Old North began advertising for two comparable professionals in late June, an assistant vicar to oversee congregational life and a museum education director, to oversee the interpretation of the Old North historic site to 525,000 annual visitors. The two jobs both require a master’s degree and some experience. Compensation is similar.
The current assistant vicar submitted his resignation last fall, in anticipation of completion of a PhD and pursuit of an academic career. The process of getting all the parties with a financial or pastoral stake in the decision to restructure my job and hire a new assistant vicar took eight months.
The current education director submitted her resignation in mid June, after accepting an exciting job at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. It took two days to consult with the Old North Foundation board chair and the education committee chair to agree on a strategy to find a new education director.
Both positions were listed on professional jobs bulletin boards in late June. The assistant vicar position can be found on the OTM, EDN, and TMN sites. EDN post went up immediately, OTM and TMN both had to go through the diocesan transition ministry office and took over a week to post. The education director was listed on two regional bulletin boards: “HireCulture.org” and the New England Museum Association site. Both sites posted immediately, for a small fee.
The church has received seven responses to date for the assistant vicar position. The Old North Foundation has received twenty-five responses in the same time period.
We are just beginning the review and interview process for both positions, and we are still accepting applications, so I have no comment about the quality of candidates for either job. At this point in the process, my only observation is that the secular system is far more efficient and has yielded a larger quantity of inquiries. I assume we will complete the search for the education director first.
Anyone interested in either of these positions is welcome to contact me at my church e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.