Two Jobs (one volunteer coordinator) with new PSU Student Shelter @ First United Methodist Church

  • January 11, 2021 5:55 PM
    Message # 9850176

    Hello NOVAA folks,

    There is a new transitional housing initiative opening up this winter in collaboration with members of the Portland State University community at the First United Methodist Church, which will be the evening home of the new "PSU Landing," which will host up to 8 PSU students experiencing houselessness. 

    There are a couple evening part time jobs open related to this, one of which specifically pertains to overseeing the new volunteer program associated with the landing. I've cut and pasted the Landing Coordinator position below (a mix of volunteer coordinator and program coordinator). All open positions can be seen in full here:

    I do not oversee this position, but my students will be volunteering for it, so I am excited to spread the word amongst those who have prior volunteer management experience!

    The Landing Coordinator

    TIME:  20 hours/wk; 6pm-10pm; 5 days/wk

    The mission of The PSU Landing at FUMC (The Landing) is to provide a temporary safe-haven for housing insecure Portland State University (PSU) students. 

    LOCATION: The PSU Landing at FUMC is located at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC), 1838 SW Jefferson Street, Portland, OR 97201.

    JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Landing Coordinator is primarily responsible for managing the scheduling, training and work shifts of the volunteers for The Landing. This includes but is not limited to:

    • keep a record of all volunteer contact information
    • ensure background checks are completed as needed
    • ensure volunteers and staff are attending required trainings
    • check in with volunteers and staff for ongoing feedback and on the job training as needed
    • communicate with volunteers, staff and support team; identify workflow issues; resolve questions or concerns 
    • manage records for appreciation and recognition activities
    • work onsite

    Volunteers and staff are recruited from various religious groups, community groups, PSU, social media and other sources.  Volunteers may sign up to be involved in one or more service points of The Landing. Resident Assistants are paid staff that manage the Landing overnight.

    The Volunteer Manager oversees several service points:

    % of Time        Duties

    30%                    Dinner Volunteers:

        • sign up to bring a full dinner for the total number of guests and staff of the shelter. This includes a complete and balanced meal.  It is encouraged that it is a home cooked meal.
        • Meal delivery between 6:30pm – 7pm or by appointment. Meals are pre-made, ready to serve and not cooked on site

    30%                    Evening Volunteers

        • Oversee multiple volunteer tasks
        • Prepare or set out grab and go breakfast
        • Shift hours are 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    30%                    Schedule and Support Overnight staff 

        • Help guests pack up their pods and get sorted for the day.
        • Ensure laundry has been removed from the washer and dryer
        • Guest must be ready to leave by 7am each morning (except Saturday)
        • Check rest rooms and kitchen for misplaced items; tidy up after guests leave

    10%                   Communication

        • Bi-monthly Meeting with Resident Liaison for updates and feedback
        • Coordinate with Student Steward
        • Updates Church Administrator 


    BUDGET AUTHORITY:       None.  Participate in Budget Development

    SUPERVISOR:                      Church Administrator             

    SUPERVISORY DUTIES:     Overnight Hosts; Volunteers


    ·         Experience successfully with volunteer coordination or management

    ·         Successful experience or education in social service field preferred 

    ·         Excellent communication skills, written and verbal

    ·         Collaborative leadership style; experience with group facilitation and/or conflict management

    ·         Self-directive and creative individual

        • Ability to organize a transient population of student residents
        • Experience working with college students with limited funds (paid or volunteer)
        • An understanding of “Safe Sanctuary” practices and principles
      • Values diversity, equity, and inclusion and operates with compassion and awareness of current trauma informed care practices.

    Rate of Pay:  $18/hr


    Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to

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