The Pacifica Synod has committed itself to the work of anti-racism with a goal of becoming an anti-racist Synod. Recognizing that this work requires leadership and commitment, we seek to hire a new staff position that will shepherd this work throughout the Synod.
This will be a half-time position (20 hours per week).
The Anti-Racism Coordinator will complete the following tasks:
- Assess what work is already happening in congregations, agencies, and partners of our Synod.
- Develop the metrics and format for an annual state-of-the-Synod anti-racism report.
- Prepare such a report annually and present it to the Synod Council/Synod Assembly. Use this annual report to inform the Coordinator’s future priorities.
- Work with synod staff and synod council to develop a budget for anti-racism programming
- Co-chair the Synod Anti-Racism Team and work collaboratively with the Team to create an institutional environment that supports anti-racist accountability.
- Plan, schedule and manage at least two Synod-wide workshops or seminars on anti-racism, either online or in person.
- Consult with the Bishop of the Pacifica Synod and the Anti-Racism Team to further live out this church’s commitment to anti-racism and racial healing in covenant with people and communities of color.
- Utilize community organizing practices to develop relationships and raise up anti-racist leaders
- Gain familiarity with the latest resources for congregations and leaders to use in their context; collaborate with the ART to produce lists targeted to the needs of congregations and leaders.
- Develop, maintain, and make available a current list of varied types of resources: audio, video, documentaries, Webinars, articles, books and TED Talks.
- Curate lists of resources suitable for different levels of engagement with anti-racism concepts and materials.
- Assist the Bishop in identifying and eliminating racist policies, procedures, documents, or actions by the Pacifica Synod.
- Develop the procedures for impartially reporting and responding to such policies, actions, etc.
- Work with Synod Council, Synod staff, and Synod Assemblies to change racist policies.
- Attend Synod staff meetings, Synod assembly, and theological conferences of the Pacifica Synod.
- Provide guidance and expertise when incidents of racist words or actions come to the attention of the Synod leadership.
Accomplishing these tasks will require a self-motivated person able to work flexible hours with a high degree of independence and communication skills. Familiarity with anti-racism assessments and measures is critical to success. This person must be able to work collaboratively with other team members.
This position reports directly to the Bishop of the Pacifica Synod.
Please submit a cover letter and current resume for consideration to davenagler@pacificaSynod.org