Mission Specialist for Domestic Refugee and Asylum Response (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)
Louisville, KY, United States of America


The national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), based in Louisville, Kentucky, serve and work with mid-councils, congregations and partner organizations to carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ in the  World.  The work at the Presbyterian Center is carried out by approximately 400 staff members in several national entities: Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Investment and Loan, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Presbyterian Women and the Administrative Services Group.

Position Purpose:

To increase support to Mid Councils, their congregations and local coalitions, in their ministries with refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable immigrant populations. The position will work under the supervision of the Associate for Refugees and Asylum, working closely with CPJ ministries, the Immigration Issues Office of OGA and Mid Councils to increase networking and peer learning opportunities.


Job Skills / Requirements

1. Maintain contact with Presbyterians engaged in refugee ministries through email, telephone, social media, and site visits to learn about their ministries, program needs, public policy concerns and opportunities for collaboration.

2. Create opportunities for regional networking among Mid Councils, local congregations, refugees and immigrants and other relevant stakeholders. Participate in national networking events as able.

3. Work with PDA grantees, other local partners, coalitions and Mid-Councils to enhance refugee and asylum related advocacy efforts of CPJ Justice ministries and the Office of Immigration Issues (OGA) consistent with GA policy. Assist with the sharing of advocacy resources and opportunities and identify congregational and refugee voices where possible.

4. Bring to the attention of the Associate for Refugees and Asylum policy and programmatic issues identified by local partners for possible PDA action (public policy or programmatic).

5. Assist with the refugee & asylum grantmaking process, including follow up on grant request information, reporting questions.

6. Represent PDA at meetings and events as needed.

7. Participate fully in the work of PDA and CPJ. Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Position Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Specialized training in refugee or asylum related fields

Experience: At least 2 years of refugee, asylum or immigrant-related services or advocacy. Faith-based or grassroots community-organizing preferred. Experience working with churches or other faith-based institutions a plus.

 Required Skills:

  • Ability to work in cross-cultural and intercultural settings
  • Community Organizing
  • Effective listening and critical thinking
  • Self-starter and ability to multi-task
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Public speaking 
  • Social media 
  • Ability to speak and write in a language other than English 
  • Experience in grant or report writing 
  • Knowledge of the PCUSA structure and policies
Helpful Skills: Proficiency with the English language and one or more additional languages very helpful

Required Competencies:

Collaborative: Works together in an inclusive community, invites input, shares ideas and seeks the best ways to accomplish common goals and easily adapts to a dynamic work environment.

Accountable: Takes responsibility for actions and works with integrity, transparency, and love.

Responsive: Response to the voices and needs of the church by being timely, helpful, enthusiastic and mission-centered.

Organization: Strong organizational skills and the ability to take the lead in office organization.

Communication: Outstanding written, phone and verbal skills

Excellent: Works with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.

Cultural Proficiency: Understands and values differences in various cultures within the organization. Manages the dynamics of cultural differences within a workgroup. Adapts to cultural diversity by continuously learning about differences and creates opportunities for staff to learn about one another.

Life / Work Balance: Recognizes the importance of rest and renewal and the need to maintain an appropriate balance between work life and personal life by adapting to changing needs at work, taking time to pursue personal interests, seeking others' help and discernment when needed and responding appropriately when overcommitted or when faced with stressful or dynamic situations.

Physical Requirements: Must possess the ability to perform above job-related duties. Ability to travel within the U.S. approximately twice a month for several days.


Additional Information / Benefits

We believe a balanced life, with time for work, leisure, and spiritual nurture, makes us healthier and more productive colleagues at the Presbyterian Center.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a competitive benefits package for eligible employees including Medical, Dental, Pension Plan, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, Vacation Days, Sick Days, and Paid Holidays.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates from Presbyterian communities in the global south and other historic Presbyterian Communities of Color, preferably with theological training and fluency in languages other than English, are encouraged to apply. Individuals living with disabilities encouraged to apply.

This job reports to the Manager

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1