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The Ethical Society of Saint Louis is seeking an Associate Leader, equivalent to an Associate Minister/Rabbi.  

Who We are:

The Ethical Society of Saint Louis is a humanist congregation, founded in 1886 and affiliated with the American Ethical Union. Our mission is to inspire ethical living by affirming the worth and dignity of every person and advocating the primacy of ethical behavior above any creed. Our programs are non-theistic and involve no prayer or traditional religious rituals. Our membership of approximately 360 adults includes people of varied backgrounds, faiths and beliefs, many of whom self-identify as agnostic and/or atheist. We are united in our belief in the capacity of human beings to work together in creating a better world. We are an inter-generational community, providing education, opportunities for activism, and services for all stages of life. 


  • Full-time position, beginning June 1, 2020
  • Salary based on relevant background and experience
  • Generous benefits, including medical insurance, housing stipend, retirement plan and paid vacation
  • Minority and female-identified candidates encouraged to apply

Principal Responsibilities Include:

  • Directly report to and work in partnership with the Senior Leader to provide for the well-being of the membership and to promote community involvement and organizational growth
  • Prepare and present an original 30-minute address to the congregation, approximately one Sunday per month, on a topic related to ethics or philosophy (See the Ethical Society’s podcast site for examples of these presentations, which we call Platform Addresses.)
  • Assist in organizing other Sunday morning programming
  • Provide pastoral care and counseling to members
  • Oversee daily personnel management and operations, reporting directly to the Senior Leader on all staff-related matters 
  • Provide support to volunteer teams, working to meet the needs of the Society
  • Oversee the work of the children’s Sunday School (SEEK) Director and maintain involvement in its programming
  • Preside at weddings, memorials, and other rites of passage
  • Be sincerely and energetically involved in the life of the Society


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree and/or record of achievement in humanist congregational growth or community organizing preferred
  • Certified Ethical Culture Leader, ideal. If not certified, must be accepted for Ethical Culture Leadership training by the American Ethical Union and be willing to work toward certification (an approximate two-year process)
  • Empathetic, approachable, friendly and flexible disposition 

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should provide a letter of interest, a resume, writing sample, and contact information for three to five references by December 16, 2019 – all materials can be submitted here. All applicants must agree to a background check.