Director of Personnel
Under the supervision of the Vice President and Chief People Officer (People Group Leader), oversee all personnel related matters for active and retired SIM USA missionaries (members and non-Short-Term Associates) assuring compliance with SIM policy and U.S. employment law. This will be accomplished with the Director of People Care & Development, Child Safety Advocate, Go Group (mobilization) Leader, Chief Financial Officer and Budget Managers of SIM USA, as well as related International Leadership and Services personnel and receiving entity leadership. Supervise the SIM USA Medical Office Director in her/his role of ensuring compliance with the International Health Advisory Committee (IHAC) guidelines and wisely placing workers in ministry. Support the Director of Prayer and Celebration in living out SIM’s core value of “People of Prayer,” both within the US Office and among SIM’s supporting constituency.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Selection of New Missionaries:
- Review Member and ASLT (Associates Serving Long Term) application materials, including psychological evaluations, and give final approval in anticipation of their appointment as new missionaries, in consultation with the respective Applicant Coordinator, and the Director of People Care & Development.
- Work closely with the Go Group (mobilization) Leader to jointly ensure that the policies and procedures of both teams are consistent and mutually beneficial to both applicant and the respective SIM staff who serve them.
- Work closely with the Integration (missionary onboarding) Team Leader in coordinating training requirements as they impact personnel policy, principles and practices.
Administration of existing missionaries (members and non-STA associates):
- Work closely with the Personnel Administrator and the Deputy Director of Personnel to establish policies and procedures for the administration of missionaries during Home Assignments, Special Home Leaves, Leaves of Absence, transfers, and secondments.
- Approve work responsibilities of Personnel administrative staff and hire additional staff as needed.
- Encourage helpful development of and ensure consistent use of the SIM Personnel (SIMPS) database as a foundational tool to record necessary information used to administrate missionary personnel. Ensure personnel data is maintained and accessed securely according to SIM’s Code of Confidentiality.
- Serve as a member of the SIM USA Retirement Committee, which establishes policy and practice for the administration of retirees. Supervise the Retiree Care Coordinator in the personnel-related administration of SIM retirees.
- Define vision and scope of the activities of SIM USA Medical Office. Support the Medical Office Director and Medical Office Administrator in implementing IHAC health guidelines and solving administrative issues.
Care and Development of Existing Missionaries:
- Work closely with the Director of People Care & Development and the Child Safety Advocate in the management of issues and crises affecting missionary staff, including security crises, health issues, child protection matters, mandated counseling, and extended family needs.
- Partner with the Director of People Care & Development in identifying, documenting, and providing appropriate resources to missionaries in the areas of physical refreshment, spiritual renewal, marriage enrichment, and professional development.
- Communicate personnel matters (as appropriate) to the People Group leader, Director of People Care & Development, U.S. Director, International Personnel Director, Regional Directors, sending churches, supporters, and families, maintaining confidentiality in line with the SIM Code of Confidentiality.
- Convey general personnel-related information and policy to the SIM missionary community through appropriate and effective means.
- Answer (or delegate) in a timely manner all emails and phone calls from receiving entity administrations, missionary staff, outside/partner organizations, churches, and supporters.
- Prepare and teach training sessions (SIMStart, SIMGo, SIMSendOff) as requested.
- Complete other tasks, as assigned by the People Group Leader.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This person must demonstrate strong leadership, administrative, interpersonal, and pastoral counseling skills in order to:
- Develop appropriate SIM personnel principles and practice.
- Supervise and develop the personnel administrative staff.
- Listen to, coach, mentor, and counsel missionaries effectively.
A broad knowledge of the ministries and policies of SIM worldwide is crucial—keeping up with current issues that affect all SIM fields.
Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in organizational leadership and/or intercultural studies plus five years personnel and/or pastoral training and overseas ministry experience preferred. Willingness to gain human resource management knowledge and skills to ensure compliance with US employment laws.
SUPERVISORY: Provide supervision to the Deputy Personnel Director, Personnel Administrator, Director of Prayer and Celebration, Medical Office Director and Retiree Coordinator.
- Strong computer skills, especially in Microsoft Office
- Excellent verbal and written communication, editing, and proofreading skills
- Solid people skills
- Able to harness evolving digital technologies to the task of personnel administration
- Committed to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ
- Demonstrate agreement with SIM’s Statement of Faith and Core Values by signing the SIM Commitment
- Attend and participate in daily SIM prayer and worship times
- Minister to SIM missionaries, staff, ministry partners, prayer partners, local churches, and donors through prayer, words of encouragement, and acts of service
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SIM, originally the Sudan Interior Mission, has been launching Christian workers into ministry since 1893, bringing good news to people who are living and dying without the gospel. Today SIM has over 4,000 workers from 65 nations serving on six continents in more than 70 countries. We are dedicated to prayer and care in making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in communities where He is least known.Contact Via Email