American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

ABHMS National Coordinator
for Mission Response

We are looking for a 
National Coordinator for Mission Response. The essential purpose of the National Coordinator for Mission Response is to advance the ABHMS missional goals & strategic priorities of the Healing & Transforming Communities (H&TC) unit in a variety of areas. As a member of the H&TC unit, the National Coordinator for Mission Response must be committed to ministries of social uplift, healing and justice that positively and significantly impact communities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Some key areas of focus in this position include crisis and disaster response, mobilization of a national network of passionaries, raising awareness of advocacy issues, cultivating mission partnerships, and promoting diverse resources among our partners to be agents of healing and transformation in the communities where they serve.

The H&TC unit mission is: To identify and engage partners in advocacy, liberation and care for one another, through a shared commitment to unconditional love for all God’s people created in God’s image and entitled to equity, civility, equal opportunity, well-being and respect in society.

This is a fulltime position, reporting to the Director of Healing & Transforming Communities. This position is available immediately and requires the ability to work at the ABHMS-owned Leadership & Mission Building, located in King of Prussia, Pa. The National Coordinator for Mission Response must be able to report to work daily at the ABHMS corporate offices, attend assigned meetings, denominational and church programs when directed, and travel as needed in support of H&TC priorities using diverse modes of transportation.

The successful candidate will:

  • Facilitate connections, raise consciousness, build bridges, and encourage action to increase the number of healthy and transformational communities which demonstrate compassion, justice, awareness, involvement and commitment to discipleship in action.
  • Engage existing local, regional and national resources to promote vibrancy, health and transformation.
  • Convene, support and expand the Community Outreach Ministries network for mutual support. This network includes partners working within underserved communities to promote healing, engage volunteers as passionaries, enhance community development and attract major donors.
  • Build a relevant and vibrant contemporary model of volunteerism and create a national network of passionaries aligned with ABHMS goals, priorities and values. This network will connect individuals, churches and key partners with their passions to attract and retain an adaptive multi-generational, culturally diverse volunteer corps.
  • Develop a robust and collaborative Aligned Action Response Network of adaptive ministry leaders throughout the United States and Puerto Rico that can facilitate coordinated responses to disasters and keep ABHMS informed of local incidents, trends and opportunities for impactful connection. Alongside this network, the National Coordinator maintains a strong awareness of opportunities for mission engagement nationally.
  • Engage in public witness and advocacy as requested, cultivate partnerships, raise awareness, and act on justice issues advancing human rights and religious liberty; defending democracy; promoting creation care and ending poverty, racism, violence, mass incarceration, criminalization and human trafficking.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement effective strategies for disaster response. This includes timely response to major disasters. Convene key leaders for planning comprehensive response as needed.
  • Organize, lead and train others with best practices for conducting short-term immersion experiences to various communities for disaster recovery with an intentional focus on increasing the cultural exposure and cultural competency of participants.
  • Maintain, expand and offer relevant training for a network of volunteers/passionaries.
  • Design and implement a cohort experience for young adults that facilitates vocational exploration and introduces them to ministries beyond the local church.
  • Work collaboratively within H&TC team and with other ABHMS units to develop an effective communications and multi-media strategy. This may include (but is not limited to) recording podcasts/videos, posting for ministrElife or website.
  • Serve on ABHMS grant task force and as liaison to grant recipients.
  • Able and ready to lead urgent response messaging that is timely, relevant and inclusive.
  • Participate in National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) conferences and other conferences that advance your work.
  • Other relevant duties, as assigned.

Required Education, Experience, Strengths & Competencies

  • To be successful in this role, the individual must understand the organization’s mission and values and work diligently to make a positive impact on advancing that mission.
  • Evidence of a sense of call to Christian mission in the United States of America & Puerto Rico, with a passion and interest in impacting human communities for the better.
  • Demonstrate congruence with the mission and vision of ABHMS particularly with respect to caring ministries, leadership development and public witness & advocacy.
  • Commitment to ongoing spiritual formation, personal growth, professional development, and self-care.
  • Ability to identify, nurture and build a network of Passionaries -ordinary people doing extraordinary things that change lives in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in the humanities, such as religion, sociology, political science, social work, communications, or relevant field.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; skilled communicator and presenter.
  • Experience working with religious or other non-profit groups in community organizing, advocacy, education, or relief work.
  • Self-motivated leader with the capacity to work both independently and collaboratively, while balancing work on multiple or parallel causes.
  • Experience in planning, following through on tasks, organizing and executing activities, including logistics. Project management experience a plus.
  • Competent working in a large faith-based setting where cultural and gender diversity are greatly valued.
  • Strong people skills and willingness to communicate with clients, colleagues, and management
  • Eagerness and ability to share with ABHMS colleagues what is learned in the field, is attuned to the landscape and is able to discern and interpret trends in that landscape.
  • Strong time management skills, including prioritizing, scheduling, and adapting, as necessary.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Capacity to learn quickly, grasp the significance of diverse issues, and interpret complex issues clearly.

ABHMS is a great place to work! We offer an excellent compensation package: competitive salary and benefits (health insurance, paid vacation and paid sick time, participation in a fully vested 403b, paid maternity/paternity leave, continuing education grant, plus many others). ABHMS provides the support needed to continue to develop our staff’s knowledge, skills and abilities along their chosen career path consistent with ABHMS’ missional priorities and objectives. We offer a safe, professional work environment located at 1075 1st Avenue, King of Prussia, Pa.

ABHMS is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate and take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

To Apply: Send Current Resumé and Cover Letter

We will begin reviewing candidates as early as July 21st, 2022.