Our Sister Parish (OSP) Mission is a nonprofit organization and a faith-based ecumenical effort designed to bring hope and social development to the poor of the town of Berlín, El Salvador, particularly those who live in cantons of Berlín. Our goal is to raise awareness of and embrace solidarity by developing committed relationships within churches in the U.S. and with our brothers and sisters in El Salvador. In the relationships that develop between U.S. churches and the poor of the cantons, faith will grow and the love of God will be profoundly experienced for all involved. The Mission is administered cooperatively by Our Sister Parish Board and the Pastoral Team of Berlín.
● Meet with the Pastoral Team regularly to build consensus in program and project areas. All work is accomplished in conjunction with the Pastoral Team.
● Provide schedules and budgets for visiting delegations. Ensure all resources are secured, including transportation, food, housing, and translation. Meet the delegations at the airport and stay with them through the entire time of their visit.
● Provide communication (including translation of documents and letters) between the Pastoral Team, the Our Sister Parish board, and sister churches that have working relationships with cantons.
● Develop a working knowledge of sites and organizations that will assist delegations to understand the social, political and religious dimensions of El Salvador. It is also important for delegations to understand the history of violence suffered by the people of this land, and the continued violence that is exhibited from the deep roots of repression and injustice experienced by the poor of El Salvador.
● Return to Iowa, at least twice a year, to report to the OSP Board and meet with partner congregations for updates, education, and possible fundraising.
● Faith-based, compassionate, able to live in and understand the Salvadoran culture
● Displays a non-judgmental, cool-headed, and balanced demeanor
● Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish
● Skill in working as a collaborative team member
● Capacity to drive a car/pickup, including a manual transmission
● Ability to use a computer and keep accurate files and records
● Able to walk long distances
● In good health and able to perform physical duties
● The desire to love the poor of El Salvador
● Capacity to communicate to masses as well as to individuals
Average of 40 hours a week. More time is needed when a delegation is in El Salvador.
Salary and Benefits of $34,305 annually
How to Apply
To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and three references with contact information to [email protected] .
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please direct all questions to [email protected] as well.