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Minister for Refugee and Migration Services - Extended Close Date: April 16, 2021 

Ministry Team Global H.O.P.E.  
Reports To Team Leader, Global H.O.P.E.  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 8  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary  

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Minister for Refugee and Migration Services develops and coordinates strategies, initiatives, and programmatic resources related to the comprehensive UCC Refugee and Migration Ministries Program, including resettlement, networking, and advocacy. This position is responsible for working with UCC congregations and guiding all aspects of migration services in the United Church of Christ as well as engaging with a variety of partners to ensure the building of deep partnerships through collaborative commitment to produce collective social action.


  • Conceptualize and develop plans to increase UCC capacity for migration services including refugee resettlement, asylum seeker support, and advocacy, guided by the goals and strategies of the UCC.
  • Strengthen and expand networks of UCC congregations engaging in refugee, migrant, and asylum ministries.
  • Coordinate and resource a network of sanctuary churches to strengthen their capacities, facilitate regular communications with and between them, and ensure connections to ecumenical and interfaith partners.
  • Support connections and collaboration of UCC congregations, Conferences and other UCC ministries, including CHHSM agencies and institutions of higher education, with local refugee resettlement offices of Church World Service and national resettlement networks.
  • Collaborate for programming, resource development, network building, and advocacy at points of intersection with the work of Area Executives in Global Ministries, the Washington, D.C. office, and related programs in Justice and Local Church Ministries, including the work of Environmental Justice Ministries on climate change.
  • Interpret the UCC’s Refugee and Migration Ministries Program across its various settings, strengthening its voice and increasing engagement through speaking engagements, articles, workshop leadership, correspondence, and preparation of printed, electronic, and other resources.
  • Work with UCC congregations and ecumenical partners around community sponsorship for newly arriving refugees to be resettled and for accompaniment of asylum seekers.
  • In accordance with the 2019 General Synod Resolution “Addressing the State of Global Forced Migration,” develop and curate materials and resources to support the UCC in all its settings in its commitment “to pray, learn, and actively engage in education about the current state of global forced migration.”
  • Additionally, collaborate with local congregations to advocate for issues related to policy changes or legal issues to positively impact refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers and foster a culture of welcome.
  • Communicate with UCC constituents across the spectrum of written media (including newsletter articles, email updates, blogs, social media, and Refugee and Migration Services webpages) and encourage appropriate action.
  • Develop and facilitate a network of coordinators to educate and engage congregations for participation in activities that dismantle injustices targeting refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers.
  • In collaboration with the Global H.O.P.E. Team Leader, engage and educate congregations about the United Nations sustainability and development goals (SDGs) related to refugees and migrants by utilizing the UCC Asylum Accompaniment toolkit and other resources.
  • Work with the Team Leader to determine opportunities for involving congregations and Conferences in global advocacy by identifying potential partners and inviting statements and signatures in support of legislation and resolutions coming from the federal government, the United Nations, and other relevant bodies.
  • In consultation with the Team Leader, maintain programmatic relationships with appropriate Church World Service offices and staff, including Faith Solidarity working group, as well as the offices and staff of other faith-based and non-governmental organizations related to the work of refugee and migrant services.
  • Work collaboratively with Global H.O.P.E. Team members at points of intersection, including with the Minister for Disaster Response and Recovery on displacement issues and with the Team Leader on sustainability issues stemming from war, poverty, and climate change.
  • Participate in Global H.O.P.E. Team grant review meetings to provide input for assessing refugee grant applications, sharing knowledge or insight of organizations seeking funding.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.

  • A master’s degree in a related field, or a combination of education and demonstrated work experience.
  • A theological understanding of global mission in its broad range of concerns; a person of faith familiar with the United Church of Christ and its core values.
  • Knowledge and experience working with Migration services, with an understanding of the issues and methodologies for creating systemic change.
  • Demonstrated intercultural competencies with ability to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings.
  • Demonstrated capability to communicate through a variety of methods, including preaching and writing for newsletters.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially as well as independently and confidentially.
  • Demonstrated use of social media and related technologies.
  • Ability to travel within the United States and its territories.


  • The position is based in Cleveland, however, remote work will be necessary due to COVID-19 until further notice.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.

It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.

Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid Health, Dental, Life and Pension Benefits  
Application Deadline April 16, 2021  
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