Job openings announced at OCF National Office, Hellenic College

The Orthodox Church in America Department of Communications has been informed of two job opportunities for qualified Orthodox Christians living in or willing to relocate to the Boston area.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], a campus ministry agency under the sponsorship of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas [SCOBA], is seeking an executive director to oversee the national OCF Office. The candidate should be a graduate of an accredited college or university, be an active member of a SCOBA parish, possess a strong commitment to and experience in the field of Orthodox campus ministry, and display strong organizational skills in planning and executing programs.

Developing communication between the office and local chapters, facilitation communication between chapters, organizing national and local events, overseeing the solicitation of grants and fund-raising campaigns, and effectively representing OCF to the Church’s hierarchy, clergy and laity are among the other duties the successful candidate will be expected to fulfill.

A pan-Orthodox effort, OCF is overseen by an executive committee assisted by an 11-member student advisory board. The office is located in Boston, MA, where a full time staff develops OCF programs and resources.

Applications, accompanied by a resume, a minimum of three references, and an essay describing experience, credentials and proficiency, should be sent no later than March 15, 2003 to the Rev. Mark A. Leondis, OCF Search Committee, 83 St. Basil Road, Garrison, NY 10524.

Hellenic College, Brookline, MA, has opened a search for a Director of the “We Offer These Gifts” program, a five-year program funded through the Lilly Endowment’s Theological Exploration of Vocation initiative. The position will be available in July 2003.

The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the Office of Vocation and Ministry and will create vocational assessment programs for Hellenic College undergraduates, organize and implement a summer institute for high school students, and offer opportunities for faculty and administration to reflect on and develop their vocations through seminars and grants. In addition to responsibilities related to the grant, the successful candidate will be concerned with fostering dialogue related to a theology of vocation for the larger American Orthodox community.

Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in theology or a related field and a thorough knowledge of Orthodox Christian theology, spirituality, and ecclesiology. A terminal degree (Ph.D., Th.D., D.Min.) and teaching experience in a college environment is preferred. The successful candidate must possess a demonstrated ability to manage a complex program, organize retreats and workshops, keep records of programs, and evaluate and revise plans as needed. An understanding and appreciation of the theological concept of calling or vocation within the Christian tradition and in present-day social contexts is essential.

Hellenic College, a four-year Orthodox Christian college, shares its campus with Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Applications, accompanied by a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation should be sent to Lily Macrakis, Dean, Hellenic College, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline MA 02445.