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The Ardent Search Company

Assistant Director Ventura County Rescue Mission

The Ardent Search Company
Oxnard, California, United States

Date Posted: 07/14/2017
Categories: Associate Pastor - Business/Administration - Chaplain - Church Staff - Counseling - Discipleship Pastor - Executive Pastor - Facilities Management - Men's Pastor - Para-church Ministries - Pastoral Care Pastor - Programming Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: 5001 to 7500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

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The Lord has blessed Ventura County Rescue Mission with consistent growth over the years, the programs have increased in numbers, life-change, and spiritual development. There is an atmosphere of excitement as lives are being transformed.


The mission’s ministries are expanding to meet the needs of the growing and increasingly diverse populations.  New staff members have been added to proactively meet the present and future opportunities and challenges. 


This is an exceptional opportunity for someone who shares the passion of VCRM’s purpose to offer life transformation in Jesus and to save the unsaved.  A commitment to shaping an environment that fully supports this central purpose is needed.


VCRM has a priceless and unique mission, with the backing of its parent organization, Rescue Mission Alliance, an effective Board, President/CEO, Director, and committed staff.  The Assistant Director can be a part of making a major difference by serving with one of the most well recognized ministries within the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM).


 Working in collaboration with the Mission Director, the Assistant Director’s primary focus is to deliver and improve internal ministry programs and services so that the Director can focus attention on external relationships with donors, churches, civic leaders, and community groups.  The Assistant Director is also responsible for the operations management of the Mission and the development/oversight of biblically-based programs. As new ministries and programs are developed in concert with the Director, these will fall under this role’s oversight. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Mission Director, and serving as the Director’s appointed leader in his absence.



  • Provide servant/leadership to 8 staff members and 8 Interns, as well as to 60 to 75 Clients (program men) and 36 to 42 emergency shelter guests each night. Oversee and direct the daily operations of the Mission, including staff, program, and facilities.
  • Ensure biblically-based teaching, counseling, and programming in each facet of the mission’s programs.  
  • Work in collaboration with the Mission Director and staff to ensure directives are met in all areas including programming, reporting, safety, and training.
  • Work in collaboration with Case Manager and Senior Chaplain to assure appropriate case plans are in place for each guest, including personal counseling/coaching.
  • Strive for continuous improvement and excellence for ministry programs and services by work in concert with the other ministries of RMA and externally to evaluate and implement best practices and services to program participants.



The greatest requirement for this position is a heart for the Lord and commitment to serving his people by lessening their burdens. The person will be a leader who is comfortable assisting and supporting the Director, and being “one of the faces of the local organization” with the community and mission staff.  Additional requirements are:

  • Ability to make sound decisions quickly with wisdom and discernment.
  • A solid Bible based Christian faith compatible with RMA’s Statement of Faith, theology and core values.
  • A deep and growing relationship with God, a strong family life, a close group of committed friends with solid relationships, and an active member of an Evangelical church.
  • Must have a genuine burden for people to come to Christ and a commitment for changed lives through biblical truth.
  • Must demonstrate a personal knowledge of the scriptures and the willingness to teach and instruct effectively.
  • A “Servant Leader” in everyday situations in alignment with RMA’s, “Lead Like Jesus commitment” and  Mission/Vision/Values.
  • Ideally, an understanding of drug/alcohol and addiction issues.
  • Ability to integrate biblical truth typically obtained through Bible school or college.  An advance degree would be a plus.
  • Five or more years of ministry, management, supervisory and/or non-profit experience, preferably with a significant track record of leading operations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to coordinate and measure results while keeping accurate reports
  • Be skillful at integrating standard operating  procedures to lead the staff.
  • Have a clear grasp of the bigger picture to  guide the day-to-day activities toward the advancement of the Mission.
  • See systems and procedures as a means rather than an end and customize operations around the needs of the people and the organizational culture. 
  • Energetic and passionate.
  • Independent, courageous thinker, yet humbly operating as part of a team realizing the value of process.
  • Computer experience (PC) utilizing MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Excellent group facilitator.
  • Inspires and empowers others and shares authority easily.
  • Is an initiator who will meet deadlines and finishes well.
  • A teachable spirit and committed to team participation and alignment with the Director’s goals.
  • Genuinely warm and caring, and is sensitive to others; attracts people.
  • Valid California driver’s license and insurable under RMA.



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