The Ignatian Spirituality Project is look for a part-time VOLUNTEER Chicago Women’s Retreat Team Coordinator. The Job Description is listed below.
VOLUNTEER Retreat Coordinator Position Description
Founded in 1999, The Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) works to end homelessness by providing
Ignatian Retreats to men and women who are homeless and in recovery. ISP has found that people
living in shelters are confronting enormous obstacles in their transition out of homelessness
and into recovery. ISP has pioneered a retreat program that effectively addresses this need.
Spirituality and spiritual retreats have proven to be an effective and important resource in laying a
fundamental foundation of hope that can lead to further and long lasting transformation.
General Job Description:
The Coordinator is responsible for organizing all aspects of the retreat programs (overnight, follow-
up, ongoing spirituality sessions). These programs require coordinating the team (volunteers,
logistics, planning), nurturing the relationship with the referring agencies that recommend
candidates, and timely communication with the national office. The coordinator, working with the
national office, ensures that retreat program ministers to the participant’s needs and maintains the
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Overnight Retreats: Coordinate retreat logistics, including identifying retreat participants, the retreat team, drivers, and witness, as well as locating retreat sites. Coordinate hospitality outreach and all retreat materials.
- Follow-Up Retreats: Approximately eight weeks after an overnight retreat, coordinate a one-day follow up retreat for the same women and retreat team. Recruit drivers and conversation partners for the retreat.
- Ongoing Reflection: In conjunction with other team members, organize ongoing spirituality sessions at shelters. Develop ongoing sessions for former retreat participants at a convenient time and location.
Team Formation and Retreat Preparation
- Pre/Post-Retreat Meetings: Travel to shelters to ensure proper documentation is completed and to make sure that participants are fully aware of the expectations and travel plans. Make periodic visits to shelters to speak to candidates. Identify and maintain working relationships with shelter liaisons. Ensure participants complete and return necessary paperwork.
- Team Meetings: Organize and lead team meetings that help to process the ministry of the retreats and deepen facilitation skills. Coordinate new member orientation (with national office), periodic review of retreat materials and format, as well as disseminating pertinent information.