Executive Director Search Process

For the past five years, the Karpenko Institute for the Nurture and Development of Leadership Excellence (KINDLE) has been greatly blessed by the exceptional leadership of its Executive Director, Les Stroh.  Les recently announced to the KINDLE Board of Directors that he intends to retire from his responsibilities as Executive Director within the next 12-18 months.  In response to this news and in order to ensure an effective leadership transition, the board has initiated a search process for the next Executive Director of KINDLE.

The board seeks a talented and deeply committed Executive Director to serve as leader and advocate for the KINDLE mission—“fostering and multiplying Christ-like servant leaders to enhance the ministry of congregations in their communities and the world.” Since being established in 2000, KINDLE has assisted over 300 Commissioned Ministers of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod to develop and nurture Christ-like servant leaders in Lutheran churches throughout the United States. The Executive Director lives and leads in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and consistently models the practices of a Christ-like servant leader.

The Executive Director serves part-time and is directly accountable to the Board of Directors of KINDLE. The E.D. provides inspired strategic leadership and manages a $250,000 annual budget. Approximately 70% of the Executive Director’s time and energy is invested in donor relationships and fund raising activity. The Executive Director also works in a team relationship with two part-time employees, the Operations Director and the Operations Coordinator.

To apply for this position or to nominate a person for the position, please fill out the forms at the links below. You may also view or download a detailed position description and KINDLE’s Strategic Direction. Please contact Rick Herman (email), Search Committee Chair or Diane Schuessler (email), KINDLE Operations Coordinator if you need additional information.

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