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Operations Director - Chicago Distribution Center


Position Overview: Each C.U.R.E. Community is led by an Operations Director. The primary function of the Operations Director is to recruit, develop and support a team of volunteer leaders and to oversee the successful management of the transportation, processing and shipping of life-saving medical supplies and equipment to the poorest people in the world. 

Responsibilities: The most important element of this position is the ability to recruit and train individuals who can take responsibility to the work of Project C.U.R.E. The Operations Director must build a team of key volunteers to lead hundreds of other volunteers each month.

The Operations Director is ultimately responsible for the areas of:

  • Procurement & Transportation - collecting medical donations;
  • Inspection & Repair - checking the equipment & repair malfunctioning items;
  • Processing & Sorting - checking the quality of supplies and sorting them into categories;
  • Inventory & Warehousing - maintaining the supplies and equipment in the warehouse;
  • Packing & Shipping - loading the containers.

The scope of the job is too big for one person to perform without a team of active, involved volunteers. 

  • A significant amount of the Operations Director's time will be spent interacting with organizations to recruit volunteers, the recognition of volunteer's leadership potential, conducting regularly scheduled training sessions and team meetings, and assessing volunteer effectiveness. The Operations Director is the one to motivate and appreciate volunteers for their efforts.
  • The Operations Director is the primary "face" of Project C.U.R.E. with gift-in-kind donors and must maintain a relationship with hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, wholesale sellers and local manufacturers who give medical supplies and equipment. In addition, the Operations Director is responsible to find in-kind donations of other materials and equipment for the successful functioning of the warehouse.
  • The Operations Director maintains an effective working relationship with the staff at the International Headquarters and the Operations Directors in other C.U.R.E. Communities by participating in bi-weekly conference calls, sharing "best practice," and attending semi-annual Town Hall meetings. The Operations Director ensures that key metrics are collected and reports are sent to International Headquarters on a timely basis. 
  • The Operations Director must ensure that the warehouse is a safe place for visitors, staff and volunteers. Additionally, the Operations Director schedules and executes the necessary maintenance on the trucks and equipment, and notifies the right people for issues with the warehouse building.
  • The Operations Director must preferably have knowledge of warehouse operations, including inventory management, procurement, logistics and processing.

Qualifications: The Operations Director must demonstrate alignment with Project C.U.R.E.'s mission and be passionate about addressing healthcare inequalities in the developing world in a sustainable manner. The ideal candidate for the position:

  • Is qualified: Holds a bachelor’s degree and has at least three to five years of volunteer development or other leadership training. 
  • Understands the task: Has a working knowledge of recruiting and training volunteers and how they can be motivated to high performance. Understands the flow of materials through the warehouse.
  • Has a proven track record: Recruits, inspires, and leads volunteers, mentees and interns to achieve goals within the context of building a "performance culture." Is accessible to volunteers and associates at all levels, interacting consistently, openly and honestly to assure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. You must be able to demonstrate the ability to develop others. 
  • Is a problem-solver: Identifies, diagnoses and quickly resolves complex problems to improve results; is continuously pursuing innovation and process improvements to increase efficiencies and competitive advantage.
  • Is organized: Must be highly organized and have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment with a high degree of professionalism and integrity. The successful Operations Director will have the ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Is teachable: Has an attitude of openness, is eager to learn new things, and does not get stuck in a repetitive pattern of doing the same things the same way for too long. Can quickly comprehend complex concepts and will accept instruction.
  • Is "bottom line" oriented: Is capable of securing in-kind donations, negotiating discounts and benefits with vendors and venues, and can meet budget and resource challenges.
  • Is a good person: The successful candidate possesses excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills' the ability to work effectively with donors, volunteers, staff and interns; displays mature judgment, superior diplomatic skills.
  • Is an effective communicator: Can demonstrate effective communication skills including writing, interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and is a good listener.
  • Is goal-oriented: Manages to Key Performance Indicators, including setting revenue and expense goals/objectives for each event, monitoring performance and reporting results; is a "self-starter" who is internally motivated and does not require significant supervision. 
  • Is motivated: Has an obvious passion and enthusiasm for saving lives and strengthening health care systems in the developing world with an attitude of never giving up or accepting "no" for an answer.

Reports To:  The Houston Operations Director reports to the Vice President of Operations.

Compensation & Benefits:  This position offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, including health insurance, paid vacation, holidays and a 403(b) plan.

About Project C.U.R.E.:  Healthcare in many developing countries is a global crisis. The severe lack of healthcare disrupts social and economic stability in almost every developing nation. Disease causes nine out of ten preventable deaths in developing nations among children and adults. Millions of children under the age of five die each year from preventable disease, and more than 70% of these deaths occur from pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, malaria and malnutrition.

