The Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (NECU) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its Executive Director. The Executive Director is charged with articulating the mission of NECU in support of the strategic goals of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), working closely with the presidents of its college and university member institutions. The new Executive Director will lead the implementation of NECU’s approved strategic plan for 2022-2025 and strengthen relationships with NECU’s institutional partners. The expected start date for the Executive Director is January 2, 2023.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States. Since its beginning in 1988, the ELCA has been one church body organized in three expressions — congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization. The ELCA also nurtures important connections with Lutheran, ecumenical, and interfaith partners and related organizations, including within higher education. Through 2010, oversight of churchwide ministries in higher education was managed by the staff of various divisions or program units inside the ELCA’s churchwide organization. Between 2011 and 2015, however, the churchwide organization explored restructuring its work in higher education by bringing presidents of ELCA colleges and universities directly into churchwide leadership. To achieve this restructuring, the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (NECU) was established. Today, NECU includes 27 colleges and universities (26 in the United States and 1 in Canada).
The Executive Director of NECU and the presidents of its member institutions constitute the board of directors of the organization. The day-to-day responsibilities of the organization are lodged with an executive committee composed of seven college/university presidents, the Executive Director of Christian Community and Leadership in the ELCA’s Churchwide Organization, and NECU’s Executive Director.
The Executive Director reports to the Senior Director of Education for Leadership in the ELCA’s Churchwide Organization and oversees an administrative assistant. Although the churchwide headquarters is in Chicago, IL, this person will have the capacity to work remotely.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is being assisted by Academic Search. Prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion by contacting Jack Ohle at Jack.Ohle@academicsearch.org or Andrea Cowsert at Andrea.Cowsert@academicsearch.org. Nominations may also be sent directly to Jack Ohle and Andrea Cowsert. To apply and view the full job description, click here. This position is open until filled, but only applications received by September 21, 2022, can be assured full consideration. To learn more about the ELCA and NECU, visit www.elca.org.