Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0038
Post Date 5/22/2019
Title Associate Director, School Ministry
Organization The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Job Grade 9
City St. Louis
State MO
FT/PT Full Time

Organization Profile

The Office of National Mission (ONM) coordinates and supports domestic ministries that serve congregations and schools through the districts of the Synod (Bylaw


Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to Director, School Ministry


Essential Job Functions

  • Provides leadership and directs National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA)
  • Leads and provides guidance and support for:
    • School Leadership and Development (SLED)
    • Lutheran School Consulting Services (LSCS)
  • Supports and participates in educator and administrator conferences
  • Interacts effectively with ONM staff.
  • Interacts with departments of the Synod, entities and partners relating to specific programs and projects.
  • Performs related tasks assigned by the Director of Schools or the Executive Director of ONM.
  • Complies with revisions made to this position description upon mutual consultation.


District Responsibilities

  • Communicates and regularly meets with the district staff members regarding NLSA, SLED and LSCS.
  • Coordinates with districts to provide leadership training events on a regional scale.
  • Oversees the ongoing relationship between School Ministry and the various district staffs to ensure that work is aligned and carried out with the support of each district.


Congregational Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the work of supporting congregations in the various districts.
  • Represents School Ministry at congregational levels through speaking engagements.


Responsibilities and Resource Development

  • Directs, promotes and leads National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) to ensure that excellence in Lutheran education continues throughout the Church. 
  • Serves as the NLSA official liaison with accrediting partner and state agencies. 
  • Coordinates responsibilities as dictated by agreements with secular accrediting agencies.
  • Plans, promotes and leads the School Leadership Development Project (SLED).
  • Assists and communicates with planned giving officers and gift planners regarding the work SLED.
  • Plans and oversees leadership training and development of resources to assist Lutheran schools.
  • Plans and oversees programs to strengthen the relationship between church and school through Lutheran School Consulting Services (LSCS).
  • Provides leadership and direction for technology-based tools to support Lutheran schools.
  • Provides resources and strong advocacy for the starting of new schools .

Education and Experience

  • A Commissioned Minister of Religion, with a Master's Degree and at least ten years of experience in Lutheran schools, with at least five years as a principal.
  • A member of a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregation.
  • Supportive of the Synod's constitution, bylaws and policies and familiar with the structure, polity, organization and procedures of the Synod.
  • Possesses a commitment to the Scriptures, Lutheran Confessions and the doctrinal position of the Synod.


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Knowledge and experience working with early childhood, elementary and secondary schools.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Ability to effectively work with groups of people.
  • Ability to appropriately relate to early childhood, elementary and secondary accrediting agencies.
  • Possesses knowledge of the structure and organization of the Synod.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellence in oral and written communication.
  • Continuous learner.
  • Strong administrative skills.
  • Ability to network with the Synod and district staffs, as well as other entities of the Synod. 
  • Flexible perspective and the ability to work with other staff members.
  • Self-motivated and effective in time management.
  • Has experience and understanding of financial matters (budgets, financial statements, etc.).
  • Possesses basic skills in use of technology.
  • An effective problem-solver with strong decision making skills in working along-side districts and congregations.
  • Regarded as a leader and respected by peers in Lutheran schools.
  • Willing to travel as required.


Supervisory Responsibility

  • None
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