Readiness and Response Coordinator - Missouri Annual Conference


Reports to: Director of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries
General Description
To serve as the primary coordinator for Missouri Conference disaster preparedness, crisis response ministries, and prepare the Conference’s 780+ local churches for such events.
Position filled by application and interview with the Director of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries.
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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and deepen partnerships with government, civic and faith-based entities in order to develop readiness, response, and recovery collaborations.
  • Assist local churches in developing and creating a readiness and response ministry.
  • Consult with local churches as they conduct for risk assessments and facility audits.
  • Organize emergency preparedness exercises for conference office & districts as needed.
  • Identify, pilot, and/or share resources and trainings on disaster preparedness, response and recovery innovations, including spiritual care resources.
  • Update social media platform in collaboration with the communications strategy set forth by the Office of Connectional Ministries.
  • Manage supplies in warehouse, resources, and lists of needed materials.
  • 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 training for early responders, volunteers, and survivors as needed.
  • Develop a volunteer training, deployment, and ongoing engagement system in collaboration with the Conference’s existing database and communication platform.
  • Learn the disaster response procedures and plans of the state and state-wide agencies, such as, the American Red Cross, SEMA or VOAD.
  • Coordinate with Jurisdictional Disaster Response Coordinators as needed.
  • Remain aware and up to date on UMCOR policies, practices and current work.
  • Develop District Readiness and Response Coordinators network and provide resources and training as needed.
  • Maintain communications with local and regional District Readiness and 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.
  • Propose a Conference crisis communication plan related to disasters.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Necessary Skills
  • 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 Preparedness & Response.
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Strong analytical, assessment, and project-planning skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in volunteer engagement.
  • 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 propose creative solutions to MSJ Director.
  • Able to respond professionally and effectively to multiple and often competing demands.
  • Able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Flexible team player.
  • 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 two to four times a month.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
About The Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church represents approximately 780+ local congregations in almost every county of the state. The conference exists to lead congregations to lead people to actively follow Jesus Christ by equipping and resourcing them around missional interests and administrative needs. Headquartered in Columbia, MO with nine district offices, the conference office includes approximately 35 part-time and full-time staff and is organized around Pastoral Excellence, Congregational Excellence, Mission, Service and Justice Ministries, Connectional Ministries, and Financial Ministries. Learn more at

Contact: Beth West

Address: 3601 Amron Court Columbia MO 65202

Phone: 573-441-1770