Director of the Center for Life and Learning

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To apply: Submit your cover letter and resume to;
No phone calls, please.


The Director of the Center for Life and Learning is responsible for planning, expanding, implementing, and overseeing the management of programs, marketing, and staff of the Center for Life and Learning (CLL). The Director is also responsible for ensuring the care and nurture of members and their families and calling upon Fourth Church and community resources to meet various needs. The Director collaborates with Fourth Church staff and organizations, as well as the broader community

The Center for Life and Learning is a program of Fourth Presbyterian Church. The Center welcomes men and women sixty years and over who seek a place to explore new interests, pursue well-being, and continue to shape their lives and communities. The Center provides an annual curriculum of adult education, health and wellness support, arts, travel, and fellowship.


Program Development and Implementation

  • Envision and plan, both near and long-term, programming that appeals to and enriches the lives of older adults
  • Plan all special-topic, free lecture, and member-run programs and oversee all social programming
  • Plan ten monthly luncheons and arrange speakers/guests/program
  • Program the outline for the annual art show, member memorials, new member teas, Chestnut Street Players shows, and intergenerational events
  • Introduce new instructors to teach at the CLL through community partnerships and networking
  • Oversee daily programming through classroom visits

Membership and Member Care

  • Follow up on staff reports of member absence with calls; record notes in church database and CLL internal prayer list
  • Coordinate efforts to meet both spiritual and practical needs of CLL participants with the church’s pastoral and mission staff and the broader community service network
  • Serve on the Fourth Church Pastoral Care Team
  • Participate in individual memorials, as requested
  • Oversee all scholarship membership requests
  • Maintain and oversee the Membership Enhancement Committee

Communications and Marketing

  • Coordinate with the Fourth Church Communications department all external CLL publications and promotion materials, brochure, email newsletters, webpage updates, and internal church marketing
  • Market the CLL through external sources and maintain an active network with local universities, hospitals, and community groups; regularly seek new partnerships through joint programming to extend the reach of CLL programming¬†

Administration and Fund Development

  • Provide general operational oversight for the program
  • Oversee all independent contracted instructors and salaries
  • Prepare detailed income and expense reports as well as annual budget
  • Lead and/or represent the CLL at various internal and external meetings
  • Create and update course syllabi for all annual and special-topic classes and free lectures
  • Strengthen the revenue base for CLL through direct fundraising efforts, in collaboration with the Fourth Church Director of Development (i.e., annual winter appeal, June fundraiser, and fall renewal letter)
  • Manage all CLL gift documentation in conjunction with the Development department; send monthly gift acknowledgment letters

Personnel Management

  • Supervise the CLL Program Coordinator and Program Assistant
  • Oversee CLL instructor salaries, W9 and annual independent contractor agreements, and professional exercise liabilities¬†
  • Support the CLL Program Coordinator with extra assistance on all CLL events (i.e. monthly luncheons, helping chaperone excursions, Member Memorial, Annual Art Show etc.)


  • Four- year degree required, preferably in the field of humanities, social services, gerontology or healthcare; master of divinity preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of issues, methodologies, and solutions applicable to working with older adults and a strong desire to serve older adults and their families
  • Commitment to creating a sense of community amongst members, faculty, and staff
  • Proven leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong bookkeeping skills and knowledge of budget planning
  • Experience and comfort working in complex, multi-layered organizations preferred
  • Creativity in planning and programming and demonstrated organizational skills
  • Effective skills in marketing and fund development
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Word, Excel and a Windows environment; ability to learn new software
  • Enjoyment in working in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to supervise and delegate
  • Compassion and warmth
  • Ability to affirm the core mission values of Fourth Presbyterian Church
  • Comfort working in a faith-based and diverse organization

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume to  No phone calls, please.