Summit Missions International

Executive Director



Why I Love This Opportunity

Chesed Berry


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, Austria as well.

About This Organization

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
• Conferences
• 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.

Position Description

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 full-time and four part-time employees. The new Executive Director will also give oversight to their partnerships around the world.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for setting the spiritual tone of the mission
  • Encourages staff members and volunteers
  • Expanding relationships with the existing donor base
  • Increasing the existing donor base to diversify and grow the ministry
  • Consistent quality of financial administration and ensures the mission does not incur debt
  • Clear communication with national and international staff, partners, and donors
  • Develops, maintains, and supports a strong board of directors
  • Tracks progress and regularly evaluates SMI programs to measure programs’ efficacy so that they can provide appropriate reporting to the board, donors, and others.
  • Expand the volunteer base
  • Designs strategic plans to build new relationships and establish partnerships with the long-term goal of expanding into new countries

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for overseas ministry, specifically for Eastern Europe, having a good grasp of the culture.
  • He will have both a good working knowledge of Scripture and the ability to communicate well through both writing and speaking.
  • 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, he will need to have a vision, strategic thinking, discernment, and be highly organized; someone who mentors and instills confidence in those they serve.
  • A background in nonprofit ministry, particularly overseas, would also be helpful.

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