As a result of the damage from the Thomas Fire that raged through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, the North District of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church is seeking two consultants to set up a resource database, and to develop and implement an outreach program to identify persons needing resources and services. The need is immediate, and the length of the consulting assignment will be approximately five months. At least one of the consultants must be fluent in Spanish and English; the other must be fluent in English.
The consultants will work in four geographical areas impacted by the fire: Ventura, Ojai Valley, Santa Barbara, and Montecito, and will be assisted by area volunteer coordinators.
Consulting Assignment Objectives
• Visit and conduct a review of agencies and organizations that provide existing and planned resources and services for fire and mud slide survivors within Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
• Develop an annotated database of existing and planned resources and services available to fire and slide victims within Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
• Work with the Director of Communications for California-Pacific Conference to prepare and submit English- and Spanish-language press releases to local newspapers, radio and television stations for outreach purposes.
• Identify populations, both English- and Spanish-speaking, needing assistance with recovery.
• Document activities and provide written summaries.
• Assist with the development of required reports.
• Commitment without bias to the total population requiring assistance within Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain high ethical standards for protecting client information as evidenced by prior consulting/employment/volunteer experience.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and calmly to resolve conflicts in sensitive situations.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in the language required of fire and slide survivors.
• Demonstrated ability to work without close supervision on assigned tasks, and on documenting activities.
• Be computer literate, with the ability to utilize word processing, database and spreadsheet software.
• Possess a cell phone for communication, a valid California driver’s license, and access to a vehicle in good running order to drive throughout the burn and slide areas.
Applying: Persons interested in pursuing this consulting contract opportunity should submit a written inquiry with a list of qualifications and achievements to: David Farley, Director of Justice and Compassion, California-Pacific Conference. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.