Community and Congregational Relations Coordinator - Chicago, IL


Listed 08-16-2018
The Night Ministry, 4711 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 | Phone: 773-784-9000 | Web site:
Chicago, IL
Start Date
Full Time

Position Summary: Establishes, coordinates and sustains relationships with faith-based and community organizations. Participates in VCCR Departmental responsibilities which include promoting volunteer opportunities, speaking engagements, administrative tasks, and transportation of in-kind donations.

General Purpose: Promotes the mission of The Night Ministry through involvement of community, faith-based groups, and organizations.

Role Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders of The Night Ministry, especially group volunteer and in-kind donors
  • Demonstrated ability to use theology to engage congregations in financial, in-kind, and volunteer support for The Night Ministry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, across diverse programs
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

Position Responsibilities:
Community and Congregational Relations:

  • Build, maintain and deepen community, congregational and faith-based relationships in Chicago and the metropolitan region.
  • Respond promptly and effectively to internal and external volunteer inquiries, directly or by referral.
  • Schedule, manage and track meals prepared and served by volunteers at outreach sites and in shelters
  • Schedule, conduct and track Night Walk educational immersion experiences for students
  • Spearhead the Holiday Celebration stocking project. Manage inquiries, organize volunteer support, send thank-you letters, and related duties
  • Represent The Night Ministry at congregational services and events, clergy associations, denominational meetings, faith-based advocacy groups, and volunteer/service/mission fairs
  • Provide public education on The Night Ministry’s mission, advocacy, and direct service work. Develop and co-facilitate corporate Lunch & Learn events
  • Maintain an up-to-date database of significant contacts, group volunteer service projects, and related information.
  • Develop and execute a regular recognition plan for participating service groups


  • Assist in the transportation of in-kind donations from donors to office, off-site storage, and programs.
  • Participate in the solicitation, receipt, and tracking of in-kind donations and gift cards.
  • Participate in departmental evaluation activities
  • Maintain familiarity with agency’s target populations and communities served using current literature and agency materials
  • Attend staff, agency, and inter-agency meetings, trainings and seminars as assigned; participate in the agency’s public relations and fund-raising activities as required
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor

Essentials skills and experience:

  • Two years experience in related position
  • Demonstrated success and comfort working with diverse populations, cultural and faith traditions
  • Outstanding interpersonal, writing and oral skills; must be effective speaking publicly
  • Access to reliable personal transportation, current driver’s license, good driving record, and evidence of insurability
  • Able to make frequent local travel, and some travel within Illinois
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, nights, and the days leading up-to Christmas Eve (may include up to three Sundays every month)
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and strategize
  • Creative, detail-oriented team player and self-starter who can stay organized and multi-task in a busy environment
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office, database, social media, internet)

Nonessential skills and experience:

  • Familiarity with Chicago-area faith-based community

Reporting to this position: No direct reports

To apply:

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