Job Opening: Executive Director

JOB OVERVIEW
This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an energetic, self-starting Christian to lead an
innovative Christian community outreach program that serves a large multi-cultural low-income
community in Harrisburg’s South Allison Hill neighborhood – a community with the greatest concentration of poverty between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Brethren Community Ministries (also known as bcmPEACE) is a 501c3 non-profit, functioning as the outreach arm of Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren for nearly twenty years. It is a holistic ministry that integrates the good news of Jesus with services designed to elevate the spirits as well as the living conditions of our under-served community.

The bcmPEACE programs include: youth conflict-resolution training, college readiness program, food distribution program, below market rate apartment rentals, community bible study, computer skills training, Kids' Church, Pathways to Prosperity (breaking cycles of generational poverty), restorative justice opportunities, computer training for youth and adults, as well as camping and summer enrichment for urban kids.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for bcmPEACE staff, programs, and execution of its mission.

Specific responsibilities include:
-Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of -Directors and staff, and oversee the implementation of plans and policies;
-Recruit, train and supervise staff and volunteers for bcmPEACE programs;
-Maintain regular communication with bcmPEACE stakeholders and community agency leaders;
-Build and maintain a close relationship with the First Church congregation and leadership;         -Plan and carry out an effective fund-raising program including grant writing, organizing fundraising events, and development of a donor base.

QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field; master’s degree preferred.
Experience: Urban, inter-cultural and youth work, a record of successful fundraising experience, and leadership/management experience.
Other: Must pass child abuse and criminal background checks.
Hours; 40-50/week
Salary: $40,000 to $55,000 based on Church of The Brethren education, experience, and length of service guidelines.

Submit a resume along with a list of three references for performance verification and a cover letter by email to vpbcmpeace@gmail.com no later than August 31, 2019.

bcmPEACE is an equal opportunity employer.

2019 Annual Be the Peace Banquet

Join us in our Annual Be the Peace Banquet on September 12 at 6:30 at the Best Western Premier!

This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year where we showcase the work of Brethren Community Ministries and the service in the greater community! We will be honoring our Agape Satyagraha graduates, members of the community and holding a silent auction to raise money to continue these programs!

If you would like to purchase a ticket, you can do so here. sponsor a table, include your ad in the program, be a sponsor, or donate as a patron, you can contact Wanda Santiago at 717.579.4782.

To make a donation using your credit card toward the event so that our youth in our Agape-Satyagraha program can attend, please use the “Donate” button at bcmpeace.org and share a comment with your donation.

If you’d rather pay now by check or cash; or pay at the door with check/cash/credit card; then reserve your seat(s) & pay at the door by contacting us at bethepeacenow@gmail.com or 717.579.4782. Also contact us with any special seating requests (each table seats 8).

Any checks should be made payable to “bcmPEACE”. Checks can be mailed or hand delivered to bcmPEACE, 219 Hummel St., Harrisburg, PA 17104 (or you can pay at the event).

Be on the lookout for upcoming information on speakers, musical entertainment, and Awardees!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Annual Multicultural Fest

On May 11, bcmPEACE participated in the annual Multicultural Fest hosted on Derry Street. Service organizations from all over the Allison Hill community gathered to promote the valuable work that they do and ask for support for their services. There were games, food, and live music! It was a wonderful time and many of our youth who participate in our Agape-Satyagraha program helped staff our booth. Thank you for all who came and showed their support!

Walk for bcmPEACE at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Highmark sponsored the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community (5k Walk or 1 mile Fun Walk). 48 local nonprofit organizations had the opportunity – at no cost to them – to raise awareness, support, and money for their causes. Highmark arranges the event so that charities can keep all fundraising proceeds. bcmPEACE actively participates in this event- it is always our biggest fundraiser of the year!

We partner with Highmark in order to continue to effectively minister and serve the city of Harrisburg. Our mission is to “serve Allison Hill in becoming a safer, healthier community, empowered by God’s peace.” This mission is achieved by ministry partners like you when you financially support bcmPEACE, volunteer for bcmPEACE programs, spread the message of bcmPEACE through word-of-mouth, and empower bcmPEACE through your faithful prayers. The Highmark Walk is one of many ways community members may demonstrate their support for our organization- work that includes feeding families through our weekly food distribution, educating community youth in the ways of nonviolent conflict resolution, equipping adults with effectively parenting tools, empowering citizens with computer classes and other useful life skills, and keeping kids safe through our KIDS Club.

We had a very successful fundraiser this year, raising twice as much money as last year! We are also still accepting donations until June 28th- Click here to give to bcmPEACE through the Highmark Walk.

For more information, contact us at 717-461-2358.