Director of International Programs
WHO WE ARE
Bless the Children Ministries is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in Tulsa, OK. Our mission is to be the love of Christ to Ugandan’s vulnerable and orphaned children, equipping them to become authentic Godly leaders that transform generations. To accomplish this, we provide the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of over 300 children, which is funded primarily through our child and staff sponsorship program. BTCM owns 18 acres of land that – upon completion of our construction – will have 12 family-style homes and a Christian school, Canaan Primary. The children placed in our family-style residential care have no identifiable or capable family who can take care of them and are each led by a house mom who is mentored by trained social workers. The majority of children in BTCM’s program live offsite with a single parent or extended family member and receive loving holistic care with relational discipleship at its core. Through internships, mission teams and strategic church partnerships, BTCM trains and launches US volunteers each year to help serve the needs of the children and their families, helping transform their lives and perspectives as well. BTCM is committed to pointing the children we serve toward God as the provider of all their needs and to love and serve Him by loving and serving other orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa. We are focused on nurturing the connection that sponsors have with their sponsored child or children. Our hope is to continue to see both sponsors and children growing to be like Christ through the application of the commands of Jesus. We provide good opportunities for donors to establish real connections with the children.
Integrity: "Conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ." (Phil. 1:27)
Excellence: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord." (Col. 3:23)
Disciplemaker: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...” (Matt. 28:19)
Stewardship: "The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it." (Psalm 24:1)
Dignity: "God created man in His own image." (Gen. 1:27)
The Director of International Programs will help translate BTCM’s vision and strategic plan into measurable results, while focusing on the discipleship of our Ugandan kids and staff. This person will get to know the operation, people and culture and become a part of it. Observe. Learn. Build relationships. This will involve walking closely alongside BTCM’s Ugandan partners to develop excellent staff; create programmatic initiatives and systems that are strong, scalable, and missionally focused; and ensure that resources are aligned to help the BTCM team implement our strategy efficiently, effectively and in compliance with best practices and donor requirements. We are looking for a servant leader with gifting in discipleship, team building, problem solving, relationships, management, and leadership. This person is excited to invest in a foreign culture and can stay focused on biblical leadership and discipleship in a constantly desperate environment. Most importantly, this person will model Christ-like servant leadership in their day-to-day interactions with staff, volunteers, donors, and the children BTCM serves.
WHO YOU ARE
To be successful in this position, you must be passionate about helping others and you deeply resonate with our mission. You believe that relational discipleship through the vessel of excellent orphan care provides a platform to develop the next generation of Uganda’s youth - for the glory of God! Your faith in God is a central theme of your life. You are a seeker of new experiences, willing to experience and share Bless the Children Ministries and the nation of Uganda with potential donors & ministry partners. You are organized, detailed oriented, and entrepreneurial with a love for brainstorming and implementing successful processes. You have an innate hunger to make things better and are able to see how todays tasks pave the way for tomorrows future. You lead just as easily as you serve. You are comfortable with your identity and able to relate to our Ugandan partners, American volunteers, sponsors, and potential major donors. You are kind, yet bold: willing to ask BTCM partners to join us in transforming lives today to change a nation tomorrow. You understand what it takes to lead successful international ministry efforts and are looking for a high calling and a challenge. You long to join a motivated, loving, and passionate team and accept a life-changing challenge. The cause is great, and the goals are lofty.
Who you are is more important than anything. Below are some intangibles that articulate the type of person who will be successful in this position.
Compassionate (John 13:34-35): You love others because you have first been loved. You have a sincere Christ-like love for the people around you.
Faithful (Matthew 25:21): You have an active relationship with Jesus consistent with Bless the Children’s Statement of Faith.
Discipler (Matthew 28:18-20): You are willing to become our mission by walking alongside our donors and those we serve as they grow to maturity in Christ.
Vision/Creativity (Proverbs 29:18): You are attentive to the Lord’s leading to develop new and unique ways to improve BTCM’s international programs.
Family-focused (1 Tim 3:5): You value marriage and family as a gift from God, believing that children grow best in healthy families.
Biblical (2 Tim 3:16): Your decisions and actions are rooted in God’s word, because in His word is truth and life.
Authentic (Ephesians 4:22-24): You know yourself and let yourself be known.
Servant hearted (Col 3:23-24): You naturally anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of
others, considering them more significant than yourself.
