Positions (January 2017)

LCMS colleges, universities, seminaries

The following LCMS schools are seeking candidates for positions:

  • Concordia University Texas, Austin: creative manager; assistant registrar for Systems; faculty, Computer Science — Networking; faculty, Computer Science — Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis.
  • Concordia University, Irvine, Calif.: assistant/associate professor of English; adjunct instructor of English (part time).
  • Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon: Psychology faculty; assistant director of Graduate Counseling; Rehabilitation Science faculty; Nursing faculty; Nursing, traditional undergraduate program chair; Social Work faculty — BSW Program coordinator/professor; coordinator — Graduate Teacher Certification Program. The following positions are for the Ann Arbor, Mich., campus: Exercise Science faculty; Health and Human Performance faculty/athletic trainer; Nursing faculty; Health and Human Performance faculty/athletic trainer and program director; and Music faculty.
  • Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.:  assistant/associate professor of Physical Education; Donor Relations coordinator.
  • Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.: faculty in Communication Studies.
  • Concordia Seminary, St. Louis: senior gift officer.

For more information about these and other positions, including complete job descriptions, qualifications and application process, visit http://cusapps.cus.edu and click on “Campus Positions Available.”

Michigan District: assistant to president, superintendent of Lutheran schools

The LCMS Michigan District is seeking names to fill its assistant to the president—superintendent of Lutheran schools opening from which Dr. Bruce Braun will retire in July of 2017.

If you would like to nominate someone for this opening, please email the person’s name to Julie Strobl in the President’s Office at julie.strobl@michigandistrict.org.

The candidate should be an LCMS rostered worker and have a background in Lutheran education, experience as a school administrator and an understanding of how Lutheran education may be used as a tool to reach those who don’t yet know Jesus.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund: president/chief executive officer

The Board of Directors for Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) announces the position opening for president/CEO.

LCEF, the financial extension of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod since 1978, offers funding and resources in support of the church with the mission of creating and expanding congregations and ministries nationwide.

The position in St. Louis (specifically Sunset Hills, Mo.) reports to the Board of Directors. The current president and CEO, Richard C. Robertson, has announced his retirement, effective Oct. 1, 2017. For additional information regarding LCEF’s products, services and senior leadership team, please visit lcef.org.

Key position information and requirements:

  • Board relations and executive leadership — responsible for the achievement of LCEF’s outcomes in accord with the policies established by the Board of Directors; provides strategic direction to the organization; develops, implements and reports the outcome of the Three-year Ministry & Business Plan (M&BP).
  • Position relationships — reports to the Board of Directors utilizing the Policy Based Leadership method; manages the chief financial officer, chief credit officer, senior vice-presidents, and any vice-presidents with a direct reporting relationship to the president’s office; coordinates the activities of the assistant secretary to the board; serves as executive director of the Board for Church Extension. In this role, supports overall District Church Extension (LCEF-CEF Districts) programs by communication with the District Church Extension Boards and staff; pursues, develops and implements partnerships with the appropriate entities of the LCMS to seek better ways to serve the church; maintains positive and supportive relationships with the Synod president, officers and boards, departments and entities. Works closely with other International Center entities to explore and develop ministry and operational synergies.

Primary duties:

  • Provides the vision, leadership and management skills necessary to achieve LCEF’s outcomes; responsible for the development and monitoring of LCEF’s M&BP, objectives and desired action plans; oversees the preparation and monitoring of the annual financial plan and budget derived from the M&BP.
  • Responsible for daily operations of LCEF through delegation of specific responsibilities to executives and department heads, with provision through established procedures for regular reporting of activities and financial conditions.
  • Participates on the Executive Loan Committee and chairs Senior Leadership Team meetings; serves as an ex-officio member of all LCEF committees.
  • Provides quarterly written and oral reports to the LCEF Board of Directors and an annual update to members at LCEF’s Fall Leadership Conference; provides reports to the Synod convention and acts as a liaison with the president of the LCMS and Board of Directors—LCMS Inc., legal counsel, Synod boards and commissions, and auditors.
  • Maintains close working relationships with district boards and committees (LCEF and CEF) to coordinate the total program.
  • Along with LCEF’s CFO, reviews district CEF financial reports and makes recommendations to the district CEFs and the Board for Church Extension; oversees the management of all assets; ensures proper representation on the appropriate committees and boards of the LCMS International Center, e.g. the HR Advisory Committee and Facilities & Services Management Board.
  • Develops and maintains a cooperative working relationship between the national and district personnel working in and for church extension; responsible for LCEF’s ongoing relationship with the LCEF-sponsored credit union.


  • Member of an LCMS congregation, with a demonstrated commitment to Christ, the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, and supportive of the Synod’s Constitution and Bylaws.
  • An understanding of the mission of the LCMS and the LCEF in support of the LCMS mission.
  • Ability to relate to clergy and lay leadership — and a variety of other people — throughout the Synod.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and evaluate performance and to provide sound judgment in carrying out duties.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, preferably in business administration or equivalent.
  • Significant experience in Church Extension Fund work, with the ability to provide leadership, instilling confidence and stability in the lending, investing and financing programs; 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in administrative and management positions evidencing effective supervision of people; president/CEO experience is desired.
  • Adept at public speaking and communicating with co-workers and others.
  • Willingness to travel.

The Board of Directors welcomes your nomination of qualified candidates. Please send nominations via email to Val Rhoden-Kimbrough, Executive Director, Department of Human Resources, at val.rhoden-kimbrough@lcms.org. Nominations will be accepted until March 15, 2017.

Posted December 22, 2016

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