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Baltimore Yearly Meeting is the regional organizing unit for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the area of central Pennsylvania, Maryland, parts of West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. It is through membership in a Yearly Meeting that individual Quakers become connected with the larger Quaker movement worldwide. "In fellowship, in deep listening, in waiting worship, in commitment to each other, it richly rewards those who embrace the challenge of being a Yearly Meeting Friend." (2011 draft Faith and Practice)

General Secretary (Chief Executive)

Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (BYM) is seeking a General Secretary. This executive position provides spirit-led, strategic leadership to Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The charge includes planning, supervising staff, raising funds, and monitoring programs, finances, and property.

The General Secretary works to strengthen a culture of consultation, accountability, outreach, and inclusion, in keeping with BYM’s commitment to be an antiracist faith community.

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to the Quaker beliefs and practices that guide the work of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, demonstrated success working within an organization that includes committee decision-making and consultative processes, and at least five years of experience with staff supervision, fiscal oversight, and program administration. The role requires excellent interpersonal skills, and evening and weekend meetings and events.

The Baltimore Yearly Meeting office is located in Sandy Spring, Maryland. Once it is safe to do so, we anticipate the General Secretary returning to the office on a full-time basis.

The full job description is below.

BYM is striving to ensure that its leadership and staff reflect the full diversity of our region. People of all genders and ethnicities, especially people of color and women, are encouraged to apply.

To apply: interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the Search Committee at Please use the subject line “General Secretary Candidate” and include both cover letter and resume as attachments with your name in the file names. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2021.

Job Description:

General Secretary Position Description as approved at Dec 5 2020 Interim Meeting

Title: General Secretary, Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Clerk(s), Supervisory Committee of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting

Position Summary

As a participant in the Religious Society of Friends, the General Secretary provides Spirit-led, strategic leadership to Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The charge includes planning, supervising staff, raising funds, and monitoring programs, finances, and property.

The General Secretary works to strengthen a culture of consultation, accountability, outreach, and inclusion.

Functions and Responsibilities

Responsibilities for the Staff

Working with the Components of Baltimore Yearly Meeting

Fundraising and Managing Resources



Experience Desired

Other Required Skills and Abilities

Excellent interpersonal skills

Willingness to travel frequently and, at times, to work unconventional hours.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include: health plan coverage; long-term disability insurance; term-life insurance; eleven paid holidays; annual, personal medical, maternity/paternity, adoption and sabbatical leaves; retirement contributions.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Baltimore Yearly Meeting, a spiritual community, welcomes all to its programs. The Yearly Meeting is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, age, or national origin.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check is required for any new staff person.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting is Hiring Catoctin Quaker Camp Caretaker!

Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is seeking applicants to fill the position of Caretaker at Catoctin Quaker Camp in Thurmont, MD.The Caretaker is the onsite arm of the Camp Property Management Committee (CPMC). He or she provides a year-round presence at the camp, cares for the facility, and makes it ready for summer camp and for the groups who rent the facilities in spring and fall. The Caretaker should be an individual who enjoys living in a remote area and who is willing to work within the Friends process of decision-making. The caretaker should be a self-starter who enjoys initiating projects in consultation with a committee and the Camp Property Manager (CPM).

Click Here to See the Full Announcement and Draft Job Description

Washington Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology Virtual Conference

Friday, February 12, 2021Sunday, February 14, 2021

It was decades ago when I first heard the phrase white privilege, or its earlier equivalent. My first response was confusion – certainly I wasn’t guilty of prejudice. Certainly I wasn’t part of a plot to keep African-Americans down. I supported civil rights. People like Martin Luther King, Jr, John Lewis, Diane Nash, and Ella Baker were heroes to me. ‘Equal rights under the law’ was part of my genetic code – since from whenever I could remember. But I grew older, and I saw that terms like white privilege were not aimed at allies and proponents of civil rights: White privilege and its companion terms were aimed at a system, a society-wide system which is stacked against Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans, anyone not a w.a.s.p. And stuck in the mire of it were its victims, a mire which slowly, steadily, inexorably diminished, controlled, and circumscribed them. I made up my mind then that I was going to learn everything I could about white privilege and do everything in my power to rid it from my life.

Quakers have a grand tradition of education, a tradition which requires them to learn all that they can about a condition and pass those lessons onto ourselves and onto our society. We work to bring light into dark places. That’s why I’m elated that this February 12 – 14 the Washington Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology is presenting White Privilege: Naming It and Its Complex and Confronting It to Build an Equitable Society. The conference will be virtual, start a bit later in the morning to encourage a national audience, and feature as our plenary speaker, Sean Fitzpatrick, head of the Jungian Society of Houston. Jane Byerley, our WFCRP co-clerk, has heard Sean and attests to his keen expertise in this area. We’ll still have interest groups which will augment and support the plenary sessions.

Our website – – is open for registrations. The cost of the conference will be $40.00 if you register either by check or on website. We’d love to see you as we address this ever-so important issue of our times. Mark your calendar now.

To register for the conference, go to Hit the WFCRP button and go through the dropdown menu. When you decide to register, visit the registration page (again of the WFCRP drop down menu) and follow directions. If you decide to pay via a credit card on the website, go back to the home page, hit contribute and pay $40.00. The registrar will read that contribution as your payment. You may contact the registrar directly by email or phone 304-268-8510. Also, please sign up for an interest group, an experience intended to augment the plenary sessions.

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