WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) here is accepting résumés for the position of executive director. Deadline for applicants is Dec. 1.
The service prepares and commissions Catholic lay missioners for extended assignments among Franciscan religious communities working with the poor and oppressed in Latin America and Africa. It has 10 missioners in Bolivia, El Salvador and Tanzania.
The ideal candidate will have an extensive foreign and/or domestic mission background, according to Bruce Michalek, OFM, who is chairing the search committee.
A bilingual proficiency in Spanish is desirable. He/she can be either a professed religious lay or cleric or a lay person. Candidate must have strong organizational and communication skills and a proven record of managing a non-profit organization. He/she will be responsible for the day-to-day management of program planning and development, financial and personnel management, volunteer and former volunteer relations. The director is to ensure a collaborative work environment among all staff and volunteers.
The program began in 1987 with Anselm Moons, OFM, as the first executive director. With a group of four friars, he developed a community in a house that belonged to Holy Name Province. A board of directors was formed, and FMS was placed under the jurisdiction of the Secretariat for Missionary Evangelization (SME), and was supported by this entity. Over the years, the program has grown and expanded and is considered the second largest Catholic lay mission program in the United States. FMS separately incorporated in 2007 and continues to be governed by a Board of Directors.
Resumes and letters of interest, including salary requirements, should be sent to:
Franciscan Mission Service
Attn: Search Committee
1323 Quincy, NE, Washington, DC 20017