff and committees.
  • Attends Finance & Investment Committee meetings and serves on other teams as required.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned.

RELATIONSHIPS AND ACCOUNTABILITY The Financial Accounting Manager is accountable to the Director of Business Operations. It is expected the Financial Accounting Manager will work as a member of the overall staff team toward the effective and faithful ministry of the Church.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, CPA license or equivalent experience desired
  • Three to five years of progressive accounting experience
  • Knowledge of Fund accounting desirable
  • Must be flexible, interested in learning, willing to be hands-on, and a self-starter who enjoys accounting.
  • The Financial Accounting Manager will interact with Church vendors, including banks, investment managers, service providers and local city personnel. Additionally, the Financial Accounting Manager should have a strong “customer centric” personality when interacting with Church members/donors. Because the Financial Accounting Manager will have access to member personal financial information, the ability to handle confidential information with discretion and a high degree of professionalism is paramount.
  • Advanced Excel skills and familiarity with accounting software systems and reporting (ACS Technologies Church Management Software experience a plus)
  • Non-profit experience preferred

For additional information, or to be considered for this position, please contact:

John J. McNicholas
McNicholas & Associates
Executive Search Consulting
Chicago/Lake Forest, IL
847-293-6171 (direct)

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Interim (Bridge) for Christian Education and Congregational Life

Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Milwaukee. A healthy, growing, and inclusive community of faith on Milwaukee’s historic Lower East Side, Immanuel Presbyterian Church seeks a transitional leader to provide continuity of programming in the areas of Christian Education for Children and Youth and Congregational Life.  This is a temporary position, open to both clergy and non-clergy, while the congregation engages a process to consider and develop a new staffing model for continued health and vitality.  Follow this link for a full job description and link to the Ministry Information Form (MIF).  Learn more about Immanuel’s mission and ministry at:  www.immanuelwi.org  Resumes or MIFs can be sent to: hr@immanuelwi.org 

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