Women's Division Announces Search for Chief Executive

February 25, 2007

The Women’s Division of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries – the policy-making and programming arm of United Methodist Women – is launching an expanded, nationwide search for a chief executive. The division is seeking a leader with passion and commitment to spiritual growth and Christian social responsibility to lead the national organization of more than 800,000 laywomen.
 
The position, which carries the title of Deputy General Secretary, became vacant Jan. 1 when Jan Love moved from the Women’s Division to become dean of Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Lois M. Dauway, assistant general secretary of the division’s Section on Christian Social Responsibility, is serving as Interim Deputy General Secretary.
 
The Deputy General Secretary of the Women’s Division, based at General Board of Global Ministries headquarters in New York City, oversees an annual budget of $19 million and staff of 60. The Women’s Division offers programs of leadership development, mission education, spiritual enrichment, and social action, and engages mission with women, children and youth across the United States and around the world.
 
Women’s Division President Kyung Za Yim described the search:
 
“We are in the process of finding the right person for the Women’s Division at this time. We are looking for a person who is biblically grounded, knows the organization, has a passion for United Methodist Women and knows the United Methodist Church well. Across the organization, we are in prayer that God will provide a person who will lead us with energy and vision. God has led this organization for 137-plus years and will lead us another 137-plus years.”
 
Candidates for the position should have strong organizational skills and vision to inspire membership growth within United Methodist Women. They should possess collaborative skills to work with others within The United Methodist Church and ecumenically.
 
The Deputy General Secretary is responsible for overseeing staff management, program, policies, public relations, communications and budget preparation. As lead spokesperson for the Women’s Division, the Deputy General Secretary must be an effective public speaker and writer and have energy for extensive evening and weekend commitments and travel domestically and internationally on behalf of United Methodist Women.
 
The Deputy General Secretary serves as a member of the staff cabinet of the General Board of Global Ministries. The 2004 Discipline of The United Methodist Church, paragraph 714.5, requires the Deputy General Secretary of the Women’s Division to be a member of The United Methodist Church.
 
Women’s Division headquarters are at 475 Riverside Drive, New York, N.Y. with other offices at the Church Center for the United Nations and 100 Maryland Ave., Washington, D.C.
 
The search will remain open until a new Deputy General Secretary is found. For information, including a full position description, go to: www.umwmission.org . Email resumes or nominations to: jslapenn@aol.com  or amiller@imsearch.com .

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