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Sponsorship Coordinator

Sponsorship Coordinator

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8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Samaritas, one of the state’s largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


Job Summary


Develops and coordinates sponsorship relationships for refugees arriving through the Reception and Placement program. Serves as a Samaritas liaison between church and community groups to support resettlement and employment staff.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conduct outreach to churches and faith groups, individuals, and other community groups providing information about refugee resettlement in assigned geographic areas.
  2. Recruit groups to sponsor resettling families through presentations, meetings, and other forms of individual communications.
  3. Develop, secure and coordinate financial resources for the implementation of the sponsorship program goals and objectives.
  4. Train sponsoring groups to understand scope, duration, and expectations regarding sponsorship of refugees. Share best practices for volunteers supporting resettlement.
  5. Match incoming families to sponsoring groups and serve as a link for communication and facilitation between the sponsoring group and New American Case Managers.
  6. Monitor, track and document sponsorship activities in organizational databases. Analyze data to determine most successful recruitment activities.
  7. Create and utilize branding materials for Samaritas New American Services for the purposes of outreach and recruitment, including but not limited to: presentations, brochures, handouts, displays, and newsletters. Partner with Samaritas Communications and Advancements department when appropriate.
  8. Collaborate with Volunteer Coordinators to develop trainings, motivational meetings, and appreciation events for New American Services volunteers.


Job Qualifications


Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, communications, marketing, faith/religious studies, social work, or other related field preferred, or four years equivalent work experience.



  • Minimum two years’ experience working with local faith communities, public outreach, or related equivalent experience. • One year experience in refugee or other international services field.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proven skills in marketing and recruitment. General knowledge of software: database, spreadsheet, word processing, desktop publishing.
  • Ability to speak, read and write fluent English. Fluent in Arabic, French, Kirundi, or Swahili preferred.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills. Comfortable presenting and speaking to both small and large audiences.
  • Ability to connect and relate to diverse faith and community groups.
  • Ability to assign, direct and coordinate the activities of others and monitor progress on delegated work assignments.
  • Strong written skills to communicate with partners, sponsoring groups, and Samaritas staff. Successfully document and track all activities.
  • Exceptional organizational and planning skills. Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, perform highly detailed work and mathematical functions; withstand stress and handle multiple, concurrent task and constant interruptions.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of government structures, agencies and policies which impact Refugee Services program. Ability to read and interpret documents.


Additional Work Requirements

  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as necessary to attend and represent Samaritas at recruitment events, meetings, church services, and other opportunities.
  • Travel between Samaritas offices in service areas required.
  • Valid unrestricted Michigan driver’s license with good driving record. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current automobile insurance.


Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Stands and moves about indoors and outdoors.
  • Stoops, bends, twists, and frequently lifts supplies up to 25 lbs.
  • Hand-eye coordination.
  • Hand and finger dexterity.