Community Sponsorship Developer Job at Church World Service, Harrisburg, PA

  • Church World Service
  • Harrisburg, PA

Job Description

Imagine waking up every morning with the chance to change someone's life. Imagine knowing your efforts will benefit both your career and our neighbors around the world. At CWS, our team knows they are making a difference every day. Whether you're in our U.S.-based offices supporting refugees, asylees or unaccompanied children ... implementing hygiene initiatives in Cambodia or rebuilding projects in Central America ... or even connecting remotely from your home on fundraising campaigns, grant reports, or critical communications - you have the opportunity to work towards a world where everyone has food, a voice and a safe place to call home.

The Community Sponsorship Developer assists the Development and Communications Coordinator with recruiting, training, and managing volunteers, especially co-sponsorship teams. S/he will develop and manage the CWS co-sponsorship program and act as a liaison between CWS staff, community sponsors, newly arrived families, and the larger refugee community.

  • Under the guidance of the Development and Communications Coordinator, the candidate will develop and grow CWS’s co-sponsorship program through targeted outreach and partnerships with local community-based organizations and established client communities in support of refugee resettlement.
  • Assists Development and Communications Coordinator with training of community volunteers and co-sponsorship teams by developing in depth training materials and holding informational and interactive educational sessions throughout the volunteer/co-sponsor onboarding process.
  • Cultivates and maintains relationships with community partners and faith-based organizations with the goal of recruiting both individual volunteers and co-sponsor groups.
  • Participates in weekly meeting with the Development and Communications coordinator and the R&P team to assess client needs and mobilizes volunteers and co-sponsors to provide services according to CWS guidelines.
  • Supervises and assists co-sponsors with provision of core services in partnership with CWS R&P staff. Handles communication between caseworkers, refugee clients, volunteers and co-sponsor groups, and established refugee community groups with diplomacy and efficiency.
  • Meets with co-sponsor teams at 30-, 90-, and 180-days post arrival to ensure their assigned family is meeting crucial self-sufficiency goals.
  • Assist in planning and executing a 6-month co-sponsor and family celebration at 180 days post arrival.
  • Ensure a safe space environment in which all individuals are welcome regardless of race, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, political affiliation, disability, or social group.
  • Assist in the completion of programmatic and financial reports for funders as required.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, International Studies, Migration Studies, or other.


Experience: Experience in program development, experience in refugee resettlement. Strong experience in nonprofit, social justice, and volunteer management work are essential. Demonstrated ability to work independently with a high level of comfort coordinating people and resources. High level of cross-cultural competency with ability and desire to work in a cross-cultural setting. Excellent written and spoken communication skills. Excellent public speaking skills. Knowledge of refugee resettlement and local context preferred.


Other skills: Valid Driver’s license and transportation and clean driver’s record are required. Fluency in English is required. Must be computer literate with proficiency in MS Office and internet applications.





Communication Ensure effective exchanges of information with others. Examples of skills and behaviors include speaking to others respectfully; expressing ideas in a logical, organized way; sharing information appropriately; and clarity and conciseness in written communication.


Relationships Ensure constructive and supportive interactions with others. Examples of skills and behaviors include being positive and supportive when working with others; sharing information and resources freely; resolving conflict constructively; and proactively working to remove obstacles to success for others.


Job Knowledge Utilize and apply job related knowledge to complete job tasks at a level that meets or exceeds expectations. Examples of skills and behaviors include utilizing job knowledge to solve problems or develop new approaches; maintaining or enhancing skills through continuing education; and taking on projects that will develop or enhance skills.


Teamwork Work effectively and contribute as a member of a team. Examples of skills and behaviors include supporting other team members by sharing information; covering the work of others during absences, vacations etc.; and actively participating in developing ideas for ways to increase team effectiveness.


Problem Solving Analyze information and develop solutions to challenges that arise during the course of performing a job. Examples of skills and behaviors include researching and collecting facts; defining the issues and the parties affected; formulating options/solutions for addressing the problem; and engendering support for and implementing the solution.

CWS offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
- 403 (b) Retirement Plan
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Generous Paid Time Off (18 Paid Days Off; 24 Days Off after 2 Years)
- 14 Official Holidays
- 12 Sick Days Off (Accrued monthly)
- Life Insurance and AD&D
- Long Term and Short-Term Disability
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Health Savings Account
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Commuter Benefits

Job Tags

Holiday work, Temporary work, Local area, Remote job, Flexible hours, Day shift,

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