Admin Council Positions
The Administrative Council serves as the administrative and operational arm of B’ney Yosef North America (BYNA). Under the expectation that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is fulfilling His promises to regather, redeem, and restore His covenant nation of Israel, the Administrative Council will take action consistent with the responsibilities He has outlined in Scripture for Israel as His covenant partners. The Administrative Council functions under the guidance and direction of the BYNA Elders, and is charged with receiving the direction established by the Elders and translating that direction into action. As a governing body, the Administrative Council exercises oversight and direction of the resources, personnel, budgets, policies, activities, operations, and internal and external relations of B’ney Yosef North America, ensuring all aspects of these elements adhere to the standards of Torah as given by Moses, demonstrated by Yeshua, and taught by the Prophets and Apostles.
Composition. Members of the Administrative Council (referred to in this document as “Administrators”) are the Directors and other officials filling the positions defined below. The Council shall consist at minimum of seven members. Additional positions may be added as areas of oversight are identified, based on BYNA’s growth.
- Executive Director is responsible for direction of all Administrative Council operations and activities. As the senior member of the Council, the Executive Director receives the recommendations of other Council members and makes decisions accordingly. Ideally the actions of the Administrative Council shall be undertaken by consensus of all Council members, but when that consensus is not forthcoming, the Executive Director shall cast the deciding vote and determine whether to proceed or to defer a matter until consensus is possible. The Executive Director has the authority, with the consent of the Administrative Council and the Elders, to establish, abolish, or alter the composition of the Council as necessary. That authority extends to the structure and size of Administrative Offices and Departments, and to the appointment of personnel to or removal from positions within those Offices and Departments. Each of these powers may be delegated to other Administrators as the Executive Director deems wise in consultation with the entire Council. The Executive Director reports to the Elders periodically, and is responsible to them for all actions undertaken by the Administrative Council. In addition to the qualifications given below for all Administrators, the Executive Director must have significant corporate, government, or military senior executive experience, and must be adept at working in a multicultural and multilingual environment.
- Deputy Executive Director acts for the Executive Director in his/her absence, and is responsible for coordination of activities within the Administrative Council itself. The Deputy Executive Director is the principle advisor to the Executive Director, and as such must be knowledgeable of all aspects of Council operations and activities. As the senior Administrator responsible for the integration of Council functions, the Deputy Executive Director, in conjunction with the Executive Director and Community Development Director, exercises oversight of hiring, assigning, and supervising organizational support personnel, writing, adjusting, and maintaining procedures. In addition to the qualifications given below for all Administrators, the Deputy Executive Director must have significant corporate, government, military, or ministerial senior executive experience, and must be adept at working in a multicultural and multilingual environment.
- Executive Secretary performs many high-level clerical and administrative tasks, including problem solving, critical thinking, creating presentations or proposals, taking responsibility for confidential BYNA documents, and assisting the Communications Director in management of information technology. The main responsibility of the Executive Secretary is to provide support to the Administrative Council. The Executive Secretary is responsible for handling highly confidential documents, protecting confidential information, managing supplies, making travel arrangements, and ensuring compliance with organizational policies. Ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local law may also come under the duties of the Executive Secretary. In addition to the qualifications given below for all Administrators, the Executive Secretary should have formal education and significant experience of high-level management related to the nature of the position’s responsibilities, and should have experience and knowledge of business administration, project management, financial management, and technology.
- Strategic Prayer Directors serve as the chief prophetic and intercessory voices on the Administrative Council. The Strategic Prayer Directors bear the responsibilities of the “Melchizedek priesthood” by taking on a priestly role of standing before Messiah in intercession. They must be completely committed to and consumed by the vision of the restoration of Messiah’s Kingdom of Israel. As a prophetic voice, the Strategic Prayer Directors must command authority while walking in humility, having teachable hearts and a willingness to embrace correction. As directors of the intercessory networks undergirding BYNA, the Strategic Prayer Directors must have the ability to discern those who would become second- and third-tier Prayer Coordinators. The Strategic Prayer Directors develop Prayer Teams to support and pray for each member of the Administrative Council and the Elders; administer, organize, and facilitate oversight of second- and third-tier Prayer Coordinators; facilitate prayer communities; organize and receive strategies from those communities; and with a shepherd’s heart foster, inspire, and build personal relationships with intercessors on the prayer teams. As spiritual ambassadors and leaders, the Strategic Prayer Directors must relate well (e.g., not antagonistically) to the church system and church officials as bridge builders. In addition to the qualifications given below for all Administrators, the Strategic Prayer Directors must have significant experience in an intercessory prayer role, either as ministers or lay leaders, and have a demonstrated gift of prophetic discernment. As intercessors, the Strategic Prayer Directors carry a heavy burden for BYNA and for all our brethren. For that reason, the position is to be filled by two mature and experienced individuals, ideally a married couple. Appointment to the position is for a two-year term of service, after which the Strategic Prayer Directors may step down from their office if they so desire. There is no limit to the number of two-year terms the same individuals may serve, but after each term they and the Administrative Council will assess whether it is advisable for them to rest for a term before returning to service.
