Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0015
Post Date 1/25/2019
Title Associate Regional Business Manager - Asia (Internationally Deployed)
Organization The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Job Grade 99
City Asia
FT/PT Full Time

Organization Profile

In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world. 

The Office of International Mission, which relates to the Board for International Mission and implements its policies, is responsible to the President of the Synod through the Chief Mission Officer for the work of the Synod in foreign countries as stated in the Bylaws.


Reporting Relationships

  • This position is accountable to the Asia Regional Business Manager.
  • Works closely with the IC accounting staff and OIM leadership team to ensure consistency and compliance with LCMS budgeting and financial reporting. 


Essential Job Functions

  • Assists the Regional Business Manager and the Regional Director with the preparation, monitoring, analysis and ongoing revision of the multi-year regional budget.
  • Assists the Regional Business Manager in the development and implementation of reporting tools and methodologies, primarily in the area of finance, to support decision making within the region. 
  • Assists the Regional Business Manager in the provision of financial leadership and training support for missionaries engaging in strategic and tactical planning.
  • Assists the Regional Business Manager in the initiation and facilitation of effective process links with partner churches, local authorities and agencies, and other regional business managers.
  • Assists the Regional Business Manager in the oversight of the acquisition of foreign national support in the regional business office; as required by the RBM, supervises local volunteers/hired participants in the mission.
  • Assists the Regional Business Manager in the stewardship and management of LCMS properties and holdings within the region.
  • Assists the Regional Business Manager with oversight of corporate governance of entities as necessary and ensuring all regulatory and statutory reports are filed on a timely basis.
  • Assists the Regional Business Manager with ensuring that employees act in compliance with local tax requirements.
  • Works with regional leadership to orchestrate the effective implementation of program facets; assists in identifying resources to meet regional and global objectives.
  • Assists the Regional Business Manager in the management of the field accounting system and with the set-up and oversight of subsidiary systems in countries as required.
  • Assists the Regional Business Manager in the custodianship of all monies, bank accounts, stocks and other financial papers of Asia; facilitates all approved regional disbursements.
  • Maintains connections to US congregations and supporters through periodic newsletter publication and arranged visits to Together-IN-Mission (TIM) congregations during US-based home service.
  • Performs willingly other duties as assigned by the Asia Regional Business Manager.

Education and Experience

  • An active member in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod or any of its partner churches.
  • Experience and proven knowledge of fund accounting, internal control, international finance and congregational treasury functions.
  • Experience working in an international or cross cultural context.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • CPA qualification or advanced training with 3-5 years of accounting/finance experience preferred.
  • Managerial/supervisory experience preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Intentionally, through on the job training and/or a continuing education plan, acquires the skills required to perform all essential job functions of the Regional Business Manager within two years of foreign deployment.
  • As need or opportunity arise, the Associate Regional Business Manager willingly considers the possibility of relocation to a different world region to assist or become a Regional Business Manager.
  • Expert understanding of accounting principles and procedures, capable of effectively and efficiently managing multiple priorities, quickly evaluating complex issues and identifying resolution.  
  • Able to balance empathy with data-orientation; inclined to protect process and personal integrity.
  • Strength in qualitative and quantitative analysis.     
  • Oriented toward big-picture goal attainment with an understanding of tactical requirements.
  • Able to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.  
  • Ability to understand global conditions and differences; able to relate and work effectively within varied, nuanced cultures.
  • Evidenced maturity of skills and proclivity for discretion.
  • Proven ability to work independently, as well as, collaboratively.   
  • Demonstrated communication skills to include verbal and written, attentive and active listening, critical thinking, advising and counseling.  
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365.
  • Prior experience with Microsoft Dynamics NAV/365 preferred.
  • Ability to learn a relevant language of the region preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel approximately 25% of the time and to complete one month of home service in the US every two years.


Supervisory Responsibility

  • Supervises selected local staff as assigned by the Regional Business Manager.
  • Complex coordination of tasks with non-direct reports/deployed team members and staff within the IC.
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