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Regional Operations Coordinator (Region 3)

Posted: December 8, 2022

Term: Full-Time/exempt position

Location: Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) home-based (Within Region 3 – Central States, West of the Mississippi)

Primary Responsibilities

Oversee all MDS project operations in the Region and facilitate volunteer engagement in the investigation and development of projects.

Reporting Relationship

Reports to the Region Board Chair (RBC)

Responsibilities

  1. Investigation and Early Response – At the direction of the RBC in collaboration with Unit Chairs and the Field Operations Manager (FOM):
    • Conduct disaster investigation and response when disasters occur
    • Identify and coordinate resources for early response.
    • Recommend next steps to the RBC and FOM following investigation
    • Oversee mobilization and coordination of Early Response
    • Assist in the transition from early response to long term recovery as needed
  2. Project Development – In collaboration with the RBC, Unit Chairs, the FOM and Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRG’s):
    • Provide oversight to MDS projects within the Region. Provide oversight to Project Coordinators or Project Directors
    • Recruit, appoint and mentor Project Coordinators for each long-term project
    • Assist with identifying and establishing the four pillars needed to begin and sustain MDS projects.
      • meaningful work, materials and operations funding, accommodations and volunteers (as requested)
    • Support the development of LTRG’s as it intersects with MDS’ need for case management and understanding of unmet housing needs
    • Assist the Units & Region to obtain equipment and vehicles
  3. Equipping and Preparing – in collaboration with the RBC and Unit Leadership, ensures workshops for:
    • Unit officers in their respective roles
    • Congregational Contact Persons (CCP’s)
    • Unit volunteers to investigate disasters, assess needs and opportunities and recommend potentialfollow up
    • ERT’s
    • Project Coordinators (PCs) – this includes helping identify, appoint and mentor potential Project Coordinators
  4. Collaborate with the RBC assisting administrative, operational and other activities:
    • Knowledge of and passion for the MDS mission, vision and core values
    • Commitment to the Anabaptist faith and peace position and active in an Anabaptist church
    • Demonstrated commitment to the MDS lifestyle expectations and Anabaptist shared Convictionsas outlined in the Employee Policy Handbook
    • Three to five years of experience working with volunteers and volunteer groups
    • Three to five years of experience and a high comfort level with teaching, training, and mentoring
    • One to two years of training in disaster management, project management or related field
    • One or more years of experience working with people of another culture

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and passion for the MDS mission, vision and core values
  • Commitment to the Anabaptist faith and peace position and active in an Anabaptist church
  • Demonstrated commitment to the MDS lifestyle expectations and Anabaptist shared Convictionsas outlined in the Employee Policy Handbook
  • Three to five years of experience working with volunteers and volunteer groups
  • Three to five years of experience and a high comfort level with teaching, training, and mentoring
  • One to two years of training in disaster management, project management or related field
  • One or more years of experience working with people of another culture

Essential Skills

  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to interact, collaborate, and communicate well with people
  • Ability to manage conflict in a positive manner
  • Self-motivated and ability to organize and follow a work plan
  • Understanding and knowledge of the disaster response field
  • General residential construction experience and knowledge a plus
  • Experience in social or development work a plus
  • Availability and willingness to travel approximately 50% time
  • Physical requirements: Work involves some physical exertion, such as standing for long periodsof time, recurring bending, stretching, or reaching
  • Work environment: Involves moderate risks or discomforts which require special safetyprecautions

USA Application Process

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected] or mail them to:

Mennonite Disaster Service
Attn: Human Resources
583 Airport Road
Lititz, PA 17543