Project Transformation was founded in 1998 under the direction of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since then, the program has been replicated in several other United Methodist annual conferences, and now operates through a network of affiliated, independent “Project Transformation Chapters.” Each Chapter is approved by the Project Transformation National organization, but is governed by its own Board of Directors. Based on this model, Project Transformation Oklahoma launched in 2002 as an eight-week summer program focused on literacy normally serving more than 400 elementary school-age children at nine sites across the state of Oklahoma. These sites, located in United Methodist Churches, are staffed by up to 56 college students recruited by the Program Director and paid through an AmeriCorps grant.
Project Transformation incorporates a collaborative model of ministry to address three unique challenges in one program:
1) How to meet the academic, physical, social-emotional and spiritual needs of children from underserved communities.
2) How to provide meaningful ways for college students to explore ministry opportunities and develop as young adult leaders for the church and the world.
3) How to help revitalize churches in low-income communities.
The mission for Project Transformation is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships.
Project Transformation’s collaborative model of ministry harnesses the creative energy and leadership of college-age young adults, who live in intentional Christian community, and lead summer programs for children in various underserved neighborhoods. Each week, interns meet with church and nonprofit leaders to explore various ministry-related vocations and spend time discerning their vocational call to life-long service. Project Transformation literacy programs are held at United Methodist churches located in the heart of low-income neighborhoods, thereby helping those churches connect in meaningful ways with their communities. Dozens of other churches and organizations throughout Oklahoma partner together to support this work, investing in these young lives with their time and resources
The Program Director will: (1) implement and promote the goals and mission of the organization; (2) lead and coordinate staff, volunteers and partner churches; (3) recruit, hire, train and support college students as AmeriCorps members, and (4) lead efforts to raise and manage a budget in excess of $250,000 annually. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for writing, complying and maintaining an AmeriCorps grant to Project Transformation Oklahoma.
The Program Director reports to the Project Transformation Board of Directors and the Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Programs and Development of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Program Director will lead and direct the day-to-day management, enhancing organizational processes and infrastructure that will allow Project Transformation Oklahoma to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.
The ideal candidate will have at least three years of senior leadership experience, proven fundraising ability, knowledge of child development, and working with underserved communities. A Bachelor’s Degree, MBA or MPA preferred.
Please email your resume to the PT Board Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 12, 2021.
Salary commensurate with experience.