GBCS Has Opening for Women's Advocacy Director

May 17, 2012

Work with and on behalf of women around the globe by advocating for passage of just policies by the U.S. Congress and the U.N.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) is seeking a Director and Organizer for Women's Advocacy.
The opening is part of the board's Louise & Hugh Moore Population Project, the mission of which is to work with and on behalf of women around the globe, particularly those most marginalized, by advocating for the passage of just policies by the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.
The director's primary role is to assist United Methodists in understanding and advocating for issues related to women, population, and development – based on the denomination's strong biblical foundation plus social-justice positions in the Book of Resolutions and the Social Principles in the Book of Discipline.
The position currently is filled by Linda Bales Todd, who will retire in July after more than a decade addressing women's, children's, and other population issues on behalf of The United Methodist Church.
Among the director's responsibilities are the following:
  • Strengthen relationships and establish new contacts with United Methodists in Conferences working on issues such as domestic violence, violence against women, and education.
  • Establish relationships with U.S. Congressional offices for advocacy work on women.
  • Participate in United Nations conferences focusing on women's and population issues, and interpret and organize internationally with Central Conferences around these initiatives.
The director also participates in interagency work for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee and the General Board of Discipleship Committee on Older Adults.
Advocacy will be accomplished through supervision of networks on AIDS and women's issues, release of call-to-action alerts, public speaking, articles in GBCS's e-newsletter Faith in Action, development of resources, and coordinating and participating in training events.
The director reports to GBCS's chief executive and will work at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill.
In addition, the director administers the population project, oversees the budget, and supervises consultants, interns, and volunteers.
Applicants should have at least a Bachelor's degree in government or international affairs, population and development, women's studies, or related field.
Experience in organizing and in legislative and advocacy work is required.
A detailed job description is available at Director & Organizer for Women's Advocacy.
Salary is $79,000. Deadline to apply is June 15.
Send cover letter and resume to the attention of Ms. Frances Roberts, General Board of Church & Society, Human Resources #224, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002, or via email to her at

The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination’s highest policy-making body. The board’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & 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.