Position Filled: Episcopal Ministries is Recruiting its next Program Director

Fostering Solidarity

Episcopal Ministries of Long Island (EMLI) is a non-profit organization with a mission to transform lives through faith-based outreach programs and advocacy for social justice. EMLI administers grants, conducts workshops and trainings, and provides supportive consultation to parishes as they work to meet the needs of all people in their communities.

EMLI is affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, (the diocese of the Episcopal Church with jurisdiction over Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties).

Position Overview

The Program Director works closely with parish leadership to develop initiatives which meet the needs of their communities given the assets and strengths of the parish.

Programs (Ministries) are often creative responses to community needs. They may address issues such as food, clothing, and housing insecurity, educational equity, racial and environmental justice, and isolation of specific groups. The Program Director provides individual consultation to ministry leaders, manages EMLI’s grant program, and coordinates training to equip ministries for greater impact. EMLI’s ministries are categorized into four “Ministry Focus Areas,” which you can learn more about here.

Key Responsibilities

Manage the grant-making activities of EMLI, including but not limited to:

  • Provide technical assistance and consultation to grant seekers
  • Assist parish clergy and lay leaders with developing grant applications which clearly demonstrate their goals, strategy, and capacity to implement their ministry
  • Review and evaluate grant applications relative to grantmaking guidelines; prepare and present funding recommendations to grant review committee
  • Facilitate convening among grantee programs
  • Maintain strong relationships with grantees through regular communication and site visits to programs; develop system of follow up inclusive of impact and evaluation reports

Organize workshops and trainings to equip ministry leaders and volunteers with the knowledge and skills (fundraising, marketing, communications, volunteer management, etc.) to effectively run programs which serve their communities.

Connect leaders with experienced community organizations, relevant experts, and similar parish programs to facilitate best practice sharing and increase impact.

Engage with clergy, parishioners, and lay leaders to understand their needs and aspirations for ministry

Build knowledge about community needs that impact the work of the EMLI

Develop and implement new initiatives, refine processes, as needed


  • 8 years in community organizing or program development in non-profit setting, and supervisory experience (preferably in church-affiliated organizations)
  • Self-motivated, forward-thinking, creative individual with strong organizational skills
  • Strong listening skills, a natural relationship builder, and ability to motivate volunteers
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills; ability to facilitate meetings
  • Flexibility in approach, willingness to adapt, strong interpersonal skills, and sense of humor
  • Familiar with the communities and cultures of Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens
  • Cultural sensitivity and a commitment to the inclusion of the poor, LGBTQ+ people, BIPOC, and other communities that have been historically marginalized
  • Interest in church-based outreach and justice work
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (especially Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneDrive), and Google Apps; ability to learn new technologies as necessary
  • Local travel across Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk required

Salary is commensurate with experience.  

Hybrid remote/ on-site

Details at a Glance

Full Time Schedule

4-Year Degree Required


USD $80,000 - USD $85,000 / year


  • Full medical and dental at no cost to employee
  • Generous Pension plan and Group Life Insurance policy
  • Vacation, sick days and 14 paid holidays per year; PLUS office closes between Christmas and New Years with full pay

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