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Home Life Leader

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L’Arche GWDC is seeking two dedicated leaders to guide household members through the experience and tasks of daily life and growth as a community. A strong candidate will have demonstrated maturity and confidence in entrusting others and demonstrated commitment to personal and communal growth. A Home Life Leader holds a variety of responsibilities, prioritizes the co-leadership of core members, and finds community life a source of joy and growth. The Home Life Leader roles will be based in Adams Morgan, DC or South Arlington, VA, live-in accommodations not required, but available if desired.

Role Mission: To lead a group of household members in creating a loving, trusting home life that is at the heart of community life. Guide every member in deepening their commitment to community, through prayer and trust in God.

To Apply: Submit your interest and qualifications for the role, along with answers to these three questions:

  1. What is your understanding of the priorities of a Home Life Leader?
  2. Share what gifts you will bring to the Home Life Leader role?
  3. What are your hopes for:
    • L’Arche GWDC?
    • Yourself?
    • The home life you would lead?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and remain posted until filled.

Accompanied By: Executive Director / Community Leader

Accompanies: Household members, Interns and volunteers as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Grounded and growing in a system of values as expressed in L’Arche’s Identity and Mission
  • Ability to live membership with integrity through active participation in daily life and building mutually transforming relationships in the community.
  • Rooted in prayer and trust in God, committed to personal/spiritual accompaniment.
  • Willing and able to lead with core people.
  • Willing and able to trust others and to entrust to others.
  • Demonstrates thoughtful leadership through accompaniment* (walking alongside someone)
  • Willingness to remain in the role for 2 years or more.

Role Duties

Accompaniment and Hospitality

  • Accompany with household members, including regular meetings and annual individual membership assessments as appropriate
  • Participate in the welcoming, orientation and evaluation of daily life and other members
  • Foster a loving atmosphere within the home to live, work, pray, and celebrate together, share joys and sufferings, and invitations to forgive each other
  • Ensure household members are involved in decisions concerning them, as appropriate, and supported in seeking dignity, growth, and fulfillment
  • Live and call others to simple lifestyle that gives priority to home life
  • Offer hospitality for collaboration across L’Arche, especially with the hospitality committee, the Development and Communications team, and supporters of the mission of L’Arche
  • Facilitate the integration and maintenance of the household and community in the neighborhood

Home Life and House Property

  • Lead in the traditions of home and community life and calling members to participation in meetings and activities for planning, sharing, and coordination.
  • Ensuring daily common prayer in the home Create and maintain records of home and community life history, via photographs, stories, etc.
  • Attend service team meetings, advocating for the integrity of home life and household members
  • Participate in creation of the household budget and oversee finances
  • Management of house, property, and vehicle care responsibilities

Leadership Teams

  • Regular collaboration with Service Team Leader and Program Coordinator to attend to the needs of core members and assistants, support and lead on various issues that arise
  • Coordinating relationships of households within the community
  • Serving and leading as needed on the spiritual life committee, hospitality committee and solidarity committee, and on other community work groups and committees

Assistant Role

  • Function as an assistant and maintain necessary trainings to function as an assistant

Salary & Benefits

  • Meaningful, mission-based, and community-focused work
  • Excellent Medical, Dental and Vision coverage, matching 401k contributions after one year
  • Professional Development Opportunities including retreats, formation and trainings.
  • Ample paid time off; including floating holidays and sick time
  • $36,000 to $45,000 annually, based on experience

L’Arche Greater Washington DC is an equal opportunity employer.

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