Interim Chief Executive Officer (Half-time)

Friendship Press, Chief Executive Officer 

Job Title 

Interim Chief Executive Officer (Half-time) 

Work Location/Travel 

  • Work is done from home using Zoom and other platforms for online meetings. 
  • Travel to the annual Christian Unity Gathering and Governing Board meeting of National Council of Churches (NCC) is required 
  • Travel to annual meeting of Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) may be required for promotional purposes 

Job Overview 

The mission of Friendship Press (FP) is to become “a good news publisher to provide resources that nurture sacred wisdom, cultivate community, foster justice and promote peace for the welfare of humanity and the unity of creation.” 

The CEO is responsible to the Board of Directors for leadership to achieve the mission of FP. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Provide strategic and managerial leadership that includes near-term planning and execution of the continuing rollout of the NRSV Updated Edition (NRSVue) 
  • Maintain high standards of financial management of annual budget, operations and reporting 
  • Maintain strong relationship with the NCC as FP’s chief partner including regular reporting 
  • Manage key contractors including licensing management agency, software systems, publishing services), accounting firm, etc. 
  • Oversee processes related to website, Word@Hand Bible app, and Kindle sales 
  • Collaborate with SBL on textual issues related to NRSVue 
  • Manage and Support the Bible Translation and Utilization Committee (BTU) in its work related to the NRSVue and other NCC Bible properties 
  • Implement policies and practices related to publishers/licensees of NCC Bible properties 
  • Continue processes with the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox communions related to imprimaturs and acceptance of NRSVue 
  • Interface with FP legal counsel as required 

Qualifications 

  • Membership in a member communion of the NCC highly desired 
  • Advanced degree in Bible, theology, English, journalism or a field of study related to the mission of Friendship Press 
  • At least 5 years experience in management in Bible or religious publishing 
  • Demonstrated strong business acumen 
  • At least 5 years experience as an editor of publications, books, websites 
  • Familiarity and appreciation for heritage of RSV, NRSV, NRSVue translations 

Skills 

  • Demonstrated record of success in strategic planning, decision making and problem solving in publishing field 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial statements and business operations 
  • Digital competency with broad range of apps and systems 
  • Writing and communication skills 
  • Capacity to interact with Biblical scholars/scholarship re: Bible translation 
  • Marketing and digital marketplace experience 
  • Sensitivity to ecumenical and interreligious audiences 

Preferred Starting Date: June 27, 2022 

Compensation package to be negotiated with President of Friendship Press 

Resumes with two current references should be emailed by May 26 to: 

Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, Chair SearchCommittee, Friendship Press – rpmedley@verizon.net