The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati District Council (SVDP) has been providing innovative and practical basic needs assistance and systemic change advocacy for Cincinnati residents in need for 150 years. The organization works personally with those in need, regardless of race or creed, to bridge the gaps in their lives through home visits provided by neighborhood-based volunteer groups (Vincentians in Conferences); groundbreaking Outreach Center initiatives like the Charitable Pharmacy and Homelessness Prevention program; a network of 12 food pantries; and seven thrift stores across Cincinnati.
Scope of Position: The Ozanam Center Program Coordinator is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of programming for the Ozanam Center for Service Learning and overseeing the works and development of Youth Conferences. The Program Coordinator is a full-time, Tuesday through Saturday position. Work weeks will vary seasonally and will include night/weekend work.
Service Learning Center:
- Facilitate and support Ozanam Center retreats, workshops and trainings, leading effective group discussions and engaging communal reflections
- Assist in developing curriculum addressing current social justice issues, integrating Catholic Social Teaching and Vincentian spirituality
- Ensure that all supplies, activities, and community partners necessary for retreats, workshops and trainings are secured
- Maintain organization of all Ozanam Center files, electronic and hard-copy
- Communicate with primary point of contact for all retreat and workshop groups to share pertinent information and secure all necessary paperwork and financials
- Oversee timely follow-up communication with Ozanam Center participants
- Support volunteer base to assist with all Ozanam Center retreats, simulations, and workshops
Youth and Young Adult Conferences:
- Support existing school-based St. Vincent de Paul Conferences through regular communication and providing resources to sustain their continuation
- Collaborate with local universities and high schools to foster the growth of new local school-based conferences
- Mentor students partnering with the Ozanam Center and St. Vincent de Paul for capstone and other school-related service learning projects
- Develop and support a high school service club
Qualifications: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree and three years’ relevant experience. Depth of knowledge of issues of poverty, justice and Catholic Social Teaching; strong organizational and interpersonal skills; an aptitude for communicating orally and in writing; self-motivated; comfort with discussing spiritual life and praying with retreatants; and the ability to effectively relate to people of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds are necessary.
Work Environment: Works both within an office and out of the office – outside in the neighborhood and at local community partner sites. Office Environment – adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. External – walking around West End and adjacent neighborhoods, as well as visiting various community partner sites; environments vary. Evening and weekend hours required, including flexibility in work hours, as retreat schedules necessitate.
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