Program Associate, General Board of Church and Society UMC, New York Office

The Program Associate will join the dynamic staff of the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church. GBCS is the international social justice and public policy agency of The United Methodist Church and maintains headquarters in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City. GBCS is responsible for seeking the implementation of the United Methodist Social Principles.

The Program Associate must commit to keep abreast of GBCS’s mission, vision and progress, as well as to having a functional knowledge of the structure and polity of The United Methodist Church.

The ideal candidate must be exceptionally well organized, motivated, resourceful, decisive, flexible, and adaptable to the challenges of maintaining and supporting an office visited by diverse peoples, and collaborating with a variety of networks and alliances. The candidate must demonstrate awareness, sensitivity and willingness to work with peoples of varied cultures.

The successful candidate must have the ability to multitask, and pay supreme attention to detail and precision. This staff person is expected to be productive, both under conditions of being alone or in collaboration with others through a team-approach in the work setting.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Program Associate for GBCS’s New York Office will assist the Assistant General Secretary for United Nations & International Affairs by performing a combination of administrative operational duties and program implementation, through the following:

Operational Support:

  • Maintain the proper and daily functioning of the GBCS New York Office by ensuring its functionality for work and meetings, and the availability of office supplies and the maintenance of office equipment. 
  • Manage the flow of all communications, respond to all information requests, arrange conference calls, and screen incoming calls. 
  • Develop and type correspondence with an expert-level proficiency.
    Manage the posting, receiving and distribution of office mail and correspondence. 
  • Maintain GBCS forms, prepare travel and expense requests and reports in the format prescribed by the finance office. 
  • Maintain a staff daily calendar and schedule of appointments. 
  • Develop a system of interface between the New York and Washington, D.C., offices, ensuring coordination between the two, including updating GBCS databases with New York-specific information. 
  • Assist in events planning — domestic and international — including logistical and travel arrangements. 

Program Support:

  • Develop, organize and manage the Isaiah Circle as an effective and responsive circle of U.N. and International Affairs advocates by ensuring a database of its collaborators, managing timely communications among these collaborators, scheduling regularized “glocal conversations,” and mobilizing collaborators for timely response and advocacy on glocal issues. 
  • Support in organizing expertise and mobilizing glocal advocacy around program areas related to the glocal aspects of “migration and development justice,” “indigenous peoples and self-determination,” “global peace and human rights,” and “climate justice and sustainable development,”keeping focused on the relation of these issues with the U.N. and other international multilateral bodies. 
  • Serve as alternate representative for GBCS at the United Nations and in non-governmental committees and civil society networks. 
  • Assist in the development of learning tools using a variety of methods, including social media, for issue briefs, education, and awareness-raising. 
  • Provide support and assistance to the Assistant General Secretary for U.N. & International Affairs as requested. 

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree a minimum requirement. Work experience related to both the operational and program areas desirable and a plus. 
  • Must be able to work independently and effectively, demonstrating initiative and high motivation.
    Demonstrable interpersonal skills, with the ability to work with a team and with persons at all levels, both written and verbal. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Access, Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint), multimedia gadgets (still and video cameras), and use and deployment of social media. 
  • Experience and versatility with travel planning tools, especially Concur a plus, for planning domestic and international travel. 
  • Must be able to work in New York City with no paid relocation. 


Annual salary of US$66,300, factored level 11; with pension benefits; 10 days of paid vacation and sick leave; comprehensive medical, dental and accidental death insurance; and other benefits as outlined in the GBCS Employee Personnel Manual. This is a full-time exempt position with 10-15% travel.

Hiring Policy:

The General Board of Church & Society is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.


Send a cover letter, resume and writing sample by June 11, 2014, to:

The General Board of Church & Society

Attn: Ms. Frances J. Roberts, AGS Administration/Human Resources

100 Maryland Ave NE #224
Washington, DC 20002-5625


Posted: May 21, 2014