We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring a new Minister of Community Life, and two part-time positions supporting our Ministry for Children, Youth and Families. Find out more below:

Minister of Community Life

We’re on the look-out for a new Minister of Community Life, a 20 hours/week Ministry position, focused on:

  • Envisioning and implementing adult spiritual growth programming aligned with our theology: coordinating relevant, progressive and transformative spiritual programs
  • Welcoming spiritual seekers, developing systems to integrate them into the community, and building congregational connections
  • Recruiting and supporting lay leaders 

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Youth Group Program Assistant

We’re recruiting an energetic leader to join our team of Children and Youth Staff at Canadian Memorial United Church. This is a part-time term position starting in September and extending to June 2019.

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Nursery Supervisor

We’re recruiting an energetic leader to join our team of Children and Youth Staff at Canadian Memorial United Church. This is a part-time term position starting in September and extending to June 2019.

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An Affirming Congregation

Canadian Memorial becomes an Affirming Ministry!

On June 10, 2018 after a full year of education and reflection spread throughout worship, numerous events, and monthly display tables, Canadian Memorial voted resoundingly to become an Affirming ministry. We join St. Andrew’s Wesley as the second Affirming United Church in Vancouver and stand with over 200 Affirming United Church ministries across Canada in witnessing to the wider community that God’s love extends to everyone equally and without reserve.

Affirming ministries declare in both words and actions that God loves and accepts people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. They commit to continued education and work for justice and inclusion of all people: combating racism, sexism, homophobia and  transphobia; increasing accessibility; and challenging bias and discrimination based on appearance, culture, class, or age.

What does this mean for us? We already had an inclusive marriage policy and LGBTQ folk in the congregation and leadership, but you might notice some new language in our mission and values (check out our inclusion statement!) and more importantly new signage on our website, bulletins, and church building as we “come out” to the wider community as Affirming.  We’ll also be planning an official celebration of our Affirm status for the fall.

Our Affirm working group will be working closely with the leadership over the next year on the action plan idea prioritized by the congregation.  If you’re interested in facilitating the next part of our journey as an Affirming congregation, whether you have a little time or a lot, you’re a planner or doer, an introvert or extrovert, technophile or luddite, there is space for you!  Please contact Emily Simpson (emilyasimpson@gmail.com).

You can read more about the process and learning here.

We are so proud.

JOB POSTING: Administrator

ADMINISTRATOR POSITION – JUNE 2018


Who we seek

Our inclusive, progressive Christian community is looking for a superstar to report to the Lead Minister and manage the church’s non-ministry functions. The Administrator is the nexus for staff, ministers, congregants, and the public –  the go-to person, anticipator, initiator, doer, detail-watcher, and systematiser who keeps all background functions running smoothly.

We seek an organized, flexible, grounded, collegial, hands-on Administrator to work alongside the Rentals Coordinator in an open office environment. The Administrator oversees office and building operations, leads staff, creates and coordinates weekly print and multimedia communications, and supports members of the ministry team and congregation.

Who we are

Canadian Memorial United Church (CMUC) & Centre for Peace is a vibrant, growing, Affirming faith community in central Vancouver. Our heritage church is at West 15th & Burrard, and the church office is in the Centre for Peace, a rental facility at West 16th & Burrard. Our work environment is congenial, collaborative and welcoming to all beliefs. www.canadianmemorial.org

Responsibilities

Office administration & facilities management

  • Maintain and manage Office admin systems, data bases, records and equipment (e.g., files, computers), outsourcing to IT professionals as necessary
  • Plan, administer and control the Operations budget in consultation with the Lead Minister and others as appropriate
  • Manage contracts and vendor relationships: oversee, coordinate and renew long- and short-term contracts
  • Manage office supplies
  • Prepare, or oversee preparation of, reports and statistics related to the operation of CMUC & Centre for Peace

Staff leadership & supervision

  • Provide supervision to staff: two office staff (f/t Rental Coordinator, p/t Bookkeeper) and two custodial staff (p/t Facility & Maintenance Worker, occasional Custodian)
  • Conduct annual performance reviews for staff they supervise
  • Lead by evoking the best in staff, supporting their work and encouraging the development of their skills
  • Provide orientation and training to new staff to ensure they meet the needs of CMUC & CFP operations and provide good service to the public, mission partners and CMUC faith community with whom they interact

Communications coordination for worship services

  • Coordinate print communications for weekly services, meeting deadlines; i.e., solicit and format content, edit and proofread the worship service bulletin and order of service, coordinate their printing and assembling.
  • Coordinate verbal announcements at weekly services
  • Create, in consultation with the ministry team, the multimedia presentation for the worship service
  • Coordinate media computer operators for worship services; liaise with technical staff as needed

Support to the ministry team, to congregants and lay leaders

  • Provide administrative support as needed to the Ministry Team
  • Provide support to congregants, lay leaders and to CMUC’s programming in general
  • Provide confidential assistance to the Lead Minister, as required
  • Attend weekly staff meetings

Competencies

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Verbal and written communications skills
  • Planning and logistical skills
  • Integrity and maturity
  • Initiative
  • People management skills
  • Collaboration and collegiality
  • Problem-solving and decision-making 

Knowledge & experience

  • Several years’ continuous employment in an administrative/operations/office management role, preferably in the non-profit sector
  • A proven track record of effecting continuous organizational improvement
  • Excellent computing skills, familiarity with presentation software, proficiency in MS Office Suite on an up-to-date Windows operating system; comfort with learning new in-house software as required
  • Familiarity with standard accounting practices, proficiency in bookkeeping
  • Experience in public relations and marketing as related to the promotion of facilities, an asset
  • Requirement to apply for and provide a Police Information Check on acceptance of the position

 Compensation

  • 35-hour position at a competitive salary with some flexibility in hours
  • A 3-month probationary period
  • After probation, entitlement to comprehensive benefits under the United Church of Canada’s group plan (life, disability, health & dental, pension), which are mandatory for all permanent employees
  • 3 weeks’ vacation
  • A professional development allowance (up to $750 & up to 5 days) in 2019 and subsequent years

To Apply

We welcome your interest! To be considered, your application must include a cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and a detailed resume. Please address your email to the Chair, CMUC Ministry and Personnel Committee, ministryandpersonnel@canadianmemorial.org. This posting will remain open until a finalist is chosen.

In the interests of the Administrator’s taking up the position as quickly as possible, the Ministry & Personnel Chair will monitor applications closely and contact promising candidates for a preliminary phone interview. The selection process continues with the candidate’s completing a short formatting and writing assignment, followed by a personal interview.