Deadline to appy is July 24, 2017
Job Title: Program Coordinator - Cohort of Missioners
Department: International Regional Teams
Status: Full-time, exempt
LOCATION: CENTRAL AMERICA
To lead the Cohort of Missioners program in the Central American region in coordination with the New Mission Agency Volunteer Program and consult with other regions that may wish to implement the program with the purpose of nurturing cross-cultural missional leadership among young adults.
****The successful candidate for this position will be required to satisfy 2 intermediate steps. Information and wages regarding these steps are listed below.****
Missionary Candidate: The purpose of this position is to prepare for international service by building a network of prayer, care and financial support in North America that will enable future ministry. Ordinarily, this will progress from part-time to full-time as the support network grows through the work of the candidate and the missionary support team that is designed for this purpose. One can expect to be in this role for 6 to 12 months, depending on how quickly the support network comes together. The current pay for this step is $19.82 US or $23.23 CND on the CRCNA Domestic scale.
Missionary in Training: The purpose of this role is to develop language and culture skills, ministry skills and relationships that will enable future ministry, and begin to use those in ministry. Ordinarily, one can expect to be in this role for 6 to 18 months, depending on prior background and experience. The current pay for this step is $35,546 US or $38,004 Canada on the CRCNA International scale.
1. Convene regular meetings of the Central American Cohort Leadership Team and an annual face to face meetings and coach country supervisors when requested.
2. Lead the Central American Cohort Leadership team in the following tasks:
a. Research and develop placement sites (both current and new);
b. Draft a marketing plan for Cohort opportunities;
c. Create and maintain Facebook group sites, team blogs, and keep website updated and relevant;
d. Ensure that pre-field and on-field orientation for new missioners is happening and ensure that mentors are being assigned;
e. Develop guidelines for partner organizations and evaluate the program every three years in coordination with the CRWM volunteer program
and guide it towards compliance with CRWM and the standards of Excellence in Short-term Mission;
f. Coordinate a schedule and themes for concentrated learning experiences in each of the countries of Central America and participate personally to keep the program cohesive and to ensure quality.
3. Coordinate with North American recruitment staff and Central American ministries for recruiting opportunities.
4. Build and maintain working relationships with other CRCNA entities and agencies outside of the CRCNA.
5. Communicate program updates to alumni and maintain regular connections for recruiting and fundraising purposes.
6. Liaise with the finance department and the advancement and missionary support team of the New Mission Agency.
7. Work with the Advancement team to look for funding sources for the program. Attend fundraising events.
8. As opportunities arise, consult with other regions in the implementation of the cohort of missioners program in coordination with the CRWM Volunteer program.
9. Participate in support-raising (e.g., prayer, care and financial support - at least 90% of the average cost of a missionary) for CRWM ministries by developing and maintaining a network of supporting churches and individuals.
1. Professing membership in a Christian Reformed congregation, or of a church in ecclesiastical fellowship with the CRCNA, and agreement with the doctrine of the church signified by signing a covenant statement.
2. Strong team leadership skills with experience in planning and leading.
3. Proven ability to plan and organize multiple projects and responsibilities including multitasking, setting priorities and deadlines, etc.
4. Proven ability to be self-motivated, high attention to details, work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively within a team environment.
5. Excellent active listening, oral and written communication skills.
6. Mature interpersonal relationship skills and proven ability to relate inter-culturally.
7. Demonstrated intermediate proficiency in commonly used computer applications.
8. Ability to adapt well to change.
9. Ability to facilitate creative problem solving for a mutually satisfying outcome among a diverse group of stakeholders.
10. Fluency in English and intermediate knowledge of Spanish and the willingness to acquire.
1. At least Bachelor’s degree
2. At least three years of team leadership and group planning experience.
3. Intercultural engagement and international travel experience preferred.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to work outside of the normal work hours to accommodate church schedules and time zone changes.
- Ability to travel domestically and internationally, several times a year.