Team Player (1 Corinthians 12:12-31): You work well with others to set goals, resolve problem,
and make decisions.
Leader (Hebrews 13:7): You positively influence those around you to achieve results.
Action Oriented (James 1:22-27): You are able to assess situational importance, urgency and risks,
and make clear decisions which are timely and appropriate.
Organized (Luke 14:28-30): You plan the work and work the plan. You set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
Above all things, you must have a personal relationship with Jesus, value the people over projects, and are able to constantly lead others to higher standards of care and intimacy with Christ.
The following qualifications are preferred but not required:
A bachelor’s degree in business administration, international development, or a related degree.
Experience living and working oversees, preferably with a ministry background.
Experience in program design and evaluation, partnership management, relational discipleship,
and extraordinary interpersonal skills in cross-cultural contexts.
RESPONSIBILITIES & FUNCTIONS
Provide strategic oversight, leadership, and management of BTCM’s programs:
Partner with the Ugandan Director, to facilitate the development and implementation of a strategic plan for Uganda, ensuring alignment with BTCM’s overall strategic plan.
Respond to new and emerging changes in the orphan care landscape (best practices, government trends, current events) by evaluating current practices and championing appropriate changes and development in programming.
Develop and implement BTCM Standards of Excellence to ensure the care being provided to the children is meeting their physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual needs, and that young people are able to transition successfully to independence.
Ensure exceptional quality of BTCM’s care by developing processes and key performance indicators (KPIs) that demonstrate the impact of programs on the lives of beneficiaries.
Work with BTCM leadership to develop and disciple Ugandan staff in a holistic manner. Expand their capacity and ability to implement strong and scalable systems for efficient and effective programs.
Support the development and operation of effective country boards and advisory committees, establishing appropriate by-laws and protocols.
Partner with UG staff for the development and implementation of a BTCM Ugandan Operations Manual and country policies.
Support collaborative relationships with partner organizations and institutional funders to maximize BTCM’s effectiveness in fulfilling our vision.
Partner with US development staff to pursue funding and other available resources for ongoing, new, or planned BTCM projects. This includes identifying projects, assisting in the reporting of funds used, and communicating operational and project funding needs.
Assist US staff with the implementation of the child sponsorship program.
Partner with Ugandan leadership to develop and implement an overall annual operations plan with clear objectives, goals, actions and timelines.
Partner with Ugandan leadership to develop and monitor an annual budget, ensure accountability of all project activities, and identify key trends and concerns. Work with the Financial Coordinator and Ugandan staff to prepare and send international wires.
Spiritual/Leadership Development & Direct Ministry:
Commit to following Jesus through prayer, spiritual disciplines, fellowship, and church relationships.
Develop a yearly personal & professional growth plan that fosters a vibrant spiritual life including time for solitude, retreat, reflection, prayer and a sincere commitment to understanding God’s Word.
Lead teams, staff, and volunteers in spiritual and leadership development, providing resources, training and experiences for their growth. Commit to the discipleship of our Ugandan children.
Ensure that all BTCM activities are designed and carried out with a dependence on prayer that
takes place out of the overflow of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Assist in the mobilization, support, and care of missionaries, interns, short term team members:
Support the Sponsorship and Mobilization Director and Ugandan staff to design and implement missionally focused short-term teams, fellowships, and internship programs.
Collaborate with US & UG staff to identify, hire, and train expatriate staffing, ensuring the new team members are being discipled, mentored, and supported.
o PartnerwithUS/UGstafftoensuremissionarieshavepre-countryorientation,in-country care, and post-country debriefings. Identify additional specialist support, as needed, to meet specific missionary care needs (e.g. crisis debriefing, counseling, spiritual teaching, etc.).
COMPENSATION & WORKING CONDITIONS
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Required to live and work in Mabaale, Uganda the majority of the year.
Salary and Benefits: This is a self-support role with salary based on experience and family size.
Training for self-support fundraising will be provided by the organization. Note: Health insurance
while in the USA is employee’s responsibility.
Housing: A newly built house will be provided on the campus.
Insurance: Emergency medical and evacuation insurance while overseas is provided.
Paid time off: Three weeks annually.
Travel costs to/from Uganda provided once each year, including work permits and
accommodation. Additional trips will be paid for on an as needed basis to meet ministry goals
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Taylor Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org.