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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 has been extended to February 28, 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 Welcomes Dylan Phillips as Catoctin Quaker Camp Caretaker!

Dylan attended Catoctin as a camper and "quickly fell in love with the space." He has attended Annual Session for many years, and previously has served as a clerk of Young Adult Friends. More recently he assisted in the repairs to the Catoctin Infirmary and is excited to assist with our ongoing rentals of that building as well as the entire camp this spring.

Quakers and Migration: Local, National, and Global Action for Immigration Justice: FCNL Quaker Changemaker Event

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
3:00 pm4:00 pm

“We are committed to working for a world where dignity and rights are upheld regardless of migration status and not on the basis of citizenship or perceived deservedness.”--Quaker Statement on Migration, December 2020

How are Friends working for this vision of migration justice locally, nationally, and internationally? How does Quaker action on immigration intersect across these arenas? And what are the prospects for change in the coming year? FCNL’s February Quaker Changemaker event will highlight common threads in Quaker work for just migration policies, in local communities, on Capitol Hill, and internationally.

Learn more and register to join this Quaker Changemaker conversation on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Speakers include Oscar Hernandez Ortiz, a member of FCNL’s young adult Advocacy Corps who is organizing and lobbying in Arizona; and Laurel Townhead, Human Rights and Refugees Representative for the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO). FCNL recently joined QUNO and other Quaker organizations in issuing the joint Quaker Statement on Migration. Marisa León-Gómez Sonet, FCNL’s program assistant for immigration and refugee policy, will moderate the conversation.

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