Field Director, CRS West

Field Director, CRS West

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

United States

Background

The West Field Director position is integral to the larger Mission & Mobilization division and the goal of building a movement of millions in support of CRS' mission and strategic priorities. Animated by our Catholic faith's call to action to alleviate suffering and work to create a more just world for the world's poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, CRS is seeking to build a movement of millions of people in the United States and around the world to increase the Church's impact and influence in combatting global poverty, violence and injustice. Our new Movement Building strategy is the outward expression of missionary discipleship--calling forth leaders who have encountered Christ in the face of the poor, becoming prophetic advocates for justice and the common good. Guided by our Catholic faith, we are committed to building a movement of passionate individuals across the United States who will take action to advance CRS and our vision of integral human development for all.

The Field Director is responsible for building an ever-increasing network of chapters (or groups) of CRS supporters throughout the West region, which includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The network of chapters (or groups), representing key audience segments, including but not limited to high schools, colleges & universities, Hispanic constituencies, parish and diocesan-based adult audiences as well as ecumenical, interfaith and secular audiences as appropriate, will support CRS' issue-based campaign activities, and will significantly bolster our advocacy, policy and fundraising priorities and goals.

Job Summary

The West Field Director oversees the expansion of a chapter infrastructure in the West region. In close collaboration with the Senior Advisers for Volunteer Management and Leadership Development & Training and under the guidance of the Director of Chapter Management, the Field Director oversees the building of a mobilized and passionate constituency network in support of CRS issue-based campaigns with a primary focus on advocacy and fundraising in the West region.

The West Field Director, in conjunction with the Senior Advisers for Volunteer Management and Leadership Development & Training, supervises three (3) Field Organizer/Trainers, one (1) Volunteer Manager, and one (1) Event Coordinator/Support staff. The Field Director, in close collaboration with the Senior Advisers for Volunteer Management and Leadership Development & Training, is responsible for ensuring that the chapter-building methodology is implemented evenly across the West region and in keeping with the division's movement strategy, targeting key audience segments for chapter growth, retention, and development, as well as organizing our engagement of chapter leaders on a regional level.

The West Field Director coordinates closely with Charitable Giving's Regional Development Directors on planning and executing joint events; collaborates closely with Mission & Mobilizations' Government Relations team on targeted advocacy actions outside of the campaign and chapter work; coordinates with relevant Communications officers as it relates to regional media outreach; collaborates closely with the Church Engagement Team to ensure cohesive representation and follow up; and participates in divisional and agency leadership and strategy meetings.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Manages a team of Field Organizer/Trainers, Volunteer Manager, and Event Coordinator/Support staff and ensures cohesion of efforts across the region and among key audience segments, including youth, young adult, Hispanic audiences, and Catholic adult audiences in particular;
  • Collaborates with the Senior Advisers for Volunteer Management and Leadership Development & Training to craft annual performance plans, conduct performance reviews, and address performance issues of Field Organizer/Trainers and Volunteer Manager;
  • Ensures appropriate sequencing and implementation of campaign content and training resources throughout all chapters;
  • Ensures close collaboration with Strategy & Operations team to ensure appropriate tracking of data and metrics, regular reporting and analysis of field activities, and supporting overall movement-building strategy;
  • Oversees the development, retention, and growth of ultimately thousands of chapters (or groups) throughout the West region targeting key audiences, including but not limited to high school students, college/university students, Hispanic audiences, and Catholic adults;
  • Proactively seeks opportunities to unite chapters (or groups) within their localities or region to maximize the collective impact of their actions; builds bridges across like-minded organizations to expand chapter network;
  • Organizes and prioritizes the development and growth of chapters in the West region based on CRS strategic priorities related to policy, advocacy, and fundraising;
  • Collaborates closely with all the Field Directors and Senior Advisors to ensure cohesion and unity of purpose in the implementation of the national chapter strategy and managing the constituent experience;
  • Leads the gathering and representation of field team feedback regarding campaign content and action, chapter methodology, volunteer recognition, training modules, communications templates and other materials and resources created to support chapters, volunteers and leaders for discussion among divisional leadership teams;
  • Represents CRS in the West region to key partners and chapter leaders, including but not limited to national Catholic organizations as determined by senior leadership, Church leaders, universities/colleges, high schools, lay leadership groups, parishes, Church institutions, faith-based groups, secular/coalition partners, and influential individuals Church leaders as appropriate and in coordination with the Church Engagement unit;
  • Supports the constituent outreach efforts of the Government Relations team as necessary for non-campaign but strategically important advocacy issues affecting CRS' priorities and concerns;
  • Collaborates with Field Directors, the Director, Chapter Management, relevant regional Charitable Giving and MarCom colleagues to plan and execute national events and trainings;
  • Provides management oversight for the field office and budget and ensure compliance with agency financial planning and management policies and procedures;
  • Participates in leadership and agency strategy discussions and meetings as determined by divisional leadership.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree in social justice, social work/advocacy, non-profit management, business, pastoral ministry, or related fields preferred;
  • Eight (8) to ten (10) years of management experience, including staff management and supervision, or the equivalent combination of education and experience, required;
  • In-depth knowledge of Catholic social teaching and its practical application, contemporary Catholic Church issues and trends; knowledge of the structure of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and demonstrated ability to work within its culture;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with clergy, religious and lay leadership within the Catholic Church, as well as leadership in other Catholic institutions, organizations and agencies;
  • Broad knowledge of international issues, particularly related to the developing world;
  • Proven experience in financial, budget, personnel management and program planning, implementation, and evaluation required;
  • Demonstrated success in supervising team of high performing individuals;
  • Ability to think holistically and envision the big picture while maintaining strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Superior interpersonal, people and project management/coordination skills as well as writing, communication and strong decision-making skills;
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation are critical in this position;
  • Public speaking experience and skills;
  • Flexibility with work hours as needed;
  • Ability to travel in the US and overseas, required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding and support of bi-lingual and bi-cultural (English and Spanish) program development;
  • Demonstrated success in marketing programs to U.S. Catholic audiences;
  • Strong inter-cultural competency required. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Agency-wide Competencies

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity;
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation;
  • Builds Relationships;
  • Develops Talent;
  • Strategic Mindset;
  • Accountability & Stewardship.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position supervises a team of five (5) staff in a matrixed reporting structure in conjunction with the Senior Advisers for Volunteer Management and Leadership Development & Training;
  • Work Conditions/Environment Conditions: CRS field office in West region and/or telecommuting opportunities available.

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