The CCO is small enough that most of our staff know each other. The biggest reason that our staff cite for joining and remaining on staff with the CCO is the community of people they find here. We have an extensive training program, and supervisors who are readily available.
Apart from the training that all staff receive, CCO staff members have the option of pursuing a graduate degree during their time with the CCO, either through a cooperative program with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary or Geneva College. Both programs are available to CCO staff at about one third of the usual cost.
Our staff are expected to raise about half of their total salary; the church, school or community board will take care of the rest. Funds contributed to the CCO designated for a specific staff person are used exclusively for their salary.
The CCO has a team of support-raising specialists whose exclusive responsibility is to train staff and assist them in raising support. In addition, our staff are able to draw on the experiential wisdom of their colleagues, as everyone in the CCO raises money towards their salary.
CCO salaries are comparable to other entry-level salaries in the job market. Salaries are flexible and can be adjusted to meet an individual’s need. Salaries are adjusted based on level of education, experience, family needs and standard of living. Many of our staff pay off college loans, own homes, raise families and live comfortably.
The CCO provides excellent health coverage, which includes medical/prescription, vision and dental insurance. We also offer a retirement savings/401K plan with a matching program.
While the CCO prepares people for future work in ministry, most of our staff go on to other careers. Our staff alumni include college professors, business owners, researchers, managers, financial advisers, organizational development consultants, and even a video game designer. Many of them have told us how their time with the CCO prepared them for the work they are doing now, even in unrelated fields.
Our website is an excellent source of information, where you can read more about what we believe as well as find stories of transformation that have taken place because of our work.
If you would like to talk to someone, please feel free to contact our main office (412.363.3303) and ask for Cliff Cartwright.