Chief Operating Officer (COO)

CHRISTIAN UNION

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Christian Union is a nonprofit ministry with approximately $8m in annual revenue that seeks to develop Christian leaders at the most influential universities in America. CU’s approach, which includes employing highly qualified ministry faculty, providing exceptional curriculums, and developing networks of Christian leaders in key cities, is strategically designed to connect with intellectually curious, highly motivated students at deeply secular universities. The ministry provides biblical instruction, mentoring, and resources for students to transform the culture of these campuses spiritually, intellectually, and socially.


The Position

Christian Union seeks an outstanding individual to serve as their Chief Operating Officer. The COO is the highest finance and accounting function in the organization responsible for managing the financial risks of Christian Union and includes budgeting, accounting, financial planning. They will report to the CEO and the board of trustees, and serving as the chief financial spokesman for the organization.  The CFO is responsible for budget management, cost-benefit analysis, forecasting needs, maintaining adequate financial reserves, and securing of new funds. In addition to these professional competencies, the successful candidate will be passionate about expanding students’ devotion to Jesus Christ and bringing spiritual revival to college campuses.


This is a full-time salaried position, so no individual support-raising is required.

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WHO WE ARE

MISSION

Christian Union develops and connects transformative Christian leaders.


VISION

Christian Union seeks a spiritually vibrant nation marked by Christian values permeating every corner of society.


STRATEGY

Christian Union’s two main emphases on select universities and professionals in key cities reflect our concern to reach people groups that exert disproportionate cultural influence in the United States. Currently, the ministry has a presence on the university campuses of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard (college and law school), Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford and Yale. 


OUTCOME

If US society were transformed by the leadership and values of Christians of wholehearted devotion to the Lord we might expect to see some of the following implications:

  • If large numbers of business executives valued Christian ideals above all else, then it would mean the spread of ethical business practices, concern that workers be treated fairly, and integrity in leadership.

  • In the field of education, if large numbers of university presidents, faculty, and administrators were committed to Jesus Christ, then careers, internal politics, and ideology would take a back seat to the education of our children.

  • If the US Government contained high numbers of developed Christian leaders, we would expect laws and the execution of laws in our country to more fully reflect a Christian worldview.

  • If large numbers of top media executives reflected Christian values, we would expect more programs valuing marriage, parenthood, generosity, respect, courage, self-sacrifice, and compassion.

  • There is a global impact to consider since thousands of foreign students study at these key universities. Consider the potential impact if a future president of Pakistan, China, or Russia were reached for Christ and trained to be a godly leader for their home country.


STATEMENT OF FAITH

  • There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.

  • Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.

  • He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.

  • ·He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.

  • He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own.

  • Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.

  • Man's nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

  • The salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in His sight.

  • It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written word.

  • The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer's life by faith.

  • Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.

  • Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith.

  • God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement.

  • At physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing.

  • At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation.

  • Jesus Christ will come again to the earth - personally, visibly and bodily – to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

  • The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us."


Learn more about why Christian Union believes that leaders matter here.

A Brief History of the Ministry

In 2002, Matt Bennett launched Christian Union with its first leadership development ministry at Princeton University, now known as Christian Union Nova. The ministry's Founder and CEO, Matt Bennett, had long observed the influence that top secular universities possess when it comes to producing many of the nation’s most prominent leaders. Bennett had a conviction that US culture could and would be changed as these schools were influenced by the Gospel. As a student member, staff member and director of Campus Crusade for Christ at Cornell University, Bennett, saw firsthand the impact a campus ministry could have if it were tailored to the spiritual, intellectual, and relational needs of highly intelligent, goal-oriented students.


The lessons learned through the ministry at Princeton and the gracious provisions of God have prompted Bennett to expand the ministries of Christian Union to other highly influential universities such as Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard College, Harvard Law, Stanford University, The University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. Christian Union expects to add additional strategic universities in the future, most recently with the addition of Stanford University in 2016.


At each of these campuses, Christian Union’s highly credentialed ministry and teaching fellows mentor students while leading them in challenging, academically-oriented Bible courses and providing them with conferences, leadership lecture series, and evangelistic outreach opportunities. With the growing support from ministry alumni and strategic impact of major cities, Christian Union launched Christian Union Day & Night in 2016. Day & Night's mission is to promote spiritual strengthening in Christians across America, helping them thrive in order to make an impact in an increasingly secular culture by covenanting together for successive spiritual initiatives. Given the spiritual state of the nation, nothing less than the full power and presence of God will enable Christians to glorify him in all his splendor.

WHAT THEY DO

Christian Union strives to develop Christian leaders to transform culture for God’s glory. CU’s strategic approach emphasizes a seeking-God lifestyle, high caliber ministry fellows, engaged and networked leaders, and organizational excellence. Through highly qualified ministry faculty and networks of Christian leaders, the ministry is able to reach students with the Gospel and develops leaders at the most influential universities in America.


HIGHLY QUALIFIED MINISTRY FACULTY

Out of the more than 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in the country, 63 percent of the most influential leaders in the nation come from the top 1 percent of schools. Graduates from these schools also have extraordinary influence on the international scene. Most of these universities were founded on Christian conviction but have become intensely secular. While students are academically bright, they know little about Jesus Christ. Christian Union resources students to transform culture with a leadership development program tailored to highly intellectual, driven students.


NETWORKS OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS

Role models of the movement to transform a major cultural center such as New York City include businessmen and politicians such as William Wilberforce, who abolished the slave trade, JC Penney and John Wanamaker, who built businesses on Christian principles, as well as numerous other Christian lay men and women who have used their positions for cultural impact. Today the ministry offers professionals in New York City programs for spiritual and leadership growth tailored to demanding schedules and helps them build vibrant and interconnecting networks.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Opportunities 

  1. Continuing the excellent work of the operations team the new COO will have opportunity to support the core ministry of CU through continued technical and financial excellence. 

