Tampa Bay Region Church and Volunteer Engagement Director

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OVERVIEW

The Better Together team seeks a Tampa Bay Region Church and Volunteer Engagement Director to oversee the organization’s efforts to build strong, lasting partnerships with churches in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who loves to research, prospect and build long-term partnerships with churches and feels passionate about the mission of Better Together.

An ideal candidate will have at least three years of relevant experience and a track record of successfully building long-term relationships and partnerships with churches. He or she will have a strong desire to see the gospel change lives in their community through the power of the local church. They will believe the local church is truly a beacon of hope for the hurting and they will be curious about what keeps churches engaged and excited about the mission of the organization. They will thrive on the challenge of bringing on new churches and cultivating those relationships. He or she will be organized, passionate and have excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication.

CULTURE & FIT

Success at Better Together depends not only on a person’s skills, but also on their ability to fit the culture of Better Together. If you answer “yes” to all the following questions, then you may be a fit for the team if your skill sets match the requirements below. The vast majority of those who don’t get hired or don’t last at Better Together are due to a lack of fit with these values, so they really matter. Be prepared to have very candid conversations about them in our interview process.

  • Do you have strong administrative skills and are detailed oriented?
  • Are you comfortable with sales and actively reaching out to cold leads?
  • Are you comfortable working multiple Sundays a month and in the evenings?
  • Do you consider yourself a positive and optimistic person?
  • Do you wholeheartedly agree that the church can end the foster care crisis?
  • Do you typically go above and beyond to help others?
  • Would you be excited about being on a fast-paced team with big goals?
  • Are you thankful for what God has given you?
  • Do you believe volunteers can change the world?
  • Do you seize opportunities even when it’s uncomfortable?
  • Are you always looking for ways to grow professionally?
  • Do you enjoy reading books, listening to podcasts and attending conferences?
  • Are you outgoing and enjoy making new connections?
  • Do you enjoy public speaking?
  • Do you have pride in your work? Even if no one is reviewing it?
  • Are you self-disciplined and able to work in a remote setting?

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The Tampa Bay Region Church Engagement Director will have four primary roles:

  1. Research, prospect and close new church partners
  2. Church launches and volunteer recruitment, training and approval process
  3. Church engagement and cultivation
  4. Volunteer engagement and cultivation

These roles break down into several responsibilities, including:

  • Research, prospect and close new church partners.
  • Research churches that would be a great fit for Better Together and our mission
  • Recruiting churches for Better Families and Better Jobs
  • Seeking and executing meetings with new church partners
  • Securing new church partnerships and relationships
  • Secure financial support from churches in partnership with the development team
  • Proactive in follow through and follow up with church leads.

Church Launches and Volunteer Recruitment

  • Scheduling new church launches and re-launches with existing church partners. This includes speaking and sharing the mission and vision of Better Together at Sunday morning services and/or weeknight church partners’ services
  • Speak at ministry opportunities that may present themselves through existing church partners, ie. women’s ministry conferences, Bible studies, etc.
  • Identify additional ways to help recruit volunteers within the community
  • Schedule and conduct volunteer trainings alongside church launches throughout the year to accommodate the volunteer recruitment process.

Church Engagement and Cultivation

  • Oversee and run thank-you process for North Central Florida church partners
  • Includes entering all churches into Salesforce database, writing thank-you cards, making calls and other unique ways to engage and cultivate church and pastoral relationships.
  • Manage internal and/or external communication to North Central Florida church partners, including producing emails, thank-you letters and other church communications.
  • Spending time with church partners to find creative ways to engage the congregations at each church partner in North Central Florida.
  • Uncovering needs, assessing opportunities and equipping churches to serve the community through our programs.

Volunteer Recruitment and Cultivation

  • Keep new and existing volunteers informed and engaged
  • Utilize volunteers to help with events and trainings when appropriate
  • Recruit volunteers as host families, family advocates, and job coaches
  • Successfully manage and move volunteers through the volunteer process to become approved and active volunteers
  • Find creative ways to build meaningful relationships with volunteers and keep engaged through all opportunities to serve alongside Better Together
  • Assist family care coordinators in matching volunteers to families that need help.

TIMING, LOCATION & COMPENSATION

Better Together is seeking to fill this position no later than September 1st, 2022. This is a full-time position, with volunteer training’s and recruitment events occurring in the evening, and church launches on most weekends. The candidate must be comfortable attending different churches on the weekends to lead church launches. Better Together is headquartered in Naples, Florida but this is a remote position. The candidate must live in Pinellas, Pasco or Hillsborough County. Better Together offers salary and benefits that are very competitive, including a great culture with a dynamic team.

Email resume and cover letter to: kristianna@bettertogetherus.org.