- Finance Director is responsible for all aspects of the financial resources of BYNA. The Finance Director assembles, prepares, and submits budget proposals to the Administrative Council for deliberation and approval, and executes expenditures of resources according to Council decisions. In coordination with Administrators overseeing the commercial enterprises and economic development of BYNA, the Finance Director maintains oversight of economic growth, actively promoting development of an independent BYNA economy that operates for the benefit of the people of B’ney Yosef, both in North America and worldwide. The Finance Director is the senior Administrator responsible for ensuring BYNA activities comply with international, national, state, and local statutory requirements for financial and business matters. In addition to the qualifications given below for all Administrators, the Finance Director must have significant high-level management experience in and broad knowledge of financial and accounting principles and practices across the spectrum of corporate, small business, and government realms. Knowledge of international financial markets is highly desired.
- Communications Director is the senior Administrator responsible for both the technical aspects of communications (Information Technology), and the specific messages to be communicated via those technical means (Information Operations). Information Technology includes internet, email, video, word-of-mouth, telephone, and all other means of transmitting information. Information Operations includes Information Management, Community Relations, and Media Relations. These duties intersect with and impact the functions of every other Administrative Office, and especially the Executive Secretary. The Communications Director must therefore be familiar with the activities of the entire Administrative Council and take initiative to coordinate support in cooperation with individual Departments and across the Council. In addition to the general qualifications for Administrators, the Communications Director must have significant experience in a corporate, government, or military setting, having demonstrated an ability to lead, to serve, to learn, to adapt, and to choose wise counselors and skilled technicians and operators to perform the tasks for which they are responsible.
- Community Development Director oversees development efforts in coordination with the Administrative Council as BYNA continues to grow. The Community Development Director is responsible for leading and directing the development plan, overseeing the planning of special events, and, in cooperation with the Communications Director, implementing the information technology to support Community Development initiatives. Community development embraces commerce, marketing, business development, and community enrichment, and intersects with the functions of all other Administrators. The Community Development Director may also, in conjunction with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, exercise oversight of hiring, assigning, and supervising organizational support personnel, writing, adjusting, and maintaining procedures, and ensuring compliance with organizational policies. In addition to the general qualifications for all Administrators, the Community Development should have formal education and significant experience of high-level management related to the nature of the position’s responsibilities, and should have experience and knowledge of business administration, project management, financial management, and technology.
- National Gathering Directors: TBA
Appointment and Terms of Service. Administrators shall be appointed through the Elders, who shall examine their qualifications and determine their suitability. The Administrative Council and the Elders shall vet and approve new Administrators when vacancies are made, with final appointment made by the Elders. The process for choosing and appointing Administrators is specified in the Nomination, Vetting, and Approval Process for BYNA Governing Body.
- Nominations for Administrators should come from BYNA’s affiliates at large following the guidelines set forth by the qualifications document.
- The Elders and Administrators shall vet and appoint from those nominations.
- No Administrator shall be installed without a unanimous vote from the Elders.
- No Administrator shall be removed from his or her seat without a unanimous vote from the Elders. No Administrator being removed shall be removed without appearing before the Elders to present his or her defense.
- An Administrator may resign his or her position rather than go through proceedings.
- As BYNA grows through affiliation of congregations, fellowships, individuals, and other organizations, Administrators will not be appointed, approved, or removed by popular vote from the BYNA affiliates. The only popular vote, if deemed necessary, shall be for confirmation of the process.
- There is currently no specified term limit for any Administrative Council position. The two-year term for Strategic Prayer Directors is not a term limit, but is established to provide a point for periodic assessment as to whether the Prayer Directors are able to continue in office, or step down for a time to rest before returning to service either as Strategic Prayer Directors or in some other capacity.
Representatives. Administrators will serve as representatives of BYNA and meet with other groups to present the vision and purpose of Bʼney Yosef. In conjunction with the Elders, they will select officials to represent North America to B’ney Yosef leaders worldwide when needed, including delegates to the B’ney Yosef Congress when such gatherings are convened. If implemented, they will also elect members to sit on the council of elders for the B’ney Yosef Congress.
General Voting. It is the responsibility of Administrators to vote on motions brought before the Administrative Council, rendering one of the following: a yes, a no, or an abstention. Any vote requiring unanimity that has one or more abstentions should not be counted against the unanimous vote. In cases where unanimity is required but cannot be reached, the motion must be reworked until unanimity can be reached—or dropped if it is deemed unworthy of spent time. Ultimate disposition of the matter shall be the decision of the Executive Director.
Terms. Terms of service will be determined through deliberations of the Elders as the structure and functions of the Administrative Council are regularized. The initial slate of Administrators will serve until the permanent structure is established and new Administrators are selected, barring resignation or removal in cases where individuals no longer meet the original qualifications. As BYNA grows and establishes procedures for power sharing among regional affiliates, there will be a vote of confidence or no confidence from BYNA affiliates at specific intervals determined by the Council.
Removal. Administrators members should not be removed except for actions deemed inappropriate for an Administrator of Bʼney Yosef North America. Such actions would include legal infractions of Torah, plus any obvious diversion from the original qualifications listed for their service. An Administrator can only be removed from office by the Elders. Impeachment can be initiated by any member of the Governing Body or BYNA affiliates, but the impeachment can only be heard by the Elders and determined by them. There can be no impeachment without two separate witnesses as stated in Torah. A unanimous vote is required.
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