Communications Director for Africa/Middle East


​​Young Life Africa/Middle East (ME) is seeking a qualified and passionate person to fill the role of director of Communications for the division. This full-time position will build and grow a team to inform and engage the community of regional teams, staff and country sponsors, camp sponsors, trip participants, donors, friends and email and social media followers.​ This is a great opportunity to share what the Lord is doing through Young Life in Africa and the Middle East!


Spiritual Development“Following Jesus” includes prayer and spiritual disciplines, fellowship, growth and health and church relationships.
  • ​Develop a yearly personal growth plan that fosters a vibrant spiritual life including time for solitude, retreat, reflection, prayer and a sincere commitment to understanding God’s Word.
  • Seek and maintain relationships and disciplines, in the context of active participation in a church community.
  • Actively participate in the spiritual life of the Young Life community.
  • Lead teams and individuals in spiritual development.
  • Ensure that all Young Life ministry in the area, is designed and carried out with a dependence on prayer that takes place out of the overflow of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Leadership Development“Equipping leaders, committee and staff” includes key volunteer care, recruiting, team building and training, supervision and vision casting.
  • ​Grow strategic thinking and functional skills of the communications team across all channels (e.g. website, email marketing, print, social media, events).
  • Work cross-functionally with Operations and Development to engage donor base and support fundraising efforts.
  • Advise senior vice president and domestic lead team on strategic initiatives. Participate on the SVP lead team.
  • Be available to other mission leaders (including international communications staff in other divisions) as needed.
  • Support Regional Team directors in building regional teams.
Resource Development“Fueling the ministry” includes events, major donor care, public relations (branding) and TDS team.
  • ​Lead/build communications team (currently one full-time employee, one part-time intern with proposed job title revisions and hiring plan).
  • Develop and implement multi-channel communications strategy, including branding, messaging, content development and metrics.
  • Work with the senior vice president​, Development director/RTDs to create and implement a donor communications strategy.
  • Work with the Development team to ensure excellent communications between staff/country sponsors (both from the U.S. and field).
  • Oversee website content development/iteration.
  • Innovate new projects (e.g., communication missionary program, road show materials).
  • Build in-country communication resources to capture and deliver vibrant stories of lives changes by the mission of Young Life.
  • Liaise with other international divisions on communications projects (e.g. Relationships articles, podcasts).
  • Supervise creative development with creative partners  (e.g. BLVR, Young Life Creative Services).
  • Oversee training development for field communications staff.  
  • Maintain current market knowledge of communications tools.
  • Participate on Domestic Lead Team; update Dashboard metrics.
  • Participate/attend SALT in Africa/Middle East with the objective of translating key themes and focus into deeper engagement for the donor/sponsor/friend community.
Direct Ministry“Proclaiming and modeling” includes contact work, club, Campaigners and camp.
  • ​Connect with field and domestic staff and regional team members at least annually.
  • Involvement in a regional team.
Ministry Support“Taking care of business” includes accounting, administration, communication (internal), data management and strategic plan.
  • ​Consistently evaluate donor engagement via metrics, surveys, focus groups and other means.    
  • Track critical metrics. Currently: website users – 7,000; social media followers – Facebook (6,200), Instagram (4,300); email list (Motherlode – 2,000); (Habari Gani – 200); Active Donor Base – 3,000 (approximate).
  • Serve in advisory/strategic role on teams working on large projects with field and Mission Services components.
  • Support senior field and field communications staff with communications tools and equipment as needed.


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in communications or marketing strongly preferred but not required. 
Working Conditions
  • ​Daily office environment.
  • May work from anywhere in the U.S. with close and affordable proximity to a major airport.
  • Some travel:
    • ​Across the U.S. for meetings.
    • Africa/Middle East for meetings/trips.

  • This position is self-funded (e.g., personal donor base/team is developed and maintained).
Qualifications Required for the Job
  • Previous Young Life experience is strongly preferred but not required. 
  • ​Diligent team builder and leader. 
  • Smart, strategic thinker.
  • Significant experience in marketing communications/branding.
  • Ability to execute moving parts of a project. 
  • Excellent writer and content developer.
  • Works well independently, with a team and across functions.
  • Quick study on information/organization. 
  • Comfortable with entrepreneurial setting/organization. 
  • Ability to work well under pressure. 
  • Attention to detail; sweats the small stuff when required.
  • Flexible; not afraid to roll up sleeves and be part of production process. 
  • Strong initiative and good at multi-tasking. 


  • ​​​​​​​Medical, dental and vision coverage (at no cost to you).  
  • Paid vacation and sick leave.
  • 401(k) matching plan (up to four percent). 
  • Pension contributions.
  • Health club benefit.
  • And more!

How To Apply:

​If interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact the International employment coordinator at 800-330-0628. To better help us serve you in your inquiry process, please take a moment to fill out the International Inquiry Form available via the button below.