Program Manager, USDR

Management Full Time

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About the Organization

As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief – UMCOR – assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need. UMCOR comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters – famine, hurricane, war, flood, fire or other events—to alleviate suffering and serve as a source of help and hope for the vulnerable. UMCOR provides relief, response and long-term recovery grants when events overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on their own. UMCOR also provides technical support and training for partners to address emerging and ongoing issues related to disaster relief, recovery, and long-term health and development.



Job Summary

On behalf of UMCOR, the Program Manager, US Disaster Response augments early response activities of the United Methodist Church and affiliates by 1) providing partner support for relief, recovery and preparedness program development, implementation, evaluation and reporting, 2) assessing risks, assets, and capacity of partners in the UMC connection and offering recommendations accordingly, 3) facilitating communications within the connection during emergency and early response phases, 4) drafting briefs and situation reports, 5) providing technical support throughout all phases of the disaster cycle, and 6) Accompanying partners through all phases of the grant cycle: proposal development, reporting, and closure.



Essential Job Functions

  • Grants Management- supports project and proposal development in consultation with conference disaster response coordinators, UMC stakeholders and other partners.
  • Accompanies partners, recommending strategies, processes, and procedures to promote efficient and effective disaster programming throughout the disaster cycle (preparedness, response, and recovery).
  • Provides insight and guidance for internal systems development and process improvement in collaboration with other units within the agency.
  • Program and Leadership Development- stays abreast of current trends in the Disaster Management field, including jurisdictional regulations, programming standards and innovations.
  • Conducts site visits in collaboration with UMCOR USDR Director to improve relationships, provide programmatic guidance and to validate programing.
  • Performs other duties as assigned



Major Accountabilities

  • Monitors grant compliance and reassure the accuracy of grant status in cooperation with other departments. Works with internal colleagues to monitor and evaluate progress of programs, strengthen grantees’ project management capacity and ensure transparency and accountability.
  • Accompany and guide conference level partners in implementing programming at all phases of the disaster cycle. Support conference partners in realizing the goals for their disaster ministry.
  • Maintain relationships with partners to enhance capacity and provide guidance as needed.
  • Under the guidance of the training program manager, deliver training on disaster preparedness, response, and mitigation and support curriculum development as directed.



Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree Required
  • At least two (2) years of experience supporting disaster readiness and/or response within the U.S. while working on behalf of a humanitarian aid organization or governmental agency and have demonstrated his/her ability to effectively facilitate training.
  • Experience with grant-writing OR grant-making OR project management is ideal, however, will train highly motivated candidate.



Competencies, Job Requirements and Other Specialized Knowledge

  • General knowledge of the United Methodist structure preferred; knowledge of relevant US disaster relief and recovery frameworks required.
  • Experience working with faith-based organizations, familiarity with the United Methodist Church, and/or previous experience with an UMCOR-funded project is a plus.
  • Fluency in English is required.



The Ideal Candidate

The candidate must be able to develop and maintain effective relationships with key partners. Have the ability to take initiative by taking ownership and accountability of their own performance and seeking out additional responsibilities. The candidate must have excellent communication skills and understand/respect cultural, religious, and political environments.



Work Hours and Conditions

  • FLSA Status: F/T Exempt
  • Location: Remote
  • Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Monday – Friday with flexible start/end time) - Evening and weekend work/meetings as necessary, particularly during peak unit season.
  • May require work outside of standard business hours (to include weekends), particularly during peak unit season.
  • Sedentary office/computer/keyboarding/meeting work for extended periods of time. Ability to alternate between sitting/standing.
  • Travel as required.



What We Offer and How To Apply

  • Global Ministries offers a competitive benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, HSA/FSA, and other health and welfare benefits.
  • Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, along with a digitally signed employment application through the applicant portal. Applications must highlight competencies against requirements, potential start date and at least three references (2 supervisory references and 1 professional reference).
  • We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible, so don’t wait to apply! We will review applications as they are submitted. Application deadline is March 31st, 2023.

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