This article was originally published by The Mennonite

The Mennonite, Inc., seeks executive director

How to apply

To apply to the position of executive director of The Mennonite, Inc., please email the following to
1. Resume
2. Cover letter that demonstrates writing skills
3. Contact information for three references
4. Optional: An electronic portfolio that demonstrates writing and blogging skills along with social media abilities

Click here to download a PDF of the job description and instructions on how to apply.


The Executive Director functions as chief executive officer for The Mennonite, Inc. The Executive Director brings broad vision to The Mennonite, Inc., as a content delivery system for MC USA constituents and beyond, helping the organization to develop programs and services appropriate for the digital age. The Executive Director is responsible for publishing and administration, management of staff and maintaining denominational relationships. The Executive Director is accountable to the board of directors of The Mennonite, Inc.

Digital content strategic planning
· Provides vision for and manages the transition of traditional print to digital content delivery
· Guides the board and staff in understanding opportunities for digital content distribution
· Works to expand capacity for digital content creation
· Seeks out cutting-edge Anabaptist/Mennonite-related content for the web
· Plans for and implements new social media presences
· Works with the digital content strategist to manage web content, ezines (TMail and Meno Acontecer) social media and analysis of web data

· Markets and sells “editorial space” in the magazine and on the website
· Works with the advertising/marketing manager to sell traditional display print/web ads
· Relates to agencies and Mennonite-related organizations for future partnerships
· Offers services and support to Mennonite Church USA agencies for various communication and event promotion projects

· Cultivates a strong donor base and maintains relationships with loyal supporters
· Builds up The Mennonite, Inc., fund/endowment
· Researches and writes grant proposals
· Seeks out new funding and revenue sources

Reporting and blogging
· Writes news stories and feature stories as needed
· Writes approximately 1/3 (about four) of the editorials for the print magazine each year
· Writes a blog and other web commentary, which could be used in the print magazine

Mennonite Church USA relations
· Meets with the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff liaison
· Participates in Mennonite Church USA the agency CEO meetings
· Meets with the Mennonite Church USA Governance Council
· Serves as a member of the Mennonite Offices Executive Groups (MOEG) in the Elkhart, Ind., headquarters

· Hires and supervises all staff and interns
· Supervises the editor in chief of the print magazine
· Maintains personnel policies and evaluates staff performance
· Functions as Chief Financial Officer
· Initiates implementing shared administrative services with Mennonite World Review and/or other publications

Board of Directors
· Maintains Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
· Distributes general session minutes of board meetings and maintains minutes file
· Serves as ex officio member as corporate president, VP and secretary
· Serves as staff member for board meetings, distributes docket reports
· Maintains directors insurance policy
· Keeps the board well informed of critical matters
· Serves as staff to the Audit Committee

Skills and qualifications
· A bachelor’s degree
· At least five years’ experience in writing for a publication
· Demonstrated corporate experience writing for social media and other Web-based environments
· A working knowledge of MC USA, its structure, churches and leadership
· A working knowledge of budgets and reading financial reports
· The ability to work under deadlines and to manage multiple priorities
· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, etc.)

· An advanced degree (MA, PhD, MDiv, etc.)
· At least five years’ successful experience leading an organization as CEO or in a senior management role, including supervision of staff
· Experience as an editor or staff writer for a church-related publication
· Experience in advancement or fundraising
· Experience and knowledge of the broad communication landscape in the church world and beyond
· Experience leading a creative staff (writers, designers, etc.)
· Broad experience of MC USA as a staff person, pastor or other leader
· Experience creating budgets, reading financial reports and managing financial operations of an organization
· The ability to work under deadlines and to manage multiple priorities
· Strong familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, etc.); familiarity with Facebook and other social media platforms
· Familiar with analytics tools and software for web and social networks

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