Open and Affirming (ONA) Program Manager

Job Type

Part Time




Minimum: $30,000
Maximum: $31,200
Details: 30 hours per week



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Open and Affirming (ONA) Program Manager

Job description:

The Coalition's ONA Program Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and works in collaboration with Coalition staff and Leadership Team. Among other duties, the ONA Program Manager

1.    Assists the Coalition’s Executive Director in developing an annual work plan for ONA program and ministry.

2.    Assists the Coalition’s Financial Director in the development of the Coalition’s annual budget and budgets for National ONA Gathering and other events.

3.    Along with the Coalition’s Executive Director and the ONA Registrar, serves as a point-of-first-contact for ONA-inquiring churches.

4.    Recruits, trains and supervises regional ONA Consultants.

5.    Designs training programs for ONA consultants.

6.    Develops and maintains systems for churches, Associations and Conferences to evaluate their experience with ONA consultants and ONA webinars, workshops, and other training programs.

7.    Maintains a Facebook group and email listserv for ONA Consultants.

8.    Leads "Building an Inclusive Church" (BIC) workshops for local congregations.

9.    Recruits other BIC workshop leaders and coordinates their training.

10. Schedules BIC workshops in collaboration with Conference or Association planning teams.

11. Represents the Coalition on any ecumenical BIC team formed by the Welcoming Church Program Leaders (WCPL).

12. Represents the Coalition at WCPL meetings.

13. Assists the Executive Director in developing other workshops and webinars, and recruits workshop leaders for Conference or regional ONA events.

14. Supports existing Conference ONA Ministry Teams and supports the development of new ONA Ministry Teams.

15. Coordinates the writing and production of new and revised ONA resources, both print and online.

16. Represents the Coalition at meetings and events as required.

17. Assists the Executive Director in developing communications and action alerts for ONA congregations.

18. Coordinates planning, logistics and program for the National ONA Gathering with support from local volunteers and other Coalition staff, and coordinates the Coalition’s activities at General Synod.

19. Collaborates with staff and volunteers to assure the accuracy of the Coalition’s national database.

20. Supports the work of the ONA Registrar as needed.

21. In collaboration with the Executive Director, assists in the development of resources for the following dates each year:

·       Transgender Day of Visibility (March)

·       Open and Affirming Covenant Renewal Sunday (last Sunday in June or congregational ONA anniversary)

·       Bisexuality Visibility Day (September)

·       National Coming Out Day (October)

·       Intersex Awareness Week (October/November)

·       Transgender Day of Remembrance (November)

·       World AIDS Day (December)

22. Assists the Executive Director in maintaining resources on the Coalition’s website and other social media.

23. Along with the Executive Director develops and maintains covenantal relationships with partner organizations including The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and the LGBTQ Task Force.

24. Provides logistical support for webinars, and maintains the Coalition’s registration system for webinars and other events.

25. Continues to develop skills and utilize new tools for Zoom, Salesforce, Constant Contact, Click and Pledge, and other platforms.

26. Assists staff in hiring, training and supervising the Coalition’s office administrative assistant.

27. Assists the Executive Director with articles and other content for the Coalition’s biweekly email newsletter and social media.

28. Drafts monthly reports to the Leadership Team.


1.    Membership in an Open and Affirming congregation in the United Church of Christ.

2.    Extensive knowledge of UCC polity and history, and the history of the Open and Affirming movement.

3.    Advanced skills as a trainer, workshop leader and public speaker.

4.    Strong writing and communication skills, and the ability to work with diverse constituencies in the UCC, including diverse racial and ethnic communities, and progressive and conservative churches.

5.    The ability to articulate the biblical and theological rationale for LGBTQ inclusion in the church.

6.    Commitment to intersectional work with communities of color and other historically-underrepresented groups in the church.

7.    Experience in maintaining websites and social media platforms for communication, fundraising, education and organizing.

8.    Experience in developing and maintaining databases and systems for online registration and payment, including a minimum of six months of demonstrable experience using  Salesforce, Click and Pledge, Constant Contact and Excel, along with technical experience in interfacing database, registration, payment and communication systems.

9.    Event-planning experience, including a minimum of two years of experience in planning, and coordinating a national conference with at least 75 participants.

10. Ability to work independently and organize multiple projects each year.

11. Ability to use social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and opt-in email platforms.

12. Ability to travel seven to ten times per year.

13. Office and computer skills.

14. Theological and biblical education.

15. Ability to keep informed on legislation in communities, states and nationally that affects the basic rights of LGBTQ people, and to collaborate with the Executive Director to respond theologically when needed.

16. Is able to work some evenings and weekends.



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Candidate does not need to be local to Cleveland area. 30 hrs per week average.

Please send a cover letter and resume. Cover letter can be in the body of the email.