Associate Director of Religious Life & Social Healing

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | Civil Conversations & Social Healing | Full-time | Allows remote



The On Being Project is a nonprofit media and public life initiative pursuing deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together. This work is manifest externally through our integrated teams of Studios, Community & Design, and Civil Conversations and Social Healing. 

We are looking for an Associate Director for Religious Life and Social Healing who will work to build and strengthen a strategic web of partnership with religious congregations, interfaith, and civic organizations. They will support these partners as they work toward their own resilience and capacity, with an eye to strengthening their agency, impact, and cultural leadership in the work of social healing. They accompany leaders of congregations and faith-based institutions who are engaging—with courage—the pressing moral and social issues of our time. 

This position will be housed within the Civil Conversations and Social Healing (CC&SH) team. Of On Being’s three animating questions that guide our work, this team is the part of our organization most concerned with the question: “Who will we be to each other?” Our team represents The On Being Project’s presence in the world as it inspires, calls forth, and cultivates the generative values that contribute to social healing. The themes we've been pursuing across the years are converging with this global moment, which gives us a deep well of offerings to bring to the surface alongside a calling to accompany the healers, creatives, and changemakers who make up our community. 

The ideal candidate for this role is a collaborative leader who is particularly adept at building relationships and weaving community. They can be both a practitioner and an innovator—generating what we call “care plans” for the accompaniment of groups and individuals as well as developing overarching social healing strategies. We are looking for someone who relishes the work of management (of projects and people), finds joy in offering pastoral care and resourcing, and has a talent for translating a vision into shared practice in ways that can reach professional audiences and family members alike.

This is a full-time, exempt position that will report to the Executive Director of Civil Conversations & Social Healing. This position has a salary range of $95,000 – $105,000 annualized and requires travel (approx 30%), which may include nights and weekends. This position may be remote, but preferred locations are Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Relocation assistance is available.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Cultivate and manage a complex portfolio of relationships with religious and interfaith communities who are using On Being resources in their congregations and local communities
  • Work closely with the Associate Director to represent CC&SH initiatives to religious and interfaith partners, as well as civic institutions and organizations, which includes travel for in-person meetings and events 
  • Work closely with the team to determine and execute strategies for enhancing On Being’s accompaniment and support of congregational, institutional and community leaders who are engaging the work and goals of CC&SH in their communities
  • Lead our overall strategy development for engaging partners from religious institutions, they draw on the wisdom of our trusted advisors in the field and provide direction to the team as it relates to this work
  • Supervise the Pastoral Engagement Associate, who plays a front-end support role to the team’s accompaniment efforts
  • Work with the Programs and Operations Manager to develop project success criteria, and track results and metrics
  • Work with the team to flag new opportunities for digital content creation and to pursue the development of that content


Your education and experience:

  • Masters in Religious Studies, Theology, Masters in Social Work (M.Div, M.T.S., M.S.W.) or equivalent preferred.
  • 5 or more years experience in congregational leadership, or community-based organizational leadership. 
  • Experience supervising one or more staff person(s)


Your competencies:

  • An appreciation for, interest in and understanding of the content produced by The On Being Project
  • A deep knowledge of one or more spiritual traditions and experience working within or among religious communities
  • Ability to draw connections between theological traditions and chosen methods of engagement in work for social healing
  • A creative thinker who is comfortable working within a collaborative, flexible environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Cultural competency that demonstrates an ability to engage people across ideological, cultural, and political differences
  • Ability to integrate an awareness of race, class, and social location into a plan of action
  • Experience supporting individuals and communities in conflict
  • Self-starter who is able to successfully operate independently
  • Strong organizational abilities
  • Willingness to travel and work in a flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends as necessary
  • Commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to collaboration in the interest of the best possible outcome

Note: Please consider applying if you meet 70 percent of the requirements above. 


Please apply by Sunday, June 14 at 11:59 p.m. CST.


There are two parts to the application:

  • Part 1: you will be asked to submit a resume and brief written responses (300 words or fewer) to the prompts below.
  • Part 2 – *Link to recording portal will be sent via email upon completion of part 1*: you will be asked to submit a video response answering the question: what does “social healing” mean to you, and why do you feel called to it? We’re hoping to hear you speak both to larger systemic themes as well as your personal experience. Feel free to include any questions you have for us!

Application Questions:

  1. Theological traditions can serve as a source of spiritual rooting, providing tools for seeing the world as it is, imagining the world we’d like to live in, and determining how to bring that new world into being. What are the spiritual tactics and technologies you’ve drawn upon or seen used effectively in service of personal and social healing?
  2. Tell us about a time you were part of a project that was able to engage or build community in meaningful ways. What, in your opinion, contributed to the success of that project? Where was it limited or in need of improvement?
  3. Tell us about a time when you accompanied an individual or group engaged in the work of personal or social transformation. What worked well? What didn’t? What did you learn?
  4. Tell us about a time you worked on a collaborative project and/or supervised an individual or team. How did you incorporate feedback and manage multiple points of view, even those that challenged your own? What did you learn from it? 


About The On Being Project

The On Being Project is an independent, nonprofit media and public life initiative. We strive to be an ambitious, high-performing, and yet human-centered organization. Our service to our audience, community, and the world is the focus of our work together.

The On Being is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion/spiritual beliefs, ancestry, citizenship status, age, cognitive/physical abilities, sex (this includes sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), marital status, military service, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.