Two Job Openings at GBCS

December 07, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) is seeking applicants for two grassroots organizer/educator positions: an Addictions-Prevention Consultant and a Healthcare Consultant.

The Addictions-Prevention Consultant opportunity is a 12-month position tasked with building support for public policies addressing addiction issues, including confronting alcohol, tobacco, and gambling industry efforts to loosen regulation and market to young people.
 
The consultant will be a field organizer/educator in Annual Conferences and states and will assist GBCS in building awareness and action on addiction-policy issues among United Methodists by:
  • Strengthening and expanding a network of grassroots teams in the United States to focus on underage drinking prevention and other addiction policy issues; 
  • Implementing two trainings, one briefing, and three advocacy events; 
  • Eliciting proposals for local advocacy efforts from United Methodist youth and young adult groups; 
  • Strengthening and expanding an interactive social network; and 
  • Developing (in collaboration with GBCS) staff toolkits and advocacy resources for local churches.
The consultant will receive a $4,000 monthly fee.
 
Deadline to apply for the position is Dec. 23.
 
More detailed information is available at Addictions-Prevention Consultant.
 
The second position, a Healthcare Consultant, will assist the agency in building awareness of healthcare policy issues among United Methodists and will develop resources for local churches.
 
According to the Rev. Cynthia Abrams, director of Alcohol, Other Addictions and Health Care at GBCS, faith leaders will need to be active in upcoming campaigns and legislative efforts addressing health insecurity, threats to the Medicaid and Medicare programs, anti-obesity/wellness campaigns, and the preservation and implementation of a strong Affordable Care Act, and its provisions and regulations.
 
The consultant will work with GBCS staff in looking at long-term goals that move toward health care as a basic human right available to all, by planning effective advocacy that expresses the denomination's lead efforts to transform health care in the United States. Intensive work on health care would include outreach to individual faith leaders, local churches, and Annual Conferences and states.
 
The consultant contract includes assisting GBCS in building awareness of healthcare policy issues among United Methodists by:
 
  • Strengthening the network of grassroots teams utilizing the existing John 10:10 Teams and the Health Care Network as the base for a larger network, with a goal of engaging 3,000 additional United Methodists and others; 
  • Planning and implementing two trainings, one policy briefing, and three advocacy events; 
  • Strengthening an interactive social network; and 
  • Developing healthcare toolkits and resources, in collaboration with GBCS staff, for people in local churches to raise awareness about health care and current federal and state legislation – with the aim of enhancing health and safety for children around the globe.
Fee for the consultant is $5,000 per month.
 
Deadline to apply for the position is Dec. 23.
 
A more detailed job description is available at Healthcare Grassroots-organizing Consultant.
 
Both positions are part of a grassroots organizing initiative at GBCS and will report to the GBCS director of Alcohol, Other Addictions and Health Care. The consultant will be expected to coordinate with other grassroots activities at the agency as well.
 
To apply for either position, send a cover letter of two pages or less, clearly stating your knowledge, experience, skills, and gifts enabling you to be a viable candidate. You should include academic vitae and three professional references.
 
Send your application to: The General Board of Church & Society, Attn: Ms. Frances Roberts, (froberts@umc-gbcs.org), 100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002; or send a fax to 202.488-1617.
 
The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The board's primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education and Leadership Formation, United Nations and International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.