|Published||March 13, 2022|
|Location||Akron, United States of America|
|Job Type||Full Time|
JOB SYNOPSIS: The Summer Service Coordinator is responsible for the overall oversight and administration of the Summer Service Program - a short-term program in the United States that supports young people of color in their development of leadership skills through working with their local churches or communities. As this position coordinates a leadership program for young adults of color, preference may be given to those who would provide representative leadership for these participants. This position leads and resources the Summer Service Network which is made up of a representative from each of the four MCC U.S. regional offices. In addition, this position is a key staff liaison between MCC and Anabaptist congregations and constituent groups of color within the United States. Summer Service Program Website: mcc.org/summerservice. S/he is part of the Global Service Learning (GSL) department based in Canada and the United States administering a variety of short-term national and international service experiences. The Summer Service Coordinator reports to the Director of the Global Service Learning (GSL) Department.
Organizational values and culture: All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active church membership; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
- Bachelors degree in youth ministry, social work, or related field; 3-5 years related experience accepted in lieu of degree
- 3-5 years related experience in culturally diverse groups
- Leadership experience, preferably in a non-profit or church setting
- Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
- Experience managing projects independently with strong coordination, organizational and administrative skills
- Experience in strategic planning and/or program development
- Proficiency in electronic communication including MS Word, MS Excel, social media, internet, email, video conferencing
- Experience with public speaking and/or facilitating conferences and seminars
- Commitment to the philosophy of short-term service/learning programs and experience of bringing young adults of color into vital engagement with such programs
- Ability to authentically represent the beliefs and values of Mennonite Central Committee while relating to participants, constituents, and partners
- Familiarity and previous engagement with Mennonite, Brethren in Christ or other Anabaptist churches
- The capacity to network over distance using virtual tools and work effectively within a decentralized region of churches and young adult connections.
Employment eligibility: Legally eligible to work in the U.S. MCC offers of employment are subject to a successful criminal background check(s).
- Professional writing or story-telling experience
- Bilingual English/Spanish fluency
Anti-oppression commitment: MCC expects all staff to actively participate in an organization culture that focuses on dismantling any barriers based on race, economic inequality or gender-based oppression. This includes an expectation to assess and address any barriers within themselves, within their team(s), and within MCC.
Safeguarding commitment: All MCC staff are expected to work collaboratively to create and maintain an organizational culture that prevents and responds to situations of abuse of power (sexual harassment, child abuse, racism, exploitation, and fraud among other situations).
Support partners to strengthen their organizational capacity for prevention and response to abuses of power (sexual exploitation and abuse, child abuse, racism, harassment, fraud, among other situations). Assess, manage and monitor risks related to abuses of power in program design, implementation and monitoring.
Relationship Building/Networking 50%
Specific Tasks and Duties:
Relationship Building/Networking - 50%
- Meet regularly with Recruitment Specialist to analyze trends and develop strategies for engaging churches of color in the U.S. to promote the Summer Service Program
- Through collaboration with regional contacts, build relationships with constituent groups including Iglesia Menonita Hispana; Concilio Iglesias Evangélicas Shalom; African American Mennonite Association; Asian Mennonite Ministries; Native Mennonite Ministries; the Latin America Mennonite Brethren conference in southern Texas; Hispanic congregations in the Mennonite Brethren Pacific District Conference; African American congregations in the Mennonite Brethren North Carolina District Conference; Brethren in Christ Hispanic congregations in southern Florida, and other congregations of color within the MCC Anabaptist family of churches.
- Foster relationships and promote the Summer Service Program with churches of color by attending specific people of color gatherings and other church conferences.
- Represent the Summer Service Program through speaking assignments in constituent churches, schools, universities and other interested groups.
- Regularly gather feedback from constituent churches and partners of color about the Summer Service Program to share with the Summer Service Program Task Force to inform its ongoing monitoring of the program.
- Facilitate meetings of the Summer Service network.
- Organize Summer Service network conference with regional summer service program administrators to share best practices, learnings and provide program support.
- Support Young Adult Coordinators in their day-to-day work with Summer Service participants, specifically regarding conflict and problem-solving processes.
- Serve as the liaison between the MCC Summer Service Network, Directors Team (which includes MCC U.S. Executive Director and regional Executive Directors) and Program Director Network.
- Orient new regional Young Adult Coordinators when there is staff transition.
- Periodic travel to regional programs to support and learn about constituency, current and past program workers and regional program dynamics.
- Attend GSL department meetings
Administrative - 40%
- Provide leadership and oversight to the MCC Summer Service Program including administration, monitoring, support, oversight and program evaluation.
- Collaborate with the Summer Service Program Task Force on the strategic planning of the Summer Service Program, carrying out key responsibilities and tasks identified by the Task Force.
- Maintain consistent, shared practices for the Summer Service Program across all regions.
- Uphold MOU for National Coordinator and Regional Coordinators.
- Work with MCC Human Resources in order to comply with U.S. Labor Laws and standards.
- With HR staff, create and maintain a Summer Service program database shared by US regional offices.
- Create strategies to stay connected to program alumni with encouragement of further involvement with MCC.
- Provide leadership for social media and the program website with shared regional stories and program information.
- Work with Communications to create promotional materials to be used by Young Adult Coordinators.
Education/Training - 10% -
- Develop orientation framework and implement annual orientation in consultation with regional Summer Service Network.
- Keep shared program materials (application, proposal, worker/supervisor reports, program evaluations, etc.) up to date in consultation with summer service network.
- Be available to lead orientation and re-entry sessions on topics related to power and privilege and anti-racism.
Other duties as assigned.
Travel expectations: occasional local and inter-regional travel within the U.S.
Interested candidates can send their CV