Disaster Response Coordinator - Missouri Annual Conference


Disaster Response Coordinator

To serve as the primary coordinator for our disaster preparedness and response ministries. 
Employment: Position filled by application and interview with the Director of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries.
Compensation: Hourly Non Exempt. 20 hours a week. Shall be determined annually in accordance with the fiscal year by the Director of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries.


  • Develop and maintain contacts with government, civic and faith- based entities in order to develop response and recovery collaborations.
  • Assess and suggest emergency procedures and vulnerabilities for local churches.
  • Organize emergency preparedness exercises for conference office and district offices once a year.
  • Develop, pilot, and/or share resources and trainings on disaster preparedness, response and recovery innovations.
  • Update Disaster Response Plan communication materials as needed.  
  • Manage supplies in warehouse, resources and maintain lists as needed.
  • Have firsthand knowledge of ongoing local and regional projects and work with local churches to identify viable service projects.
  • Assist with grant development, as needed.
  • Coordinate spiritual care for first-responders, volunteers and victims.
  • Develop a volunteer training and volunteer deployment system.
  • Learn the disaster response procedures and plans of the state and state-wide agencies, such as, the American Red Cross, SEMA or VOAD.
  • Maintain communications with local and regional District Disaster Response Coordinators and share communications throughout the conference.
  • Make contact with the disaster/emergency response officers throughout the state. Learn how the church might effectively relate to the county’s staff responsible for emergency response. Share the learnings at quarterly trainings.
  • Contribute to the Conference crisis communication plan related to natural disasters.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • A desire to serve Jesus Christ, through the Church with a loving, warm, welcoming and helpful nature.  Also, a desire for discipleship and servant leadership.
  • Experience or education background in Disaster Response or Emergency Management
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with working with volunteers
  • Strong analytical, assessment, and project-planning skills
  • Proficient with technology, social media, video conferencing, and apps that help connect volunteers with the opportunity to serve
  • Self-motivated
  • Capable of multi-tasking and troubleshooting within time constraints and in high pressure environments
  • Able to respond professionally and effectively to multiple and often competing demands
  • Able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Flexible team player.
General Understandings:
  • Ability to work long or irregular hours during initial stage of disasters
  • Travel to counties or regions (some impacted by disasters) that may have highly-limited infrastructure and facilities, requiring work and travel in conditions of physical and sanitary hardship
  • Able to travel to a disaster site on short notice as needed
  • Able to travel to conference office twice a month for meetings
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Contact: Dora Thackery

Address: 3601 Amron Court Columbia MO 65202

Phone: 573-441-1770

Email: office@moumethodist.org