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Volunteer Development Coordinator

Posted: December 3, 2021

Term: Full Time/exempt

Location: Home-based, in Region 2 (West of the Appalachian Mountains and east of the Mississippi river)

Primary Responsibilities

Create a pipeline of qualified and diverse applicants for leadership volunteer roles within the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) network and resource others to do the same.

Reporting Relationship

Reports to the Volunteer Manager (VM) and is a member of the Volunteer Team (VT). Collaborates with region and unit leadership.


  1. Raising leadership volunteer awareness
    • Engage with existing unit and region MDS leadership to create unit, region, and national strategies for volunteer development, including recruitment and retention.
      • 30% time is dedicated to Region 2 strategic planning and implementation. 
    • Mentor and equip others to introduce MDS to potential leadership volunteers. 
    • Maintain a broad base of knowledge of volunteer opportunities across the MDS network and be prepared to share them in a manner relevant to the volunteer. 
    • Identify and strategically engage with potential leadership volunteers for unit/region needs or project responses. 
    • Steward relationships with current leadership volunteers and weekly volunteers for the purpose of recruitment and retention for roles throughout the MDS network. 
    • Work to create and continually evaluate volunteer recruitment/marketing materials to be used on multiple media platforms, in collaboration with the Communication department, to be used throughout the MDS network. 
  2. Leadership recruitment and role development (implementation process)
    •  Listen for the heart, passion and skill set of the volunteer, matching the volunteer to an opportunity within MDS and inviting a commitment. 
  3. Other tasks as required


  • 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 Convictions as outlined in the Employee Policy Handbook 
  • College level degree in fundraising, social work, human resources or related field 
  • 3-5 years of experience in fundraising, communications, or social work 
  • 3-5 years of experience with supervision 
  • One or more years of experience working with people of another culture

Essential Skills

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Proven conflict resolution skills 
  • Highly energetic, charismatic approach to engaging diverse groups 
  • Creative, optimistic/positive, forward-looking 
  • Proactive with the ability to take initiative and build relationships 
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people 
  • Availability and willingness to travel approximately 50% time 
  • Physical requirement: Work is mostly sedentary with long periods on the phone and at a computer terminal or traveling 
  • Work environment: With the use of normal safety precautions typical of offices, meeting rooms, and in commercial vehicles, there is little risk of danger 

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