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Cammara OvertonBetter Together Team

Cammara Overton
Collier County Family Care Coordniator

Cammara worked in the international nonprofit sector and served as a missionary overseas for 10 years before joining Better Together as the Collier County Family Care Coordinator. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has a heart for building relationships and serving women, children and their families and sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ with everyone she meets. Cammara is passionate about coming alongside those seeking life change and helping them achieve all that they desire to do for themselves and their families. Cammara is very excited to be a part of the Better Together family by providing recourses and extending love and compassion to families in crisis.

Cammara and her husband, Dan, enjoy spending time playing volleyball and hanging out with friends and their Italian pup, Harley. They both have a passion for serving the Lord and being the hands and feet of Jesus in their community.

Jennifer MoffittBetter Together Team

Jennifer Moffitt
Tampa Bay Region Home Study Specialist

Originally from Massachusetts, Jenn moved to Florida in 1993 to be closer to her parents, who had left the snow behind the year before. In 1996, she graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Jenn started her career working in private adoptions as a birth parent worker. After two years she was drawn to child welfare. For the next 19 years, she worked as a child protection investigator for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. In 2019 she began working for the Office of the State Attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit, as a child abuse specialist. She assisted prosecutors with interviewing child victims of abuse and neglect and served as a liaison with the Department of Children and Families and their local community providers.

Jenn and her husband, Shawn, were married on Christmas Day in 1999, and they have two boys, ages 12 and 20. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, taking day trips, visiting the beach, and vacationing in the mountains of North Carolina.

Katie MalloyBetter Together Team

Katie Malloy
Northeast Region Home Study Specialist

Katie was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended the University of Mississippi, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Katie has been working with children and families in the foster care system in Duval County since 2015. Her passion is advocating for children in care and helping build strong and healthy families. During Katie’s childhood, her church community was a great support system for her and her family. She’s a firm believer that the more people who love a child, the better.

Ruth DavidsonBetter Together Team

Ruth Davidson
Southwest Florida Church Engagement Director

Ruth has a passion for serving others. She believes strongly in giving back to the community and paying it forward. She loves to share her personal story of how, with God’s help, she was able to overcome past hurdles. Growing up in rural Kentucky in a large family that faced many struggles, she knows firsthand how God’s love can heal and restore broken families. She has the gift of hospitality and enjoys communicating with others with the hope that she is never meeting strangers, only making friends.

Ruth comes to Better Together with over eight years of ministry experience. After moving to Fort Myers from Fort Lauderdale in 2016, she served as an outreach coordinator for a nonprofit faith-based recovery program for more than five years. She was also an administrative assistant to her directors, scheduling events and successfully developing and establishing relationships with several businesses and churches in Southwest Florida. She has a relaxed way of making others feel comfortable, possessing a servant’s heart and loves outreach and missions.

Ruth currently resides in Naples and enjoys traveling, dining out, cooking, entertaining and serving in her community. She has two grown children, Martin and Annie, and one grandson, Drew, who loves to visit with his Nana.

Amanda ColafrancescoBetter Together Team

Amanda Colafrancesco
Sarasota/Manatee Home Study Specialist

Amanda was born and raised in Rhode Island and moved to Florida in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in administration of justice from Salve Regina University. Upon graduation, she began a career in child welfare, specifically toward a goal of preventing children from entering the foster care system. Amanda brings diverse experiences in serving children and families in their home environments to her work with Better Together as a home study specialist. She is also a certified child welfare protective investigator through the Florida Certification Board and has over six years of child welfare experience. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys visiting with family and friends.

Yohana RestoBetter Together Team

Yohana Resto
Southwest Florida Executive Director

Yohana brings to Better Together 15 years of experience working in child welfare. She has served in various roles, including case manager, clinical services specialist, relative search specialist, foster family recruiter, and most recently a role conducting comprehensive assessments for children in foster care or relative care. Yohana has a heart and passion for serving children and families, and she brings to the organization a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. A graduate of Southeastern University and Nova Southeastern University with a bachelor’s in psychology and Master of Science in counseling, Yohana has a caring and compassionate heart to support families in need.

Yohana loves spending time with her husband, Miguel, and their four children—Isabela, Natalia, Jaxon and Jayden. You can frequently find them at a soccer game, as their girls enjoy playing competitive travel soccer. Yohana credits her relationship with God and personal salvation as the motivating force behind her desire to continue to serve her community.

Dawson JordonBetter Together Team

Dawson Jordan
Creative Director

Dawson is an exciting addition to the Better Together Team. Since graduating college in 2015 from Florida Gulf Coast University with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management he has managed to create a successful career for himself as a self-employed freelance videographer/photographer. He has recently relocated back to his hometown in SWFL and is excited to join the team as the Creative Director to help us tell the Better Together story. Dawson is passionate about telling stories through a creative lens, especially when it comes to seeing families stay together and for individuals to thrive and become the best version of themselves. When Dawson is not in the office he likes to hang out with his friends, workout, and watch sports.