Director, Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives Nashville


The Director of Strategic Initiatives oversees the development and implementation of key priorities and helps advance programs and projects that support the vision of The Gideons International.

The role requires an entrepreneurial, organized, hands-on and results-oriented individual, with a record of successful management and accomplishment. The Strategic Initiatives team will collaborate closely with the full Program Advancement team (Marcom, Development, and Strategic Initiatives) to create a best-in-class process cycle that produces the most impactful resources and products. The successful Director will partner with a staff and cross-functional teams in aligning organizational resources and bringing focus to deliver on ministry-wide products, programs and functions to best equip members of The Gideons International to fulfill their calling.

As an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives, the goal of this position is to improve the planning and deployment of programmatic resources and training related to The Gideons’ objective of winning the lost to Christ through 1) Association for Service; 2) Personal Work and Personal Testimony; 3) Distribution of Scripture

Current priorities for this role will focus on enhancing:

Camp Experience: Develop resources, systems and strategies to revitalize the monthly collective experience around the world. Defining and facilitating an engagement reliably advancing all three elements of the ministry’s objective, strengthening community and connection, and facilitating vital communication and operations. Establishing and maintaining the value of the camp engagement to members individually and collectively.

Member Equipping: Develop resources, systems, and strategies to support and equip individual members to pursue their calling, perform their roles, and advance the ministry’s objective of winning the lost to Christ. Special emphasis on practical leadership training, personal spiritual growth, and instruction in personal witnessing. Establishing and maintaining the personal value of membership to individual Gideons and Auxiliary.

Membership Development: Develop resources, systems, and strategies that increase membership in the organization, understanding and optimizing both the recruitment of new members and retention of existing members through data analysis, program development, process improvement and innovation. Establishing and maintaining a high value of membership to internal and external audiences.

Church Engagement: Develop resources, systems, and strategies to facilitate church outreach, energize camp-church relationships, and foster productive partnerships in ministry. Establishing and maintaining the ministry’s value to the local church.

Other organizational priorities as identified over time.

The position reports to the Chief Program Advancement Officer and is based in the Nashville, Tennessee International Headquarters, serving as a member of the Association’s Leadership Team. The Director will have the opportunity to represent the Association, as assigned, in various venues and to experience various ministry functions.

Essential Job Functions

Program & Project Management
Build and manage a multi-faceted team to facilitate innovation, project development, and program deployment.
Create and implement comprehensive, goal-based operating plans for the Strategic Initiatives Team.
Identify resource requirements, task owners, milestones, dependencies and key risks to facilitate quality initiatives.
Work closely with senior staff recommending short-term course correction and long-term sustainable models. Collaborate across divisions to devise, coordinate, manage and measure performance of initiatives and special projects to support organizational strategy and growth.
Manage pipeline and portfolio of existing and new initiatives on a multi-year schedule.
Help devise platforms and robust content for training and equipping Association leaders and members.
Manage relationships with internal/external partners.
Coordinate and facilitate internal/external meetings.
Ensure stakeholder satisfaction on meeting programmatic needs and objective

Help lead the new innovation engine of The Gideons International.
Work with full Program Advancement team in new product innovation and
program enhancements.
Cultivate an agile, creative, problem solving, and data-informed environment that forecasts the best approaches, products, and resources—that engage churches and equip the membership.
Maintain contact with necessary Camp, State and National association leaders, Churches, and important other contacts as key contributors and influencers related to strategic initiatives.
Establish protocols for developing initiatives and evaluating effectiveness.
Ascertain and utilize appropriate data, research and benchmarking of best practices.
Prepare relevant proposals, strategy documents, forecasts and metrics.

Working Relationships
Reports To: Chief Program Advancement Officer
People Management Responsibility: TBD
Works Closely With: Executive Director, COO, USA Director, International Senior Director, Gideon Membership/leadership, Marcom, IT

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Training & Development
Ability to plan, implement, and complete a number and variety of projects simultaneously and successfully.
Ability to supervise and motivate staff to higher levels of production and achievement.
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
Ability to use PC and widely-used software applications, especially Microsoft Office applications
Ability to use membership database (CRM).
Ability to learn new software applications as necessary
Ability to gather data, apply analytical skills and utilize to inform decision-making
Ability to communicate effectively with all staff, membership, and leadership

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
Occasional travel by automobile and air.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is desirable
Seven to ten years’ experience of leading organizational innovation and program development, preferably in the nonprofit/ministry sector
Experience in leading large-scale, multi-faceted operations; international background is a plus
Understanding with adult learning and developing curricula is highly desirable
PC experience, especially in Microsoft Office applications
Successful completion of a drug and background screen

