Partner Relations Director of Eastern Europe

This is not just a job opportunity, this is an opportunity to transform lives!

Summary

The Partner Relations Director will develop and serve the “League” within the Eastern Europe region. Specifically, the PRD will direct communication, collaboration, and tactical approaches to develop BLI’s strategies that will build healthy missional leadership, Scripture engagement programs, and partnerships. The PRD will focus on developing a commonly shared vision among staff and the Eastern Europe partners to engage everyone in God’s Word in accordance with BLI’s strategic initiatives, philosophies, and ministry policies. The PRD will develop ministry leadership throughout the Eastern Europe region to ensure that BLI’s strategic initiatives and Scripture Engagement programs adapt well and succeed within various Eastern Europe contexts and for new ministry opportunities. Eastern Europe partners can be identified as:

  • Bible League International partnerships
  • Bible League Canada (BLC) partnerships

The essential duties as described in the below articles 1–5, are fully applicable to Bible League International partnerships. For BLC partnerships, the PRD will act in a more supportive role in serving those partners but will ensure that BLI’s mission and vision remain intact in serving BLC partners. To support well, there needs to be an ongoing and frequent communication with the representative from BLC – preferably identical to the (3-month cycle) process in place for the BLI partners, to discuss objectives and outcomes.

Bible League International serves the under-resourced Church with Bibles and training to transform lives worldwide through God’s Word! Our team is excited about God’s calling on our ministry and serves Him in His mission for the world, with commitment and joy. We hope you will consider His leading in using your God-given gifts and abilities to help fulfill the Great Commission in serving at Bible League International! For more information about Bible League International, visit https://stage.bibleleague.org/. Also take a moment and view our careers video to learn more about our culture through our staff at Bible League.

Duties

1. Partner Relationships:

a. Frequent, ongoing communication with assigned regional partners to pray, collaborate, plan, evaluate, and discuss ministry related challenges and opportunities.
b. Ensure that relevant partner knowledge is recorded and shared in BLI’s CRM system.
c. Focus on building a solid trust relationship between partners and BLI.
d. Building relationships between different partners within the region with the aim of mutual motivation, learning, and development.
e. Updates to regional partners about relevant changes, and the focus and direction of BLI through the Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Strategic Initiatives.

2. Strategic Planning & Management

a.Lead 3-monthly strategic, agile project planning cycle with assigned regional partners. This cycle includes the exploration of ministry opportunities, challenges, discuss action steps, decide on budget allocations, and agree on objectives, timelines, and evaluation metrics.
b. Ensure that all project decisions are properly recorded in BLI’s agile project management system (P2I).
c. Ensure that strategic conversations with partners follow appreciative inquiry principles, so strategic decisions are based positively on opportunities, strengths, and available resources.
d. Communicate resource needs for future potential projects, including training, Scripture engagement products, or other requirements.

3. Program/Impact Evaluation

a. Lead 3-monthly evaluation of projects to learn and make appropriate decisions to expand, pivot, or retire projects. This three-monthly evaluation will be informed and facilitated by appropriate key performance indicators and other metrics.
b. Ensure that all project discussions and assessments are appropriately recorded in BLI’s agile project management system (P2I).
c. Review financial, impact, and other reports with partners to ensure that evaluation conversations are well informed by solid data and information provided by the Regional Unit.
d. Focus partner and project evaluations on learning and growth, rather than remediation.
e. Communicate with various BLI teams and ensure that learning is shared openly and appropriately across the organization to foster greater service to our partners and the audiences they serve.
f. Identify areas of training, education, or partnership development opportunities that BLI could encourage and implement for the partners.
g. Facilitate publishing and program strategies for the collection of meaningful feedback on BLI products, training, and services from partners and their Scripture Engagement audiences.
h. Lead and facilitate in collaboration with BLI’s Publisher a robust field review and feedback process to ensure that BLI’s Scripture engagement programs, products, and training provides positive and life affirming experiences for our intended audiences.

4. Ministry Partner Development / Learning & Innovation

a. Recognize opportunities with ministry partners to explore creative ideas or innovative solutions with the aim to improve BLI’s Scripture engagement training, products, processes, models, or platforms.
b. Lead, encourage, and guide Ministry Partners in servant leadership skills through 3-monthly brainstorming, training sessions, and deeper investment (leading volunteers, leadership skills, relationship building, problem-solving, teamwork and management, program follow-up etc.).
c. Develop and maintain a sustainable program to extend ministry from “evangelism and scripture engagement” to “discipleship and retention” of trained participants. (What works in one country may not work in another country).
d. Implement an intentional “pastoral care” program for trained CPT graduates and Philips, to ensure long term connection with the Ministry Partner and consistent growth in the availability of trained resources.

5. Organizational Coordination/Collaboration

a. In all partnership relationship activities, ensure strong and healthy coordination and collaboration with all teams, disciplines, and functions of BLI’s organization, primarily through the Regional Unit.
b. Facilitate and encourage open dialogue with the Communication Specialists to ensure a consistent flow of stories, testimonies, pictures, videos, prayer requests, and information to Advancement, Partnership Leadership Team, funding partners, and the Regional Unit.
c. Share and discuss the Ministry and Partnership Philosophies with partners to ensure mutual goals and understanding.

6. Bible League Canada partnership

a. Develop and maintain a successful relation with Bible League Canada and their local partners in the Eastern Europe region.
b. Collaborate with the BLC regional director for Eastern Europe to identify and serve the needs of the local partners in the best way.
c. Ensure clear reporting structure and content, in compliance with BLI requirements and internal and external reporting needs (departments, donors).
d. Support ministry and impact growth for BLC local partners, through input of experience and available training and resources, as well as necessary improvement of processes, tools, and materials (e.g., contextualization of BLI study portions, etc.).

Organizational Relationships

Responsible for: Assigned Eastern Europe regional partners
Responsible to: Vice President of Partnership Development

Qualifications

1. Must be a Christian, having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Must also agree with our statement of faith and conduct his/herself in a Christ-like manner.
2. Must have multiple (5+) years of leadership experience in a strategic leadership role (leading a diverse team toward common goals).
3. Should have intercultural leadership and management experience, with the capacity for building effective cross-cultural relationships and the ability to motivate and encourage people to accomplish ministry objectives.
4. Ability and willingness to travel for a minimum of 8 trips annually.

Standards of Performance

1. Provide a servant-hearted approach to leadership that consistently values, supports, encourages, and empowers both colleagues and ministry partners while demonstrating a humble reliance upon God.
2. Comply with established organizational rules and policies.
3. Perform duties efficiently and responsibly.
4. Utilize time for maximum effectiveness and productivity.
5. Demonstrate consistent attitude of cooperation and cultural sensitivity.

In day-to-day responsibilities, this position will carry out Bible League International’s core values which are:

  • Prayer – Our relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Calling – God’s call into His work.
  • Service – Serving God and others.
  • Unity – Working together in unity.
  • Integrity – In line with God’s Word in word and deed.
  • Vision – A Christ-centered hope and perspective.

Performance Evaluations

You will meet with your manager in alignment with our fiscal year to discuss accomplishments and priorities four times per fiscal year.

Bible League International offers employees a comprehensive benefits package including a generous 401k plan. As a part of our Statement of Faith BLI champions the training and professional of our employees. If you want to learn more about this exciting role or if you would like to apply, please visit our application site here.

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Bible League International is a nonprofit, non-denominational, faith-based organization. Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act Section 702, the Bible League has the right to hire only candidates who agree with Bible League’s Statement of Faith and profess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.