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Advocacy and Empowerment Volunteer Coordinator

World Relief - Seattle, WA

Posted: 12/15/2023

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World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that is fighting for change that lasts, right here in the U.S. and across the globe. We bring sustainable solutions to the world's greatest problems – disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression, and mass displacement. The organization is approximately 75 years old and has worked in over 100 countries around the world since its founding.
In the United States, we come alongside local churches, community organizations and hundreds of individual volunteers to support newly arriving refugee and other immigrant families. Today, we are proud to partner with over 6,000 local churches, and 95,000 volunteers globally to bring hope, healing and transformation to the most vulnerable.

Are you a person of compassion? An advocate for justice? Someone who stands up for the rights of the vulnerable and speaks out for the marginalized, the exploited and the forgotten? Do you believe in our calling as Christians to welcome the least of these and love our neighbor?

If you answered ‘yes', to any of the above, World Relief, and millions of people around the world need you.

World Relief Western Washington is a Christian non-profit organization that provides support to refugees, asylees, and other immigrants in Western WA. We envision every refugee and immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community, and empowered for community. Every year,?thousands of people pass through the Northwest Immigration Detention facility in Tacoma, WA.?Detainees are sent to this facility from all over the country. Some stay in the center for days, others for many months and even years.?World Relief Western Washington (WRWW) is now accepting applications for a full-time?Advocacy and Empowerment Coordinator?to coordinate volunteers to support people's transition and welcome upon release.?This person will also collaborate with our Employment, Immigration Legal Services, and Health & Wellness teams to recruit, train, and support volunteers for those program areas.

Compensation: $$ per hour

Role & Responsibilities

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Oversee the post-release program to meet the ongoing and changing needs of released detainees in support of the work of World Relief Western WA (WRWW).
  • Regularly communicate and collaborate with Outreach manager about the needs and progress of the program.
  • Build partnerships with local area churches and organizations to further the development of our volunteer programs.
  • Regularly update and educate WR staff on your work, the Tacoma detention center, and political updates and advocacy opportunities related to asylees and asylum seekers.
  • Coordinate volunteers to provide services to detainees upon release (phone calls to US Tie, securing flights, transportation to airport, temporary hotel stays or host homes, clothes, food, backpacks, hygiene items, etc.).
  • On-call host home volunteer training, coordination, and management.
  • Transportation coordination (to airport/bus station, to and from host homes and hotels, etc.).
  • Partner with AID NW's Welcome Center for volunteer and detainee support.
  • Refer released detainees to asylum-seeker case worker as needed.
  • Coordinate volunteers to provide support to the Employment, Immigration Legal Services, and Health & Wellness teams and the clients that they serve.
  • Recruit and train new volunteers, provide management and supervision for volunteers.
  • Thank and show appreciation to existing volunteers.
  • Track and maintain up-to-date records of volunteer information, hours and activities, reports; enter data regularly into database, and ensure all PII security protocols are followed by staff and volunteers.
  • Assist the WRWW Outreach Team in educating the public about the work we do and how they can join us in welcoming refugees and immigrants.
  • Develop and adapt volunteer programs based on community needs and partnership opportunities.
  • Report data and stories for funding and grant applications and monitor program-related grants.
  • Oversee the work of program-related interns, volunteers, and partnering orgs.
  • Work with WR program staff and other community partners as needed, to develop an asylum-seeker program - collaborating with other WR offices and partner organizations to share resources.
  • Other related tasks as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.
  • Previous experience with volunteer management and training development preferred.
  • Experience with trauma-informed care strongly preferred.
  • Experience working or volunteering with refugees, immigrants, and/or non-native English speakers strongly preferred.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple duties.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Bi-Lingual in Spanish or Strong Knowledge of Spanish preferred.
  • Strong computer knowledge, including MS Office and the ability to learn new programs


  • Mature and personal Christian faith
  • Committed to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief
  • Desire to serve and empower the Church to impact vulnerable communities
  • Able to affirm and/or acknowledge World Reliefs , , and
  • Mature and personal Christian faith.?
  • Committed to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief.
  • Current Washington State driver's license and access to a vehicle required.
  • Flexibility in schedule required (your work may fall outside normal business hours).
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
World Relief offers a competitive benefits package (25 hours + per week):
- Medical, Dental, Vision
- Offer 16 company Paid Holidays + 4 additional Personal days per year!
- Paid Sick and Vacation Time
- Paid Parental Leave (12 weeks for qualified employees)
- FSAs: Medical & Dependent Care, & Commuter Funding
- Supplemental Life Insurance (employee, spouse, and children)
- Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, and Accident insurance policies
- Legal Shield Insurance
World Relief pays 100% for eligible employees:
- Group Term Life (employee, spouse, and children)
- Long Term & Short-term Disability
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
- Long Distance Travel Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
World Relief - Retirement:
- 401K & Roth
- WR matches up to 4%, then an additional quarter percent up to 10%
- Eligibility: Full Time (40 hours per week) is eligible after 3 months of employment. Part time is eligible after 1000 hours in a year.
World Relief Discounts (Immediately Eligible):
- Verizon
- Pet Insurance through Nationwide
- Home and Auto insurance through Liberty Mutual
- Working Advantage Discount Program
- Active & Fit Gym Membership
World Relief is honored to be recognized with the Silver-level Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation for exceeding the core components of our well-being program including leadership and culture, program foundations and execution, and whole person health.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
·While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations
·The ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-15 pounds.
·Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information.
·The employee frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.
·General office setting. World Relief also offers hybrid and remote schedules for limited positions.
·Great lengths of time working on computer, reading from computer screen, entering information, standing at copier or fax machine, and some time on the phone or in virtual meetings may be required.
·Year-end archiving activities involve repeated lifting and bending.
·Physical, emotional and intellectual demands
·Equipment used: Employee computer (desktop or laptop), printer, and copier.
·All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and is always under review.
We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.
For World Relief staff, strong commitment to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief is essential, and Christian faith is a prerequisite for employment, based upon United States federal guidelines provided in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Legal Background in the United States
World Relief is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization.?World Relief strictly prohibits and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination against employees on the basis of person's race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law, which does not conflict with the protections afforded World Relief as a faith-based employer.
In addition, physical or mental limitations will not be a factor in the application of World Relief's employment policies or employee practices, except for those situations in which occupational requirement make consideration of such factors necessary.
Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e 1(a) World Relief has the right to, and does, hire only candidates who agree with World Relief's Statement of Faith.


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Seattle, WA