SPIRITUAL & PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS (for a Christ-Centered Career with The Gideons):

The Gideons International is united by a passion for sharing the gospel and the distribution of God’s Word. In order to achieve our mission of winning the lost for Christ, we seek skilled, called and passionate candidates who:

Believe in the Bible as the inspired (inerrant and infallible) Word of God
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God
Have received Him as their personal Savior
Endeavor to follow Him in their daily lives
Believe in the endless lake of fire for the unsaved
Accepts the Biblical standard of marriage between one man and one woman
Are members in good standing of an evangelical or protestant church, congregation or assembly

Employment is conditional upon an employee’s continued compliance with these standards and beliefs

LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENTS (of the ideal Director of Strategic Initiatives):

Spiritually Mature – This person will have a solid, visible relationship with Christ which is evidenced by a heart for God, which translates into a genuine, deep love for others and a concern that others also know Jesus Christ as their Savior. The fruits of the individual’s faith will show in attitude, time, dedication, character, church involvement, energy, and wisdom.

A Commitment to The Gideons International – An understanding of and a commitment to the special purpose, mission and beliefs of The Gideons International and will have a value system compatible with the values of The Gideons International.

People Abilities – Deep interest and care for people with an understanding of their primary interests, aims, and motivations.

Working with Volunteers – A demonstrated ability to accomplish results through collaboration with and development of strong relationships with members and volunteers at all levels within the throughout the organization.

An Approach and a Philosophy– An approach, personal bearing, and philosophy that is an extension of the Association: Ability to earn respect on first impression / Ability to sustain credibility and confidence.

Organizational Skills – An ability to organize his own thoughts and work, while continually growing a results-driven team. Ability to win the confidence of colleagues and office staff that demonstrates a well-functioning Strategic Initiatives department.

Insight and Strategy – A focused sense of strategy, ( i.e., possessing the knowledge and sensibilities to implement organizational goals.) The ability to set realistic objectives for the Department and achieve them in alignment with the organization’s strategies.

A Sense of Timing – An intuitive sense of timing and appropriateness in relation to people and projects.

Work Capacity – Sufficient physical and emotional energy to deliver the results necessary to advance our mission.

Self- Starter – A self-starter – create ideas and follow through without prodding. (Balanced with judgment and knowing when and how to ask for assistance and counsel.)

Enthusiasm – A heartfelt passion for the work we do, which displays optimism – but not overselling and overstating.

Integrity – A level of impeccable integrity that permeates others and elicits trust.

Gideon – It is expected that the successful candidate be (or become) a member in good standing of The Gideons International and an active participant in his camp in order to best understand and represent the ministry. Experience in state or camp leadership is beneficial.

Ministry Passion – The Gideons International vision will be irresistible to the right person. People skills, organizational and communication abilities must be truly remarkable, this person will be excellent at vision-casting in a manner that inspires others to join with us and develop solid relationships.

This Job Description is for general purposes and guidelines only and should not be considered all-inclusive. Neither does the receipt of this job description constitute an employment contract. Furthermore, it should be known that this list of job requirements is subject to change without written notice.

[May 2019 –Director, Strategic Initiatives]

Employment Number #2019-222 Location/Department Strategic Initiatives Type Full Time Role Director, Strategic Initiatives

Required Skills

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Proven ability to communicate effectively and in a collaborative setting
The Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While we are often recognized for our work with hotels, we also place and distribute Scriptures in strategic locations so they are available to those who want them, as well as to those who may not know they need them.
Core Competencies
Actively learns, demonstrates and fosters the organization’s culture in all actions and words. Takes personal initiative and is a positive example for others to emulate. Ability to understand the fundamental business drivers and communicate the state of business and provide strategic recommendations to management. Proven ability to keep a big picture perspective while dealing with very detailed information. Foster Open Communications and Approachability Positive and Constructive Attitude Build Talent Business Acumen Process Management Developing Direct Reports Decision Quality Problem Solving Dealing with Ambiguity Perspective Managerial Courage Ability to challenge the status quo
Organizational Innovation Bachelors, Masters preferred International background Adult Learning/Developing Curricula
1 Language
Core Values
Integrity Excellence Open Communication Stewardship
Work Environment & Time Requirement
Climate-controlled office environment 8-hour workday Variations in work volume sometimes require extended working hours Travel required as necessary

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