Deaconess Seeks Manager, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being

Position:          Manager, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being                                           Full-time, Exempt

Reports to:      Vice President, Strategic Alignment

Supervision:    Building Maintenance Coordinator; Volunteers; Part-time staff; Vendors

Organization Overview

Deaconess Foundation invests in the well-being of children, engages our region around the plight of youth, and advocates for change. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested nearly $80 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998 and believes healthy, hope-filled futures for children benefit us all. The Foundation’s footprint includes the city of St. Louis, St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles and Franklin Counties in Missouri and Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties in Illinois. Visit

Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being is a community action tank. Its mission is to build power to advance child well-being in the St. Louis region by strengthening alliances for child-friendly public policy, increasing citizen contact with policy makers, positioning youth and organizers to move systems and engaging faith communities in child advocacy. The 21,000 square foot facility is expected to annually host more than 250 gatherings focused on children and headquarters for Deaconess Foundation, Vision for Children at Risk and Unleashing Potential.

Position Summary

The primary responsibility of this full-time position is relationship management and constituency support services for the program activities of Deaconess Center to optimize its profile as the regional hub for child-friendly public policy advocacy. The secondary responsibility is managing routine operational processes for Deaconess Center. Duties include prospecting, triaging and aligning potential community convenings; supervising building maintenance and meeting logistics; coordinating hospitality; and assuring proper documentation of use to inform evaluation and compliance standards.


  • Identify and cultivate prospective conveners, initiatives and projects for meeting space, including conducting tours, responding to space requests and rental opportunities and supporting larger-scale meeting planning as needed

  • Manage systems for approval, scheduling and staffing for meetings and events in the Center, Develop and implement volunteer engagement and hospitality plans for the Center

  • Assure due diligence and records for space requests and rentals for compliance and evaluation (i.e. event request form, insurance certificates, deposits, post-meeting surveys, etc.)

  • Assist with the preparation, management and monitoring of the Center budget

  • Support annual reporting and compliance through aggregation and summary of program activity

  • Supervise Building Maintenance Coordinator and contracted workers, scheduling maintenance and logistical support and coordinating special requests for building services

  • Periodically surveys and inspects facility for building and grounds maintenance issues

  • Procure and manage vendors for supplies and services

  • React to any emergencies in a professional and timely manner

  • Maintain property management and building operation policies and procedures

  • Serves as designated on-call contact in case of emergency (Fire, Alarm, etc.)

Education and/or Experience

Undergraduate degree is required. Master’s degree in related field or certification in meeting professions or facility management is preferred. A background in community engagement, meeting planning, or hospitality industry is highly desired. Minimum three to five years of related experience and/or training required. Other valuable experiences include non-profit management, sales and customer service.


  • Well-developed oral and interpersonal communication skills

  • Highly professional deportment and presentation

  • Experience in budget management

  • Understanding of audio/visual equipment (projectors, microphones, etc.) and basic capacity to troubleshoot

  • Ability to understand complex written and oral instructions

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office productivity suite, Ability to quickly learn other software programs as required

  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs

  • Ability to operate office machines/equipment

Personal Characteristics

  • Self-directed and motived individual comfortable working in collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Ability to serve as an advocate and exemplar for the values and mission of Deaconess Foundation

  • Orientation to servant leadership

  • A well-organized individual with high ethical standards

  • Professional deportment and presentation

  • Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy

  • Ability to accomplish projects with minimal supervision

Type of work environment associated with the job – Primarily indoor, office setting. High community contact. Some evening and weekend hours.


To apply for this position, send your resume, cover letter, salary history, and three references to info@deaconess.orgPlease mark the subject line as follows:  "Manager, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being." 

Resumes, cover letters, and salary history must reach Deaconess Foundation no later than 5 p.m. on January 12th. No phone calls, please.