Disaster Relief Coordinator Position
Accepting Applications Through October 25, 2023
Week of Compassion Partnership with the Great River Region
The Great River Region is excited to announce a new partnership with Week of Compassion, Pinnacle Outreach Ministry, and The Cure Foundation, to support a new staff person for the GRR – Disaster Relief Coordinator. The Disaster Relief Coordinator will provide disaster relief resources and support for Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, by serving as a central point of contact for disaster preparedness, early response, and recovery efforts throughout the Region.
For additional information, please see the job description below. All interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and/or search and call papers to the attention of Caroline Hamilton-Arnold at Caroline@weekofcompassion.org. The deadline to apply for the position is 5pm Central Time, October 25, 2023.
GREAT RIVER REGION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DOC)
JOB TITLE: Disaster Relief Coordinator: Exempt, full-time 40 hours/week. Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm; Remote (must live in disaster target area).
POSITION REPORTS TO: Executive Regional Minister
PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS: The principal responsibilities of this position are coordinating disaster relief efforts between Week of Compassion and the Great River Region to support Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana target sites.
1. Serve as central point of contact for disaster preparedness, early response, and recovery efforts in the Region, in coordination with the Great River Region and Week of Compassion.
2. Work with Week of Compassion to build capacity in local congregations, especially in marginalized and high-risk communities.
3. Identify interested leaders, organize preparedness and response training – led by Week of Compassion and/or ecumenical partners.
4. Represent the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana VOAD meetings and events.
5. Organize regional mission trip(s) throughout the three states for long term recovery efforts.
6. Encourage participation in Long-term Recovery Groups. Work with Week of Compassion to identify groups and plug local churches into their ministry opportunities.
7. Work with Week of Compassion to identify and build ecumenical and non-profit partnerships in marginalized and high-risk communities.
8. Engages with state emergency management offices to follow trends and resources in disaster relief efforts.
Preference for bachelor’s degree, clergy or lay leader, or equivalent experience, with focus on disaster relief, community trauma, and long-term recovery efforts.
SKILLS AND PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS:
Self-starter, ability to maintain confidentiality, excellent organizational skills, ability to coordinate and follow up with multiple projects, ability to prioritize work tasks, ability to relate to a variety of personalities and theological diversity, excellent verbal and written communication skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe, Constant Contact or Mail Chimp, and ability to learn new technologies. Ability to make decisions consistent with the overall vision of the Great River Region and Week of Compassion. Cultural sensitivity to navigate various contexts and local communities.
Travel required (must have a valid driver’s license) for on the ground disaster relief work across the designated states, weekends, regional and general assemblies, and Week of Compassion board meetings, in person and online.
This is a three-year contract position based on evaluation, funding, and the development of future strategies in disaster relief recovery between the Great River Region and Week of Compassion. Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position with benefits (healthcare stipend, pension, and vacation).