The Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) places recent college graduates (“volunteers”) in full-time service positions at social-justice organizations for one or two years. Volunteers are encouraged to explore LVC’s core principles: living simply and sustainably in intentional community while serving the cause of peace with justice. LVC provides a foundational learning experience around on racism, oppression, and privilege and how these intersect with social justice; and the role of spirituality in inspiring and sustaining leadership. Successful candidates will be comfortable and eager to engage diverse constituents to advance LVC’s inclusive aspirations. LVC has a small staff and serves approximately 50 service-year volunteers annually.
Young adult service-year program administrator; high-initiative community organizer and relationship builder; enthusiastic local champion for national efforts. Supervise and provide administration for the local program, including managing finances; volunteer and placement relationships; troubleshooting and counseling around house, Volunteer, and Placement challenges; keeping updated lists of resources in the region; and leading locally as liaison with national efforts. Report on progress weekly in national staff meetings and online reports. This position is the sole paid staff for the region, and is supported by the national organization and local support.
Duties and responsibilities are general and not intended to be all-inclusive.
1. Volunteer Service-Year Programming -- Implement service year programming for the region, including multi-day out-of-town retreats; leadership in national orientation and house move-ins; ensuring monthly mentoring curriculum is carried out; arranging special LVC local events (Brews for Justice, commissioning ceremony, open house); and providing resources to connect Volunteers to local community social justice activities. Conduct scheduled check-in meetings with Volunteers in groups and one-on-one.
2. Community Building -- Proactively identify and seek out community partners, alumni, Volunteer parents, Lutheran church and other faith institution members, and local services, to support the Volunteer service year, connections with the local community, opportunities for social justice engagement, support services, and more.Seek opportunities to speak about LVC at public events and gatherings, and participate on recruiting visits that require high-level relationship development.
3. Local Support Network (LSN) Convening-- Build, manage relationships, and host regular meetings for a Local Support Network which includes alumni, host churches, and others. Share ways for local supporters to give time, talent, and treasure in support of local Volunteers and LVC; and connect members with local and national efforts.
4. Placement/Non-profit Recruitment-- Research and recruit new social justice nonprofits annually to serve as Placements, and manage onboarding and relationships throughout the year.
5. Volunteer/Student Recruitment-- Identify and build ongoing relationships with sources for recruiting new Volunteers, and participate in national recruitment efforts.
6. Staffing-- Recruit, train, and supervise alumni to provide (non-paid) monthly mentoring sessions to Volunteers in each house; occasional interns to support the Program Manager position; and LSN members.
7. Housing-- Identify and secure new rental houses that meet service year requirements, and close existing houses as necessary to meet variable enrollment of Volunteers. Help Volunteers manage rental relationships and housing issues throughout the year.
· Bachelor’s degree, or commensurate education and experience in a similar role.
· At least 2 years building and facilitating community and/or alumni-based networks to advance programming.
· At least 2 years of experience managing youth/young adult programs, service year or community service programs, internship programs, or other immersive learning experiences.
· Willingness to travel within region for meetings, and outside region to recruit students.
· Experience supervising staff or volunteers.
· Analytical judgment and discretion in management of young adults, program personnel, contractual relationships, community partners, housing, etc.
· Ability to champion LVC’s core values, spiritual exploration, JIC, anti-racism, and cultural competence.
The Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) places recent college graduates (“volunteers”) in full-time service positions at social-justice organizations for one or two years. Volunteers are encouraged to explore LVC’s core principles: living…
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