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Re: theos-talk TSA Finance Director Search - Update

Sep 20, 2010 10:13 AM
by MKR

On the Illinois CPA Society website you will find the following job posting.

There are two additional pieces of information that might interest any job

First is the compensation. It is stated as less than $50K.

Second is the person to contact is Nancy Secrest who is the Treasurer.

Still  no mention of preference for theosophists!!!


On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 9:35 PM, MKR <> wrote:

> In Theosophical Society in America, a very very interesting job search is
> going on.
> It is looking for a Finance Director and a job posting is at
> <>
> In TS history, this is the first time I see a job ad for a âwell paidâ key
> position. There are some very interesting aspects as discussed below.
> 1. One info that came out of the job opening is the expansion of the
> bureaucracy at Wheaton by one additional level. Even tough, these things
> start off as voluntary, they tend to slowly evolve into highly paid
> positions.
> 2. The new position is that of Chief of Staff, just like the Chief of
> Staff of the President of the United States. The position usually wields
> enormous power due to its gate-keeper function. Members, have no idea how
> this position is going the improve spreading of theosophy in the USA and
> addressing the very critical issue of recruitment and retention of
> membership.
> Membership has continued to decline, in spite of leadership of very
> dedicated, highly educated, highly qualified theosophists at the top level.
> Also members do not know about the compensation in kind or otherwise for
> the
> position. [Traditionally, compensation issues are tightly kept secrets in
> all organizations.]
> 3. TS is unlike any other business or spiritual organization. I have
> never seen a chief of staff even at the International level. Even when
> Annie
> Besant was very active in her theosophical, political and social projects
> she did it without the help of a chief of staff. She achieved much and all
> she had was a personal assistant. So the current need at TSA is very
> intriguing, to say the least.
> 4. One of the Job Descriptions of the Finance Director I have seen runs
> three pages. An interesting part reads:
> â..the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle,
> or feel; and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to reach
> with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and
> walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
> Specific vision ability required by this job include close vision, distance
> vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to
> adjust focus.â
> [During WWII, President Franklin Roosevelt was confined to wheel chair and
> ran the country! Color blind people too were enlisted in the US Army.]
> 5. Only thing that is conspicuously missing is whether gays and lesbians
> will be considered!
> 6. In spite of the position being a key one and highly paid, there is no
> requirement or any explicit preference for a theosophist. TS was built by
> dedicated volunteers who usually are twice or thrice as productive as one
> who is simply looking for a livelihood.
> 7. The three page job description may be a overkill resulting in hiring
> a wrong candidate at a very high compensation. When the present incumbent
> joined the TS during the days of Dora Kunz Presidency, he was not a heavy
> weight. Anyone who has access to the correspondence at the time he came on
> board can verify for himself or herself. So an enthusiastic accountant can
> be made to come upto speed in short order. I am sure there is enough
> accounting expertise within the TSA membership which can be tapped free of
> cost when needed.
> 8. The person who will be appointed to the job, obviously had to be
> physically present at Wheaton. During the last International Election, the
> immediate past president of TSA who was a candidate and whose candidature
> was strongly supported by the current leadership, in his vision for TS
> stated:
> âBut the international rules do not require residence at Adyar for
> administrators. Moreover, modern communication makes it possible for able
> and dedicated people around the world to serve in key administrative posts,
> without having to relocate from their homes.â
> Thus implying that even the International President can function from
> his/her home anywhere in the world.
> Would it not now be an ideal opportunity for TSA to run a pilot test and
> see
> if the Finance Director can function from his home anywhere in the USA, so
> long there is high speed Internet connection.
> This will save a lot of money to TSA at a time of tight budget. Also if the
> pilot test succeeds, it can be rolled out world-wide in all sections as
> well
> as at International level.
> I am wondering why no one at Wheaton has thought about this possibility and
> I hope they will.
> It would be very interesting to watch the developments in filling the
> Finance Manager position and let us keep tuned.
> There is no religion higher than Truth
> .
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