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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.

The “Nuclear Ban Treaty”—What is it and Why is it Important?

Saturday, February 27, 2021
10:00 am12:00 pm

A Webinar with Joseph Gerson
The “Doomsday Clock” was set on Jan. 27 to 100 seconds to midnight, meaning that some of the most knowledgeable of the world’s scientists believe that we are perilously close to a world-destroying nuclear holocaust. But we can prevent this from happening! Join our Webinar and find out how.

Click the link to register.

This free Webinar is sponsored by Baltimore Yearly Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Committee, the Maryland Poor People’s Campaign, Maryland Peace Action, Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland, and Massachusetts Peace Action.

About the presenter, Joseph Gerson: Dr. Joseph Gerson is president of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau, and Co-founder of the Committee for a SANE U.S.-China Policy, among other positions. He helped to launch the nuclear weapons freeze movement of the 1980s, led the successful opposition to construction of naval nuclear weapons bases in Boston, Rhode Island and New York, and was the lead organizer of international conferences and mass mobilizations on the eves of the 2010 and 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conferences. His books include Empire and the Bomb: How the US Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World; With Hiroshima Eyes: Atomic War, Nuclear Extortion and Moral Imagination, and The Sun Never Sets…Confronting the Network of Foreign U.S. Military Bases. Dr. Gerson worked with AFSC for 44 years, until his retirement. While at AFSC, he directed the Peace and Economic Security Program, which he later helped transform into the independent Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security.

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