Volunteer Coordinator Internship

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Position Description

At ARM, we believe that service is a lifestyle for disciples of Jesus. We create opportunities for churches and ministries to extend their discipleship through serving with low-income families and children in rural AL to end substandard housing in our rural communities. Christ-centered friendships are built through these opportunities which reflect the love, compassion, and reconciliation of God’s kingdom. The Volunteer Coordinator strives to see these relationships develop as homes are made warmer, safer, drier, and more beautiful or as children learn God’s story, experience God’s love, and grow into the leaders God has called them to be. The Volunteer Coordinator works on the front lines of ARM’s growing movement of disciples seeking to end substandard housing in rural AL by extending the love of Christ.

Major Areas of Responsibility

The Volunteer Coordinator Intern will report to the Director of Ministry Operations. S/he will work with the ARM team to accomplish tasks in the following areas of responsibility:

  1. Publicity and outreach to potential mission teams both local and non-local for summer youth mission camp and for non-summer service days, mission retreats, and spring/fall break missions.
  2. Meet with youth ministry and mission directors from local churches to organize service days and develop partnerships to support ARM’s home repair and children’s ministries
  3. Set meetings for Director to visit local construction businesses to encourage engagement and partnership
  4. Assist with planning, preparation, execution, and evaluation of major volunteer and fundraising events
  5. Assist with certification of local home repair crew leaders with the Construction Supervisor
  6. Oversee administration, correspondence, and thank-you processes for all volunteers
  7. Organize and correspond with volunteers to support large administrative tasks (e.g. folding and labeling newsletters) and special projects (e.g. a book or tool drive).
  8. Prepare home repair family bios with assistance from the Director of Ministry Operations and the Construction Supervisor
  9. Speak at local churches approximately twice a month to share about ARM and ways to engage
  10. Volunteer with I Am My Brother’s Keeper (IAMBK) youth tutoring and mentoring ministry in Tuskegee twice a month

Culture, Requirements, Skills, and Abilities

Culture, Values, and Ministry Covenant

ARM has culture and value statements that are critical for the success and chemistry of our team. These statements are attached as addendums to this document and can be found in the Personnel Handbook. All team members are expected to live into these culture and values statements. The ARM team makes a sacred promise to God, each other, and the ministry through keeping a ministry covenant.

Requirements

  • A personal commitment to and active faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
  • Regular prayer for ARM, the people with whom we serve, and the ARM team.
  • Ability to drive up to 600 miles in a day for recruiting and coordination
  • Working from the ARM office in Opelika, AL.
  • Re-location to housing provided by ARM
  • Able to work with a team and group
  • Developing and maintaining a personal growth plan with the Executive Director. The intern meets on average twice a month with the Executive Director
  • Preparing for and participating in weekly staff and other organizational meetings

Skills and Abilities

  • Personable, relatable, and outgoing – a people person!
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in using digital office tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Illustrator, and Powerpoint or Mac equivalents to create professional, organized documents.
  • Proficiency in web based tools such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as well as Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar.
  • Experience with digital design tools like the Adobe Creative Suite or Canva.com
  • Ability to learn new web-based tools
  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Event planning skills
  • Adequate knowledge of the Old and New Testament

Preferred, but not Required

  • Experience volunteering with community service organizations.
  • Experience with social media and digital publicity tools like ConstantContact
  • Any interest or knowledge in affordable housing, construction, education, or childhood development.

Logistics

Compensation: $730/month stipend with option of raising additional support from personal support network (see below for details).

Benefits: No benefits are offered.

Hours: 40-45 hours on an average week. On special events, this could become a 50-60 hour week. On occasion, weekend hours (Saturday) are required to assist with home repair work days. Time off during the week is given to make up for time worked over a weekend.

Housing: ARM provides two options for housing: a 3 bed/2 bath mobile home located in Auburn or a 3 bed/2 bath home located in Tuskegee. The intern will be responsible for ½ utility cost at either location. Cable internet access with Wifi is provided by ARM at the Tuskegee home and possibly at the Auburn mobile home. ARM reserves the right to house other college students in either location. If the intern has roommates or wants to have roommates, accommodations could be made at either housing location in discussion with the Director of Ministry Operations and Executive Director.

Start Date: September 5, 2017 with possibility of late August start

End Date: May 31, 2018 with possibility of extension

Application Deadline: August 19, 2017

Raising Additional Financial Support

You have the opportunity to raise an unlimited amount of additional financial support above your $730/month base stipend. If you would like to raise additional support, here’s how it works:

  1. Create a list of your supporters in an Excel spreadsheet. This can include friends, family, churches, and businesses.
    • If you would like us to mail a letter to the supporter, provide their name, address, city, state, and zip code in separate columns.
    • If you would like us to email a letter to the supporter, provide their name and email address in separate columns
  2. We work with you to draft a support letter.
  3. We’ll either mail or email the letter to your supporters based on the list you’ve provided.
    • The emailed letter will contain a link to an online donation page where your supporters can choose to designate their gift towards your stipend.
  4. We’ll notify you as people submit donations either by mail or online. You’ll need to send them thank you cards.

Your additional support will be added on to your stipend based upon a percentage: 75% of each donation goes toward your stipend and 25% goes to support ARM. This also allows the donation to be tax-deductible for your supporters.

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