Summit Missions International (SMI) is a $1.15 million organization based in Green, Ohio (just outside of Akron) whose mission is to glorify God as international ambassadors of hope and help. They serve and support His church; mobilize people and resources to help the vulnerable; inspire hope through compassion ministries that proclaim God’s love for every person; and use all means that all people may know Christ. SMI brings hope by providing for spiritual needs and brings help by supplying material and financial resources, focusing on countries formerly under Soviet control.
Their work is focused in Moldova, Transnistria (Pridnestrovie), Ukraine, Central Asia and, more recently, in Austria as well.
During its more than 25-year history, SMI has developed, sponsored and assisted ministries that have proven effective to introduce people of all ages to Christ. Their programs include:
• Bible Clubs
• Christian foster care
• State-run orphanage programs
• After-school tutoring and meals
• English Clubs
• Sports activities
• Adventure Camps
• Construction/remodeling projects
• Business as Mission
• Distribution of humanitarian goods
• Short-term trips
From their warehouse in Ohio, SMI ships a variety of goods. These products help those in need and facilitate “business as missions” (i.e., through a ministry with several dozen local Thrift Stores in Moldova). At their warehouse facility, local volunteers contribute thousands of hours of service preparing goods for shipment. SMI annually ships between 250-300 tons of products. The vast majority of their support comes from churches and individuals in the area.
Their Founder and current Director, Esley Patsch, is preparing to retire. In light of this, SMI is looking for a new Executive Director who will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for SMI’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. This person will continually develop a deep knowledge of the field, core programs, operations, and business plans. They report directly to the Board of Directors and serve as a non-voting member. Theirs is a small staff consisting of one FT and four PT (20–32 hours each) employees. The new ED will also give oversight to their partnerships around the world.
The ideal candidate will have experience working in or with Eastern Europe, having a good grasp of the culture, perhaps as a missionary leader returning from the field. They will have both a good working knowledge of Scripture and the ability to communicate well through both writing and speaking. S/he will need to have a balance of donor development experience and team leadership, being able to relate and successfully operate cross-culturally. To be successful, they will need to have vision, strategic thinking, discernment and be highly organized; someone who mentors and instills confidence in those they serve.
They could currently be serving as a missionary leader working in or with Eastern Europe, a Missions Pastor or Director at a 500+ members church, as the Director or second-in-command of a missions organization, or as a business person with a great heart for and experience with overseas missions work, specifically in the region. The salary is $70–75,000 and there is a monthly medical stipend plus retirement contribution. Travel expectations are 2-3 international trips annually of 12-14 days each, plus some domestic fundraising travel.
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