Founded in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has grown to be the world's largest organization delivering 145 to 155 forty-foot ocean freight cargo containers of donated medical supplies and equipment each year. Each project begins with an onsite Needs Assessment to ensure that Project C.U.R.E. delivers the right items to the right people. Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief in 134 countries. In addition, Project C.U.R.E. conducts C.U.R.E. Clinics, Helping Babies Breathe training and bio-technical training to approximately 300 hospitals and clinics in 40 under-resourced nations.

On average, the value of a Project C.U.R.E. Cargo container is worth $338,000, providing an amazing 17-to-1 "return on investment." Project C.U.R.E. operates Distribution Centers in Denver, Phoenix, Houston, Nashville, Philadelphia and Chicago, where 25,000+ volunteers sort more than 26,000 types of non-perishable medical supplies and certify medical equipment for shipment abroad. Project C.U.R.E. also operates nine Collection Centers throughout the U.S. Project C.U.R.E. receives both new and quality used medical items from hundreds of hospitals throughout the United States and medical manufacturers, such as Stryker, Medline, Medtronic, Kimberly-Clark, Steris and Hill-Rom.

Project C.U.R.E. operates on a 1.9% administrative overhead and has earned numerous awards for being the industry leader in international medical donations. Project C.U.R.E. is ranked as a Platinum Participant with Guidestar, is a four-star Charity Navigator organization and was ranked by Forbes as one of the 20 most cost-effective nonprofits in the United States. 

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Kris Anderson, Vice President of Operations to employment@projectcure.orgNO calls or in-person visits, please. 


Volunteer Opportunities ~ U.S./National

C.U.R.E. Clinics Coordinator (Volunteer)

Position Overview: Project C.U.R.E.’s C.U.R.E. Clinics Coordinator Volunteer assists Project C.U.R.E. in delivering health and hope to partner communities and assists in promoting the trip, recruiting participants and final preparation of country-specific C.U.R.E. Clinics. Clinics Coordinators gain experience working in global health and international development while traveling to underserved and under-resourced markets. It is an amazing experience to work on developing a program and then seeing the vision carried to fruition first hand!

Responsibilities:

  • Recruiting a team of participants
    • 4-8 nurses
      • We also take midwives, EMT’s and surgical techs; the key is a well-balanced triage team
  • 2-3 doctors
    • We also take Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants. At least one medical doctor is required
  • Provide in-country support to Team Leader

Qualifications: The C.U.R.E. Clinics Coordinator must demonstrate alignment with Project C.U.R.E.’s mission. She/he must be passionate about addressing healthcare inequalities in the developing world in a sustainable manner. The ideal candidate for the position:

  • Is qualified: Holds a bachelor’s degree and has experience in the healthcare industry and/or international travel
  • Understands the task: Has a working knowledge of global health issues and/or development issues and/or previous experience in traveling with volunteer teams
  • Is Self-Motivated: While this position is a part of a larger team and will work directly with and be supported by the C.U.R.E. Clinics staff, the position will require that the Coordinator can work on a timeline and employ ingenuity and creativity in recruiting a Clinic team
  • Works well with others: Has a high degree of emotional intelligence and has developed cultural competency through experience working with diverse communities. Can show an ability to work with international partner’s, clinic participants and can work as a team member with other colleagues and Clinic team leaders.
  • Is an effective communicator: Can demonstrate effective communication skills including writing and interpersonal communication.
  • Is a problem-solver: Is continuously pursuing innovation and process improvements to increase efficiencies and competitive advantage.
  • Is motivated: Has an obvious passion and enthusiasm for saving lives and strengthening healthcare systems in the developing world and impacting the lives of participants through the powerful experience of international service
  • Can Travel: Ultimately we’d like our coordinators to travel on the C.U.R.E. Clinics trips they coordinate. While this is not required, it is the best case scenario.  

Benefits:

  • C.U.R.E. Clinic program fee waived when a team of 12 is assembled
  • Direct experience in working in global health
  • Direct experience in international program coordination
  • The satisfaction of delivering a life-changing experience to our participants
  • The satisfaction of delivering health and hope to international partner communities
  • Opportunity for C.U.R.E. Clinics leadership on future trips

About Project C.U.R.E.: Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Project C.U.R.E. is the recipient of the GuideStar Exchange Platinum Seal, the Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating and ranked by Forbes as one of the 20 Most Efficient Large U.S. Charities.  C.U.R.E. Clinics are transformational experiences for participants and partners. Knowing that you are making a difference in changing global perspectives and improving healthcare infrastructure is an incredible journey and feeling! 

Apply: Send resume and letter of interest to our Clinics team at clinics@projectcure.org. 


