Position Announcement: RRA Treasurer

Religious Research Association Treasurer

The Religious Research Association invites applications for treasurer. The treasurer is a voluntary position appointed by the Board of Directors to a three-year term and may serve an unlimited number of terms.

Duties

  1. Assist the Executive Officer in creating and administering the annual operating budget:
    • Provide advice to and review of the Executive Officer in his or her preparation of the annual operating budget.
    • Review quarterly budget reports from the Business Manager or Executive Officer.
    • Advise Executive Officer on the timing and nature of outside financial reviews, and the choice of a reviewer.
  2. Manage the Association’s two investment funds – the Restricted Reserve Fund ($320,000), and the H.P.Douglass Fund ($50,000):
    • Chair the Investment Committee (Treasurer, Executive Officer, and President).
    • Be accountable for the implementation of the investment policy and making suggestions to the board through the investment committee for changes to it.
    • Monitor investments and make quarterly performance reports to Investment Committee.
    • Guide the Investment Committee in choosing and changing Mutual Funds and ETFs that implement the Investment Policy, and in tweaking the allocation among specific investments.
    • Be accountable for the implementation of the investment policy, and guide the Board in the occasional review and revision of Investment Policies
  3. Submit Treasurer’s report to the annual board meeting that includes: an overview of the fiscal situation of the Association; comment on the current and past year’s operating budget performance; commentary on the proposed budget; a summary of decisions made by the Investment Committee, and comment on investments including attachment of the previous quarter’s Investment Committee report.
  4. Attend annual Board of Directors meetings as a voting member.
  5. Participate in Executive Committee decision making.

Qualifications

  1. Be a member in good standing with the Association.
  2. Experience/Familiarity with organizational budgets and budgeting.
  3. Experience/Familiarity with retirement account and/or endowment investment strategy and oversight.
  4. Experience/Familiarity/Comfort with mutual fund/ETF investments.

To Apply

Interested persons should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae to Executive Officer Kevin

Dougherty at Kevin_Dougherty@baylor.edu. The search will remain open until the position has been

filled.

Position Announcement: RRA Executive Officer

Religious Research Association
Call for Executive Officer Applications

Individual applications are invited for the position of Executive Officer of the Religious Research Association. The Executive Office oversees the organizational work of RRA, seeing that it goes on and goes well.

Executive Officer’s Role: The Executive Officer works with the President, Treasurer, Committee Chairs, and Business Manager to support them and to help them know what to do and when to do it. The Executive Officer also oversees communication channels with RRA members and the public at large. The Executive Officer is NOT responsible for finding and making site arrangements for the annual meeting (the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion does that), nor for investing RRA assets (the RRA Treasurer is responsible for this).

Time Requirements: The position of Executive Officer involves approximately 10-15 hours per month, although the work is not equally spread throughout the calendar year. Late spring and mid fall are busy times for the Executive Officer, coinciding with Association elections, distribution of grants, and the annual meeting. Current stipend for the Executive Officer is $10,000 per year.

Selection Process: (1) Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1 by the Search Committee, which consists of the outgoing Executive Officer and the present and past Presidents of the Association. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. (2) Top candidates will be invited to interview with the Search Committee. (3) The committee will submit a ranked list of candidates to the Religious Research Association Board of Directors. (4) The Board will vote to select a new Executive Officer. (5) RRA President Melinda Denton will notify the selected candidate. (6) The incoming Executive Officer will work with the outgoing Executive Officer from July 1 to December 31 to ensure a smooth transition. (7) The new Executive Officer will begin his/her term on January 1, 2022.

Applications: The applications should include the following:

(1) Vision Statement: Set forth your goals and plans for RRA. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address and how you will carry out your plan (suggested 2-3 pages).

(2) Background Information: Describe the qualifications that support your application, including established record of scholarship, affiliation(s) and evidence of organizational skill and experience in intellectual leadership. In addition, address the feasibility of serving as Executive Officer in light of your current occupational responsibilities (suggested 2-3 pages).

(3) Curriculum Vitae: Provide your full curriculum vitae.
For further information about the position or application process, please contact RRA

Executive Officer Kevin Dougherty at Kevin_Dougherty@baylor.edu.
Submission: The application packet (including items 1-3 above) should be no more

than 5-7 pages (excluding CV). Initial reviews will begin on March 1.

The application packet should be emailed as a single PDF document to RRA President Melinda Denton at Melinda.Denton@utsa.edu.

Funding opportunity: call for proposals on gratitude to God

Biola University, with the help of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and under the direction of Peter Hill and Robert Emmons, welcomes proposals from various disciplines to investigate questions that concern gratitude to God*. Letters of intent are due January 29th, 2020.

Proposals may be for projects that utilize the methodologies of the psychological sciences, philosophy, theology, or religious studies. Empirical projects may be multi-method, qualitative, theoretical, cross-cultural, employ behavioral measures, or incorporate developmental approaches (though none of these are required). For the empirical projects, experi­mental methodologies are encouraged. There are four separate award competitions: (1) empirical large grants, (2) empirical early career grants, (3) non-empirical large grants, and (4) non-empirical early career grants. Total funding available for this RFP is $2.8M. For more instructions and more information, visit www.gratitudetogod.com. Queries may be sent to rachel.smith@biola.edu.

We anticipate proposals for empirical and non-empirical projects that address one or more of the questions listed below:

  • What is the basic structure of gratitude to God? How does gratitude to God differ from gratitude to others?
  • Why and how do people express gratitude to God or fail to?
  • How is cosmic gratitude an alternative to gratitude to God?
  • What functions does gratitude to God serve?

*For the sake of this proposal and the anticipated projects that we hope it generates, we are using the term “God” to encompass the supreme God of monotheistic traditions, as well as other supernatural or superhuman beings with agency and powers (gods, spirits, ghosts, saints), whether personal or impersonal, with capacities to “make things happen or prevent them from happening, especially obtaining goods and avoiding bads” (Smith, 2017, p. 22). The phrase “personal or impersonal” implies that the superhuman powers may or may not be believed to possess consciousness, intentions, feelings, desires and other properties of the mind. We use the term “cosmic gratitude” in the RFP to depict the state that is felt by people who are inclined to feel gratitude for things not plausibly attributable to human agency nor to a personal supernatural or superhuman agent (Roberts, 2014).