Program Manager - Lutheran Disaster Response-International
Fully Remote Fully Remote, IL Service and Justice
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About the ELCA

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 worshiping communities across the 50 states, Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands. With a vision to live in a world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation, the ELCA strives to be a welcoming, thriving and connected church that introduces people to Jesus so they can discover community, justice and love.

The Lutheran Center (national office) is located in Chicago, Illinois. A staff of 400, under the leadership of the Presiding Bishop, serve as administrators, advisors, conveners, partners, and resource people for the ELCA and its ministries. Staff lead the work of national, domestic, and global ministries and programs including Lutheran Disaster Response, ELCA World Hunger, Service & Justice, Christian Community and Leadership, and Innovation.  We are also home to five of our separately incorporated ministries: The Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA, Women of the ELCA, Lutheran Men in Mission, the ELCA Foundation and the ELCA Federal Credit Union.

About the position

Through the Service and Justice unit, the ELCA CWO fosters and facilitates this church’s engagement in service and promotes efforts to call and act for justice. Its work includes engaging in mission, service, and justice in accompaniment with churches and organizations in other countries; engaging with communities, coalitions and networks, congregations, and synods in service and justice work within the territorial jurisdiction of this church; and providing guidance to members on matters of social justice.  

This position is responsible for the quality and accountability of Lutheran Disaster Response-International (LDR-I) active grants and ensure proper grant close-out. Coordinate with Development Communications (DevComm) for stories for publications, situation reports and coordinate with the Philanthropy team on special reports to donors.  Assists the LDR Director when a disaster occurs outside the United States, collecting information and coordinating with the area desks. 

This is a full-time, exempt, remote position.



1. Manage the active LDR-I grants for quality and accountability. This includes reviewing narrative and financial reports to ensure project activities are conducted as planned. Follow up with the area desks for inquiries related to reports and recommend next tranche of payment  (if applicable) or for grant close out. 


2. Provide content information to Networking and Education, Development Communications  and Philanthropy teams for publication, social media and other reports. This includes developing project summaries to track grants.


3. Assist the LDR Director and PD for LDR Initiatives in coordinating with the area desks when a catastrophe occurs in their region. This includes collecting data, situation on the ground, and planned response. Draft and submit a disaster response memo for the Service and Justice’s Administration and Finance Committee with  details of the request for humanitarian assistance. 

4. Assist the LDR Director in promoting Core Humanitarian Standards and develop emergency preparedness and response plans   for the area desks and companion churches.


5. Other duties as required.


1. 2-3 years of experience in international humanitarian assistance. Direct experience in implementing disaster response. 


2. Familiarity with Core Humanitarian Standards and Quality and Accountability.


3. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and in a team-oriented environment; advanced interpersonal relationship skills and ability to build consensus. Demonstrated intercultural competencies.


4. Outstanding organizational skills, detail oriented and thorough. Agility and flexibility, disciplined, able to meet deadlines, self-starter, able to work under pressure of demanding priorities and deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 


5. Understanding of and commitment to the vision, spirit and mission of the ELCA, ability to articulate and operate within the  accompaniment theology for mission.


6. Expertise with word processing software, use of database for reference and merging. Familiarity with Fluxx grants management system. 


7.  Ability to read, speak and write Spanish a plus.

Physical Effort: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. This position requires sitting for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Travel Frequency: Some travel; up to 10%.  Position requires some travel by plane or car. Valid driver's license required.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Minimum: $60,195.


The ELCA offers a competitive benefits package for eligible employees, including employer paid health premiums for employees, health and dependent care FSA’s, a health savings account (HSA) with an employer contribution, life insurance, and a substantial employer contribution to 403b retirement plan (no match required). We also offer a generous paid time-off policy including 11 paid holidays. All benefits commence on your start date.