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6 Feb 2014

Full-time Area Director

Young Life – Posted by Young Life of Canada Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Job Description

About Young Life

Since Young Life began in Canada in 1954, its staff and volunteers have cared enough to leave the comfort of their adult worlds and enter the arena of high school and junior high school life.  We go to teenagers, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship to communicate God’s love and the Christian message in terms they can understand.  Young Life values and respects all young people, and welcomes all teenagers regardless of race or religious beliefs.

We are looking for people who love Christ and kids, and who are willing to walk into the lives of teenagers in the same way God reached out to us — in person — and to tell them about a God who loves them.  We invite you to consider joining our team of over 80 full-time staff in more than 40 communities throughout western Canada and southern Ontario! 

To learn more about Young Life – visit

Job Summary

In partnership with local adult volunteers who care about teenagers, Young Life Area Directors lead our ministry in each community, building authentic relationships with teenagers, leading them in club and campaigners, and taking them to camp, always striving to communicate God’s love and the Christian message in terms they can understand.

As a member of the Religious Order of Young Life of Canada, the Area Director agrees with the Order’s Statement of Faith and abides by its Codes of Conduct (i.e. Common Standards of Discipline, Covenant of the Order, Sexual Conduct Policy, and Plan to Protect).

There are several permanent, full-time positions currently available located in Oakville, Ontario; Langley, B.C.; Princeton, B.C.; Vernon, B.C.; and Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Skill Set

You have a vibrant and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and are able to provide effective spiritual leadership.  As a team builder with demonstrated leadership ability, you know how to steward resources and achieve excellence consistently amidst shifting priorities and seasonal ebbs and flows.  You are a natural initiator with an entrepreneurial drive; you build capacity with a demonstrated ability to achieve critical mass.

You have a bachelor’s degree, have completed Young Life’s two-year internship, and have one to three years’ experience mentoring and discipling young people in a relational ministry setting in a church, community organization, or ministry.  Experience in Young Life or other youth ministry is preferred.  Experience in a Christian organization is an asset.

Your exceptional verbal communication and interpersonal skills will enable you to thrive in this relational ministry environment, and to develop effective and trusting relationships throughout the organization.  You have a demonstrated ability to communicate with teenagers and willingness to enter their world.  You are an effective recruiter of volunteers.  Your proactive approach to time management enables you to patiently navigate conflicting priorities, effectively plan your work, and complete the myriad tasks required in this position.  You apply excellent judgment and discretion, and act with integrity and diplomacy.

Individuals considering employment with Young Life must be legally entitled to work in Canada, and subscribe to our Statement of Faith.  Young Life staff will have unsupervised access to children; therefore, the successful candidate must provide a current criminal record check that includes a vulnerable sector search, as a condition of employment.  A valid driver’s license is required, and a clean driver’s abstract is also a condition of employment.  Young Life staff must be able to work a flexible schedule according to seasonal operating requirements.

How to Apply

We provide competitive salary and benefits, including an RRSP program, and support for professional development.  If you have questions about this posting, please contact Amanda Stewart, Director of Human Resources, Young Life of Canada, at 604 881 6023, ext. 109. 

We welcome your cover letter and résumé by March 7, 2014.  Applications received after this date may be considered for other opportunities.  Please email your application package to, with “Area Director” in the subject line.  Please indicate in your cover letter how you learned of this opportunity.  We will contact you with the status of your application within three weeks of the closing date.  Thank you for your interest in working with Young Life!

Job Categories: youth work. Job Types: Full-time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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