Vice President of Global Initiatives

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by JAARS




Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


North Carolina
United States


Lead a team of people that works closely with JAARS global partners in Bible translation and language development) to develop and implement logistical mission support solutions from JAARS’ core platforms of transportation, technology, and training.

With your team you will evaluate strategic opportunities and needs with global partners and develop plans in collaboration with other JAARS leaders. Then you will support the resourcing and staffing, and ensure that the ministry impact is met through effective execution of the plans.

As this is a new role, the initial leader will be responsible to design and build the capability necessary for JAARS' growing global impact.


  • ·        This is a full-time volunteer (non-paid) position that reports to the JAARS President
  • ·       Able to work in US



  • ·        Build a strong team of regional initiative directors and support staff that work collaboratively with global partners and other JAARS departments
  • ·        Form strong, effective, and balanced relationships with global partners serving in Bible translation and/or language development
  • ·        Evaluate strategic needs and opportunities, primarily with a geographic/regional focus including multiple partners and multiple JAARS solutions
  • ·        Develop processes to assess global partner readiness and determine how JAARS can equip and strengthen our partners as we develop logistical solutions together
  • ·        Develop plans for JAARS' support of partner ministries/organizations with key impact measures agreed in advance
  • ·        Regularly assess global and regional contexts for JAARS' initiatives, monitor progress, refine and potentially modify the initiative goals if the context changes
  • ·        Ensure reliable and sustainable operation of the JAARS-enabled solutions, and validate the impact using assessment tools
  • ·        Collaborate closely with other JAARS teams to share information, ensure resources and finances are in place when needed
  • ·        Actively serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team


Characteristics, Experience, and Education:

  • ·        Have a servant leader mindset, balancing expertise with humility
  • ·        Strong oral and written communication skills
  • ·        Good interpersonal relationship skills
  • ·        Strong partnering and collaborative outcome skills, both internally and with external partner organizations
  • ·        Solid organizational, analytical and management capabilities – able to lead demonstrable stewardship of all JAARS resources: people, time, money
  • ·        A strategic thinker, able to apply innovative ideas and stretch organizational thinking
  • ·        You must have a global perspective, able to work well multi-culturally
  • ·        Demonstrated expertise and relevant experience with non-profit, mission-based and/or volunteer driven environments
  • ·        Be goal/outcome oriented, with a bias for action and a drive for closure, balanced by sensitivity to people and culture
  • ·        Demonstrate a deep and growing walk with the Lord Jesus that includes your personal growth and the ability to support others in their spiritual growth
  • ·        Embrace the vision, mission, and core values of JAARS, and help us live them effectively
  • ·        A bachelor’s degree

JAARS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian ministry located on a beautiful 500+ acre campus south of Charlotte, NC. We have nearly 100 guest housing units, recreational areas, a swimming pool, auto shop, mailroom, library, cafeteria, RV Park, childcare facilities, and youth ministries.

We have a variety of campus operations, housed in 20 buildings, with more than 500 JAARS and partner organization staff serving. We partner closely with SIL International, the organizations of the Wycliffe Global Alliance and with other organizations locally and globally.

JAARS vision is that people’s lives and communities are transformed as they experience God’s Word in their own language.

JAARS mission is to make Bible translation and language development possible, especially in the most remote and difficult places on earth. We do that by enabling locally appropriate and sustainable solutions in transportation, technology, media, and training.

JAARS Core Values 

Together in Christ, we commit to:

  1. Seek God Above All                                                                    
  2. Serve in Love                                                                                
  3. Act with Integrity                                                                      
  4. Steward God’s Resources with Courage
  5. Pursue Excellence
  6. Collaborate with Respect
  7. Create a Culture of Innovation


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available

How To Apply


There are many key opportunities at JAARS for you to help make Bible translation possible around the world. Volunteers are a crucial part of every department; over 50% of the staff are volunteers. We could not provide significant technical and logistical support services without people like YOU!


You will gain a new vision for missions and realize the lasting value of how your practical and technical skills are helping to transform lives around the world. Build meaningful and potentially lasting relationships with fellow volunteers and career staff. In the winter months, volunteers gather regularly for events such as breakfasts and game nights.

Service Length

Volunteers can serve from two weeks to many years. The types of positions available to you will depend on your abilities and especially, the length of your stay. For IT positions, a month of service is required. Longer-term volunteers are important in positions that require task continuity, training, or certifications.

Volunteer Requirements

  • ·        Proof of health insurance
  • ·        Be self-supported, or receive funds through another organization
  • ·        Ages 14-17 may serve if accompanied by a responsible adult
  • ·        Agreement with our Statement of Faith


A variety of short-term to one-year, on-campus, fully-furnished housing units are available for volunteers who serve a minimum of 40 hours per week per couple, or 20 hours per week per single. Units include phones, WiFi, kitchens, bedding, and towels. An RV park with hookups is also available. Call housing for pricing and to make reservations. 704.843.6020