  2. Capitalize on the momentum from new hires in the last months adding new capacity to the ministry team both centrally and in campus-based ministry.


Challenges 

  1.  Complete the outsourcing of selected financial proceses and reporting to a contracted service. 

  2. Oversee HR function in the midst of a very tight labor market, adding just the right personnel to the CU team to build and grow. 


POSITION PROFILE

Title: Chief Operating Officer

Classification: Full time/exempt, 40 hours per week

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (and Board of Trustees) 

Direct Reports: Finance (2), IT (1) and Director of HR (1)

Position Location: Remote, with regular travel to NYC


The primary job responsibilities for Christian Union’s Chief Operating Officer are as follows:

  • Own and manage key functional areas of Christian Union, which currently include finance & accounting, operations, human resources, and legal/risk management

  • Support the CEO with any and all ad hoc requests

  • Support the broader ministry whenever and wherever a temporary absence of leadership occurs

  • Over time, take ownership of additional functional areas from CEO, as determined by CEO


Chief Financial Officer Function

The Chief Financial Officer function is the highest finance and accounting function in the organization responsible for managing the financial risks of Christian Union and includes budgeting, accounting, financial planning, reporting to the CEO and the board of trustees, and serving as the chief financial spokesman for the organization.  The CFO is responsible for budget management, cost-benefit analysis, forecasting needs, maintaining adequate financial reserves, and securing of new funds.


Monthly deliverables include:

  • Financial reports to board and exec team within 20 days of month end

  • Departmental reports within 30 days of quarter-end


Annual deliverables include:

  • Year-end financial statements by  July 31st

  • 990 Filed by December 31 of each year

  • Complete draft budget by June 1

  • Budget for next fiscal year in place by June 15

  • Complete audit by November 30


Chief Legal Function

The COO oversees the legal function in the organization, which intersects most often with HR and intellectual property concerns, but the COO will be responsible to oversee all legal matters.



Embrace and Embody CU's Distinctives

  • Seeking-God Lifestyle: Christian Union emphasizes a mindset and behaviors considered normative by Christians for centuries, starting with the book of Acts. A seeking-God lifestyle includes humbling oneself through fasting, extraordinary prayer (including day and night), large intake of Scripture, repentance, obedience to God in every regard, perseverance in seeking God wholeheartedly, extended times of gathering with fellow believers, and intentionally calling other Christians to seek God with great diligence. When Christians seek the Lord wholeheartedly, they can expect fresh fillings and outpourings of the Spirit.

  • Christian Unity: Maior Autem His Est Caritas (“the greatest of these is love”) is inscribed around the center of Christian Union’s logo as a reminder that God’s love is central, and His love is the inspiration to uphold Christian love and unity among Christians. Christian Union board members, faculty, staff, financial partners, and alumni are committed to loving one another and fellow Christians as members of the body of Christ.

  • Intellectual Orientation: Christian Union tailors its ministry to people of high intellectual capacity whose knowledge of Scripture ranges from non-existent to well-developed. Christian Union associates are selected for their ability to assess needs and to lead at this level. Christian Union knows that all wisdom and knowledge are in Jesus Christ and therefore sees harmony and not a contradiction between intellectual pursuits and strong faith.

  • Organizational Excellence: The nature and significance of Christian Union’s calling compel a culture of discipline and accountability. While the primary “products” as an organization are God’s glory and changed lives, which can be hard to measure, the ministry does its best to track inputs and outputs to be as effective as possible. The ministry aspires to be as organizationally robust as some of the best well-run, for-profit firms.

  • Professional Growth: Christian Union believes that God, in His wisdom, deposited gifts and abilities in all men and women. As these are recognized and developed, and as additional skills are imparted through training and feedback, associates have the opportunity to reach their full potential. CU prizes ongoing growth and spiritual and professional development of Christian Union’s staff and faculty because it honors God, helps further the mission, and contributes to the flourishing of the people.

  • Bold Faith: Christian Union values bold, expansive faith. Everything the Bible says about God, humanity, and the universe is wholly true; therefore Christian Union moves forward in confidence of what God will do for those who love and obey Him. Christian Union believes Him for great and seemingly impossible changes because if He can create the entire universe, He can do more than one can ask or imagine.


Position Requirements 

  • College degree required; advanced degree (MBA) beneficial

  • Seven to ten years’  professional experience

  • Experience in successfully overseeing a team of distributed employees, leading them to achieve individual and group objectives


Character

  • Strong devotion to Jesus Christ, holiness, and a passion to make Him known

  • Mature Christian faith

  • Passionate heart for revival

  • In agreement with the Statement of Faith and Ethics


Competencies 

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently to complete tasks

  • Ability to thrive in a challenging ministry environment, given the current political climate on college campuses 

  • Keen financial acumen and awareness of relevant HR and legal issues for a religious 501 (c) 3

  • Basic theological knowledge helpful, but no theological training needed


Chemistry with the Culture 

  • The ideal candidate would thrive in a rigorous intellecutal climate, having a comparable educational experience to the students ministered to on CU campuses. While going to a school where CU has a presence is not required, it would be helpful. 


COMPENSATION PACKAGE:

Competitive compensation and benefits offered. This is a full-time paid position supported by securing Christian Union Cornerstone Partnerships through each local ministry. Team members may be asked to support this effort by connecting with personal networks and alumni.  Relocation assistance is available. 

After prayerfully reviewing this information, you believe this role fits you well, or if you know someone you would like to recommend, please contact:


Dr. Rich Kidd

Partner

MISSION:LEADERSHIP

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email :: rich@missionleadership.org

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