Chicago City Director
Job Description: Chicago City Director
DOOR is a gateway for encountering the city through the eyes, ears, and heart of God. We are dedicated to providing life-changing experiences for our participants rooted in relationship and solidarity with local communities and neighborhoods. All of our programming grows out of a commitment to mutual respect and thoughtful reflection, with a particular effort to emphasize issues of injustice and praying to discern what Jesus might be asking of us today.
Overview of Programs
Discover: For groups to participate in coordinated weekend and week long trips designed to challenge them to "see the face of God in the city" as they spend time listening, volunteering, worshiping, and reflecting on their experiences.
Discern: For individuals, primarily from our neighborhoods, to spend three to twelve months developing their leadership skills, discerning their call, and exploring vocational possibilities. During the Discover season these individuals play a key leadership role in showing and educating visiting groups about the issues of race, poverty, homelessness, and hunger. Discerners help visitors to connect faith and justice as they lead daily devotions, reflection, and prayer. Discern is an opportunity for emerging urban young adult leaders to hone life skills, grow professionally, and become exceptional leaders both in their community and the larger world.
Dwell: For individuals to spend a year living in intentional Christian community while serving in a local agency placement, worshiping in an urban congregation, and reflecting together as a community.
Overview of Position
The DOOR Chicago City Director, in collaboration with the local board, will cast the prayerful vision for a Jesus-centered ministry that promotes diverse cultural awareness, reflects regularly on systemic injustices, and creates life-changing moments moving towards racial and social reconciliation for people aged 13-100. As City Director, you will manage the Discover, Discern, and Dwell programs and maintain relationships with local partners.
This person will:
- Report regularly to the Executive Director and the Local Board
- Maintain a relationship with the PCUSA Young Adult Volunteers program (YAV) and Mennonite Mission Network’s Christian Service Department
- Attend all scheduled Local DOOR Board meetings
- Submit an annual report to Local and National Boards
- Participate in an annual evaluation conducted by the Executive Director in cooperation with the Local Board
- Submit weekly reports to the DOOR Network email list
- Be active in a local congregation
- Create and maintain positive working partnerships with local church, agency, and service partners
- Network with all DOOR City Directors by attending national staff meetings and working together on common network wide projects and goals
- Participate in social networking with DOOR and partner agency co-workers
Overall Responsibilities include the following (prioritized)
- Create and maintain positive working partnerships with local host churches, donors, and volunteer placement organizations
- Market all DOOR programs to potential participants in conjunction with DOOR National staff, Mennonite Mission Network, and PCUSA’s YAV program
- Attend annual YAV site coordinators meeting
- Facilitate meaningful interaction between Discover, Discern, and Dwell participants
- Manage all aspects of DOOR Chicago’s financial operations at the local level including: budgeting, fundraising, grant writing, expense reports, and communicating regularly with the local board finance/development representative(s)
- Invite/involve Local Board members in all programs
- Spearhead DOOR Chicago’s continued growth and development in accordance with DOOR’s mission and vision
- Develop and lead life-changing week long and weekend programs that challenge participants to discover the face of God in the city through service opportunities that emphasize fellowship, worship, and reflection. This includes:
- Logistical planning (housing, meals, etc.)
- Leading and/or scheduling leaders for nightly reflections and worship
- Utilizing DOOR national resources
- Partnering with Discover group participants before, during, and after their immersion experience
- Market the Discover program locally and nationally
- Coordinate and communicate with host churches
- Develop and operate a program for young adults, typically aged 16-25, which centers on vocational discernment, empowerment, and professional development
- Recruit, hire, train, and supervise a dynamic and diverse summer team of interns with help from local board members and local leaders
- Coordinate leadership with local service agencies
- Handle logistical planning (transportation, housing, work/curriculum schedule)
- Work with year-long Dwellers, aged 19-30, communally and individually to empower, encourage, and guide them toward their individual and communal vocational goals; this includes curriculum and leadership development
- Work with the DOOR national office, the YAV office, Mennonite Mission Network, and the local board in the participant recruitment, interview, and placement process
- Coordinate maintenance of property with First Church of the Brethren.
- Provide and/or coordinate support and conflict management for interpersonal issues among participants
- Oversee guidance and resources for spiritual development through curriculum development and connecting young adults with local mentors
This position requires:
- Commitment to Jesus Christ
- Ability to easily adapt to a varied and demanding work schedule
- Openness to working in an ecumenical community with a specific willingness to understanding Mennonite and Presbyterian contexts
- A seasoned self-starter who is also able to leverage support from local board, congregation, and community members, with a healthy humility to ask for help as needed
- Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience
- Experience and/or interest in Christian service, urban ministry, social and economic justice issues, racial reconciliation, and community development
- Prior experience in teamwork with peers strongly preferred
- Commitment to anti-racism with cross-cultural sensitivity and respect for people of many backgrounds and beliefs
- Ability to relate well to youth and sponsors and facilitate group processing of experiences
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Ability to use Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and social media
- Good organizational and problem solving skills
- Ability to understand budgets and to track receipts and expenses weekly
- A valid driver's license, good driving record, and ability to function well in city traffic, as well as a willingness to explore regular public transit options
Compensation and Benefits:
DOOR offers a competitive salary of $48,000 in parity with other vocational ministry organizations in the region, along with optional participation in retirement a plan. In addition, DOOR offers generous paid time off (beginning at 10 days per year), as well as two weeks off during the Christmas holiday season.
All new hires are subject to a 6 month probationary period and background check.
Successful candidates will explain in a detailed cover letter how they are a strong fit for the qualifications and experience outlined above. Email a cover letter, your resume, and three references to:
Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey, DOOR Executive Director
Subject line: DOOR Chicago City Director
- Note: No phone calls please. Applicants should not mail a hard copy. An email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of emails from interested applicants.
Find this posting online at www.doornetwork.org/employment.
Date Posted: November 30, 2017
Last Day to Apply: January 8, 2018
Start Date: February 15, 2018
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