Volunteer Opportunities ~ Denver & Houston

Truck Drivers

Work Location: Denver Warehouse & Community and Houston Warehouse & Community

Purpose of the Position: Truck Drivers are essential to Project C.U.R.E.'s ability to serve both our gift-in-kind donors and our recipients in the developing world. Their interaction with our donors connects the community directly to our mission.

Responsibilities and Duties 
• Pickup donations of medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, manufacturers and distributors throughout the metro area.
• Perform pre-trip inspections.
• Practice safe driving with fleet trucks.
• Utilize other equipment (pallet-jacks, dollies) to transfer equipment into the truck and to the warehouse. 
• Provide excellent customer service with our donors.
• Maintain clean and safe work environment at all times.

Qualifications 
• Some experience driving moving vans.
• Must be at least 21-years-old.
• Some heavy lifting involved.
• Customer-service skills a plus!

Commitment Expected 
Any Monday-Friday approximately 8 a.m. to noon. Please see Director of Operations for shifts needing coverage.

Training 
• Warehouse Orientation (30 minutes)
• Hands-on training with an experienced volunteer on the first day

Contact: Denver Warehouse at denver@projectcure.org or 720-490-4019
                 Houston Warehouse at houston@projectcure.org or 832.251.2489


Warehouse Volunteers

Work Location: Warehouse

Purpose of the Position 
Volunteer throughout warehouse assisting with movement, storage, inventory and preparing shipments of consumables and equipment.

Responsibilities and Duties 
• Under direction, transport packed boxes from Sorting Area to designated areas in the warehouse (Filing), build pallets for storage (Overflow), pull boxes for shipment and assist in loading containers
• Other warehouse duties as requested by the Consumables, Equipment and Bio-Medical Managers
• Maintain clean and safe work environment at all times.

Qualifications 
• Must be 15 years of age
• Observant of box labels, inventory codes and warehouse locations
• Able to lift moderate to heavy boxes and use of pallet jack
• Flexibility with job assignments

Commitment Expected 
3 hours a week preferred

Training 
• Orientation with Consumables Inventory Manager
• Warehouse Orientation (30 minutes)

Resources
Filing Instructions
Scanning system

Contact: Denver Warehouse at denver@projectcure.org or 720-490-4019


Internships

Program Overview

Project C.U.R.E.'s Internship Program provides upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level college students the opportunity to learn about global healthcare and the non-profit sector while gaining hands-on experience at our International Headquarters Office in Centennial, Colorado. Limited opportunities also exist in our other locations of operation. Interns develop both professionally and personally as they contribute to Project C.U.R.E.'s mission: to identify, solicit, collect, sort and deliver medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world. Project C.U.R.E.'s Internship Program is a professional opportunity requiring a high level of commitment from program participants.

Personal and Professional Development

Our unique internship program provides interns the opportunity to grow in a variety of ways. Outside of the intern’s departmental project, training and event opportunities include:

  • Global Healthcare Discussions
  • Staff Interviews & Job Shadowing Opportunities
  • Networking Opportunities

Your Contribution Makes a Difference

Internship positions are tailored to each intern’s skills and areas of interest as well as to Project C.U.R.E.’s current needs. We frequently have openings in the departments listed below; more specific information on potential projects can be obtained from the internship supervisor in each area:

  • Community Outreach
  • Corporate Development
  • Data Entry
  • Government Relations
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Operations
  • Special Events (internship period is July to November)

Who can apply?

Undergraduate students with junior or senior status or graduate students at any level who are committed to completing at least one semester are encouraged to apply for our internship program. We also accept applications from non-students and working professionals. We can only accommodate applications from within the United States and cannot provide housing assistance.

That’s me! How do I apply?

Click here and complete an application.  We will send you a confirmation email letting you know we received your application.  The web form will ask you to submit your resume and a cover letter.

Are internships ongoing throughout the year or do I need to apply at a specific time?

We accept applications year round for internship opportunities in the departments listed above. Please indicate on the application form whether you are interested in completing your internship as part of the fall, spring or summer semester, or in starting at another time.  If you are selected, a contact from that department(s) will be in touch to schedule an interview.

What is the time commitment for the internship program?

Our internship program typically lasts one semester with the option to extend beyond end of the semester. Fall and Spring interns are asked to commit to 10 hours per week to complete the internship. Summer interns are expected to commit to 15-20 hours per week. Work schedules are determined by the intern and his/her internship supervisor at Project C.U.R.E.

How is this internship compensated?

Project C.U.R.E.'s internships are unpaid. Interns participating in our program receive substantial work experience and training in global healthcare issues and the nonprofit sector. Additionally, Project C.U.R.E. will coordinate with accredited universities to provide credit for hours completed.

Wait, I have more questions that haven’t been answered here!

Contact us at internships@projectcure.org.