Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0060
Post Date 8/26/2019
Title LERT Volunteer Manager, Disaster Response
Organization The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Job Grade 10
City St. Louis
State MO
FT/PT Full Time

Organization Profile

The Office of National Mission coordinates and supports domestic ministries that serve congregations and schools through the districts of the Synod (Bylaw

Reporting Relationships

  • In day-to-day responsibilities, the LERT Volunteer Manager is accountable to the Director of Disaster Training. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Serves as a subject matter expert and consultant to ministry area staff members on FEMA volunteer requirements.
  • Manages the LERT volunteer program by providing LERT training events, training district trainers, and planning/leading various webinars each month.
  • Manages the working database of all LERT trained volunteers, including interfacing with the IC Volunteer Manager, and coordinates communication with trained volunteers from across the US on a regular basis to actively engage our base.
  • Provides guidance and counsel to groups establishing short-term volunteer camps after disaster.
  • Oversees and writes the department’s social media outlets and other avenues of communication as it relates to the LERT program
  • Provides guidance and counsel to District Disaster Response Coordinators (DDRCs) and LCMS groups wanting to host volunteers after a disaster, short and long term, in matters relating to safety, spiritual care, deployment, and liability.
  • Maintains accurate records of all LERT deployments, relating to number volunteers, hours worked, and families assisted.
  • Collaborates with the Synod’s web architects for website postings and updates as it relates to the LERT program.
  • Provides a monthly activity report to the Director in the format requested to include reporting on outcome-based goals, all travel (actual and planned), activities, and business expenses.

Education and Experience

  • Active member of a Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod congregation, faithful to the Holy Scriptures, and the Lutheran Confessions, and supportive of the Synod’s Constitution, Bylaws and policies.
  • M. Div. from one of the LCMS Seminaries is preferred.
  • Education/Experience in disaster response or volunteer management is preferred.
  • Experience in developing effective communiqué and managing projects.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Clear theological thinker, able to articulate with spoken and written word.
  • Demonstrated skill with technology, including Microsoft Office, social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and video conferencing
  • Able to make contacts and follow through with people at all levels of the Church.
  • Able to independently direct projects and see them through to their successful completion without outside direction.
  • The ability to solve complex problems and develop curriculum is preferred.
  • Familiarity with online educational platforms.
  • Apt to teach in a variety of circumstances, including to large groups of laymen and/or pastors.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required for training, conferences, and counsel after disasters.


Supervisory Responsibility

  • None.
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