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Project Director wanted - October 08, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) seeks a director for its Healthy Families, Healthy Planet (HFHP) project. HFHP strives for a world in which every woman can plan her children and every family experiences God’s promise of abundant life.

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Healthy Families, Healthy Planet is
an initiative of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society targeting maternal health around the world.

Funded by a grant from the United Nations Foundation and housed at GBCS, this project educates and advocates both within and beyond The United Methodist Church for funding, programs, and policies that support access to maternal health and voluntary family planning services around the globe.

The project director is responsible for setting and implementing the overall mission, vision and goals of Healthy Family, Healthy Planet (HFHP) working with the Director of Women’s & Children’s Advocacy at GBCS.

Besides recruiting, cultivating and mobilizing advocates of The United Methodist Church for family planning and maternal health, the project director will work in coalition with other DC-based organizations to build effective strategy to engage members of Congress.

The project director will report to Susan Burton, GBCS director of Women’s & Children’s Advocacy.


The project director will work with the director of Women’s & Children’s Advocacy to ensure coordination and integration with larger GBCS initiatives and priorities. This will include providing legislative briefings to GBCS key staff for strategic coordination and planning priorities.

Director will implement a year-long legislative strategy focused on building support for international family planning.

The project director will develop and implement a year-long legislative strategy focused on building support for international family planning with key Congressional leaders in both Washington, D.C., and at the district/state level. The project director will actively participate in relevant coalitions, including the International Family Planning Coalition and faith-based working groups.

The project director will recruit and facilitate meetings with HFHP Ambassador Advisory Council for additional training and ongoing strategizing. The project director will develop resources for HFHP Ambassadors (advocates) and the wider church on the importance of international family planning. Edit written materials to ensure they reflect current language in the United Methodist Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions.

The full-time position is located at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and requires up to 20% travel, possibly some international.

A more comprehensive job description is available on the GBCS website at HFHP Project Director.

Position requirements

The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Theology, Gender Studies or other relevant field with a minimum of five years of experience in public policy and advocacy arena. A minimum of three years in project management role is important.

Compensation includes a salary $68,000 plus retirement benefits, paid vacation, sick and personal leave, comprehensive medical, dental and accidental-death insurance; other benefits as outlined in the Employee Personnel Manual.

To apply, applicants must submit a letter indicating how your experience, training, gifts and skills equip you for this work. Include a resume with salary history and three persons familiar with your work. Incomplete applicant information will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is Oct. 27. Start date is Nov. 16.

Application process

Applications should be sent to Frances J. Roberts, assistant general secretary for Administration/Human Resources, or to:

The General Board of Church and Society
Attn: Ms. Frances J. Roberts, AGS Administration/Human Resources
100 Maryland Ave. NE #224
Washington, DC 20002-5625

FAX: 202-488-1617