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The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions (CPWR) has launched a search for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the organization through transformational change in order to advance the interfaith movement on a global scale.

The mission of CPWR is to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. In fulfillment of this mission the Council convenes a Parliament event every five years attracting up to 10,000 participants from all the major religions and from as many as 70 Countries.  A variety of other programs have grown out of the Parliament events including a Partner Cities Program and a Social Cohesion project.  

Within this mission framework, the CEO will manage the organizational affairs of the Council implementing the policies of the Board of Trustees.   He/she will lead and/or oversee all the activities of the organization, including institutional vision, program development, relationship development, financial management and fundraising. Qualifications for the position include: successful executive management experience in a business or not-for-profit setting, familiarity with principles of organizational development, demonstrated financial/fundraising skills and experience or interest in serving the interreligious movement.   

CPWR is based in Chicago and operates with a small but flexible staff on an annual budget of approximately $500,000, with significant increases in years in which a Parliament is scheduled.  Although the opportunities before the organization are nearly limitless, so too are the challenges to realizing that vision.  To be successful, the new CEO will need to combine passion for the vision of an effective interfaith movement with the entrepreneurial instincts and managerial skills that are needed to build a strong, sustainable organization. 

The Parliament of the World’s Religions began in 1893.  Today it convenes the largest interreligious gatherings in the world.  The most recent Parliament events have been held in Chicago, USA (1993), Cape Town, South Africa (1999), Barcelona (2004) and Melbourne, Australia (2009).  For more information see

Interested persons who wish to apply please contact:

David Erickson-Pearson, Erickson-Pearson Search, epdavid@earthlink.net303-703-6165. 

Parliament of the World’s Religions seeks a full-time intern to work with the Office Manager to manage content for our newly designed website. The position is open immediately. Sensitivity to interreligious issues and religious/non-profit sector a must. This involves writing 'copy' and it also includes writing articles and gathering rights to re-publish articles. Good writing and research skills necessary. Familiarity with Drupal platform is a plus. Starting stipend of $900.00 per month. In addition to web duties, the intern will be answering phones and gathering messages for staff and other administrative duties under the direction of the Executive Director and Office Manager.

  • Meet weekly with the Staff
  • writing clear, persuasive, original copy
  • brainstorming ideas and concepts
  • working on several campaigns at once, under pressure and to tight deadlines;
  • proofreading copy to check spelling and grammar;
  • connecting with international key players to garner content and feedback;
  • keeping up to date with trends in the interfaith movement
  • All other duties as assigned

To apply, please send resume and writing sample to