Equip and mobilize local churches in an assigned geographic area to identify specific ministry opportunities related to prisoners and their families and develop the resources to meet those needs. Build, maintain, and enhance relationships with church-based volunteers, pastors, DOC staff, prison chaplains, etc. Develop, manage, and coach teams of volunteers to meet the ministry opportunities. Foster an environment that will attract, train, motivate and retain quality, knowledgeable ministry volunteers while promoting teamwork and personal spiritual development. Primary duty consists of performing office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of Prison Fellowship. Work includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance. This position requires some weekend event work and attendance and some weekday evening work from time to time. In addition, this position will require on occasion more than 40 work hours in a work week (Monday through Sunday).
- Develop ministry teams in strategic locations within the assigned area that meet specific ministry needs and opportunities. Implement local area plan for engaging local churches, ministerial associations, and key volunteers as the means for team development. Focus for our Field Directors: Angel Tree church recruitment 30%; Prison Program and DOC relationship development 30%; Volunteer Relationship development 30%; Identify reentry partners 10%. May include extended travel time via car, plane, train or bus etc. (i.e: 30 minutes to several hours).
- Develop a network of key relationships relevant to prison ministry within an assigned geographic area for the purpose of maximizing available resources. Includes but is not limited to prison staff and chaplains, clergy, faith-based organizations, and social services personnel. Compile and analyze information on the specific ministry opportunities and resources of the sub-areas within overall geographic responsibility. On ongoing basis, utilize network and available information to partner in maximizing shared resources for ministry impact.
- Provide ongoing coaching/mentoring to established teams. Recruit key volunteer leaders and assist as they recruit, select, train, and support other volunteer members. Serve as resource on issues relating to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families in assigned area. Provide regular communication on upcoming ministry opportunities, possible ministry resources, etc. and advise in handling difficulties encountered in ministry.
- Work with supervisor and other regional staff in team effort to accomplish regional goals. Contribute to development, communication and implementation of strategic plans in assigned area. Work with supervisor and support staff to ensure completion of administrative tasks, meet financial and program reporting requirements, and collaborate on logistics for special events and activities. Keep supervisor informed of progress, issues and unusual problems. Submit reports and statistics in a timely manner and train volunteer leaders on process for submitting reports.
- Maintain a thorough knowledge of PF’s programs and technology necessary to carry out duties. Program areas include but are not limited to in-prison programming, Angel Tree, and reentry. With supervisor, design and implement plans to achieve approved goals. Monitor training needs of volunteers and provide information on available resources or make arrangements for needed training. Provide feedback on program and training materials and needed updates.
- Work closely with cross-divisional staff to ensure volunteers are connected to support resources, appraised of new programming methodologies, tools and resources. Identify volunteer trainers and assist them in their activities.
- Work closely and collaboratively under the direction of the Regional and Area Directors with Strategic Gifts personnel to help accomplish fundraising objectives and activities.
Skills & Requirements
Communication Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Work Hours Flexibility: May require evening and weekend event support (on site at client location) and extended travel hours via car, plane, train, bus etc. (multiple hours)
Percentage of travel required: 60%
Other Skills: Demonstrates good teamwork and strong ability to develop personal networking relationships. Basic knowledge and application of fundraising, collaboration, humility, perseverance and communication skills; adaptability. Ability to base work from a home office with minimum supervision and function in regional team. Demonstrated ability to work cross-racially, cross-culturally, and cross-denominationally. Spiritual maturity.
Satisfactory criminal background (PF does not discriminate against individuals with a prior criminal history).
Mature Christian in agreement with PF’s mission, vision, values and statement of faith ( http://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/statement-of-faith/ )