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Director of Mission and Culture – L’Arche Chicago

Chicago, IL

Position Summary:

L’Arche Chicago is seeking an energetic, creative, and collaborative Director of Mission and Culture with exceptional judgment, interpersonal skills, and a desire to walk alongside of the Assistants (our employees) through their journey in our intentional community of faith.

The Director of Mission and Culture is a critical position that will provide guidance and leadership, bring clarity to our roles, responsibilities, and purposes, and develop an environment where our community members can thrive.

The ideal candidate will be a confident leader with demonstrated experience supporting the relational and spiritual growth of others, identifying opportunities for organizational improvement, proposing creative and pragmatic solutions, and leading group personal and spiritual formation.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Define, articulate, and advance the mission and values of L’Arche Chicago in everyday interactions with Assistants and other stakeholders.
  • Help define and create strategies for L’Arche’s organizational culture goals, working to ensure L’Arche is a healthy and flourishing community.
  • Help ensure that L’Arche is an equitable and inclusive community where all employees feel valued and can thrive through trainings, coaching, and overall strategy and practice.
  • Nurture the spirituality of L’Arche throughout our intentional community, drawing on L’Arche’s Christian heritage while welcoming other beliefs and religious traditions in a spirit of inclusivity.
  • Enable Assistants to deepen in their understanding of their spiritual journey, their gifts and interests, their belonging to a community, and their sense of call to people/place/mission/work.
  • Create and lead weekly formations (hour long group reflection to help Assistants find meaning and insight in community life) and the on-going formation of Assistants in community growth, team dynamics and related issues.
  • Lead monthly community nights (events in which the mission of our community is shared with the public in a context of a spiritually reflective hour), monthly celebration nights, and other occasional L’Arche Chicago events.
  • Work together with the Director of Residential Services to interview, hire, welcome and train new Assistants and volunteers to L’Arche, continually improving L’Arche’s onboarding and new hire training and orientation process.
  • Build L’Arche’s processes to seamlessly offboard employees.
  • Develop strategies to engage Assistant alumni successfully and efficiently as part of the broader L’Arche community.
  • Coordinate core members’ and assistants’ community contacts (persons outside the immediate community circle who meet with each live-in person in community in their community journey). This includes providing an orientation to new community contacts and an annual retreat.
  • Connect with founding members of L’Arche Chicago, community friends and neighbors, affirming their importance as valued community members.
  • Visit each home regularly and share dinner, as meals are central in the life of L’Arche.
  • Support House Coordinators to ensure that L’Arche’s values of creating a welcoming, clean, comfortable, safe, and trusting home is a top priority in the daily life of the home – that a system of accountability is implemented so these responsibilities are shared equally among assistants on a consistent basis.
  • Supports L’Arche throughout the federation. Is knowledgeable on initiatives at the regional, national and international levels and shares this knowledge with the homes. Participates on federation projects as relevant and appropriate.
  • Seek out opportunities for personal growth. Model life sharing and the values of L’Arche for others.

 

Traits:

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, with good management and organizational skills, including an ability to work collaboratively and develop the skills of othe
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Objectivity and the ability to listen to the verbal and nonverbal communication of others.
  • Maturity and commitment to one’s own personal and spiritual grow
  • Good boundaries, self-awareness and stress manage
  • Experience or familiarity with stages of faith and human development.
  • Values the primacy of being over doing, abundance over scarcity, and calm over anxiety.
  • Experience with people with developmental disabilities strongly preferre

 

The Director of Mission & Culture is accountable to the Community Leader/Executive Director. This is a full-time role with generous benefits.

 

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a resume with three references and a cover letter expressing interest in the position to careers@larchechicago.org.

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